This past Spring WOW had the idea to use our Gini’s Journals to help women learn about growing their faith through journaling at home-based events. We affectionately christened them Journal, Jam and Java (JJ&J). As we learn together with dear friends, we are also continuing to sell journals to benefit Broken Chains’ Lydia’s Home. Lydia’s Home is a safe haven for women with addiction problems who are being released from jail. Not only can they live, there, but they also can grow spiritually and develop life skills that will help them to live successfully in the community.
Each of our JJ&J events has been held in the hostess’s home and has reflected her and her guests’ unique personalities. However, all of the JJ&Js have similarities, as well:
- Each event has WOW sisters on hand to help.
- Our journaling enthusiasts share their hearts and invaluable experiences in hopes of encouraging attendees with techniques to deepen their faith and prayer life.
- JJ&J guests share their own great ideas, and our journaling information bank continues to grow!
The JJ&J have focused on using scripture as a model and focus of journaling, and this has been a blessing to our guests. Some guests have been so deeply touched that they have made spiritual changes in their lives as a result of attending. Meanwhile, guests have purchased many Gini’s Journals and accessories as a way of helping Broken Chains/Lydia’s Home while also sharing the gift of journaling with family and friends!
So far JJ&Js have served 85 guests whose journal purchases and direct donations to Broken Chains have allowed WOW to exceed our fundraising goal for Lydia’s Home. We also have had 5 attendees who enjoyed the vision of the JJ&Js so much that they have asked to host a JJ&J at their home for their friends! The Lord willing, by the end of the year we will have had 9 JJ&J home-based events with additional JJ&Js scheduled for Spring of 2018.
One exciting and slightly different upcoming JJ&J will be Christmas-themed! In addition to some of our usual content, special guest, Marie Shoup, will share her expertise in Faithbooking. She will be teaching the attendees how this art-focused form of journaling can enrich spiritual growth, focus and memories. This special Christmas JJ&J will be held at the Akron Campus on November 4th from 9:00 – 11:30 AM and we expect an additional 100+ guests for this event.
WOW has been humbled by the way God is using these JJ&Js, and we are enjoying watching God do above and beyond our initial concept! Please contact Kathie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the Christmas JJ&J or one of our other upcoming in-home events.
For a peak at some of our JJ&Js please enjoy these photos: