Dancing with Joy
When a short term team took tap shoes to SIM’s Beauty for Ashes aftercare home in South Asia, the girls at the home literally danced with joy. Thankfully the shoes fitted the girls perfectly. One of the team, a trained dance teacher, taught the girls some dance steps and a few routines. Many of the girls had never tap danced before but they all loved their new shiny shoes!
Coming alongside each of the young women at the Beauty for Ashes safe home is vital in bringing holistic healing to these women. SIM began its Beauty for Ashes Restoration project three years ago to provide shelter and healing in a safe environment for young women 18 and over who have been exploited, abused or trafficked and sold into prostitution. Those who are involved in the ministry have a vision to see women healed and set free from their past, finding hope for their future and moving into all they can be with God’s help. The home was born out of the commitment of a local church to see the city’s poor and oppressed receive justice and compassion. Beauty for Ashes is guided by the ethos and values of the church, and the young women in its care are part of the wider church community. Because they come from places of abuse, exploitation and rejection, many see themselves as worthless. At Beauty for Ashes they discover, often for the first time, that they are precious. Our vision is to see these women embrace their future with hope, trusting that God is able to bring beauty from ashes and turn despair into joy.
Beauty for Ashes is a ‘sister-project’ of the Redlight Greenlight project, one of SIM’s Girls off the Streets initiatives that reaches out to girls aged 12-17 who have been rescued from prostitution and exploitation. When the girls turn 18 they move on to the Beauty for Ashes aftercare home, where they can continue to heal, receive vocational skills and educational support and help in legal processes.
For wisdom and sensitivity for the carers as they walk alongside the young women to help them become passionate followers of Christ.
For new areas and opportunities for vocational training for the girls
For the girls who are undertaking Year 10 and 12 exams. Some of the girls had never had the chance to study before so school has been a real challenge for them.
It’s easy to see how the visit of the short termers in this story supported the on-going work of Beauty for Ashes staff. How could you and your women’s group assist? Handcrafts, ESL, music, art, whatever. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel called to go.
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