Beauty For Ashes Ministry, Inc.
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.
Rev. Marguerite Lee....................President/Founder
Paulette Heath Newby...................Treasurer
Pamela Pate-Franklin....................................Board Member
Minister Debora Blakney.......................................Board Member
Pastor Ekemini Ibanga.........................Board Member
Why We Exist
1 in 4
females will be the victims of domestic violence in their lifetimes.
of victims are female.
of men who are murdered each year are killed by their female partners in self-defense.
of the incidents of domestic violence go unreported.
women are beaten to death each year.
of American women are safer on the streets than in their own home.
Every 15 seconds
a woman is abused by an intimate partner.
high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
of college students say they have been sexually coerced.
is when violent behavior typically begins
of teens in abusive relationships ever report being abused.
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 email@example.com
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:
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.
We are continually collecting items for donation to local battered women and other domestic violence and sexual assault agencies.
National Domestic Violence Hotline- 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or visit online at www.thehotline.org
A CALL TO MEN - visit online at www.acalltomen.org
The Rave Project - visit online at www.theRAVEproject.org
National Teen Dating Violence Hotline - visit online at www.loveisrespect.org or call 1-866-331-9474
No More- visit online at www.nomore.org
The Purple Corner
As women we are constantly on the go, doing things for other people. Mothers of young children are taxying children to sporting events, school events, etc. Career women are going from this meeting to the next, oftentimes not even pausing long enough to eat a decent meal or to catch their breath. Stay at home moms are cleaning house, cooking meals, changing diapers, preparing bottles, juggling babies and laundry and the list goes on. Ladies when do we stop the madness and just be still?
As Christian women we are to model our lives after Christ. He took time to rest. He took time to be refreshed, renewed and restored. So why do we feel we have to always be doing something? Is it because we think if we don’t do it, it won’t get done?
When we push ourselves to the limit, who are we trying to impress? Is it the men in our lives, the boss at work (male or female), or perhaps other women who are doing the same things? Are we trying to impress God? Surely we are not, because he is not impressed with us running ourselves raggedy. He knows we can be no good to ourselves or anyone else if we are always on the go, worn out and all frazzled.
God is very clear in his command to us. He says, “Be still and know that I am God.”
Let’s recite that as a mantra-
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am…
Be still and know that I…
Be still and know that…
Be still and know…
Be still and…
If we are still, we are able to hear more clearly. We are able to discern his voice from that of a stranger. If we are still and know that he is God we will not try to do everything or anything in our own power or strength. If we are still and know that he is God we will allow him to direct our paths and order our steps. Sometimes those directions will make us lie down in green pastures. And sometimes he will lead us beside the still waters where our souls can and will be restored.
In today’s fast paced world we, especially women, can be so busy doing/going that we run the risk of missing out on some blessings that God has for us. How can we miss out? We can do so by being too busy to pause and allow Him to interrupt our scheduled day. We can miss out by being too busy to listen to what He is telling us.
I beseech you, my sisters to be still and know that he is God. He is worth the time and honestly, so are you.