CWJC

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.

T-shirts + missions

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8, 2019) by supporting women around the world through the sale of our For Such a Time As This T-shirts.

WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING ORDERS FOR THESE T-SHIRTS BUT YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT WORLDCRAFTS AND BEGIN ANEW THROUGH THE PURCHASE OF THEIR PRODUCTS OR SUPPORT WOMEN THROUGH CWJC BY GIVING TO THE DOVE ENDOWMENT.

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100% of your gift supports Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) through the Dove Endowment.

How will you support women around the world by getting a T-shirt?

  1. Your gift supports women like Dove Award recipient, Akevia Wilson, who, through Christian Women’s Job Corps, went from being homeless to achieving all A’s and receiving her education degree. Your gift to the Dove Endowment makes it possible to grant the Dove Award and provides funding for scholarships for several CWJC participants each year (those who are pursuing more education and those who need special assistance to complete the CWJC program). It also provides grants to help CWJC sites develop new programs that benefit participants.

  2. Your gift supports women like WorldCraftsBegin Anew refugee artisans who screen-print the shirts in the USA and are a part of a CWJC in Middle Tennessee. Through this CWJC site, refugees learn to speak English, develop job skills, and receive words of eternal hope.

  3. Your gift supports women around the world for International Women’s Day!

Thank you for creating opportunities for women through your gift.

If you have any questions, you can call the WMU Foundation at (205) 408-5525 or email us at wmufoundation@wmu.org.

Called to Serve

Becky Sumrall said that when God impressed a call on her heart as a young girl, she was ready to say yes.

And that readiness, she said, was because of Sunbeams, Girls in Action, Acteens and everything she had learned through those programs.

“Because of all that experience, I was receptive to that call, and it was powerful enough that it’s driven the rest of my life,” she said.

It drove Sumrall first down the aisle of a camp in Georgia where she made her commitment public at 16, though she had no idea what form a life of ministry would take for her.

“I didn’t know what the call was for, I just knew I had to do something,” she said.

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With that in mind, the counselor who met her at the altar told her that God might have lots of things for her to do, just to watch and see what He did.

So Sumrall has watched — and God has led her through seasons of teaching school, working on several church and associational staffs and directing inner-city apartment ministry. She served as adult missions and ministry specialist on the Tennessee WMU staff.

And for the past 15 years, she’s watched as God has worked through Begin Anew, Middle Tennessee’s branch of Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps, which she serves as executive director.

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“She has spent the last 40 years investing in the lives of women to help them fulfill their call to serve the Lord,” said Vickie Anderson, executive director of Tennessee WMU. “Her ministry has empowered women of all social classes and has led to not only changes in individual lives but also communities as a whole.”

Because of this, Sumrall is this year’s recipient of the Dellanna West O'Brien Award for Women's Leadership Development, which recognizes a Baptist woman who mentors other women to become leaders.

The award comes with a $2,500 grant given by WMU Foundation to help further the ministry she leads at Begin Anew.

In each position Sumrall has held, “she has shown her selfless ability as a servant leader to influence other women to become leaders, all the while leading with personal integrity,” Anderson said. “This constant drive and servant leadership has led to the transformation of thousands of lives and has enabled countless (women) to follow and develop their own call and continue their path of transformation with her support and encouragement.”

Sumrall said that would have never been possible without WMU encouraging her and shaping her. After she committed to the call to ministry, her mom — a longtime WMU leader — began to find ways for her to explore her call, from going to camps to shadowing missionaries. That investment carried on as colleagues poured into her along the way.

And working on the state WMU staff “developed some of the leadership and organizational skills that really prepared me to step out of there and lead at Begin Anew,” Sumrall said.

 She said she is grateful to still be fulfilling the call she heard as a teen.

“WMU feels like home to me,” she said. “I think that’s why this award means so much — it’s who I am and who developed me.”