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Talking, Praying and  Educating; An inspiring story of passion.

Talking, Praying and Educating; An inspiring story of passion.

 

These three empowering modes of responding to a call of action describe the support and aims of their ministry. Prefaced by the work of their daughter, Glenda, John and Doris McVay are the passionate stewards of Beauty for Ashes Florida. Beauty for Ashes Nepal, founded by their daughter, is an organization working to empower survivors of human trafficking and women who may be at risk of trafficking by fostering an environment that reflects the power of community, independence and faith. The McVays pursue their own chapter here in Florida selling handmade goods such as: earrings, items from recycled saris, necklaces and more from the women at Beauty for Ashes Nepal.
Inspired by their daughter, who they describe as, “A smiler, a laugher and a lover of the Lord”, the McVays have continued to speak out against human trafficking in their own backyard by educating people of all ages about the signs of trafficking with a special focus on educating the youth. They deeply understand the plaguing issue of human trafficking, the ways in which it manifests, and the ways in which it can be reduced.

They share, “Trafficking is growing larger than the drug industry because there is even more money involved in it.” Doris McVay goes on to explain the quick nature of trafficking and how widespread the harm extends. Their mission is to inform others of these travesties in order to incite change amongst individuals. The specifics are mentioned above because it is exercising the want and the pressing need the McVays advocate for in the journey to end human trafficking. The pressing need is the knowledge of the issue. They yearn to spread awareness and so they go out and educate others about the problem. They are a walking example of proactivity.
John McVay mentions the impact of his father’s work as a labor leader when John was growing up; the work of organizing meetings to address poverty and other tasks at hand have resonated with him. Doris mentions her withstanding passion, “I just like to help people” along with examples of driving around town with an extra breakfast sandwich looking for someone on the streets in need and buying candies for the toll-takers just to brighten their days. These professions of kindness have transferred to their five children and they hope that things will carry on to their grandchildren as they grow up. Family is a way of uplifting others; to connect hands and hearts to one another promotes the stability of hope and the promise of empowerment which leads then to the continued alleviation of suffering.
In Nepal, Glenda uses the model of family to construct many of the activities that occur at Beauty for Ashes which include (but are not limited to): daily morning prayer practices, lunches with all the staff members and education sponsors for many of the children of women working at Ashes for Beauty. The McVays explain the aspect of family at the markets they have been participating in for almost three years by describing the interest other vendors take in their story.

Talking is what they want; talking promotes the spread of knowledge and the spread of care for a cause.

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Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market Closes for Season on April 26 — The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market will continue through Mother’s Day, May 14.

Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market Closes for Season on April 26 — The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market will continue through Mother’s Day, May 14.

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Our Snow Birds are on their way home and warmer weather is here… and our Vendors have been working non-stop all Season!

The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market will close for Season on April 26 and will reopen in the fall.  Stay tuned!  We’ll keep you posted as to the exact dates for the coming Season.

The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market will operate through Mother’s Day, May 14 and will resume again in the fall.

 

Mothers Day

Thank you all for your continued support and attendance at The Beach Markets!  We appreciate you!

Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!

Its officially Spring!  And its not too early to think about those graduations, Mom’s Day, Dad’s Day … and stocking up on Florida specials like strawberries and sweet onions!

We have them (and so much more!) at Market….!

The Mid Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market – Wednesdays, through the end of June. 9am-2pm

The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market – Sundays, through May 22

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Happy First Day of SPRING

Happy First Day of SPRING

Hello and Happy Spring from the Beach Markets! 

The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market (Wednesdays, 9am-2pm) and the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market (9am-1pm)

Collards

(Yes, this is a real head of collard greens grown hydroponically by Sophie Ann’s.  How cool is this?  Over three feet across, gorgeous and delicious as a dehydrated neat-to-eat take away treat.)

Come out and play with us by the beach!  Family and pet friendly, free!  GREAT Vendors, awesome products from local produce to fine art, gourmet goodies and delicious foods.

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Madeira Market:  Madeira Way between the Tom Stuart Cswy and Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach

Indian Shores:  19305 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores

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Christmas Countdown

Christmas Countdown

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Just a gentle reminder that yes, its that time of the year….Christmas Crunch Time!  Are you ready?

Whether you are or not, we can help!

The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market is OPEN the Wednesday before Christmas from 9am-2pm.

Our Vendors (aka, ELVES!) have LOTS of great gifts from gourmet foods to fine arts and crafts. Something for everyone on your list!

We even have fresh, local produce for your holiday feasts and beautiful live plants for last minute decorating.

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Free! Family and pet friendly, too!

Madeira Way between the Tom Stuart Cswy and Gulf Blvd.

Wednesdays, 9am-2pm, October through the end of June.