Link up with a Nearby CWJC/CMJC Site

Across the nation, more than 200 Christian Women’s Job Corps/Christian Men’s Job Corps sites are bringing God’s light to their cities, serving families who find themselves dealing with issues such as homelessness, drug or domestic abuse, imprisonment, or lack of adequate education. Adult missions groups looking for a ministry in which to invest their time, energies, and love will find a myriad of ways to do so by linking with a nearby CWJC/CMJC site.

Would your group commit to spending the next year reaching out to these women and men? What are some crucial needs your members could address? Take these steps to explore an exciting missions adventure:

Investigate

Learn about CWJC/CMJC by visiting wmu.com/jobcorps. Find contact info for a site near you. Invite the site coordinator or a volunteer to present a program for your group. Better yet, take some folks to visit the site during a session.

Intercede

Pray for the site, leaders, and participants. Ask God (and the leaders) how your group can best serve.

Invite

Ask your leadership team to present the missions opportunity, and pull together a team of willing volunteers. Ask the volunteers how often they wish to serve (weekly, monthly, or quarterly). Ask children and youth to do such things as make cards or sponsor a kitchen supplies drive.

Initiate

Consider ways to serve. Remember that individuals in your group possess varying spiritual and natural gifts, temperaments, and time-availability. Some may feel comfortable working one-on-one with participants, while others may prefer behind-the-scenes acts of service. Some may willingly offer their time, while others can meet needs through monetary support.

Here are some weekly, monthly, and seasonal or quarterly ideas for service:

Weekly

  • Serve as a mentor.
  • Teach a life skills class or a Bible study.
  • Help in the office.
  • Shop for food and supplies.
  • Collect prayer lists from participants to share at church (consider confidentiality issues).

Monthly

  • Plan a simple celebration for participants with birthdays.
  • Do (or arrange for) needed landscaping and maintenance.
  • Provide transportation for job interviews or field trips.
  • Send a personalized greeting card to each participant. Share a favorite Bible verse.
  • Prepare a lovely lunch and join participants for the meal. Listen to their stories.

Seasonally or Quarterly

  • Publicize the ministry in your church and community. Plan a fund-raiser.
  • Prepare gift bags with daily-needs items. Add a devotional book.
  • Provide Bibles. Stock a minilibrary with Christian materials.
  • Decorate the facility for holidays.
  • Help plan graduation celebrations.
  • With other churches, gather gently used garments and invite participants to a weekend new-to-you boutique.
  • Check with leaders about supplying gift cards.
  • Invite participants and their families to special events at your church.           

Writer Ann Maniscalco loves to read about (and write about) God’s extraordinary work through ordinary people.

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