WMU celebrates 20 years of Christian Women's Job Corps

Baptist Press photo by Van Payne

PHOENIX (BP) -- Linda Cooper, president of national WMU, and Sandy Wisdom-Martin, WMU's executive director, highlighted 20 years of ministry through Christian Women's Job Corps (CWJC) during their report to the Southern Baptist Convention.

"Twenty years ago, WMU began a dream that has grown into a nationally recognized program for helping women in poverty become equipped for life and employment in a Christian context," Cooper said June 14 in Phoenix.

"[CWJC] is about courageous women fighting for their families and their futures," Cooper said. "It is about godly people sacrificing themselves to make a difference in someone's life."

Since Christian Women's Job Corps started in 1997, 40,000 women have been touched through the program in nearly 200 sites and, collectively, 160,000 volunteers have served 200,000,000 hours in the ministry, Cooper reported.

Wisdom-Martin told of a woman named Flo who has served as a site coordinator of a CWJC site since 2005. Wisdom-Martin recounted that Flo said of CWJC, "Looking at the women who came in broken and left whole, I knew this was where I was meant to be. I fell in love with them and knew this was where I could make a difference."

In 2004, WMU started Christian Men's Job Corps, which operates in much the same way CWJC does, in that each participant is paired with a mentor and is engaged in Bible study. In CWJC, women mentor women; in CMJC, men mentor men.

"It is our honor and privilege to be coworkers in the Gospel with you, taking Jesus to the nations," Cooper told messengers. "Our commitment is to help your church members learn about missions, pray for missions, support missions, do ministry, develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle and support the work of your church and this denomination."

During the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting on June 12, Cooper, a member of Forest Park Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Ky., was reelected to a third term as national president. Jackie Hardy of First Baptist Church in Social Circle, Ga., was elected as recording secretary.

For more information about CWJC and CMJC, visit wmu.com/jobcorps.


Julie Walters is WMU's corporate communications team leader. Baptist Press (BP) photo by Matt Jones.
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