Jesus told so many stories. The story of a farmer sowing seeds. The story of a boss who hired workers at the last minute. Jesus also wrote Himself into the stories of people who interacted with Him. To list just a few:
♦ The woman who touched the hem of His robe and found healing from her disease.
♦ The daughter of Jairus who was raised to life with Jesus came to her home.
♦ The little boy who brought his lunch to a hillside and then watched as Jesus multiplied it in amazing abundance to share with the crowd of more than 5,000.
Jesus is still writing Himself into the stories of the lives of people today. It happens quietly and regularly in Arlington every day through ministries such as:
♦ Christian Women’s Job Corps of Greater Arlington
♦ Christian Men’s Job Corpsof Greater Arlington
♦ International Friends
These three ministries are part of our Local Engagements.
For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the total given to Local Engagements will exceed $23,000.
Read on about the stories of the ministries that change people’s lives in Arlington today… and they will do it again tomorrow. See how Jesus is at work in writing Himself into these lives.
Local Engagements. It doesn’t get any more down-to-earth than engaging in ministry with the people who live in your zip code! Will you pray about how God may want to write you into the ongoing stories of these life-changing ministries?
CWJC of Greater Arlington loves to reflect on the stories of the women who have been changed through its ministry. In fact, there are 523 stories because there have been 523 graduates – and every graduate has a story that is uniquely her own.
Since 2005, CWJC of Greater Arlington has been hosting 12-week semesters, twice a year (spring and fall). Graduating 81% of its participants, the CWJC of Greater Arlington site has proven to be one of the most successful sites across the nation.
And this CWJC site is part of the larger story of CWJC nationally and internationally. Founded in 1997 by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) in Birmingham, Alabama, more than 40,000 participants have been touched through the program in nearly 200 sites in the US and around the world. Every CWJC site is primarily run by volunteers with limited full-time and part-time staffing, so the importance of volunteers cannot be underestimated. Across those 200 sites, more than 160,000 volunteers have served 200 million hours in this ministry that is rewriting the stories of thousands of women every year!
Our CWJC of Greater Arlington provides tuition-free spiritual, personal development, and business training to women in the greater Arlington area to improve their employment prospects to help provide for their families. With a full-time director and a part-time office assistant, all other roles in the ministry are filled by volunteers! FBCA members fill many of those roles as teachers, mentors, Bible study leaders, clothing boutique workers, meal planners, and more. FBCA currently has six members serving on the CWJC board of directors, working alongside believers from other local churches in a cooperative community ministry that is changing women’s lives.
Here are a few other facts about CWJC of Greater Arlington:
♦ Approximately 25% of CWJC of Greater Arlington annual operations are funded by FBCA
♦ The director and past director are both active FBCA members
♦ To graduate, participants must have an attendance record of 90% and have demonstrated progress in all classes.
♦ Two twelve-week sessions are held annually, are offered at two levels, and include an evening class
♦ CWJC of Greater Arlington is a certified Microsoft Testing Site
♦ CWJC of Greater Arlington is seeking to work with Dallas-Fort Worth Asylum Seeking Housing (DASH) to provide job skills for asylum seekers
Would you like to be part of the stories of the women of CWJC? You can support this ministry by:
♦ Teaching a class or assisting a teacher
♦ Donating business appropriate clothing
♦ Providing snacks and/or lunches
♦ Giving financially
The story of Christian Men’s Job Corps of Greater Arlington began in 2016 by FBCA. While it is one of the newer ministries of FBCA, the first CMJC began in 2004 when national Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) launched CMJC as a follow-up to the success of CWJC. Focusing on equipping men, CMJC centers its content around concepts that give men the job training, skills training, and connections needed to gain job skills and confidence that can lead to better employment – all while weaving in the vital, life-changing messages of spiritual growth. This is accomplished through tuition-free classes and mentorship.
CMJC of Greater Arlington is comprised of:
♦ Monday night Bible study that explores how to lead more productive lives.
♦ Monday and Tuesday night Life Skills classes that focus on workplace essentials such as a healthy understanding of work, attitude, and responsibility; perseverance; resume preparation; and job search methods.
♦ Tuesday and Thursday night Computer Skills classes that focus on basic computer skills that are essential for entry into the job force.
♦ A mentoring program that helps and counsels men through their journey.
To graduate from CMJC, participants must attend 90% of the classes and complete all assigned work. Five men have successfully completed the 10-week program; 7 participants are in the current class (Fall 2018).
CMJC works with other local ministries to make connections with potential students. Some of these local ministries include:
♦ 161 Ministries—an addiction recovery ministry
♦ One Heart Project—a ministry that assists youth boys who are caught up in the juvenile justice system
♦ DASH Network—a ministry assisting asylum seekers
♦ Cornerstone Assistance network—a ministry of North Richland Hills Baptist Church providing services to the homeless, ex-offenders and others in need
♦ Attorneys, counselors and others in the Tarrant County Community Supervision and Corrections Department network
CMJC’s offices and teaching areas are now housed in the FBCA Wade Building. Our church is represented on the CMJC board as seven church members serve in that capacity. FBCA members can support this ministry by:
♦ Volunteering as mentors or life skills / computer / Bible study teachers
♦ Praying / giving financially
♦ Donating business appropriate clothing
Would you like to be part of helping to influence the stories of the men in Arlington who want or need better job skills, as well as need opportunities to grow in their relationship with Jesus? For more information about CMJC of Greater Arlington, go to www.cmjcga.org.
Their stories come from every corner of the world. Their stories represent students, professionals, housewives, professors, and every walk of life imaginable. And their stories have been interwoven with FBCA for 44 years.
International Friends, which began as the vision of four women in 1974, has been quietly, patiently, lovingly writing itself into the stories of people’s lives for more than four decades. These four women saw international women coming to Arlington with no friends and nothing to do. In response, they developed a ministry that would reach internationals with activities, English classes, and the friendship of Christians.
Every Wednesday morning in our Fellowship Hall, you will find a dedicated group of more than 30 volunteers who love to share the Gospel with people from all over the world. In the past year, over 150 individuals from 28 different countries have participated in activities such as:
♦ English classes
♦ Bible studies
♦ field trips
♦ home visits
♦ creating crafts
♦ understanding the path to citizenship
♦ receiving the “Jesus” film in almost every language of the participants
Bibles in 40 different languages have been distributed in the past five years! All the participants are invited to attend worship services and some even go on to become members of the international Sunday school classes at FBCA.
The International Friends is staffed through a cooperative effort between these area churches: Woods Chapel, Fielder Road, Pantego, and FBCA. You can become involved in this ministry:
♦ Pray for our International Friends
♦ Become a teacher
♦ Be a friend who will simply engage in conversation with someone who is learning English
♦ Assist the coordinators with crafts, painting, and cooking
The ministry is looking for young adults who have a heart for being part of this ministry – whether as a teacher, helper, or a friend.
Being part of the International Friends story is one that can literally take the Jesus story to the ends of the earth! Will you be part of International Friends? For more information, visit their webpage.