We have journeyed alongside women with the same longing. Beauty for Ashes is a movement that invites women into the freedom that God designed for them. In our gatherings women share their stories with one another, without shame and experience God’s hope and healing for themselves. And through our training they are empowered to give away God’s forgiveness, grace and love to others.
We all have stories that involve personal pain & God’s intervention. But often shame keeps our stories from being told. We tend not to share the shameful, painful parts of our lives — the most powerful parts. Instead, we share only what is socially acceptable. We can break the power of shame by sharing the truth about our stories. When we share in a safe environment, God’s healing is free to flow over the hurts and pains of our past, so we can step into the bright future our Heavenly Father has designed for us. The safe environment and Christ-centered community fostered by Beauty for Ashes ministry help make this possible.
Beauty for Ashes creates safe spaces for women to encounter the hope and healing of Jesus. We desire for women to walk out of shame and into freedom through biblical stories, testimonies, seeking the Lord’s voice and sharing their stories with their community. Our curriculum provides guidance for women to interact with the truth of Scripture and invite the Holy Spirit to speak into their lives. It can be tailored to meet a variety of needs from small groups to special week-long retreats.
We have held Beauty for Ashes gatherings in over 50 countries and have seen God eternally impact the lives of countless women. Through this experience, women tap into their God-given destiny and become ambassadors for change in their homes, communities, and cultures.
We believe deeply in empowering women to step into all God has for them so they can disciple other women in the practical application of living out the freedom found in God’s truth and His purpose in their lives. Each woman’s story is powerful.
We would love for you to join us on one of our short term mission trips as we help cultivate the long term plans of our ministry partners around the world. You can also attend one of our Facilitator Trainings — a time of equipping held twice a year that prepares you to implement Beauty for Ashes ministry in your community.
Do you desire to impact women in YOUR community? Through our training you will be equipped to implement Beauty for Ashes ministry in your community and where you feel called to serve.
During our training, we walk participants through a Beauty for Ashes retreat so they can experience the content we teach them to facilitate. Then, we cover:
Women will leave feeling equipped to use Beauty for Ashes curriculum to impact women in their communities and wherever God has called them, change culture, and be conduits of hope and healing.
“After the forgiveness teaching we saw so many women confessing to one another the forgiveness they have needed to release to loved ones for so long. There were many tears shed, prayers of healing prayed over one another and stories shared of hope.”
“One lady messaged me the night before the retreat and said she had read the info about Beauty for Ashes on the website. She said she wasn’t quite sure this retreat was for her because she wasn’t in a place where she felt comfortable ‘digging up the past’. She did come and at the end of the day, she said she was glad she had come. She said God had worked in her heart to give her freedom over some areas of her life.”
Silence was broken in two women sharing stories they hadn’t before. New identities in Christ were sealed, worth was experienced, community bonds were created, declarations were yelled, and the weekend was sealed with communion.
“[One woman] was in a season of feeling a lack of God’s presence— when she would pray to God, she felt like He didn’t hear her. But today, she heard His voice and felt fully embraced by His love.”
“One of the women broke down crying telling us about God’s faithfulness throughout her life. On our last full day there she approached me and a squadmate with a translator. She said, ‘You gave me a real picture of love. I can now forgive, not because the person deserves it, but because God asks that of me.’”
“Jesus help take down walls around my heart. I can love my family and children even more because of how much he loves me.”
“I don’t feel shame anymore. I am strong, and I am free.”
“My mind has started to change. I believe that I really am a princess. Never before have I felt so valuable. Never before have I seen how much God loves me and what my significance is in Him.”
“When serving internationally, I think a good test of success is whether or not your local partners think your ministry is impactful and for this retreat, that was certainly the case. We had a few girls/women from the ministry helping us translate to the girls at the youth center when needed as they also participated themselves. The feedback from them was overwhelmingly positive. They specifically said that when one of our girls shared part of her story so vulnerably and transparently, it was as though it opened up the flood gates for all of the participants. Suddenly these girls/women were given a platform to share stories that they hadn’t told anyone before. It was a sacred time of sharing, healing and praying.”
Then several of the women in my group knelt before me, took the bowl, pitcher, and towel and washed my feet. I’m still not sure why but something in me broke open. I started crying uncontrollably. I still don’t know what exactly happened. All I know is that God used me to bring healing to those women and in turn He used those women to bring healing to me.
“It is in the moments that the enemy is speaking lies to us that we should turn to God and ask Him, \”What’s my worth?\” God will tell us great and strong truths that will silence the lies of the enemy.”
“We had bought beautiful head bands for the women and when they broke into their groups for the session on worth, the leaders crowned them with a crown of beauty and spoke over them words of honor. When they came back to the big group you could see them holding their heads a little higher and was so proud of their gift.”
“[I] was brought to tears as I saw the women share. It has been a dream of mine to have women from different churches coming together.”