CWJC

Your Giving at Work in 2018: Annual Report

Your gifts make a difference for WMU ministries like Christian Women’s Job Corps. Akevia was down on her luck when she found CWJC. She was helping others, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in school, working multiple jobs, and learning how to be a new mom. Akevia’s dream was to become a teacher, and it was clear that she would be a natural as she helped others at her CWJC site when they struggled with classes.

 
Generational poverty ended with me because of all of you.
— Akevia Wilson
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The Dove Endowment helped Akevia reach goals she never thought possible. When she received the Sybil Bentley Dove Award in 2018, she said, “I am a few months away from becoming what and who I was destined to be. God has used my journey to strengthen my faith. Because of these organizations and the wonderful Christian people who have helped and encouraged us, my son will not have to experience food insecurity or homelessness. Generational poverty ended with me because of all of you.”

Akevia is now a third grade math and science teacher and will soon begin graduate school.


2018 Annual Report

Total Granted: $1,600,000

Granted to National WMU: $615,000

Scholarships: For MKs: $58,000

SCHOLARSHIPS: For Others: $44,000

Women’s Leadership Development: $217,000

State WMU Organizations: $172,000

Receiving scholarships from the WMU Foundation was critical to helping me finish my seminary degree. Because of the generous gifts of many donors, I was able to depend less on student loans and feel less financial pressure both in school and following graduation. I’m presently working at Samford University as a Student Financial Services Advisor and VA Certification Officer. Now I’m able to help current seminary students and other college students as they prepare their finances for education. Though it’s not traditional ministry, I’m getting to connect with a variety of students and families as they face the challenge of paying for school.
— David Dockery, Beeson Divinity School graduate & WMU/WMU Foundation Scholarship Recipient
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Partnering with Purpose

I remember being in school on those days when the teacher let us know we needed to choose a partner to work on a project together. It was always a little anxiety-inducing because what if someone else chose your best friend or, even worse, no one wanted to partner with you? What if there wasn’t an even number of children in the class and you had to partner with the teacher? That could be embarrassing. Or what if you got partnered with that kid who didn’t pull his own weight and you ended up doing all the work?

You never knew what you would get when you had to partner up in school. It could be great, but it could also be absolutely terrible. If you were anything like me, you tried to make the most of the situation and hoped for the best.

All this to say, if you’re having anxious flashbacks to rough days in elementary school, I can put your mind at ease. At the WMU Foundation, we want to partner with you, but only in ways that benefit everyone.

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When you partner with us, we’ll help you find your missions passion.

Natalie Shannon, administrative assistant at national WMU, is passionate about social justice issues, so she partners with the WMU Foundation when she gives monthly to the Judith and David Hayes Endowment to Combat Human Trafficking. “I give because of how clearly scripture mandates fighting for the oppressed,” she explained. “Fighting for those enslaved by others is a very real, practical way to show love and display the gospel.”

We have churches that partner with us, as well. Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, has given since the WMU Foundation’s inception twenty-five years ago. “World missions has always been a priority for our church,” said June Whitlow, a long-time church member. “Since the Foundation regularly grants funds to ministries all over the world, this enables a portion of an individual’s initial gift to keep on giving and giving, long after the giver is gone. This pleases Mountain Brook Baptist Church members,” Whitlow continued.

When you partner with us, you can make personal connections.

“It’s easy to give when you see firsthand the impact of your giving,” said Lena Plunk, national WMU CWJC ministry consultant. “As a former Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) site coordinator, I know that giving to the CWJC/CMJC Special Fund directly impacts the lives of these men and women. I have heard their stories and know that my giving is helping to impact a life.”

Emily Swader, WorldCrafts marketing strategist, agrees. “I am a monthly partner because I believe it is important to provide consistent support to the WorldCrafts artisans through the Isaiah 58:10 Campaign,” she said. “I know that the money is being used to transform the lives of men and women around the world and give them opportunities to hear of eternal hope.”

When you partner with us, you help spread the love of Christ across the globe.

Mark Johnson, associate pastor at Shades Crest Baptist Church, said, “The WMU Foundation has been instrumental in helping our church connect with Baptists in need all around the world. We have been able to help respond to crises knowing that our funds are accompanied by prayer and ground personnel who are actively ministering through their actions and with their witness.”

When you become a monthly partner with us, you become part of something so much bigger than yourself. Your dollars are always at work, helping combat human trafficking through the Hayes Endowment, sending help to places in need of disaster relief through the WMU HEART Fund, or providing scholarships to missionary kids heading off to college.

And that’s only the beginning. The WMU Foundation has so many other funds and endowments, and we are happy to do whatever we can to help you find your missions passion.

“I consider it a joy to get to be a part of what is being done through WorldCrafts and the WMU Foundation,” concluded Swader. “A monthly donation is an easy way for me to be a consistent financial supporter.”

We hope you’ll choose to partner with us by becoming a monthly donor to the WMU Foundation*. We promise we won’t make you do all the work.


* The WMU Foundation offers automatic monthly giving, making it easier than ever to support your favorite fund or endowment. When you give online, select the option to make this a recurring gift. The card you use will be charged each month for the amount you specify. If you need more information, contact us at wmufoundation@wmu.org or call (205) 408-5525.

Written by Maegan Dockery, Marketing Manager at the WMU Foundation.

The Resurrection of Easter

Easter. It is resurrection, hope, transformation, life. Easter is what makes the devastation and confusion of Friday make sense.

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For women working their way through Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC), Easter is happening each day. For Akevia Wilson, CWJC gave her the skills and support needed to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. Though her circumstances once seemed dark, poverty didn’t steal her hope. She now teaches a classroom full of students who know through her example that resurrection is possible.

Everyone involved in CWJC – participants, mentors, volunteers – will tell you resurrection is messy. You can’t erase Friday or take away the pain of the events that led to the resurrection. Sometimes the path to Easter morning is heartbreaking and heavy.

But the hope of rising again is always present because God brings life in hopeless situations and transforms us in the process. Resurrection is always possible. Friday may be full of hopeless problems that can’t be solved and circumstances that leave us broken and grieving. It might feel like an immovable stone blocking the exit from darkness. But Friday isn’t the end.

WMU ministries are about hope and transformation—just like Easter. Your prayers, your financial support, and your involvement can make it possible for women to experience the hope of a new beginning through CWJC.

  • Pray for the hundreds of CWJC participants, volunteers, and mentors who are seeking resurrection today. Ask God to shine light in the darkness of hopeless situations.

  • Financially support CWJC by becoming a monthly partner with your gift to the Dove Endowment. You’ll provide scholarships for participants and grants for sites that are working tirelessly toward transformed lives.

  • Get involved. If you have a local site near you, contact them to find out how you can help. They may have specific prayer needs – commit to be a prayer supporter. They may have requests for supplies or volunteer help or any number of needs you may be able to fulfill.*

Be part of Easter for women across the country. Because Friday doesn’t have to be the end.

*Please contact your local site before collecting any supplies. Each site meets specific needs in their community and has a unique set of needs. Please call before you collect!

Making a Difference on International Women's Day

By Maegan Dockery

If I had my way, I would drop everything and travel the world. I would visit states I’ve never been to and countries I’ve only seen in movies. I would learn about different cultures and eat local cuisine. Unfortunately, I have neither the money nor the means to make this a reality right now, but I have been lucky enough to visit a few new places on mission trips.

When I was in college in Georgia, I went on mission trips to Kentucky, Texas, and East Asia. They weren’t glamorous trips full of sight-seeing and relaxing, but it was a fantastic way to visit new places all while sharing the love of Christ with others.

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That’s what mattered. Traveling is fantastic, but when there’s meaning behind it? I’m all in. Making a difference in the lives of others is important to me, especially when I get the opportunity to share Christ with those who may not otherwise know about Him.

This what I love about Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC). There are sites all over the United States where volunteers work hard to teach life skills but also the love of Christ. There are women who are struggling financially or who just need help getting back on their feet, and there are so many tangible ways we can help these women have a brighter future.

CWJC is a place where there is Bible study and prayer but also discipleship through missions. It’s not just a way to find a job. It’s a practical program with a purpose.

What are you doing to share the love of Christ with others? A great starting point is becoming a monthly partner with the WMU Foundation by giving to the Dove Endowment for CWJC. Your monthly gift will help women who are working toward a better future. We can help make the impossible possible for these women.

I may not get the chance to travel the world anytime soon, but I can make a difference right here in my own community, and that is more than enough for now.