Soldiers In The Community

Editors Note Written by: Ter’ron Oglesby

In The Community With Dr. Thelma Witherspoon

On July 21, 2018 on In The Community With Dr. Thelma Witherspoon was quite informative on many events coming up in the community. She had two special guest which was a soldier woman of God “Hope Coach” Tawana Williams and a fighter of his community Commissioner Quentin McLendon which is the Director of The Martin Luther King building of Newton Ville, NJ.

She had “Hope Coach” Tawana call in and they talked about her story and what she is about to do in the community. Her story is such an inspiration. Sis. Tawana is the author of 6 phenomenal books. You can actually order them online at She was born with no arms. Her mom always said “You must of didn’t get arms because God said you didn’t need it.” Her mom was addicted to a drug made in 1957 in Germany, which was used for nausea and when she was pregnant it was given to her. The grace of God healed them and been drug free. Sis. Tawana was born in 1963. The doctors said she wasn’t going to live for no more than 2 weeks, but look at her now. The devil thought he had her. There were 50,000 cases of the drug that her mother was given when she was pregnant with Sis. Tawana which reached Sis. Tawana’s body. The astonishing part was half died and half lived. Thank God, she is one of many that survived. Sis. Tawana was telling a short story on how she really started using her feet to paint. Her husband, which is a great man of God, told her I want a painting done by 5pm when I get home. She had it done and she finally realized how great her gift is. Her story has so much inspiration and proof. If she can do this without her arms, imagine what we can do as a community together.

She is having a movie coming out soon which is called “The Eagle Without Wings.” Sis. Tawana was expressing how she needed to adapt to life herself and how it was a fight in spirit and that she successfully beat the odds. Excuses reveal what you really are. She will be at The Lighthouse Community Church (1311 Main St. Pleasantville, NJ 08232) at 7:00pm and she will be selling her books, DVD’s, paintings, and more! Nothing missing and nothing is broken. She is an overcomer. Remember she is unarmed but dangerous “Hope Coach” Tawana Williams.

Second, we had Commissioner Quentin McLendon and he is the Director of The Martin Luther King building of Newton Ville, NJ. He has been part of the fire company of Newton Ville since 2011. He always felt a need to help people. His daughter goes to Stockton University and she majors in Speech Therapy and Occupation. The MLK building does have a museum with many historical exhibits like MLK’s assassination, artifacts of MLK’s assassination, and many more. There is also paintings, sculptors, and woodcarvings from Mr. Leonard Fows from upstate New York. They have a lot of things planned for the summer especially for the youth. They are giving away free lunches under 18 to the community and its not just any food, it’s catered. The building can fit up to 50-60 people. They also have a community garden with various vegetables. They will also be having a summer camp in the park next to the MLK Building. At summer camp there is a Baseball Field, Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Picket Ball, games, movies, and more! That’s not just all. They will also be having a Community Fun Day on August 18, 2018 at 12 noon - 6:00pm and there will be food, face painting, raffles, bookbag giveaways, and a DJ. The best thing is that everything is FREE!! If you’re ever thinking about getting involved with the fire company, you can be a volunteer firefighter. The community depends on volunteers, so please come out and volunteer and support. If you have any questions please call (609) 704-7262 or website The last words commissioner gave us were please get involved with your COMMUNITY!!

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