How do I explain what Christian Women’s Job Corps means to me? It forever changed my life. I was watching Channel 31 News one day. A lady came on talking about women and how they could get help with their GED. I thought to myself that this could be an answer to my prayers. It had always been a dream of mine to achieve my GED. This was at a time of my life when nothing seemed to be going right for me or my family. A few days passed, and I finally picked up the phone and called.
I was accepted, and my journey began. My first day I was nervous and excited. The people there made me feel so comfortable and like I belonged. The other ladies and I got to talking and knowing each other, and we realized we were there for all the same reason – to better ourselves. I came to realize I didn’t have any reason to be ashamed.
I was so grateful to all the men and women who gave of their time. When I was there, I wondered why would these people care enough for a complete stranger to give me their time or for the donations that made it possible for me to be there? The gentleman who came and talked to us about managing money or the lady who came and shared the Bible with us. The lady who left her job long enough to teach us about applying for a job. The tutors who spent time with us sharing their knowledge in math, reading and computer class. I am so thankful to these people. You don’t know what it takes to make each day possible until you spend a day there. The ladies who provided lunch to us every day. The materials down to the pencil were provided to us. There was only one thing I could think of – and that was a true blessing from God. This was God’s way of helping me by putting each one in my life.
If I had only one person I know I could call on to talk to about anything, it would be my mentor. Your mentor is with you after the first phase of the program is over. My mentor – what can I tell you about her? She was there for me to guide me. We met and studied our Bibles, and we talked about life. It was nice to have someone who could give me her input on things without judging me. I was sick at the time, and she helped me with resources to get the medical attention I needed. She’s a friend like no other.
This program offers so much. I received my GED on my first try. I went on to college, and I have plans to finish and receive my degree in business. I have a better job today – with benefits. This wouldn’t be possible if it hadn’t been for CWJC.
If there were magic words I could say to encourage a lady to enroll or for someone to donate to CWJC, I would. But I don’t know magic words. I can tell you what a blessing it is. Take time to pray about and let God lead you. He did me. I have been praying myself about signing up to see where CWJC needs me so that I can pass it forward.
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24