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Israel Milton to be honored for his years of dedicated service

Community Action and Human Services Dept. will reunite former employees

An Inaugural Reunion for the Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) will reunite many of the former 1,400 employees and honor one of its own. Today the 37-year-old department employs about 600. The reunion is set for 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 24 at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. The public is cordially invited to attend. Israel Milton, who went to work for human services in 1981 as the Assistant Director, will be honored at the CAHSD Reunion.

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Giving is a mandate from God

I believe most of you think about money, when you see the word “giving.” But there are so many other ways to give and, this week, we are going to focus on some of them. The secret of true abiding happiness is not receiving, as most people think, it's giving. The Bible says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) This is not a theory, it is the truth.

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C. Sorrells-Brown: An apostle chosen to serve

Cassie Sorrells was born in Connecticut to the late Pastor Ulysees Sorrells and mother Bertha Sorrells-Kennedy. She attended Connecticut public schools and graduated from Western Connecticut State College, in Danbury with three degrees – an Associate of Science in Afro-American Studies, a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Arts in Secondary Education, specializing in English. While attending college, she was selected “Who’s Who Among Afro-American Students.” She also has an Honorary Doctorate in Theology with an earned degree in Religious Studies.

Pastor to receive award created in the name of activist Georgia Jones-Ayers

Ronae Cambridge will be honored at the Spirit of Excellence Gala, Awards Banquet

One is a dynamic religious leader of a Liberty City church. Another one dared to be the first Black to run for mayor for Miami-Dade County. Then there is the activist who serves tirelessly to ensure that Black youth get a quality education in the nation's fourth-largest public school system. Pastor Ronae Cambridge, activist Helen Williams and Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall will be honored for their community service at the Spirit of Excellence Gala and Awards Banquet Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the African Heritage Culture Arts Center, at 6161 NW 22nd Ave.

Have faith to keep and promises to fulfill

Have no fear. Have faith and see the promises of God. At II Kings 6:16-17 in the Bible, there is story about a situation that developed because some seminary students had outgrown their dormitory. They asked Elisha, a prophet of God, for permission to build a new dormitory down by the Jordan River, where there were many trees. He gave them permission to build. The students loved Elisha because of his total trust in God and respected his opinion; therefore, he was asked to go with them to select the spot for their new dormitory. When they found the spot, they begin to chop down the trees.

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Pastor of the Week

Minister Henton: A young man fully dedicated to do and fulfill all of God’s will

As a young child, Minister Harrell L. Henton was taught to sing praises and worship to the Lord by his grandfather. “I have been working for the Lord for as long as I can remember,” Henton said. Under the guidance of his grandfather, Robert Holt Sr. and still a youngster, Henton made the grand decision to dedicate his full life to the work of the Lord and his church.

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The church is of God not man

The church’s purpose and needs are clearly identified and addressed in the New Testament. A wide-range of topics are also covered in God’s Word. The subject is introduced in the words of Jesus, “I say unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)

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Instructive words for us to live by

Christians should incorporate the counsel of God in every facet of their lives. Just as there are “fair-weather friends,” there are “Sunday Christians,” who proclaim to be sanctified on Sunday and maybe on Wednesday night at Bible study. On all the other days, they live like disciples of the devil.

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Autistic man’s ‘Green Flamingo’ produced by Cirque du Soleil

David Pedemonte-Forte, a 29-year-old autistic young man, has written a children’s book entitled “The Green Flamingo,” that has caught the eye of a major production company in Las Vegas. The book deals with bullying and how it can devastate the victim and loved ones.

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Committed to being a servant of true God

Thelma B. Knowles was born in Miami, to the parentage of Willard and Jouselin Butler. She graduated from Booker T. Washington Senior High School in 1959 and from Southern University in 1961. Knowles would later receive her Doctorate Degree in Theology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 1996. She has been in the gospel ministry for more than 40 years, and in the interim was ordained an apostle. She embraced Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1954.

Eufaula Frazier: 90th birthday to raise funds for students

“A servant to humanity, trailblazer, innovator and visionary,” are adjectives used by Akua Scott and others to describe Eufaula S. Frazier. Scott and Liz Collins are co-chair and chair respectively, of a committee preparing to celebrate this Frazier’s 90th birthday on Oct. 18 at the Miami Airport Marriott, 1201 NW 42nd Ave. from 7 to 11 p.m.

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Critically acclaimed Gracias Choir performs in Miami

Group will present free Christmas Cantata

The Gracias Choir was introduced to me by Sarai Trinidad, a media coordinator, and Paul Black who works for International Youth Fellowship (IYF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth of young people around the world. Trinidad informed me that “the critically acclaimed Gracias Choir returns to Miami to provide a musical experience unlike any other. This year’s Grand prizewinner of the Riva del Garda international Choral Competition in Italy and the winner of the first prize at Montreaux Choral Competition in Switzerland,” will present the “Gracias Christmas Cantata.”

L.O.V.E. raises violence awareness

L.O.V.E. (Love over Violence and Evil) and S.H.E.A.R., Inc. (Sharing Hope Empowerment and Reaction), both non-profit organizations, have teamed up with Lively Stones for Jesus Ministries and Apostle Dr. Thelma B. Knowles to host the 1st L.O.V.E. Field Day and Music Festival. The event will take place Sat., Nov. 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens.

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God doesn’t consider gender when his message is at stake

Born in 1953 in Cordele, GA., Emily Moore-Harris says “The next year, “my family relocated to Miami. “I was raised in this city and have lived here all of my life. I My husband James and I have three sons: Adrian, Alvin and Kori. After graduating from Miami Central High School in 1971 she later attended Miami Dade College where she graduated in 1994. She enrolled in Florida International University (FIU) before she graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in psychology.

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Queen Mother Nana has 80th birthday and instooled three locals

Queen Mother Boatenma Constance Ekon (Nana) was recently given a grand birthday bash that was attended by several movers and shakers in Miami’s Black community. It was standing room only on Aug. 17 at The American Legion Post 29 at 6445 NE 7th Ave. where relatives, politicians, community leaders and citizens came to celebrate her 80th birthday and “instool” three selectees. To instool means to elevate a selected individual from the rank of great standing in their community, city or state, to that of African royalty; usually to the state of “Queen Mother.”

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Don't let sin hold you hostage

Too many individuals allow their past failures, sins that were purposely plotted, schemed and implemented, and the ones that “just happened” to hold them hostage and keep them from freely serving the Lord. Don’t let sin hold you hostage.

Stacey Morrison’s final curtain call

‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course. . .’

Stacey Yvonne Morrison was born to Almarita “Rita” Mackins and the late Ernest Foley Morrison on April 25, 1971 in Miami, FL. While she was young, Morrison excelled in the arts, academics, and athletics. She graduated from Miami Killian Senior High school in 1989. During her senior year, she was voted “Most Athletic” for her achievements in basketball and track and field. She was honored for a mural she painted on the school’s courtyard commemorating Black History.

Pastor Murphy: “I want to build God a spiritual and physical house”

Dorthea Murphy was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1943. She attended Mays High School but was unable to graduate due to the financial support she had to give to the family. She was obligated to stop school, and help her mother buy food and clothes for her siblings.

A perfect community for imperfect people

In the beginning there was a perfect world. It was created by God and everything in it was excellent. Genesis 1:26-27 tells us all about God’s perfect creations. The scripture also says, “Let us make man in our image. After our own likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over the whole earth, and over every creeping thing that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Hellanna S. Waiters aims to be pure before God

Hellanna S. Waiters is a poet, spoken word artist and author. She recently completed her book entitled Hellanna’s Inspirational Approach: Inspiring you as you journey through life. Her inspiration has come from Maya Angelou. Hellanna said, “I have a passion for writing.”

There is a right time for everything

Wisdom properly guides one to apply information to help a person solved a problem or get out of a situation. Getting old does not always provide an individual wisdom. I am sure you know some seniors who have lacked wisdom when they were in certain situations.

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Opa-locka student excels at Osceola High School

Kimani “Kiki” Francois is at the top of her game and climbing

Kimani “Kiki” Francois is one extraordinary high school student. Not only is Kimani a high-stellar student at Osceola High school, she excels in extra-curriculum activities also. She was elected Basketball Scholar of the Year for 2012 and 2013; Insurance Of America Scholar for Osceola 2013 and featured in ES3 Magazine; National Honor Society, and featured in the Peabody Hotel Newsletter (Scholar Honors).

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The Lord’s vision helped Rhodes found Word Counselors Ministries

Dr. Napoleon D. Rhodes Sr., is the International Prelate of the Convention of Covenanting Churches. The organization has churches in the U.S., including Miami, Palm Beach and Riviera Beach. It also has churches in several foreign countries, including the Philippines, Africa, Asia, India and Iran. In 1977, Rhodes says he “followed a vision from the Lord and contacted two of his dearest friends and founded Word Counselors Ministries to help the body of Christ.”

Get rid of your excess baggage

When an individual decides to change from worldly living to one with biblical principles, he or she become as what Christians describes as a “new creature,” who has received a brand new life. This new life includes different attitudes, desires, ambitions and needs. The transformation may be insidious but there have been cases where all of these characteristics manifest immediately. Some Christians even claim they have experienced a change in appearance after their conversion.

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A woman of God who loves God’s people

Pastor Dr. Willie Di James is the daughter of Mother Evang. Rachel Ross and Brother Willie Daniel James Boston, MA. She is also a loving and devoted mother of Brother Elijah L. James and grandmother of two lovely grandsons, Elijah Jr. and Jakorie James.

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‘I have autism but autism does not have me’

David Pedemonte-Forte: From an autistic child to a genius of a man

Because of the prayers, persistence, and patience of a mother, Gloria Pedemonte, a Honduran, who believes there is nothing too hard for God to do, demonstrated through her untiring efforts that what could have been a devastating ending now simply is, “A walking miracle.” Her son, David, 28, a native of Miami, is autistic. But people who meet David constantly remark that “He is a genius.”

Educator returning home with innovative program

Donna Grant brings Red Bear to her community after retirement

Donna Grant was born in Tampa and came to Miami with her parents when she was 3 years old. A graduate of Overtown’s historic Booker T. Washington Senior High School in 1966, Grant obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) in 1970. “I knew as a teenager that I wanted to be fully prepared to be the best I could be in the field of education. I went on to earn a Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Union Institute & University in 1998.”

Author is a young adult “hooked on Jesus”

Niger Alford was born in Miami to the late Ella Mae Tyler and Carlton Dixon. She was raised in Brownsville and attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Brownsville. After graduating from Miami Central Senior High School in 2001 she enrolled at Bethune Cookman College (now university) in Daytona Beach. After a year her pursuit of a degree in business administration was interrupted when Alford’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. She came back to Miami to be with her mother and enrolled at Florida Memorial University. Alford started

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Bishop Burley and Pastor Linda Knowles: United, spiritual team

Couple express purpose in their ministry with the word of truth

The Breakthrough International Christian Center (BICC), 3790 NW 167th. is under the spiritual leadership of Bishop Burley and Pastor Linda Knowles. They said, “Our responsibilities are to first, “rightly divide the word of truth, and secondly, to help others tap into their purpose for being on this earth.”

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Salters still love each other after 53 years of marriage

Robert, the son of Addie and Daniel Salter and Mildred, the daughter of Mary Lizzie and Willie Albert Thomas met at Oconee Junior/ Senior High school in Dublin, GA. Robert took Mildred to the Junior and Senior Prom in 1955 and 1957. They are both only children. They married on July 1, 1961 by Rev. Fields, the pastor of Faith Temple Apostolic Church. He was asked not to tell anyone about their marriage. At that time, Robert, 22, was still living at home but Robert had not told his parents about their plans to get married. Mildred was 21 years-old and she too remained at her parents’ home with their secret.

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Service at new address for Mt. Tabor

Last Sunday was very hot and sweltering, but in spite of the heat, hundreds of individuals came, from far and near, gathered on the 7th Avenue Corridor, to dedicate Mount Tabor Baptist Church’s new sanctuary at 10500 NW 7th Ave. They all wanted to be a part of Miami-Dade County’s religious community’s history.

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Glory Temple Ministries’ aim: To address spiritual, physical needs of members

Former Pastor Franklyn and Reverend Ronae Cambridge organized the Glory Temple Ministries Church in the living room of their Miramar home in 2000. The following year, they moved the church to 7950 NW 22nd Ave. in Miami. In 2011, Cambridge retired, became pastor emeritus, and elevated Ronae to the senior pastor position. She is also the director of their Outreach Ministries, which includes: the soup kitchen, and food pantry which serves senior citizens, the disabled, those living with HIV/AIDS, children and families.

Freelance writer publishes book

“Promises of God for His Citizens” by Gigi Tinsley

I recently authored a book, Promises of God for His Citizens Part I and I am ecstatic about how it is is being received by those who have had the pleasure of reading it.. The Prelate Bishop Napoleon D. Rhodes of the Convention of Covenanting Churches (3-CCCs) of Cerritos, Calif. hosted my book signing at their 15th annual Holy Convocation held in Anaheim, Calif. July 16-20. The book is currently being considered as a resource book for religious schools and a text book for Bible studies.

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James Brown biopic hits home for one Miami daughter

Legendary performer and the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown left to the world more than dance moves and music.

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Pitfalls that pastors should avoid

Five rules that are helpful for religious leaders

Christian pastors are known for being kind and caring to their congregations while uplifting them with inspiring messages. But while goodness and compassion are standard among the clergy, controversy and scandal are not infrequent in the lives of religious leaders.

Book Review: By Rochelle’s Bedside

Rochelle’s Bedside is a book written by a young lady, Levita Lynn Jones. She is a wife, mother and an ordained minister of the gospel, who sincerely believes that she is to do what God instructs her to do, without reservations. She was instructed by God to “go and pray for Rochelle.” A young lady she had never met before and she did as instructed, more than 10 years ago.

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Michael Davis was led by his mother into a life of service

Pastor Millie Richardson was a great example for her son

Pastor Michael C. Davis is a native of Miami-Dade County. He received his formal education from the Miami-Dade County Public School System and graduated fromMiami Central Senior High. After graduating from Miami Central and later, General Motors Technical School in North Miami Beach, Davis worked for Braman Cadillac, Miami Lincoln Mercury, and Hertz Rental in Ft. Lauderdale.

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Staying together: Local couple eloped 63 years ago

As a young teen, Timothy Mingo did not have the blessing of his now-wife's father

When Timothy “Tim” Mingo, 20, the son of George and Marie Mingo saw Catherine Clark, the 17-year-old daughter of Daisy and Fred Clark, for the first time “it was love at first sight." The couple met in 1946 at Homerville Elementary and Senior High School in Homerville, GA., located exactly 84 miles from the center of 15 major cities, including Thomasville, GA, Lake City and Jacksonville, FL.

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The Clarks 64 years and counting

Family and friends will celebrate July 4

Mattie Jordan, 81, the lovely daughter of Gertrude P. and Robert Jordan, was only 17 years-old, when she fell in love with the tall, dark and handsome, 25 years-old Jimmie, the son of Minnie and Isaac Clark. They fell in love at a church they both attended in Vienna, Dooley County, GA.

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Pastors' directive: Move forward, don't look back

Scripture teaches us to follow God's word with faith

The His Extended Hands Ministries was conceived in the heart of Pastor Desmond and co-pastor Edna Rivers in the early part of 1995.  After struggling with that idea for about a year, Desmond informed their former pastor, Rev. Carl Johnson, the spiritual leader of The Community 93rd Street Baptist Church, of what God had placed in his heart. Johnson encouraged him ‘to follow the Lord.’ 

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Young pastors serving God in word, songs and deeds

The Westons want “to seek, find, and help save the lost”

Michael S. Weston was born to Doris Rahming and Booker T. Weston in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was raised and educated there, and is a graduate of Zion Lutheran Senior High School. Weston matriculated at Florida Memorial University in Miami for two years, but is a graduate of Harvest Reapers International School of Ministries (HRIS) at 600 S.W. 27th Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale. There are three HRIS. He is a Licensed Life Coach and Christian (Family) Counselor.

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Faith Center opens apartment complex

Building in the heart of Liberty City will provide low-income housing to veterans, those with special needs

The three-story apartment building at 6020 NW 13th Ave. in Liberty City has been transformed from a rundown eyesore to a beautiful desert sand, terra-cotta colored complex. The courtyard has been paved and painted black, six patio tables with large umbrellas are strategically placed in the courtyard and in the center on the pavement, there is a large circle bordered with white that has in its the center the words “Jesus Christ.”

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Harvest Reapers Int’l school hosts open house

Before 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, prospective students of Harvest Reapers International School’s newest location at 2387 N.W. 54th St., were busy filling out application forms, as others hurried to be in the building at the scheduled starting time of 12 p.m.

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Opa-locka annexation rejected

City would have gained millions of tax dollars

Miami-Dade’s Planning and Advisory Board last week rejected Opa-locka’s plan to annex an area that includes Miami-Dade College’s North Campus, after hearing intense opposition to the plan during a heated community meeting. The decisio

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Pastor Willie and Lucille Smith married 54 years

The Smiths believe: Children must be trained to love and serve the Lord

The Smiths believe that “a full quiver of children is a blessing from God.” They filled their home with eight. They are the “God-fearing” parents of eight — two boys and six girls — four are ministers: Pastor Gale Smith Wilcox, Apostle Willie, Jr., Palatka, FL, David, co-pastor and Minister Linda are both serving at Mt. Olive Fire Baptized Holiness Church with their father at 8400 N.W. 22nd Ave.

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The Strachans hope to “Impact and re-unite”

Ricardo Strachan, 36, was born in Nassau, Bahamas to the parentage of Marquetta and Samuel Strachan, and according to his stepfather, Elder Keith Humes, he is “an anointed, dynamic, apostolic, and prophetic voice for the 21st century kingdom advancement."

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Pastor of the Week

The Paynes working in and outside the four walls

Bruce Payne was born in Miami and grew up in Overtown. He graduated from the historical Booker T. Washington Senior High School and studied at Miami Dade College. Payne retired in 2010 from Miami-Dade County as an Electronic Supervisor. During his tenure with the county he maintained communications for The Metrorail and received numerous accommodations from the ESP program with Metro Dade for various inventions.

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Pastor of the Week

A 27-year mentorship led to senior pastor

LaVanya C. Kelly is the senior pastor of the Outreach of Excitement Church at 1085 NW 62nd St. Their motto is: “A church in the heart of the city with the city in its heart.” Her shepherd and mentor was the late Reverend Dr. Mother Ruth E. Creps-Crockett, affectionately known as “Mother Ruth.”

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Give due honor and be blessed

In our society, we tend to honor those we like. If you are outside of one’s the inner circle of friends, you will not be honored, though honor is due to you. It happens even in the church. Christians very often allows secular thoughts to cloud their judgment and not give true honor where it is due.

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Mothers are mothers every day

 The Omega Power and Praise Ministry (OPPM) under the leadership of Dr. Harriette Wilson-Greene, celebrated another glorious event at the Joseph Caleb Center, last Friday, May 9 as they celebrated and honored mothers, grandmothers and guardians. 

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