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Bevelyn Beatty Was born in Staten Island, New York, and soon after moved to North Carolina where she spent the majority of her childhood. In her formative years as a child, her parents separated, and she was raised in an environment of instability, turmoil, and both sexual and physical abuse.
A product of a broken culture, she acted out with rebellious behavior from a young age. She developed a negative image of men which was more deeply confirmed through repeated experiences. Men were after one thing, and one thing only, just like her father had told her as a teenager. Having had her first abortion at 15 and later dropping out of high school, she continued on a self-destructive path centered around dating, drugs, and drinking, She would go on to have two more abortions during that time.
Living a carefree lifestyle and needing a large sum of money to catch up on past due rent payments, she was caught up and arrested for money laundering from her employer. While in jail awaiting bail for 7 days, she met a women who had the God-given ability to see the internal struggle with depression that she had kept secret for quite some time. The women told her that if she did not change her life, the next step for her would be the grave. Bevelyn knew in her heart this was true and upon her release moved forward with the determination to choose a new path.
Not long after, working for a non-profit women's organization, she was raising awareness and fundraising. from people on the street in front of the Trump Towers in New York City. She met a women named Edmee who patiently listened tp her explanation of all the things they were doing to help young girls. After completing her pitch, Edmee responded, "I could give you money, but if these girls don't know Jesus, nothing will change." Bevelyn knew deep down that this was true, and with curiosity sparked by their conversation, proceeded to get to know Edmee more in the coming weeks. Shortly after Edmee began discipling Bevelyn and they began working alongside one another to pursue the ministry God had called them to; feeding. the hungry, healing the sick, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In short, sharing the truth that until Jesus Matters, nothing else matters.
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Edmee Chavannes was born in Paris to parents who had previously immigrated to France from Haiti. In her early years her family attended church, but after her parents divorced when she was a child, her mother left the church and gave up on God. Influenced by her own negative life experiences and the speeches of Malcom X, she developed a hatred of white people and for her father from which she had become estranged. Having visited the United States several times throughout the 1990s, she fell in love with the sense of freedom in America and was impressed by the size and scale of every aspect of life in contrast to what was familiar in Europe. As an adult, after experiencing the loss of a dear friend, in 2002 she decided to immigrate to the US for a new start.
Despite this new beginning in America, she continued to struggle with depression, rejection, and pessimism - but that would soon change. Encountering Christians
who were truly relying on God in their daily lives, something she had not observed with Christians she had known back home, she saw a peace in them that she wanted for herself. In 2003 she received Christ and was born again, experiencing a radical shift that lifted her out of depression, removed the lens of racism she had seen the world through for so long, and empowered her to forgive her father. One evening, while attending a Broadway show with friends, a particular scene stirred up an overwhelming sense of awareness of the struggle between the
prevailing culture and the Kingdom of God. She heard from the Lord that he had called her to engage in the battle to regain this territory, and she began to pursue
it, leaving her secular career for full time ministry.
A few years later, on her way to the grocery store, she encountered a woman canvassing for a non-profit organization in front of Trump Towers. She listened to
her explain all the things they were doing to help young women. When the woman finished her pitch, Edmee acknowledged that her effort was well intentioned, but responded that if people did not give their hearts to the Lord, nothing would change. Much to her surprise, the woman did not attempt to debate her, but readily agreed. This woman’s name was Bevelyn Beatty, and she and Edmee would go on to become great friends and pursue ministry together that continues to this day.