By Ann Maniscalco
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children… (Deuteronomy 6:6-7a).”
Mary Callahan, Executive Director of CWJC and CMJC (Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps) of Rankin County, MS, and teacher of Celebrate Recovery and Job Training classes at the state prisons regularly witnesses life transformation.
“Many of our ladies in the prison are first generation Christians,” this Mission Service Corps missionary notes. “We had a lady get saved in our CWJC Richland Site and eventually her husband and whole family, including extended family, came to know the Lord and were baptized.”
“Recently, we had Mary Stafford, a CWJC Richland participant; receive Christ during class time and a week later her daughter wanted to know more.” The Site Coordinator led her to the Lord.
Last May, the Pearl and Richland sites celebrated their fifth birthday, with over 1200 people having received services at that point.
“Most importantly, 171 decisions were made for Jesus Christ,” says Mary.
Enlisting the help of others, Mary recently compiled a devotional book with a “Hope” theme, distributing 300 copies to women at the Flowood Restitution Center.
Although she's influenced hundreds, Mary's done it one-on-one. A client describes her support:
“Mary Callahan has been very influential in my success in growing as a Christian and raising my children,” says Stacey. “As I reflect back through the years of her mentoring and our friendship, I am reminded of her generosity and genuine love she has for the families whom God has entrusted to her.”
Ask the Lord to supply:
- A physical site to house the overall program
- More volunteers and funding to keep ministry going
- Computers for the GED program