(James 1:27) “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world”
Our mission is to reach out with comfort and support to minister to widows who must learn how to live without their spouses, thereby enhancing their own lives.
In 1982, long before I became a widow, the late Rev. Eddie K. Edwards taught me the importance of caring for widows and orphans. When I met him, he was busy providing a summer camp experience for young boys and girls through the Joy of Jesus Ministries. Every year, 600 youngsters attended our camp with a waiting list. On July 25, 2004, I, Dr. Mary Edwards, became the widow of Rev. Eddie K. Edwards, founder and president emeritus of Joy of Jesus Ministries in Detroit. The day after the funeral I found myself standing in the middle of my living room asking myself (or God), "What do I do now?" I had so many questions and so few answers. I'm sure the reply to my question was from God because He called me by name:
"Mary, I want you to start a ministry for widows such as yourself. It shall be called, WIDOWS WITH WISDOM." In August 2004, Widows with Wisdom (WWW) was launched in my living room.
At the time of this writing, there are over 147,000 widows in Michigan alone. To date we have touched the lives of countless widows in their greatest time of need. Through the amazing Macy's Challenge program, we are asking you to stand with us in support, because there is a multitude of widows that need our help. So many, both young and old, have either attended our monthly meetings or have had contact with us by social media, radio or telephone. “Who comforteth us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4).
We have been blessed to aid those that needed assistance with urgent moving expenses, by raising funds, assisted blind widows with regular doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and other important errands. We have sponsored the "Walking Wisely" Workshop, which aided the participating widows with relevant information on finances, insurance matters and will preparation. WWW hosted a prayer and healing service for the widows, as well as established a weekly prayer call-in line. We also offer grief counseling and wisdom on how to navigate their lives without their spouses. We have many local requests, as well as those that originate from all parts of the country and the world. Your support will help us to expand our informative website, our internet outreach, assist in meeting critical practical needs, and resume hosting our radio ministry program.
In remembrance of the 13th anniversary of the late Rev. Eddie Edwards' transition, you may notice a video from one of our former radio programs which highlighted "Giving of yourself as a radical response to grief," which focused on moving beyond our personal challenges to a place of healing and refreshing. The theme emphasized examples of random acts of kindness. It was purposed to be an illuminating, informative, and humorous presentation, filled with laughter, likened to Proverbs 17:22, as well as edifying. It was said to have been an encouraging uplift for our audience. The series of broadcasts was designed to enlighten our listeners with a variety of topics and principles for enriching their lives with a "new normal." These programs include teaching from the Word of God, tips on safety, health and wellness information, and much more. They may be found on our website: www.widowswithwisdom.org. Just click the button on the left of the screen.
Perhaps you may have felt a stirring in your heart to start your own support group. Please know that I am willing and available to help you launch this very critical outreach. You can reach me by phone: (313) 492-0149 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a resource handbook for widows called, "TRANSITION: FROM WIDOWHOOD TO WOMANHOOD." This dynamic tool contains information and testimonies from widows who are in the process of moving FROM WIDOWHOOD TO WOMANHOOD.
In His Service,
DR. MARY EDWARDS