Beauty 4 Ashes Development Foundation is a UK based charity that partners with churches and community based organizations locally and globally, in restoring disregarded communities.
Sometimes this disregard is reflected in the development process, paradoxically, subduing and bringing into bondage those from ‘poor’ communities whose voices we often in our practice make merchandise out of, or woefully despise and neglect.
Jesus, was well acquainted with this disregard, as we read in Isaiah 53:1-3: For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
This ministry is inspired by the seven fold ministry of the Holy Spirit ― the third person of the triune God. Spiritually, seven [Sheba – Shibah] a cardinal number symbolic of completeness and divine perfection, speaks of plenitude of the holy spirits power, and of his manifold operations. Jesus’ ministry begins with the prophetic announcement taken from (Isaiah 61:1-4), “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” with an earlier illumination of the activities of this sevenfold ministry of the spirit in (Isaiah 11:1-5)
- The Spirit of The Lord
- The Spirit of wisdom
- The Spirit of understanding
- The Spirit of counsel
- The Spirit of might
- The Spirit of knowledge
- The Spirit of the fear of the Lord
This, we believe, is the signature of the work of the holy spirit [Ruach]―the spirit of truth, who guides us and teaches us all truth. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [emancipation from bondage, true freedom].
They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore the former devastations; they will renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. ―Isaiah 61:4
The goal of our ministry is to provide quality training, discipleship, and resources to equip those working in the field of community development grounded in the gospel. The foundation offers a range of initiatives and courses that will help in building the confidence and capacity of those called to the ministry of community development.
From 2011 to 2015 our founder set up a scholarship program for student’s from Ethiopia and South Sudan to study at postgraduate level at the University of Westminster.
Since leaving her role in higher education, where she led postgraduate courses in faith-based and international community development, we are delighted to learn that the scholarships have now expanded to include students across the African continent. Based on her call to the ministry of faith-based community development, Dr. Claudette Carr founded Beauty 4 Ashes Development Foundation in 2010. We are now focusing our attention on the discipleship, internship, academic support, and professional supervision of participants on our short courses seeking to enhance their knowledge of the values and principles underpinning Christ-Centered Community Development. The courses are designed to create a space for theological reflection towards advancing the kingdom of God for those working (or considering ministry) in the field of community development, community leadership, social work, youth work, and ministry.