Who we are...
Columbia Center for Women's Ministries is a social service in the local community providing free Christ-centered peer-counseling and support groups in a non-judgmental, confidential atmosphere to hurting women.
We are called by God to provide a path to emotional and spiritual healing for those whose lives are broken. We have been where you are.
With the help of volunteers and donors, we provide a safe place, spiritual guidance, and one-on-one peer counseling.
Areas of Ministry
CWM improves the emotional and spiritual health of women in our area, which has a positive effect on their entire family. Our services are provided by unpaid volunteers.
Our trained peer counselors guide women toward God's abundant love and wholeness through Jesus Christ by the use of Scripture, a listening ear, and God's healing power.
Women with similar issues come together to share their journey towards emotional healing.
Our prayer group meets to pray for our centers, volunteers, and clients.
Referrals to Resources
We partner with other community organizations to meet the felt needs of our clients. In addition, we refer clients to professional counseling as needed.
Read the story one of our clients is telling about the way their life was changed by our volunteers at CWM.
"Those ladies were so full of love and grace that it drew me in. I wanted more of what they had."
I was a child of a broken home before I was even born. My father was a drug addict and my mother was unstable and didn't understand the full concept of caring for a child, so I went into foster care. While growing up, I was passed from home to home and guardian to guardian.
After several encounters of sexual physical abuse by the age of 15, I felt alone, unloved and rejected. Searching for salvation, I turned to men at an early age desperately trying to earn love. I pretended like I didn't care anymore. I didn't want to exist. I saw no purpose for my life, so I attempted suicide on a few different occasions. It was an easy escape to end my pain. After almost dying, I tried to pull my life back together. I knew I had to do something.
Around that time, I met my friend "B" who invited me to Community. At that time I knew very little about God. I thought God was a man, so I kept him at a distance. I didn't let him in. Instead I ran from him. I thought he was like all the other men in my life and I knew I didn't want to be hurt anymore. That first Sunday was just the beginning of my journey at Community. When I couldn't get to church I was introduced to the Kingdom Center for Women's Ministries. I was hesitant because I didn't know what it was about. I was so angry at God at that point I didn't need anyone else to try and bring me closer to him. So I avoided the Center for quite some time until a friend made my first appointment. I went but didn't even begin to know what I was getting myself into. After the first appointment, I felt at peace. There was something about that place but I couldn't figure it out. So I went again. I enjoyed people praying with me and taking time to listen to me. I have never felt much of God's presence outside of my church until I came to the Center. Those ladies were so full of love and grace that it drew me in. I wanted more of what they had.
Many of my friends tried to teach me about God but I rejected everything they ever had to say. I spent years blaming God and questioning why all this happened to me. I didn't believe he loved me. Part of me wasn't even convince he existed. I was so angry with God I didn't understand why he continued to let me live, yet through it all in the darkest of times of my life he remained by my side - even though I rejected him.
On May 10, 2014 I gave my life to Christ and was baptized. That is when my life began to change. My vision became clearer and my heart was softened. I am no longer angry with God. I now understand why I had the life I had. It was all in God's plans. What the devil meant for bad, God meant for good. I am blessed that God who is full of mercy, love and patience waited for me until I was ready for him.
We all have spiritual influences in our lives but one of the many that spoke to me was "JP". I had the privilege and honor to care for him during the last few months of his life. When I would walk into his room, I would open my hand and I would put his hand in mine. It reminded me of two things. It reminded me of God and how he is constantly reaching out with his love waiting for us to take ahold, and Isaiah 41:10 "So do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
We need not fear because God's presence is with us and he has established a relationship with us. JP shined for Jesus. His grace was beautiful and his love was pure. We would not be able to obtain any level of intimacy without grace. It is amazing how someone can witness to you without any words spoken. God has been consistently faithful to me even when I wasn't faithful to him. His mercy and grace is amazing in my every-day life and the miracle of my salvation has never dimmed for me. God has given me a future. A real future with hopes and dreams, with possibilities that are limitless.
Praise be to God, my Savior, my strength, my comforter, my friend. Amen
The Columbia Center for Women’s Ministries offers training to our volunteers on peer counseling techniques with a spiritual basis. We are looking for women with a heart to minister to other women from all walks of life. Age makes no difference. Love makes all the difference! You can pick up a Confidential Interview for Volunteers form at the Center during business hours. There is no fee for the course, however we do ask $10 to cover the cost of course material. We also have a lending library for volunteer use.
Basic Approach to CWM Counseling
What You Can
Expect To Learn
List of Classes
Please call for the dates of our next Basic Peer Counseling Training. (573) 256-1799
Our center was established 2004 and is part of the International Center for Women's Ministries, Inc. ICWM was founded in Bloomington, Indiana in 1989 by Reova Meredith. ICWM's primary purpose is crisis intervention with a spiritual emphasis. We grew from a Spirit-led conviction that although there are many social service agencies available, the element lacking in emotional healing is a spiritual emphasis. There are centers established in 7 states and 6 foreign countries, with others emerging.
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to bring good news to the afflicted. He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the physical and spiritual captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…. To grant consolation and joy to those who grieve in Zion. Giving them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise instead of despair.
Isaiah 61:1, 3
In December we have an opportunity to receive funds from a city wide campaign called CoMoGives. CoMoGives is a product of the Community Foundation of Central Missouri and is an end-of-year fundraising campaign matching donors with non-profit organizations.
Our current donors are providing $724.15 per month out of the $1200.00 we need to pay bills. Please pray with us as we seek to partner with people who have a heart to financially support our ministry.
God has been faithful to provide all we have needed these past 15 years to minister to the hurting women in our area. Now He is using the CoMoGives Campaign to help us continue our work. Please help us by
praying and spreading the Word.
Local centers have no paid staff and do not charge for their services. We all rely on God to provide for our needs through the generosity of people who believe in this ministry. In addition to monetary donations, we have some specific needs for our center.
To donate financially hit the Donate button on your left.
CWM does not accept donations online from these states at this time:
Alaska, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
International Center for Woman's Ministries
The International Center for Women's Ministries, Inc. is a not for profit organization offering free, Christ-centered peer counseling to women in need. We are headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana and host many centers around the country and internationally.