Beauty Instead of Ashes Conference

Twin Cities Women's Conference June 21-22, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce a Beauty Instead of Ashes conference is coming to the Twin Cities! These conferences have touched hundreds of women in out-state Minnesota and the now God is bringing it to Blaine! Ladies, please join us!

Have you experienced abuse or trauma? Come grow in your understanding of abuse. Gain insight to empower you to find hope and healing from a Christ-centered perspective.

Do you know someone who has experienced abuse? Come gain an understanding of the dynamics of abuse and learn how to better walk with those who are hurting.

Friday, June 21, 6-9pm
Saturday, June 22, 9am-4pm

Location/Hosted by:
Bridgewood Community Church
11670 Lexington Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55449

Cost: Free (free will offering will be taken)

Please Note: Childcare not available. Lunch is on your own.

Preregistration is preferred. Walk-ins are welcome.


Red Lake Reservation Conference for Women

Beauty Instead of Ashes Team

In March, our Beauty Instead of Ashes team (pictured) headed to PTL Rock Church on the Red Lake Reservation, near Bemidji, MN. God moved in powerful ways and we’ll be returning soon, as the women are hungry for God’s transformation.

Here is a glimpse of what Jesus did...

Thank you Lord! This conference addressed how abuse affects the "whole" person: mental, emotional, physical and especially spiritual. Abuse counseling has never addressed that most important value, my faith in Christ and His love for me, for all of us. He is our healer. Thank you for ministering healing and love to me, to all of us.—Valerie Wahl
During my healing prayer session so many revelations were given to me of the sweet love of Jesus. It was hard to look at my painful past and my trauma but with Jesus's help it was life changing. —Lisa Lyons
Moving forward has begun anew...On my way to freedom and healing, I can see Jesus with a big grin on His face, and my heart is confirming “this is it!” Thank you for your time, prayers, and endless energy you gave me. — Laura McClure

To learn more about the conferences we offer and how to host one, please visit or contact Diane at or 763-767-2150.


Highlights from September's Beauty Instead of Ashes Conference

Conference participant, Tracy, with Executive Director, Diane Stores

Conference participant, Tracy, with Executive Director, Diane Stores

September’s Beauty Instead of Ashes Conference was an incredible time! Although only a handful of women attended, we made important connections, including meeting with Pastor Josephine from PTL Rock Church, and praying with, and being prayed over, by Cass Lake’s Kingdom Family House of Prayer.

David Melander presented a powerful message about his personal journey of discovering what it means to be a Godly man, and seeing Jesus as a masculine role model. David included asking the women present for forgiveness on behalf of men, which was extremely moving and the women were very responsive.  

Darlene Cook teamed up with Diane, and taught on Love Bonds/Fear Bonds, Red Flags, Dynamics of Relationships/Boundaries and Overcoming Shame and Grief. Through her testimony, she shared about triggers that can stem from childhood wounds.

Jody Cowdin illustrated a distorted view of abuse when she read from a book published in 2005 that says a woman should identify with Christ’s suffering when her husband abuses her. She contrasted this with Scripture passages showing Jesus’ love for women. There was not a dry eye in the place, as she presented a large jewel to signify the value Jesus places on women.

Thanks to all who attended, and to our gracious and generous hosts: First Assembly of God Church, and Camp Dellwater. Thanks also to our teachers: Joy Alizadeh, Darlene Cook, Jody Cowdin, David Melander, and Executive Director, Diane Stores.

Bring our message to your church/organization by contacting Diane Stores: or 763-767-2150