I am a proud graduate of the 2017 CWJC class. I would like to share my testimony of how I came to be in CWJC.
I’m not going to say it was all easy because it takes hard work and dedication to complete this class. But in the end, it’s all worth it, and you feel that you’ve ac- complished an important goal in your life.
My journey started when I was 16 and dropped out of high school because of problems with home life. Fast forward 19 years, when I’m working as a custodian at First Baptist Church and had been for about 7 years.
I would notice ladies dressed up and carrying backpacks and books in the church building. So, I inquired and found that they were students in something called CWJC. I was intrigued when I found out why they were here. It got me to thinking about why I had quit school and all the things I missed out on learning. At first, I didn’t think I would be able to attend because of my work schedule and other issues. So, I left it alone.
God works in mysterious ways because later, my boss mentioned something about me attending CWJC. I just kind of brushed it off because I didn’t think I had what it took to attend. Time, patience, or the ability. She assured me that my schedule could be rearranged for me to attend classes. That was it! I had no more excuses not to go. A few weeks later I turned in my application for CWJC. First day of class was exciting. I met lots of women that had been through difficult times similar to mine. I met my teachers who were so wonderful and friendly. Mornings were great. We would have coffee before class started and talk our pr.
We did this for the few months we were there. This taught me to open up to others about my problems, and it was a real confidence booster. I made a lot of new friends. We also had Bible study class that taught me things about the Bible I didn’t know. It strengthened my faith in God. Our finance class was fun and educational. I learned about making important financial decisions in preparation for my future.
And there are relaxing moments throughout our day. We would all have lunch together and enjoy each other’s company. The meals were delicious. And the most important thing of all was tutoring in preparation for taking the GED. Computer classes came in handy for taking the GED. To this day everything that I learned has been used in my everyday life.
This is my personal testimony that CWJC had a definite and positive impact on my life. Without it, I would never have achieved passing my GED. I have so much more confidence in things I do; I make friends easier and have trust in God even when things are not going well. I make better decisions. My mentor, who was there the whole time by my side, will for- ever be a friend. Love Mrs. Ozier for being with me. The things CWJC has taught I will forever carry with me through life as I use those things and teach others. It has made me a better, stronger, more knowledge- able woman for my journey in life.