In February of this year, Chris Uhl, a WOW sister, brought the needs of Lydia’s Home (Broken Chains) to our attention. Lydia’s Home is a place where women coming out of incarceration and/or addiction will live while receiving mentoring, advocacy, work force development and spiritual encouragement. Our goal was to raise $25,000 to help furnish this home.
We sought the Lord for ideas and we came up with a plan to sell Gini’s Journals. As women purchased them, however, they began to express their desire to learn more about journaling; and WOW was given a new means to encourage women! We began to develop home-based classes to help people learn how to deepen their relationship with Christ through journaling. We held our first Journal, Jam and Java (JJJ) on July 23rd, and explored journaling together with our guests. We also offered the opportunity to buy journals and/or give directly to Lydia’s Home. At each JJJ we have offered our guests the opportunity to host her own journaling class for her friends. On November 18, one guest from our first JJJ, Andrea Galehouse, had hosted such an event! (See photos below.)
Andrea’s JJJ was our ninth this year, and hers marked the last journaling event that will benefit Lydia’s Home (Broken Chains). Our ever-faithful God allowed WOW to exceed our goal of raising $25,000 to benefit Lydia’s Home through the sale of journals and related gifts given directly to Broken Chains. Guests have been enthusiastic both about enriching their relationship with Christ and others through journaling AND the mission of Lydia’s Home!
WOW does have JJJ’s scheduled in the future; however, the gifts from those will now be directed toward our international project for 2018: pure water for the Mayan People of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. As an outreach of the Chapel, we are working in partnership with Mission House which has established a ministry there in Ichmul and the surrounding jungle villages.
WOW is so grateful for each woman who has supported a JJJ event thus far, and we look forward to exploring journaling with more of you in the future! Stay tuned for more information about upcoming JJJ’s and the 2018 Purse Party!
-- Shelly Mountjoy © November 2017