Come to the Beach March 3-5, 2023
We see you. We know you’re tired. We know you have broken places that need healing. We also know life is demanding, and you just need a break. Sweet sisters, you are chosen and cherished by the Father. He has plans and purposes for you beyond what you can envision. This weekend will be healing, restoring, and empowering. We’re going to take back what the enemy has stolen.
In 2022 we met at the river in historic downtown Wilmington. It was a powerful event, and many were encouraged and experienced breakthroughs. We liked the river; we knew God had led us there, but in 2023 we’re heading back to the beach!
We’re also extending our schedule from Friday to Sunday with three meals on Saturday. Our vision for BFA has always been to create a weekend for women to find rest, renew their faith, and enjoy fellowship with old and new friends. You can’t do that in one day. You need a weekend away.
2023 Finding Purpose!
Finding Purpose! is the theme for 2023. Many of us are seeking and searching for that special purpose God has for us. If that’s you, grab your ticket today. No matter what season you’re in or what seasons you’re between, you have a purpose laced with eternity. Take a step of faith. Give Him the entire weekend and come expecting to meet a new friend, experience powerful worship, find rest and healing, and discover your purpose right here and right now.
Meet and Greet 7:00-8:00 PM
Saturday (All Meals Provided)
9:30- 1st Session
11:00- 2nd Session
12:30- Lunch and Free Time
- Walk on the beach, take a nap, go on a prayer walk, hang with friends!
3:00 PM- 3rd Session
5:30 PM- Dinner
7-9:00 PM- Extended Worship and Prayer
Sunday (Check Out at 11:00 AM)
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Communion, Worship, and Closing
Do you need a weekend like this? Do you know someone else who does? Grab your tickets now!
Cost for this entire weekend including three meals only $130.
We intentionally keep our events small to minister and nurture fellowship with one another. When 50 women have registered, the registration will be closed. We are almost half-way full, and it’s only January!
Registration is non-refundable; however, it is transferable to friends if you are unable to attend.
Stay at Shell Island Resort
Overnight Stay is optional and separate cost.
The special Shell Island Resort room rate for BFA is $139 plus tax per night.
One or two night stay is available. Grab your girlfriends for a weekend together to share the cost. The Shell Island suites have two queens, one and a half baths, and a living area with a kitchenette. We love them!
Call 910-344-0888. This is a special line for BFA reservations. Leave a message if Meredith does not answer. She is our event coordinator and will return your call to complete your reservation.
If you are coming in from out of state and will be flying, we have a wonderful little airport in Wilmington. ILM is small but growing with a number of flights arriving and departing daily. It’s about 24 minutes from Wrightsville beach.
Andy Lee is the author of A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called, The Book of Ruth Bible Study: A 31-Day Journey to Hope and Promise, and Radiant Influence: How an Ordinary Girl Changed the World. Her greatest passion is to help women unlock the life-changing power in the Bible for themselves. That’s what changed her life, her marriage, and her parenting, and gives her renewed purpose and strength everyday. You can do life with her on Instagram @wordsbyandylee and her YouTube channel.
Venus Schrader spent years in pursuit of emotional healing from traumatic events of her childhood. On the brink of throwing in the towel on life and God, she received the revelation that she was Daddy’s Girl. This opened the door to a process of healing that has forever changed her life. She has lead women’s bible study, taught Sunday school, and she has also ministered to homeless and runaway teens and single moms. Venus enjoys spending time with her family and friends and writing children’s books. She is the mother of four adult children: a handsome son and three beautiful daughters. She also has four precious grandchildren. Venus lives in Wilmington, NC, with her husband Randy and daughter Kiyanna.
Debbie Hufham is the visionary of Kalos women’s ministries. She has a desire to show women they can trust God. A message about obedience is not something most people run to hear, but her motto is: “faith is the key; obedience opens the door.” Debbie invites you through the door where you can find peace, hope and trust in Jesus. Her intentional speech and hilarious stories are loved by those who hear her messages.
Our BFA team partners with KALOS ministries to encourage women’s ministries all over the country. If you have a women’s ministry that could use some refreshing and encouragement, or if you need help launching a new ministry to women in your church, we’d love to help!
We offer resources, mentoring, and the BFA retreats in one day or weekend formats based on your needs and budgets.
KALOS is still in the launching stages, but we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested. Email Debbie at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
We Hope You Can Come!
Bring your small group, leadership team, or entire women’s ministry! We can’t wait to meet you. :)
. . . to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise instead of the spirit of despair. . . Isaiah 61:3
Testimonies of attendees…
Attending Beauty for Ashes Retreats is like coming home to family. So much warmth and loving thought and prayer put into each event. Love the freedom of the spirit! Blessed to have been both attendee and speaker.
– Susan Ely, Raleigh, NC
Last year was my 1st year and I’m excited for my 2nd year. I met lots of amazing women. – Kelly Lynn Michael, Wilmington, NC
This was my first retreat ever and was an amazing experience! I was so filled by all the testimonies & met so many wonderful Christian women, many of whom have become special friends! I was totally blessed by this retreat.
-Diane Holland, Wilmington, NC
Such a time of refreshing as I met so many women who have so many different walks of life and how God brought them through. Also the breakouts helped so much as I always struggled with opening up and sharing my story. Looking forward to 2020.
-Sara Echel, Wilmington, NC
I loved it and will be there next time and bringing a friend! – Francine Tadeo, Wilmington, NC
My mom Anne Scott and I attended for the first time and I’m hoping to bring my daughters and daughter in laws with me this coming year. -Ellen Hart, Wilmington, NC