Maywood Church Plans to Flood Violence-Ridden Areas with Prayer

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Individuals praying during a prayer walk held in Maywood in 2014. | File

Friday, February 24, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 2 p.m.

Evangelist Darlene Barber said she’s tired of reading about crime in Maywood, so next month, she and the evangelism team of God’s Heritage Full Gospel Ministries, 1200 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, plan to act in the best way they know how.

“We want to be part of making ourselves visible in the community and to let people know that there is another way,” Barber said. “And that prayer works.”

Barber said the evangelism team, which has the full blessings of the church’s pastor, Rev. James Williams, Sr., is seeking to partner with anyone who is willing to pray along with them.

“We want to engage other community leaders and churches to form a partnership prayer walk,” she said. “This is like a roll call for anyone who is interested in improving Maywood.”

Barber said the walks will take place on April 1, April 8 and April 15. Each one will last from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and will take place in certain high-crime areas, including those near 5th Ave. and Washington Blvd and 5th Ave. and Madison.

“We’re going to be strategic in the areas we walk in,” she said. “We’re going to set up camp in those areas and pray.”

Barber said that anyone who wants to partner with her evangelist team should email her at or call her at (708) 543-7433. VFP

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3 thoughts on “Maywood Church Plans to Flood Violence-Ridden Areas with Prayer

  1. This is a good standing point. But, it is going to take the whole citizens of Maywood to do something, not just saying something to stop the crime and gun violence that is taking over Maywood. The churches need to come out and mentor these youths and show them that they are other options in life, than there current situation that they are in.

  2. The leadership of our village must take a stand and come up with a plan to combat this crime. The only thing residents is getting is lip service, while people is loosing they life. We asking God for help, but we not doing anything but complaining and giving lip service, no action. The leadership dont want to take on responsibility by researching the crime and come up with a plan. The questions: where is these people getting these guns? Who is mentoring these young kids an young patents? What job choices and living arrangements is being provided? What education is being giving to our kids? The leadership need to address these issues, instead of ignoring whats is killing our community. No one mention about the train heist where weapons an bullets was left on the railroads carts. No one mention about the poor education system for our kids. No one mention about the low economics with low income vouchers coming into the community. The community losing businesses banks, grocery stories and abandoned homes which should be on the tax role. Young adults shooting people at funerals. We need prayer, but we need intelligent thinkers to act on real issues. A poor neighborhood bring on poor choices.

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