Our Mission

womanmissionshotSupporting Ministry to Women in Poverty

A great number of women living in poverty neither know the Lord nor the community of fellowship with believers.

By The Well Foundation seeks to bring the Gospel to this underserved population by helping people proclaim its truth through contextually appropriate means.

By The Well Foundation provides education, training, mentoring and small grants to individuals and organizations committed to ministry with the poor through outreach, discipleship and economic development. Its purpose is to aid in the development of business practices and appropriate ministry initiatives that communicate God’s love to those in need, thereby promoting stability, discipleship and community.


There are many people who think about the poor, few talk with them.
- Mother Teresa


A Word from Jan Martinez, Founder & Director

lady2My passion is to bring the Word of life to women living in poverty in the United States. It led me to develop Christ Kitchen, a job-training ministry in Spokane, Washington, which attracts low-income women to work and wages while offering Bible study, mentoring, and fellowship with community volunteers. Christ Kitchen produces a line of gourmet food mixes, gift baskets, catered meals and restaurant fare, employing hundreds of women since 1998.

lady1Over the years, I’ve been blessed to witness the radical transformation of abused, addicted, hopeless women into vibrant, passionate, disciples of Christ. The Lord has inspired the development of a community of women at Christ Kitchen —those from the street and from local churches—who are transcending barriers of class, race, and opportunity to form meaningful, faithful relationships.

working2Discipleship with American women living in poverty was the topic of my doctoral dissertation and undergirds my book, Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out of Poverty. Based on the way Jesus mentored the Samaritan woman at the well, it offers rationale, research, and training for overcoming poverty through Christ-based mentoring and employment.

By The Well Foundation extends the experience of Christ Kitchen to help others develop business practices and ministry initiatives that communicate God’s love to the poor.

``When I walked in the door of Christ Kitchen, I stepped from chaos into peace.``

Focus and Work

Supporting Ministry to Women in Poverty

Education and Evangelism:
A primary function of the By The Well Foundation is to glorify God as we bring Good News of His kingdom to the dispossessed. Through education in discipleship with the poor and the poor in spirit, we seek to aid in the development of communities of caring among the poor in the United States, social entrepreneurship, and business management.

The By The Well Foundation provides training to individuals and organizations whose mission is to create stable believers among the undiscipled poor within sustained, stable, and committed relationships.

By The Well Foundation develops mentoring relationships among those with a heart to serve the poor and among those needing fellowship.

The By The Well Foundation provides seed grants and other support for small startup projects seeking to provide discipleship with women living in poverty

The By The Well Foundation seeks to inspire believers to search out God’s heart for the poor and follow His guidance to this underserved population.

Resources and Networking

We're called to be faithful, not successful.
- Mother Teresa

Engagement Process

By The Well Foundation’s Principles of Engagement

Christ and His Kingdom: We seek to be Christ’s servants and ambassadors and to encourage as many as will come to follow Christ. We seek to encourage the formation of disciples from every “unreached” community, city, and culture.

Local Communities: We seek to partner with and empower individuals and groups reaching the very poor in the U.S. Because poor women are vastly underserved, our goal is to give the majority of our annual funding to ministries and initiatives with this focus.

Small Beginnings: In our giving we seek to trust individuals and faithful organizations as they listen to God by taking small steps toward their visions. Our grants are available to the uninitiated, inexperience and the unproven. We recognize that results cannot be guaranteed and that big results often have risky beginnings.

Processes: How We Work with Individuals and Organizations

  • Forums to share ideas & questions
  • Training & cohort programs
  • Mentoring & project consultation
  • Resources & networking
  • Kingdom work together
  • Seed grants

At the foot of the cross the ground is level.

Christ Kitchen the Book

Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out of Poverty

booknewChrist 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.

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Moral problems are only solved by obedience.
- Oswald Chambers

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By The Well Blog


Mustard Seed Faith

If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.  Mat 17:21 I never understood this verse. Moving mountains...


I heard a knock at my door early one morning while I was reading my morning devotional. It was only five o’clock, so I was pretty sure I’d heard the wind rattling or some sleepy child bumping around in bed...

Melissa’s Prayer

Melissa’s Prayer: “Dear Lord, I know a lot of us didn’t have good fathers, and I pray that we can begin to heal today at the Christ Kitchen men’s luncheon.” I never dreamed that men would gather to support the...


“I have to apologize to you, Jan,” she said squatting down next to my chair.  I searched her face for clues of what she was talking about. My mind quickly scanned recent interactions at Christ Kitchen. Disgruntled murmurings and budding...


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about reconciliation. This churchie word, often quoted in complex theological discussions, was displayed in all its simplicity and beauty recently in a conversation I had with a woman from the Kitchen. She, we’ll call...

The Well

I love this picture of Jesus by the well with the Samaritan woman. The artwork is by a French artist so able to capture the deep perception of Jesus at work. (You can find these paintings, cards, and posters on...

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By The Well Foundation
1105 N. Evergreen St.
Spokane, WA 99201
Telephone: 509.435.7668


Let us know if you or your organization is interested in applying for a grant for a project. We would love to hear your ideas and work together for kingdom purposes. We will be formalizing an online application process soon. In the mean time feel free to give us a call.

Inquiries: 509-435-7668

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By The Well Foundation is committed to reaching women in poverty and supporting kingdom outreaches throughout the U.S. Your support will help us do that.

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