Mar 07, 2013 (Odessa American - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
They gave and they took on Thursday morning. The 17 women from Mission Messiah who are working through a 12-month faith-based residency program divulged their testimonies in some instances with the Odessa College students they met during a service learning project for the college.
For four hours, the women stepped out of their normal, stringent routine of scripture, classes, work, chores and learning how to be better mothers. It was the first time OC partnered with Mission Messiah and it came to be but only by the grace of God, said Office Systems Department Chair Nancy Stewart.
The four classes that were decided upon that would benefit the women of Mission Messiah of cosmetology, business leadership, office systems technology and culinary arts were aligned in perfect order on this Thursday. Then, someone from Mission Messiah called Stewart to say, "Can we do it on a Thursday "
"It just worked. To me it's a God thing," Stewart said, outside the 10 a.m. session that paired Office System Technology students with women to talk about setting short-term and long-term goals in their lives. During the cosmetology portion, the women were given manicures while learning more about ways to care for their hair and skin. Another class would help them with writing a resume and dressing for a job interview. Before being served lunch by the Culinary Arts students, a class on etiquette was given.
It was a melding of peers between OC students and the women of Mission Messiah. For some, it's a similar life story of dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, serving prison or jail time and most often raising their children as single mothers.
The interaction on Thursday was a hefty percentage of the OC students' grades but for Stewart it was so much more meaningful. She told her students if the women you're talking to just want to talk or just want to know how you made to college; "If nothing else, please tell them they can do it," she said.
--Contact Lindsay Weaver on twitter at @OAschools, on Facebook at OA Lindsay Weaver or call 432-333-7781.
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