Avis Willis

From Pain to Gain
The Life of a Little Jamaican Girl from St. Andrew

Growing up with humble yet joyful beginnings on Mt. Hybla in St. Andrew, Jamaica, Avis learned the epitome of family and love. After moving to the United States and finding the man of her dreams, she learned the importance of perseverance and “for better or worse.”

From Pain to Gain is the story of Avis Willis-Wych and the pivotal moments she faced as she arrived to be the wife, mother, and woman that God purposed her to be. Come along as she takes you on a journey from the love of St. Andrew, Jamaica, through the pain of sickness, homelessness and loss, to the restoration of her joy today.

About the Author

Avis Willis was born in Jamaica, West Indies, but God had a special calling on her life that extended far beyond the Caribbean borders. In 1990, she moved with her mother and one of her sisters from Jamaica to the Bronx, New York, where they joined her father and three older siblings. Upon arrival in the United States, she attended school in the New York Public School System.

Despite growing up in poverty, Avis persevered through the hard-core living of the “Boogie Down Bronxā€¯ and strives for excellence in all her pursuits. In 1998 she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Niagara University and, in 2000, a Master’s degree in Social work from Howard University.
Avis was ordained as an Evangelist and has served in the capacity of a District Missionary and Co-Pastor during her ministerial career. Throughout the year, she can be found in the Caribbean or the United States ministering as a Prayer Revivalist.

She is the widow of the late Elder Douglas Wych, II and the mother of their four beautiful children. Currently in pursuit of her Doctorate in Social Work, Avis is indeed an anointed “chosen vessel” of God. She is determined to fulfill her God-given assignment and to live a holy life in this present world.

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