CWJC

Site Spotlight: Begin Anew Middle TN

Begin Anew 2003 Graduates

CWJC Spotlight: Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee
by Kaylee Poston

“I do believe that every day God hears the cries and prayers of [people] in our community seeking to overcome the obstacles caused by poverty.”

These words spoken by Rebekah Sumrall reflect the heart of Begin Anew, a Christian Women’s Job Corps site impacting Middle Tennessee. Sumrall serves as executive director for Begin Anew. Through this program, men and women are taught job and life skills that empower them to rise up out of poverty and find hope for their futures.

Erica's Story

Erica's Story
by Kaylee Poston

Every morning at 3 a.m., Erica* begins her day. She wakes up and readies herself for the same full-time cashier job she has diligently held for 11 years. She awakens her two young sons once she is ready, drives them to her mother’s house, and reports to work by 4 a.m. After work, she picks up her sons and returns to her apartment to prepare for the same schedule the next day.

After 11 years and minimal pay raises, Erica knew something had to change. She wanted more for her children than the life she had now; she wanted to provide them with a home and a bright future. She began researching options to help prepare herself for the high school equivalency test. During that research, she stumbled upon something from her past.

Happy Birthday CWJC

A 20 Year Celebration for CWJC
by Kaylee Poston

Over the last two decades, Christian Women’s Job Corps has empowered women battling emotional and financial adversity by providing job and life skills training. By investing in the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of participants, CWJC creates a platform in which women help women embrace their full potential. CWJC not only supports women in overcoming current obstacles but also instills them with eternal hope in facing the obstacles to come. As we celebrate the 20th year of CWJC, we invite you to reflect on the journey of this ministry and the faithfulness of God in sustaining and prospering it.

Serve in Missions

LaShondra's mentor, Cathy, characterizes her as tenacious: “After some initial success in passing some of the sections [of the GED test], several sections were proving to be much more difficult challenges, such as math and science. . . . She contemplated giving up after failing some of the tests for a second time. However, she recognized what an incredible opportunity CWJC’s program afforded her.”

CWJC, or Christian Women’s Job Corps, was founded by WMU in 1997. The ministry, which has expanded to include Christian Men’s Job Corps (CMJC), serves thousands of individuals through nearly 200 registered sites in 23 states and 5 countries by utilizing a two-pronged holistic,strengths-based approach of mentoring and discipleship. This all-inclusive method produces a holistic approach to life change, allowing individuals to understand that wholeness is a by-product of daily, personal decisions of behavior modification and thought transformation, outworked through a disciplined relationship with God and people.

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