Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out Of Poverty by Jan Martinez is about the job training program started by the author in Spokane, WA.
It is also a bible study of the Samaritan woman. She compares some of the poor women she meets at the training program to the Samaritan woman.
The author says we can learn a lot, from this tutorial, about how to interact with people who are different from us, no matter what the differences are (financial, cultural, racial, national).
Anyone who is thinking about mentoring others (or ministering) could learn a lot from reading this. Especially if you are thinking about starting a job-training micro-enterprise of your own.
This is a really good book. At first I didn’t think it would apply to me too much because it is about people in a large city. Larger than any of the places near me (the largest place near me is only 67,000) anyway.
But after thinking about it, I realized there will be poor people no matter where you go. We do in fact have a “bad” side of town, and there are homeless shelters in both the big towns close to me.
So doing something like Christ Kitchen here would probably be really good. Not just for the people it helps but for the community. Something to think about for sure.
About the book:
“I awoke with a knife at my neck and the palpable pounding of a rapist’s heartbeat on my chest.” So begins Christ Kitchen—a story about redemption and healing based on the experience that molds the author’s life, brings her to faith, and fans a passion to help other desperate women living in poverty.
Jan Martinez tells a compelling story of women living in poverty in America, demystifying the baffling complexities of poverty, and providing thoughtful solutions suited to individuals or groups. The book provides a practical, replicable example for overcoming poverty through Christ-based mentoring and employment at Christ Kitchen, a job-training ministry to low-income women.
Based on the mentoring approach Jesus uses with the Samaritan woman at the well, the book exposes God’s heart for the poor and equips us to share his message and our lives with women who never find their way to church. Masterfully, he shows us how to talk with society’s outcasts and love them into the Kingdom. With equal mercy, the Lord shows us the way to finding our true selves through service to the “least of these.”
Through insightful, personal stories of women from the street struggling to change their lives and women from church communities struggling to walk beside them, Christ Kitchen provides a mentored path for both to transcend barriers of class, race, and opportunity to form healing, faithful relationships.
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Deep River Books (September 5, 2013)
About the author:
With Master’s degrees in public health and counseling, Jan Martinez founded a job-training project called Christ Kitchen, which attracts low-income women to work. Through the production and sales of gourmet dried food products and catered meals, this project enables women to learn to work, to become employable and, eventually, to support themselves and their families without reliance on government programs or destructive relationships.
Christ Kitchen recognizes the myriad of issues making employment and self-sufficiency difficult for women in poverty. They offer a work setting in which any willing woman can gain skills and competencies which in turn improve their confidence and self-image. Helping low-income women learn the love of Christ and achieve emotional and mental stability as they become self-reliant, stable workers and citizens, is the goal or our growing community.
Recognized for her countless hours of serving others, Jan has received awards such as the Sister Peter Claver Award (2010) reflecting the mission, compassion quality, and commitment of service and leadership from the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital; Person of Excellence (2006) by the Spokesman Review; Helen Hamilton Peacemaking Award (2006) from the Presbyterian Synod of Alaska-Northwest; Governor’s Recognition Award (2003) for commitment to the excellence of the human spirit; and the Spirit of the Daughter’s Award (2003) by the Jonas Babcock Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Jan received a Doctorate in Ministry researching discipleship with the poor and is an adjunct professor at Whitworth University. She is married to Felix Martinez, a physician, and they have two beautiful children, Jake and Rose, both adopted as babies from Korea. They’ve served in medical missions in Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam and go fly fishing together every chance they get.
Visit the Christ Kitchen website for more information or to make a donation. You can buy a copy of the book there too.
I received a free book to review from Tell Us The Truth Reviews. My opinion is 100% my own.