News article provided by Debra Davis-Moody
Over the last five or so years, Maywood Church has seen many of the neighborhood families suffer loss. The Prison Ministry leader of the Maywood church became increasingly concerned and collaborated with other department leaders and decided to sponsor an initial program on dealing with loss and help Maywood Church develop resources to help the community and the church to start dealing with their loss.
On December 1, 2018, the Maywood Church featured a program entitled “Healing From Loss.’ Ms. Phyllis Duncan, a native of Chicago’s South Side but lived most of her adult life in Kalamazoo, MI, was the guest speaker during the 11:00 Worship service.
In 2002, she moved back to Illinois, resuming her social service work and Social Justice. In 2005 just a few days after Mother’s Day, her 21-year-old son was shot and killed. Six months after his death she founded MOMS (Mothers of Murdered Sons). This began her journey of advocacy, public speaking, facilitating support groups, providing grief support, and wellness groups to help all deal with the loss on all levels. Hence, providing her testimony and the Biblical healing that has allowed her to work with others suffering loss.
The afternoon program focused on developing community resources with our youth. Maywood’s Church Youth Leaders and the basketball team were present for the presentation with the Maywood members. Ms. Duncan’s time with the members of the church uplifted everyone and gave a tangible example of how one can use the Bible as a guide to overcoming tragedy. Other guests in attendance, included the Honorable Edwina Perkins Mayor of Maywood, IL., and Elder Dolby Knott, Director of Prison Ministry in the Lake Region Conference.
The Honorable Mayor Perkins shared the state of Maywood and encouraged the members to utilize all the programs that the mayor’s office has made available to the community. We look forward to utilizing the expertise of Ms. Phyllis Duncan in this themed year of Health and Community Engagement. Following the Bible’s admonition which says, “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 61:1-4
Elder Debra Davis-Moody
Director of Adventist Community Service
Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists