With Compassion,

Duchess Joyce El


Too many mothers are crying and too many of our children are sad. Today we choose joy by learning how to be our own "voice" using our passion, our heart to stand for what matters to us.

On Monday a lesson in advocacy will be posted you can work on it during the week and on Sunday evening we will be available to discuss openly our experience, our feelings, comments and feedback.  We will learn from each other. Please have your entire family share their feelings about "self advocacy" especially our children- their little voices are fill with pure honesty.  You may contact me via this website, Facebook or email (below).

 Today we start our first lesson. The topic is WHAT IS SELF ADVOCACY?  Why is it important to you.  


What is Self-Advocacy? 

Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.

 Why is Self-Advocacy Important?

So that you have the knowledge needed to succeed and are given the chance to participate in decisions that are being made about your life.


 Please spend a few moments daily writing your feelings- dig deep within your heart regarding the Matter.  

Duchess Joyce El




Let us Declare & Decree a COMEBACK!

Let us agree to inspire each other this week focusing on "Comeback". It's not gone forever God is a God of comeback; a God of chances and renewing.  Samson (Judges 16:22) experience one of the greatest comebacks.  He trusted and was deceived; he experienced pain and disappointment- he was tormented- Satan will blind us to our opportunities because we can become depressed and anxious due to loss/lack in our lives. Satan will bind us so our spirits are so low we can barely walk or talk, we become spiritual zombies. Oh, but the COMEBACK come in our head (our mind)- renewing our mind and peace that's a comeback for GOD. Our thoughts become clearer, our vision is clear, our creative energy returns and our faith is strengthen. Let us have a Samson experience> remember Samson hair grew back, one word "COMEBACK" can change your journey. Take your journey by grace for God's grace is sufficient.. 

Duchess Joyce El, Administrator

We Headed to the MOTHERLAND!!!

Preparations are on top gear as a Southern Kaduna based NGO – Focus on the Sickle Cell Child(FSCC), prepares to welcome one of their partner, Joyce El, to Nigeria.

Joyce El is a passionate community advocate and a humanitarian who helps individuals find hope, inspiration and resources through faith in God, perseverance and her own “truths” and becoming a life line to others. Joyce is known in her community as “Duchess” because of her compassion for others. Several years ago, after living as a victim of domestic violence, Joyce took on a mission to commit to the cause of Healing & Recovery within her community. In October 2010, the inspiration known as “Journeys By Grace – Stories of Spirit, Energy, Faith and Love” media project was born from her desire to share testimonies of survival. The radio and TV shows provided a weekly guest coming from various walks of life who shared their experience, expertise and/or testimonies to assist listeners with the challenges they may be facing on their own life journey.

Joyce organizes and host fundraising and charity events for various organizations and “Causes” worldwide and has built strong relationships with grassroots, local, State and Federal agencies. Policymakers and governmental officials are always available to assist with the needs of her projects.

Joyce is also actively involved with various initiatives including the humanitarian projects in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, Africa. She has supported a multitude of international events that include providing mentoring to college students and provided educational supplies and clothing for children. She has written for numerous newsletters and magazine publications (Nigeria) and serves on several Board of Directors in the USA and Abroad. The Duchess is Founder of Journeys By Grace Missions, Co-founder of Queen of Hearts Mentoring Project; Ambassador & Administrator of Shawnstestimony.com , a sickle cell disease foundation. Joyce is Business Consultant to entrepreneurs in Ghana and Gambia, Africa.

Joyce Duchess El is author of the book “Journey through a Narrow Gate in Search of a Pearl” and Executive Producer of the independent film “The Movie- The Book” , Screenwriter for the film which is in preproduction entitled “The Inspiration”. Joyce writes and directs short films for various community relations topics and human interest stories. She conducts a monthly workshop “Writing your Memoirs” with Sarasota International Meet-up.

She is presently completing her degree in Film/TV Production at State College of Florida. Duchess holds an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from American Fellowship Church; a Masters in Business Administration and is a Certified Life Coach and a Children Self-Elevation Coach.

Duchess is adored and loved by her family especially her eight children and her 16 Godchildren. She is loved and respected by her friends, colleagues and community worldwide. Duchess is the joy of her coworkers and the staff members at Manatee Memorial Hospital where she is employed in the Emergency Room as a Senior Admission Registrar.
Duchess Joyce El travels globally conducting and hosting seminars. She tours for speaking engagements in support of various missions and positive transformational events.

Joyce El will be in Nigeria in March, 2016.

Theck Alhamdu Makeri – Coordinator (FSCC)