Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out of Poverty
“A delightful work of art – spiritual theology at its best.”
– Eugene Peterson, Translator of The Message
Christ Kitchen is Jan Martinez’s compelling true story of how she turned a horrific personal tragedy into a life dedicated to loving and mentoring women on the outskirts of society.
A Miraculous Story…
The story begins in 1980 as Jan writes, “I awoke with a knife at my neck and the palpable pounding of a rapist’s heartbeat on my chest.” So began 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 desperate women living in poverty. Jan’s story of women living in poverty in her city reflects the reality in many cities across America today.
A Must Read
Since 1998, Jan Martinez has operated Christ Kitchen, a successful nonprofit job-training program in Spokane, Washington. Inspired by the mentoring approach Jesus used with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jan challenges common misconceptions of the poor and offers practical and proven approaches for helping others overcome poverty, hopelessness, and the cycle of abuse.
Christ Kitchen reveals God’s heart for the poor and equips us to share His message with low income women who have never heard the Gospel, set foot in a church, or felt the love of Christ. Christ Kitchen provides a practical, replicable example for overcoming poverty through Christ-based mentoring and a proven job-training ministry model for low-income women.