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2015 historic Junior Orange Bowl Court

First Black little sister and Miss Congeniality join this year’s royal court

On Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Rebeca Sosa Theater, located at 1401 Westward Dr., in Miami Springs, the Junior Orange Bowl Committee held its 66th Annual Royal Court Pageant — and history was made. Takiyah Belfort, 10, competed in the Little Sister category and won the prize. She is the first Black Junior Orange Bowl Little Sister crowned by the organization in its 66 years of existence. Takiyah is a fifth grade student at Citrus Grove Elementary and the daughter of LaQuoya and Tony Belfort.

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Pastor of the Week

Rev. Gregory D. Thompson Jr.: A servant according to the Lord’s description

Gregory D. Thompson Jr., born in Miami, is a graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High School. At an early age, Gregory said he “felt the call of God on his life, urging him to serve him,” but like most young people, he tried to evade God and “the pull” he had on his life. “I did not realize as a youngster, you could be young, serve the Lord, and be happy. I am happy that I gave the Lord charge of my life as a young man,” said Thompson. Being raised in the church, as was Thompson, made it very hard for him to escape the long arms of God. In fact, being taught who God was early in life, made it, said Thompson, “Very difficult to be disobedient to God’s word.” The promise made in Proverb 22:6 is very true. “Train up a child when he is young and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Master servant of God retires after 56 years of stellar service

Rev. Dr. George E. McRae is the first inner-city pastor to form a refuge center for HIV/AIDS clients

Reverend Dr. George E. McRae is described by hundreds as being a unique human-being who cares about others and never seems to get tired of serving them. Evangelist Ladi G. Jenkins, a former entrepreneur, social worker and member of Northside Church of God in Miami-Dade County had the opportunity to consult with him on many occasions, when the two of them worked with HIV/AIDS clients.

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Pastor R. Joaquin Willis grows human and community gardens in Liberty City

Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis is a native of Mobile, Alabama and the senior pastor of the Open Door Unification Community Church at 6001 NW Eighth Ave., Miami. The church has a membership of more than 300, a Family Life Center; a 501(c) 3 and Miami Youth Garden Inc., (MyG), created to assist in human and community development. There is literally a live garden growing on the grounds for the members and the community for true growth.

Rise Up 4 Change program works with homeless, disadvantaged kids

Marlins’ Coach Lenny Harris hosted 35 children and staff at a recent game

On Sept. 12, Miami Marlins’ third base coach Lenny Harris hosted the Rise Up 4 Change Youth Program at the Marlins’ Stadium. The Rise Up 4 Change (RU4C) program is an organization that does workshops for disadvantaged and homeless children throughout South Florida.

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The miracle on 119th Street remembered

Pastor credits prayer for saving property from being repossessed

Pastor credits prayer for saving property from being repossessed. The Taylors believe in miracles.

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Moses Hillman: “A devoted family man”

He celebrates his 100th birthday Sept. 12

A celebration to honor Moses Hillman’s 100th birthday will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd. Moses Hillman was born Sept.15, 1915 in Springvale, Georgia. He was the fourth of 13 children born to Arthur and Vilene Lee Hillman. He moved to Miami and was drafted into the military in the late 1930s. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945 after which he returned to Miami. It was at this time he met and married the late Lucille Henderson.

Christian Girls Brunch Club hosts 2nd annual Prayer Brunch and Auction

The Christian Girls Brunch Club (CGBC), a young woman’s ministry, will host its second annual “Power Up” Prayer Brunch and Silent Auction 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at First Presbyterian Church of Miami located at 609 Brickell Ave., in downtown Miami. This event will benefit the Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for homeless women and children.

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Trained early to love God and serve people

Reverend Dr. Anthony Tate’s life revolved around the word of the Lord in early training

Reverent Dr. Anthony A. Tate, the founder and pastor of the New Resurrection Community Church located at 2167 NW 64 St., Miami. was trained at an early age to love God, his son, Jesus Christ, and obey the Holy Spirit. “Following the will of God has been easy for me ,” Tate said. “It is so true. If a child is trained when he is young, he might stray away for a while but once you get the love of God in your heart, you will return.”

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Churches unite as First Deliverance

Supportive pastor ‘reaching the unreachable’

Errol P. Cooper was born to the late Deacon Lenwood and Mother Annie Lee Cooper Sr. Nov. 27, 1963 in Miami. He was raised by God-fearing parents that took him to church regularly and lived holy, righteous, lives before him, his brother, Lenwood Jr., and their foster siblings: Vanessa Harper, Stephanie Wright, Judy and Edward Berry.

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