Miami-Dade County

Teen missionaries are heading to Dominican Republic

A warm Neighbors in Religion salute to the group of teens from several Catholic high schools who make up a missionary group traveling to the village of Hoyo de Perez in Altamira, Dominican Republic, on a mission trip.

The students, who range in age from 17 to 19, could be spending all of their summer vacation frolicking on the beach or just doing not much of anything. Instead, they have chosen to spend nearly two weeks helping the less fortunate in an impoverished village in the Dominican Republic. Once there, the 90 students will help build a 120-foot-long bridge and set up a makeshift medical clinic.

The teen missionaries include students from Belen Jesuit, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and St. Brendan High School. They will be accompanied by the Revs. Emilio Travieso and Frank Permuy, as well as alumni, engineers and medical staff.

The new bridge will make it easier for the approximately 110 families of Hoyo de Perez to carry their produce — cacao, coffee and avocado — to market. The bridge will also benefit an additional 700 families living near Hoyo de Perez.

The Rev. Pedro Suarez, president of Belen, said, “Our school has supported such missions for 33 years. It is one way in which Belen Jesuit fulfills its motto: ‘Forming men for others.’ ”


It will be a warm family affair as well as a congregational one Sunday as Elder Thomas P. Edwards celebrates 62 years of preaching the gospel. During the worship service, which will begin at 10 a.m., Edwards and his wife Maxine will be recognized for their 64th wedding anniversary, which the couple will celebrate on Monday.

Edwards, who serves as the assistant pastor of the Church of God Tabernacle in Liberty City, accepted the Lord as his personal savior when he was 17, back in 1948. He often testifies that on April 1 of that year the world celebrated April Fool’s Day. “But on April 2, I became a ‘fool’ for the Lord.”

A naturally happy man, Edwards worked as a Metrobus driver for more than 30 years before retiring in 1993. Many of the people who use to be regulars on his route remember the “driver with the big smile.”

One former passenger, Jackie Barr, is now a member of the church.

“I used to wonder why he was always so happy,” Barr said.

She soon learned why, when she visited the church where he served. “It was the Lord, who made him so happy” she said.

Edwards and his wife are the parents of four — Tommy (Margaret); Linda (Demetrius) Glover; Phillip (Retha), and Kenneth (Tangela), and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Also, congratulations to Damon Causey, an usher at the church who was named “Father of the Year” during Father’s Day worship services. Causey is married to Marie Esther and they are the parents of two girls.

He was selected by a committee from the church’s trustees board.

The Church of God Tabernacle is at 1351 NW 67th St.

Bishop Walter H. Richardson is the senior pastor/teacher.


The Rev. Marvin C. Lue Jr. and the congregation at Trinity CME Church, 511 NW Fourth St., Overtown, invites the community to celebrate “Trinity Day” at 10 a.m. Sunday. The order of service will be a family and friends worship celebration, the pastor said.

The fourth Sunday at Trinity is also known as “casual dress Sunday.” So if you go, wear your best, comfortable summer outfit and enjoy the worship and fellowship.


The last Shabbat service at the Sunrise Jewish Center, 4099 N. Pine Island Rd., Sunrise, will be at 9 a.m. June 28.

The temple will merge with Temple Beth Torah in Tamarac, effective July 1. The new name will be Temple Beth Torah/Sha’aray Tzedek.

For more information, call the temple at 954-721-7660 after Monday.


A warm shout-out to my friend Freddie “Jabo” Johnson, who is back home after undergoing surgery a week ago.

Jabo is also known by the Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Association as “Mr. BTW” because of his dedication to the school and the alumni association.

We are praying for your speedy recovery, Jabo. We miss your voice at the association’s activities.