Greetings Family, Friends and Partners,
I’m not sure what the weather is while you are reading this but I can assure you no matter where you are right now it is HOT in the Philippines. Summer is here and school is out. Now many of our students are back home in their provinces spending time with family before heading to internships or returning to school in June.
Beauty for Ashes had the privilege of partnering locally with Global Impact to host a team from Bethel Supernatural School of Ministry to the red light district. We were able to go three nights in a row which is such a blessing. Many of the ladies giggled as they saw us each night asking us if we were confused what day it was.
Each night we brought dinner and a gift (sponsored by the visitors). The first night we brought roses. The ladies beamed as they received the roses and the gift of encouragement from our visitors. They often ask me how I find people from all over the world to love them. I tell them it’s not me at all but it’s God Himself bringing people and pursuing them.
The third night again we brought dinner and they each received their own perfume. I looked around and saw the girls receiving prayer and talking candidly with our visitors. What a blessing to see them blessed! These men and women are not a project – they are my friends and some even call us family. What believer doesn’t want their friends and families to be blessed and encounter Jesus?!
Many of the ladies pulled me aside to thank me and share what was weighing heavy on their hearts each night. One girl even shared that she ended a long term relationship in effort to take a significant step toward God because her boyfriend was abusive and never allowed her to study the Bible like she desired to. And yet another shared of the troubles with her children being apart of a gang, and another struggling with disease and illness.
I share this because we need God’s wisdom and leading in how to counsel and plug them to the true source – God Himself. Please join us in our annual prayer and fasting this May. I’ve included a calendar with prayer points. Please hang it up where you can see it and lift Beauty for Ashes in prayer. I’m asking for you to take a deliberate stand with us in prayer as we seek for God to invade the earth.
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Bethany has a heart to see Filipinos of all ages — especially those delivered from human trafficking and prostitution — equipped spiritually, emotionally, physically, and be transformed by the Gospel.