My name is Amy, founder of The 61 Exchange... and this is my story of beauty for ashes. 

My story begins in a small town in South Georgia called Thomasville. I was born into a Christian home with two amazing parents and twin sisters. My sisters and I grew up in the church and walked down to the front to accept Jesus at an early age. It's easy to say that my high school years were pretty amazing, captain of the dance line, dated a star football player, pageants, homecoming and prom court. After high school, I went to college and soon joined the party scene. During my senior year of college I became engaged and married. Soon into my marriage, it became abusive, verbally and physically. To numb myself to the reality of my life, I turned to alcohol. One day he pointed a gun at me and said, "don't worry, I won't shoot you. You'd be a waste of a good bullet." At the time, I was in agreement with him. I didn't know my worth or value in Jesus. Soon we divorced. I carried so much shame in my small town. No one dreams of being divorced at 23. 
But Jesus, our good Father, stepped into my life at a time when I felt that He wouldn't want to have anything to do with me or would ever want to use me in His Kingdom.
Ladies, I'm here to tell you today that it doesn't matter how far gone you are, in the deepest, darkest pit. Jesus will find you, make you new again, create a clean heart in you, and set you up as an oak of righteousness, displayed for His splendor. Everything that the enemy meant to kill, steal, and destroy in my life, Jesus is redeeming everyday. The 61 Exchange is part of my beauty for ashes story. Out of my brokenness healing is being launched for others. It is my hope that through this page, this organization, and our events that you will be encouraged and most of all, see the transforming power of Jesus. Ladies, keep telling your stories. It is for freedom that we have been set free.