Beauty for Ashes is a ministry dedicated to bringing hope and healing for a new and empowered life through the love of Jesus. We minister to women who are survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of sexual exploitation and addiction.
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Beauty for Ashes has two forms of ministry: Street Outreach and the Women's Empowerment Center.
"...and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."
Our Empowerment Center:
Established in the Flint area where sexual exploitation continues to be on the rise, our Beauty for Ashes Empowerment Center is a community created for women currently or previously victimized by, or at risk of, sexual exploitation.
Recognizing the significant trauma and devastating effects that sexual exploitation can have on a woman, our mission is to provide opportunities for victims to pursue help by providing a safe and secure place to begin their journey of healing. Women can enter our center knowing that we have been preparing a place for them, just as Jesus is doing for us. (John 14:3)
Constructing an avenue of supportive partnerships between those desiring help and businesses or groups within the community, will provide the vulnerable with opportunities to learn to become masters of their own choices; choices that can lead to a healthy, independent, and productive lifestyle.
Just as Jesus met the woman at the well, we meet women where they are in their lives. (John 4) One night a week a small group of women with a male driver take on the desperate streets in the city of Flint in search of women selling their bodies. When we encounter a woman, we offer a free lunch and purse containing hygiene products. Most importantly, we present the Gospel in a loving manor and a time of prayer.
We see prostitution play hand in hand with drug and alcohol addiction. If we have a woman that is seeking help to get out and make changes, we have options for rehabilitation centers we can take them to.
We always inform them of our Empowerment Center that provides a safe haven for a couple hours where they can rest, eat, pray, etc.