• Beauty For Ashes Ministry, Inc.

    Isaiah 61:1-4

  • About Us

    Beauty For Ashes Ministry, INC exists to empower people to live free (from abuse) through the mandates of Isaiah 61:1-4.

     

    By reaching out a helping hand, we aim to educate, advocate and eradicate domestic violence.

    Bridging the gap between the secular and the sacred. 

    At Beauty For Ashes Ministry, INC we provide a Biblical perspective on violence by addressing religious issues frequently raised in matters of abuse. Additionally, we provide resources and spiritual support to victims and their families. For clergy and lay leaders, we offer training through various educational venues such as workshops, seminars and conferences.

     

    We also partner with local domestic violence agencies to ensure effective ministry to victims and their families; thus, bridging the gap between the sacred and the secular.

  • Leadership

    Rev. Marguerite Lee....................President/Founder

    Yvette Crockett.................................Treasurer

    Danielle Erwin.............................................Secretary

    Pamela Pate-Franklin....................................Board Member

    Charlene Miller.......................................Board Member

    Minister Clara Stinson...........................Board Member

    Paulette Heath Newby...................Board Member

    Ekemini Abasi.........................Board Member

    Tony Porter......................................................Advisor

    Keith Smith.....................................................Advisor

  • Why We Exist

    1 in 4

    females will be the victims of domestic violence in their lifetimes.

    95%

    of victims are female.

    10%

    of men who are murdered each year are killed by their female partners in self-defense.

    50%

    of the incidents of domestic violence go unreported.

    3,500+

    women are beaten to death each year.

    50%

    of American women are safer on the streets than in their own home.

    Every 15 seconds

    a woman is abused by an intimate partner.

    1.5 million

    high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

    70%

    of college students say they have been sexually coerced.

    Ages

    12-18

    is when violent behavior typically begins

    33%

    of teens in abusive relationships ever report being abused.

    58%

    of parents cannot correctly identify signs of abuse.

  • What We Do

    Pamper Me Day

    Each year, Beauty For Ashes Ministry, INC host a "Pamper Me Day" for residents of Charlotte Mecklenburg Battered Women's Shelter.

     

    The women enjoy free manicures, facial and makeup application tutorials as well as massages, haircuts and glamor shots. The children enjoy age appropriate games and activities before rejoining their mothers for dinner and dessert.

     

    By providing a safe environment for both the women and their children to be pampered and loved, we aim to show the love of Christ and remind these women of their worth.

     

    If you are interested in supporting our next Pamper Me Day, please contact us at beaut4ashesmin@aol.com

     

     

    Education

    Beauty For Ashes Ministry, INC offers a variety of workshops, presentations, keynotes and trainings for the faith community and beyond. All trainings are geared towards the audience.

     

    Topics for discussion are:

    • Domestic Violence Awareness
    • Domestic Violence and the Church
    • Teen Dating Relationships
    • Child Abuse Awareness

     

     

    Curriculum

    Beauty For Ashes Ministry, INC. has a curriculum specifically designed to help churches launch their own domestic violence ministry.

     

    For more information on this curriculum and how to set up a training for your church (clergy or lay leaders), please contact us directly.

    Ongoing Events

    We are continually collecting items for donation to local battered women's shelters and other domestic violence and sexual assault agencies.

     

    Our Change for Change initiative allows us to turn loose change into cash. All monies go directly to the needs of the ministry and to supporting women and children in need.

     

     

    Our ongoing clothing drive allows us to benefit the local battered women's shelter as well as local hospitals.

  • Resources

    National

     

    Local

    • North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence - visit online at www.nccadv.org
    • Police 911 (emergencies)
    • Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Women's Commission - call at 704-336-3210
    • Domestic Violence Shelter- call at 704-332-2513
    • NOVA (New Options for Violent Actions)- call at 704-336-4344
    • IMPACT (Batterer Intervention) call at 980-721-7268)
  • The Purple Corner

     

     “A Cry for Help”

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and many women are crying out for help. Let’s look at the words of David as he prayed to the Lord for help and consider the fact that these same words can very easily be ones that come out of the mouth of an abused woman. As you read over the passage listen for the voice of someone who is crying out for help.

     

    Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; protect me from men of violence, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips. Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from men of violence who plan to trip my feet. Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path. O Lord, I say to you, “You are my God.” Hear, O Lord, my cry for mercy. O Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle – do not grant the wicked their desires, O LORD; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud. Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused. Let burning coals fall upon them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise. Let slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down men of violence. I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

    Surely the righteous will praise your name and the upright will live before you. Psalm140:1-13

     

    Although we know these are the words of David as he faced trouble they can very well be the prayer of a woman in an abusive relationship. She wants to be rescued from evil men. She wants to be protected from men of violence who plan evil against her. She knows the pain from the poison of vipers and she lives with the fear of being caught in the net and traps set along her path.

     

    Daily she lives in and with the fear that overwhelms her mind, body and spirit. She tip toes on eggshells as she tries to detect and avoid the hidden traps that can cause her bodily harm. She shrieks back from the foul words that pierce her soul and she tries to shield her mind from the ugly assaults that come at her. She is in a battle for her very life. And she juggles with the pain of helplessness with the thoughts of a God who promises deliverance.

     

    In her most desperate moments, her many attempts to understand she cries out to the Lord to rescue her. She seeks refuge in him who promises justice for the poor. She wonders when the cause will be upheld and when the door to our personal, painful prison will be opened so she can breathe again. She waits and she wonders and she wonders and she waits.

     

    Are you aware of her plight? Do you even care that she’s suffering? Can you hear her cries for help? Will you be the one she turns to for help, the one in whom she seeks a glimpse of God? One last question, will she find Him in you?

     

    Revmlee© 2019

     

  • Contact Us

    For more information, contact us at 980-474-1472 or to request our services please complete this contact form.

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