Beauty from Ashes

Beauty from Ashes

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to give “garlands of beauty instead of ashes” (Isaiah 61:3). But what does that really look like in our world today? At YWAM Pittsburgh, we have a ministry called “Beauty from Ashes”. This unique outreach offers teachings on the beauty of Jesus Christ to youth groups as well as weekly volunteer care at local pregnancy resource centers. In addition, we provide activities for a monthly, single mom’s group as well as babysitting for their children so they can have a much needed night off. We even provide free manicures and pedicures on city streets and in dressing rooms of local strip clubs. 

In order to help these women, we’ve recognize the stark reality that the world’s understanding of true beauty has been greatly damaged by pornography, culture, media, relationships, neglect and abuse. We can’t simply disregard their distorted view of themselves which, ultimately, stems from their warped perception of God’s character.

Through our YWAM Pittsburgh “Beauty from Ashes” ministry, we are experiencing firsthand how cosmetology opens up the spirit of these women around the world. It has been said that “women tell their hairdressers more than their therapists.” If so, then set before us is a door wide open to speak life and identity into the hearts of women! What we have is worth more than gold and they need to hear about it. As we seek to meet their physical, relational, and emotional needs, it creates an avenue to address their spiritual needs. We offer them security in their God-given womanhood by explaining the truth of a hope found only in Jesus’ love. Then, we extend an invitation for them to walk hand in hand with their creator.

We strive to see a world of women who will rise up to experience the beauty of the Lord inside and out, then walk into the plans He has for their lives. Do you share our passion? There are many opportunities for you to help us reclaim the rightful identity of God’s women in this city. You can join us as we serve, donate beauty care items, invite us to come serve, teach or minister to your group, and help in other ways. Please contact Melissa at (408) 759-2307 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

 

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

Because the Lord has anointed me

To bring good news to the afflicted;

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to captives

And freedom to prisoners;

To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

To grant those who mourn in Zion,

GIVING THEM A GARLAND  OF BEAUTY INSTEAD OF ASHES,

The oil of gladness instead of mourning,

The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.

So they will be called oaks of righteousness, 

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Isaiah 61:1 -3

 


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