As a non-profit agency serving women in need, the material needs of the ministry are many and the opportunity to give is immediate. God has been faithful to provide the resources we need to continue the ministry. Please consider being an instrument of God's blessing to Christian Women's Job Corps. We are happy to provide you a receipt for your donation to be used in your tax preparation.

Each year Christian Women's Job Corps® holds its Annual Circles Luncheon to raise awareness and money for CWJC and its students. This is a major event coordinated by CWJC and its sponsors at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville.

Our 2017 Circles event will be held on Monday, November 6, at noon at the Von Braun Center North Hall. We are excited to announce that our speaker will be Carolyn McKinstry!

McKinstry was present at Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in September 1963 when white racists bombed the church, killing four of her young friends. “I spent 20 years after the bombing trying to understand it,” said McKinstry, who has spent her adult life encouraging others to fulfill God’s great commission, “to love Him and to love one another.”

“I feel strongly that God has called me to the ministry of reconciliation, and that means carrying the message of love everywhere I go, whether it’s in words or by actions. We have opportunities every day,” McKinstry said, adding that it’s not always about money. “Sometimes, a kind word is all somebody needs.”

The Birmingham native is a former program manager for the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, and has served on boards of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Alabama Poverty Project and other civic causes. She helped raise major funding to preserve the historic Sixteenth Street church and to finance sculptures to memorialize the four murdered girls.

McKinstry chronicled her life experiences in a memoir, While the World Watched (Tyndale Publishers). A graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Carolyn earned a Master of Divinity degree from Samford’s Beeson Divinity School in 2008 and received an honorary honoris causa degree from Samford in 2013. She is a member of the Samford board of overseers and Beeson Divinity School advisory board. Carolyn was honored in 2016 as Samford University’s Humanitarian of the Year.

Carolyn and her husband Jerome now live in Birmingham. They are the parents of two grown daughters.

Mary Wimberly, SEASONS Fall, 2016 – The Magazine of Samford University.  Vol. 33 No. 3

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