• 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

    Minister Debora Blakney.......................................Board Member

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

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

    Pastor Ekemini Ibanga.........................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 CCS Prevention and Intervention Services- call at 704-336-3210
    • Safe Alliance Hope Line - call at 980-771-4673
    • NOVA (New Options for Violent Actions)- call at 704-336-4344
    • IMPACT (Batterer Intervention) call at 980-721-7268)
  • The Purple Corner

    An Uneven Exchange

     

    Isaiah 61:1-4 is the foundational scripture for this ministry that God has birthed through me and so it is the reference point for our devotional this month. If this were a class assignment I would say the prerequisite is to read the Word and allow it to marinate your thinking.

    Most of the time when we think of exchanges we think in terms of someone getting something of equal or better value in the process but this is not true of the exchange that the Prophet Isaiah speaks of in this passage. One might ask, what gives him the right to even make such a declaration? The very first verse answers that question by stating, The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to … Isaiah is a mouthpiece for our holy and righteous God. He does not take it upon himself to say these things but speaks with the authority given by God himself. This is his mission as it is the mission of this ministry. We, like Isaiah have been called by God to…

     

    • bring good news to the oppressed. Anyone who has ever been in an abusive relationship falls in this category. Those who are abused long for some good news and an end to the oppression. Many cry out asking, when will this all end? What then is the good news? The good news is that a release is coming, a release from the bonds of slavery.
    • bind up the brokenhearted. Hearts that have been shattered into pieces will be mended, will be put together again by one who is stronger than super glue and permabond. Do you know who he is? Do you really want to know?
    • proclaim liberty to the captives. Liberty, freedom for those who have been held captives in their own homes; in relationships that were meant to help  and not  hurt, to build up and not tear down; relationships that were meant to offer safety, love and respect, not danger, hate and disrespect.
    • proclaim release to the prisoners. Prisoners, what prisoners? There are no iron bars holding anyone in, or are there? No iron, but certainly there are bars. Bars designed by the perpetrator (the warden) that say that the only way out is to escape because I will not willingly let you go. But remember there is good news, there is a release given by one who has more authority than the perpetrator. 
    • comfort all who mourn. Yes, there is mourning. There always is when something is lost. Many have lost their will, lost their knowledge of self-worth, lost their confidence, their sense of value and trust.
    • give them beauty for their ashes; the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. 

     

    Who would be willing, strong enough, loving, caring and gracious enough to even make such an exchange? There can only be one answer to this question and that answer is Jesus. He is the one who is willing to take the oppression and give freedom; to take the fear and give strength; to take the mourning and give gladness; despair and give peace; darkness and give light; suffering and sorrow and give wholeness and healing.

    Make the exchange, give him your ashes and allow him to give you his beauty. It’s not an even exchange but he says you are worth it. Believe him, trust him and know that you can cast your cares upon him for he cares for you. He is well able.

     

    This ministry has been commissioned to be willing workers for the Kingdom of God and to carry out the mandates of this scripture through the power, wisdom and spirit of the one true living God. We are co-laborers with Christ ministering for the glory of the Most High. Amen.

     

     

    ©August 2011, Revmlee

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