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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May ePrayer Alert

As I reflect back over the past 11 years, I can hardly believe how Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries has developed. From what started as a strip club outREACH into the club I had worked at for 7 years to seeing where we are today, the impact this ministry has had on countless lives, and even my own personal journey, I am simply AMAZED. Thank you so much for your continued support. When I began doing strip club outREACHes in 2002 and developing this ministry, God impressed upon me the importance of having a prayer undergirding to all He was entrusting me to do through Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries. THANK YOU for your continued prayer support!  As we enter into the 11th season of spring, please agree with Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries in prayer for the following:

Pray that clients will continue to flourish and grow as disciples of Christ walking in total freedom. Agree with us that they would have a hunger and thirst for God's word and a revelation of His love for them. Pray for those contemplating change, that their desire to change will quickly grow into the solid decisions it takes to achieve transformation in their lives. 
Pray for the development of our Equine and Art Programs as we seek to specialize therapeutic interventions.  Pray for our Horsemanship Mentoring program, Equine Escape for Ministry Workers and our summer Art and Horse Camps. Agree with us for wisdom as we evaluate all of our developed programs and services and make critical decisions regarding which ones to maintain and which to possibly eliminate.

Pray for our monthly budget needs to be met, in addition to the physical needs of the organization. For a complete list of needs, CLICK HERE.

Please pray for wisdom in all things related to the equine facility, and that it continues to be a way for wounded individuals to see the beauty of the Lord's creation while also providing experiential therapeutic treatments to the emotional, mental, and physical challenges so many individuals face.  Agree with us in prayer for the health of all the horses.  Pray for the transport of our newest yearling to our facility this month and that he and our other yearling, Morning Star Spirit, would learn quickly and maintain strong ground manners. 

Pray for our best practices, faith based operations model in prevention, intervention, restoration of and advocacy for victims of s*xual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking, as we continue to provide national training and consulting. Pray for wisdom in expanding the trainings to more than twice a year. Pray for our July training in Fort Myers and all the attendees from across the nation and around the world.

Pray for me as God opens the doors to unique venues to BFA like the Ocala Prison which has scheduled me to speak to over 200 young women about human trafficking and most importantly, the hope we have through our Savior, Christ Jesus.  Agree with us for speaking engagements that are of God's perfect will and nothing less. Pray that hearts be prepared to receive the life saving message of the Gospel while learning about human trafficking.

Pray for the May media features on my Beauty From Ashes™ testimony and the work of the ministry on radio stations and Gulf Shore Life Magazine.  Agree with us that the interviews and stories will deliver a message of hope, setting the captives free, and would gain more partners for the mission of BFA.  

Praise God for raising up competent volunteers who can assist us in the day to day operations, especially while I work hard to complete graduate school. Praise Him even more for arranging for me to mentor a teen survivor as an intern with me over the summer!  Pray that our volunteers, interns, and their families would be blessed and protected. Many of our volunteers are overcomers of sexual abuse and exploitation. Pray for their continued healing and growth. 

Please pray that I will pass my comprehensive exit exam on Monday, May 6th and enter my final semester STRONG as a full time student in the Clinical Mental Health Counselor program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Agree with us for current and future volunteer and paid staff members. May they be mature persons of faith, steadfast in their walk with the Lord, competent, professional, and that they remain loyal to BFA. 

Thank God for active directors and advisors that help guide and shape the ministries of Beauty From Ashes™!  Agree with us that their health, family, and resources be protected and blessed. May they work in unity and one accord with our Father's vision for BFA.

Thank God for the matching grant we had in Apirl and for churches having fund raisers for BFA this month!  Thank God for His provision through various resources and agree with us that all our financial supporters be abundantly blessed for their giving to BFA.   

Please pray for our current and new partnerships; that we serve each other with integrity and honor.  Please pray for wisdom as we seek God's direction to know which partnerships to continue developing and which to possibly sever.  

Agree with us for more churches to respond to the need to support national, faith based, ministries and agencies reaching and restoring domestic victims of s*x trafficking, exploitation, and abuse.  Stir in the hearts of pastors a boldness to address the slavery occurring in our backyards and a conviction to actively lead congregations in abolishing slavery in the United States.    

Pray for the over 170 ministries doing strip club outREACH throughout the world,  taking the Lord's love and hope to the lost and broken, specifically those affected by s*xual abuse, exploitation and/or trafficking. Pray for protection of these ministries, volunteers, and staff in every way: physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.  Pray that all their needs would be met and that they would trust in the Lord's timing as each ministry seeks out His perfect will.         

Please join us each Friday from 8-9am EST to intercede for victims of s*xual exploitation, s*x slavery, and s*x trafficking, as well as the agencies servicing them.  CLICK HERE for Prayer Guide.  Locally, we meet in North Fort Myers at the Equine Facility. Call for directions.

Pray for the needs of those that send us prayer requests:  for the father whose daughter has been arrested for prostitution, the mother who desperately wants to help her daughter get out of the life, the young mother who wants to leave her trafficker, but is conflicted because of their child together and her love for the very one who abuses and hurts her, the ministry leader who experienced betrayal when a team member left and is attempting to replicate what she developed, the daughter of a s*x worker who is praying her mother get saved, and the other prayer requests we received that God knows about.  Send us your prayer requests by CLICKING HERE.

Again, I cannot thank you enough for your prayers.  They are vital to this ministry, the clients we serve, and to me, personally.

"But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us." Romans 5:8 AMP

In His love and service,

Julie Shematz
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers

"Survivors must be leaders in the development of services, shelter, and response protocols to s*x trafficking.” 
- National Report on Domestic Minor S*x Trafficking

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