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"Ruths and Naomis" Continued...

Issue: "Effective compassion," Sept. 2, 2006

"Math is a big struggle for me, and I knew I wouldn't be able to get my GED. After waiting a semester, I finally got the call that they had room for me here, and I began taking classes in May," said Planter. "I have an honest-to-God fear of mathematics. I cried, they embraced me, and they are helping me put God first, not fear first."

CWJC gave Planter a grant to pay for her furniture and electric bills. Aside from the physical and mental assistance she is gaining from the program, Planter said she believes the encouragement from the instructors and the weekly class prayer times are the greatest support for her during her recovery: "Every time I enter the building, I have new inspiration that God is seeing me through and will continue to see me through."

Already in 2006, CWJC Nashville has helped four women obtain their GEDs, and four more will take the GED exam in September. Five women have received promotions since graduating from CWJC this year. One woman, age 27, read a book for the first time in her life, and two 2006 program graduates are attending college.

Sumrall is adamant about not accepting any government funding-and the Nashville organization is growing so quickly that program leaders are looking to establish a new ministry location in neighboring Williamson County.

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