Celebrating 20 Years of Christian Women's Job Corps

Flo speaking to CWJC partcipants

After hearing the diagnosis, she asked the doctor, “How long do I have to live?” The doctor said, “Two months, maybe three.” That was more than 50 months ago. Flo (pictured at right) intends to minister in Christ’s name through Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) until she draws her dying breath.

“Looking at women who came in broken and left whole, I knew this was where I was meant to be,” Flo said. “I thank God every day for the gift of love. I fell in love with them and knew this was where I could make a difference; I felt like this was my purpose.”

She added, “How awesome it is to enjoy what your purpose is—ministering and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Betty’s life was changed through CWJC. She says, “I came to CWJC to learn computer skills and Bible study, but through the program, I learned to forgive my lifelong abuser. I discovered how to set boundaries in my own family. I worked at the family abuse center for a year, helping other women deal with their abuse as I used the skills I had acquired. I served as the alumni coordinator for CWJC for five years and have recently started a ministry for women.”

When April was a junior in high school, she moved out of her parents’ house and started selling drugs to make ends meet. She spent ten years getting deeper into the drug scene and spending time in jail. She met a man who became her husband. He received a 42-year prison sentence one month before their son was born.

April went in and out of prison as well. The second time in prison she made this commitment, “Lord, don’t let me out of prison until I commit to serve you all the days of my life.” After her release, she found her way to a CWJC site and her life was transformed. God is using a former drug dealer in amazing ways to bring people to Him.

In 2017, we celebrate 20 years of CWJC. Through CWJC sites, thousands of women each year gain self-confidence, purpose, direction, and hope for their future. CWJC/Christian Men’s Job Corps offers life skills, job skills, mentoring, and Bible study.

Don’t miss God’s blessings for you. As we launch into the third decade of CWJC, visit wmu.com/jobcorps to find out how you can be involved.

Happy birthday, CWJC. Cake anyone?

 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20 NIV).

Father,

You are the God of more than enough. You parted the Red Sea. You fed 5,000 with scraps of food. You protected Daniel in the lions’ den. You added years to Flo’s life when doctors said there was nothing left. You transformed a drug dealer into a disciple. Give us vision to see what is possible and faith to follow Your plan. Greater things are still to be done for Your glory. Do immeasurably more in our day.


Sandy Wisdom-Martin is executive director/treasurer, national WMU.

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