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My Duel with a Desk Showed Me God Knows Best

posted on August 27, 2014, under Member by

by Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

A little more than a year ago if you asked me how I felt about my life, I would have told you I was perfectly fine. I felt that God and I had a pretty stable relationship, although I probably could have highlighted some strong areas for improvement. Nothing seemed broken, so why fix it?

One Saturday evening, I jammed my toe on the corner of my desk. My foot was swollen the next day, and I was told repeatedly to get it checked, but I decided it was fine since I could walk on it. Surely, the swelling would go down, and all would be well.

During the next year, I had increasingly sharp random pains in my foot. I always attributed them to the shoes I wore, a long day, etc. Finally, I decided to see an orthopedic doctor, absolutely sure he would tell me I need to wear insoles, or some other simple remedy.

I could not have been more wrong! Apparently, during my duel with the desk, I received a hairline fracture at the top of my foot that healed improperly. I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory cream for the swelling, specific insoles since my arch had collapsed, an ankle wrap, and a very annoying brace to correct my new, slightly irregular gait.

It couldn’t have been worse timing, as it was now the last week of May 2014. A lot had changed in my life. I’d become the Youth Ministries leader at my church, and I was looking forward to Pathfinder Red Zone the next weekend.

One evening during that program, I retired early because of my aching foot. Lying in bed, I started thinking about the amazing youth with whom I work and recent projects I’d undertaken, such as starting a new catering business and reaching the halfway point of working on a master’s degree.

Suddenly, it dawned on me that if I had continued on the path I was going a year ago, I absolutely would not have been able to do any of these things. I was content with my life, but those areas of needed improvement had started to grow and cause the “stable” relationship I had with God to weaken. I was not putting 100% into anything but was okay with doing just enough to get by in every aspect of my life. My character and spiritual walk needed molding, and events of the past year taught me some real life lessons:

Like the injury I received—when we go off God’s path for us, we will get hurt, but still think we’re good.

Like the sharp random pains—God tugs and begs us to come back to Him, but our stubbornness and sinfulness resists.

Like this new brace—coming back might hurt a bit, because it usually means learning, understanding, healing, restoration, and maybe even forgiving.

Now, looking back, I can see where God allowed a small thing like my duel with a desk to change my life for the best.

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Florida Teachers Gain New Skills

posted on August 27, 2014, under Conference, Education by

by Sandra Doran

From left: Eudora Stephens and Brenda Trim (Beryl Wisdom Adventist School in Orlando) and Grant Iverson (Walker Memorial Academy in Avon Park) participate in Florida Conference’s first-ever iPad training event held this summer. (Photo: Richard Howard)

From left: Eudora Stephens and Brenda Trim (Beryl Wisdom Adventist School in Orlando) and Grant Iverson (Walker Memorial Academy in Avon Park) participate in Florida Conference’s first-ever iPad training event held this summer. (Photo: Richard Howard)

More than a dozen teachers chose to spend one week of their summer vacation at Walker Memorial Academy in Avon Park learning new ways to use technology, according to Frank Runnels, Florida Conference Vice President for Education, who made the experience possible. “These people did not have to be there,” says Runnels. “Our teachers’ enthusiasm and eagerness to learn new things is just incredible.”

Florida Conference’s first-ever iPad training was conducted by veteran science teacher Gordon Davis and his son, Ethan, who holds a degree in Media Communications from Full Sail University in Orlando. “The whole purpose of the course is to help teachers understand three key points,” says Davis. “First, the ultimate evidence of learning is creation. Second, the best assessment is the creative product. And finally, students should be producers rather than consumers.”

With this philosophy as his guiding directive, Davis taught teachers to “mash apps,” combining tools to provide students with exciting avenues for their creative energies. Teachers gained new ways to engage students using popular iPad applications such as Explain Everything, iMovie, Capture, iMotion HD, GarageBand, Pages, and Numbers.

“I can’t wait to put all this into practice in the classroom,” remarked Winter Haven teacher Vicki Turner as she worked on a project alongside others from small and large schools. “My students are going to love it!”

Throughout the week, teachers proudly showcased their own projects, demonstrating that the best way to learn something is to delve in, try it, and then teach it to someone else.

The technology class was just one of four classes offered by the Office of Education this summer. Nearly 50 teachers packed up their own classrooms and put in another week learning iPad skills, gaining Responsive Classroom (Positive School Climate) techniques, shadowing a mentor teacher in Biology Field School, and discovering new Trends in Education.

“In Florida, teacher training is of paramount importance,” says Runnels. In addition to the local training, more than 70 teachers pursued course work this summer on the graduate level.

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Departmental Staff Changes

posted on August 27, 2014, under Conference by

Rudy Alvir Named Associate Youth Director for South Area
Rudy AlvirRodolfo (Rudy) Alvir-Abraham was voted Associate Youth Director for South Florida on June 11, 2013, by the Florida Conference Executive Committee and began his new position October 1, 2013. He joined Pedro Perez, Conference Youth Director responsible for the central area, and Robert Hines, Associate Youth Director for north Florida.

Rodolfo began denominational work as a district pastor in Canada’s Ontario Conference. He then served as youth director and a pastor in the Northeast Mexican Conference.

Rodolfo and his wife, Alexandra Hichez, have two children: Juan Jose (J.J.) who is in eighth grade, and Sarai Esther who is in seventh grade.

Frank Runnels Named Vice President for Education
Frank RunnelsFrank Runnels was voted Vice President for Education, March 18, 2014, by the Florida Conference Executive Committee. He replaces Arne Nielsen who recently became Director of Secondary Education and Accreditation for the North American Division.

Frank originally joined the Office of Education team in 2008, serving first as Administrative Superintendent for two years and then as Superintendent since January 23, 2011. Prior to 2008, he was Vice Principal at Forest Lake Education Center in Apopka.

Frank and his wife, Odette, have four grown children: Shana, Frank, Jelain, and Chantel who is the mother of their grandson, Christopher Dumas Bates II, and their granddaughter, Clarity Ruth.

Judy Smith Named Director of English-language Children’s, Singles’, and Family Ministries
Judy SmithJudy Smith was voted Director of Children’s, Singles’ and Family Ministries on February 4, 2014, by the Florida Conference Executive Committee and began her work April 1. She replaces Rhoda Burrill who has retired.

Judy is a seasoned leader/teacher with more than 20 years of experience in helping children and families grow intellectually and achieve their greatest potential. Most recently, she worked in interventional radiology nursing at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Judy and her husband, Kendall, have two grown children: Kendall Smith III and Kim (James) Lane who is the mother of her granddaughter, Kyndal.

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God’s Kingdom Advances in China—More Bible Workers Needed!

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by Audrey Folkenberg, Phil Bond

One of 44 baptisms in China held one Sabbath this July.

One of 44 baptisms in China held one Sabbath this July.

Eighty-six Chinese Bible workers sponsored by Florida Conference members, Sabbath School classes, and churches have baptized 1,056 people and are currently conducting 1,271 Bible studies.

One couple left their home earlier this year to share Jesus in a city with no Seventh-day Adventist presence. While getting to know their new city, these front-line pioneers noticed children picking up trash. They soon discovered the children were selling it to provide money for their families living in surrounding mountain villages. It is sad that these children must collect trash to survive. They were also disconnected from opportunities for an education. Our Bible workers knew these children would never have a chance in life without an education. Consequently, they slowly connected with the children and their families, gained their trust, and offered free tutoring.

Today, almost 100 children in this city are learning to enjoy reading, writing, and arithmetic through instruction from this couple. They are also learning about Jesus and His love.

Not only are these children given a chance for a better life on earth, they and their families have the opportunity to learn of heavenly things. In fact, several have already chosen to accept Jesus’ gift of eternal life and joined the Adventist world family through baptism.

Forty-seven of our 133 Bible workers are serving in faith without a financial sponsor. Would you please help? Perhaps you, your Sabbath School class, or church could commit $1,500 needed to support a Bible worker in China for one year.

Please contact Phil Bond at Florida Conference today: (407) 618-0243.

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God’s Kingdom Advances in Miami

posted on August 27, 2014, under Conference, Member by

From left: Jorge and Enid Santiago, Lidia Pichardo, and Lidia's daughter, Eva.

From left: Jorge and Enid Santiago, Lidia Pichardo, and Lidia’s daughter, Eva.

Mission to the Citiesby Abel Paulín

Lidia Pichardo, a member of Carol City Spanish Church, knew Enid Santiago through her daughter, Eva, who worked with Enid at a medical office. When Enid, her husband Jorge, and their family were going through the terrible experience of losing a loved one, Lidia had an opportunity to minister to them.

Led by Lidia, a group from Carol City Spanish Church visited and prayed with this hurting family. Enid and Jorge then began visiting the church—especially the prayer group that earnestly interceded for them.

On February 2, IMPACT Miami was held at Miami Airport Convention Center, and Lidia took the opportunity to invite Enid and Jorge to the weekend’s events. That Sabbath was a great day of worship and evangelism with 5,000 people in attendance. Alejandro Bullón preached an evangelistic message, and Steve Green was the guest singer. Hundreds came forward in response to appeals that morning and afternoon. A CREATION Health Fair with seminars, free health screenings, and counseling was held the next day.

A week-long evangelistic series followed in 30 churches throughout South Florida. Enid and Jorge faithfully attended these meetings at Carol City Spanish Church. By Friday, they expressed their desire to follow Jesus but were not yet sure when they wanted to be baptized. As they came into church the next morning, they surprised the pastor and everyone when they announced they wanted to be baptized that very day, February 9. Enid and Jorge have faithfully attended church ever since. Now, they actively seek ways to minister to others just as they were ministered to in their time of need.

This coming October 4-11, there will be another evangelistic reaping series at 12 churches in Miami-Dade Counties. The good news of salvation in Jesus will be presented and decisions will be made. Others who are now being touched by the ministry of members like Lidia Pichardo will have the opportunity to decide for Jesus and be baptized into His church. Simply stated, this is what Mission to the Cities is about!

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IMPACT Miami/Live with Hope Events Inspire Young People

posted on August 15, 2014, under Conference by

by Ebony Leito, Joshua Luzbet, Pedro Perez

IMPACT Miami missionaries, from left, Matthew Casanova, Andrew Cuevas, and Joshua Luzbet put their cardboard ministry training into action on Miami street corners. (Photo: Robert Hines)

IMPACT Miami missionaries, from left, Matthew Casanova, Andrew Cuevas, and Joshua Luzbet put their cardboard ministry training into action on Miami street corners. (Photo: Robert Hines)

IMPACT Miami, the summer initiative of the Florida Conference Youth Ministries department, was based out of Greater Miami Adventist Academy (GMAA) during the week of June 22-29. The goal of this week was to train a group of nearly 50 young people (mostly teens) in different ministries, equip them with the supplies needed to do the ministry, and then deploy them to go and do that ministry.

During the week, young people were trained in sidewalk ministry, children’s ministry, cardboard ministry, health ministry, hospital ministry, door-to-door ministry, video ministry, and more. In addition, they befriended the homeless and served in pregnancy centers, food banks, and orphanages.

Guests attending the Live with Hope Festivals participate in the Health Expo on Sabbath. (Photo: Robert Hines)

Guests attending the Live with Hope Festivals participate in the Health Expo on Sabbath. (Photo: Robert Hines)

“From day one, God showed this group of young teens what His work is,” says Joshua Luzbet from Cocoa Church. “Some examples of His work were sending us through the mall to pray with people we haven’t met or volunteering at an organization dedicated to helping young pregnant teens.”

Those present experienced an outpouring of God’s Spirit manifested through confession, discovering spiritual gifts, and making a renewed (or new) commitment to serve God daily. “I believe this experience has been more of a blessing for me than for the people we helped,” says GMAA student Ebony Leito. “I believe I touched many lives with my testimony, and I hope to keep doing that.”

Rudy Alvir, Associate Youth Director for South Area, leads the training event for young people to discover their identify and purpose in life. (Photo: Robert Hines)

Rudy Alvir, Associate Youth Director for South Area, leads the training event for young people to discover their identify and purpose in life. (Photo: Robert Hines)

The week of activities concluded with two Live with Hope Festivals—one at Miami Springs Church and the other at the Miami Beach bandshell. Students led a CREATION Health Expo, prayer booths, literature distribution, fun activities and games for kids, puppet shows, and face painting.

The purpose of this event was to help the people of Miami Live with Hope and provide opportunities for our young people to experience what it looks like to live a Life on Fire for God by serving Him, reaching out to their communities, and investing their talents in their local churches.

We pray that the skills these students learned and practiced will inspire them to start ministries in their home churches and invite other young people to join them in their ministries.

Impact MiamiDuring IMPACT Miami, we saw the dream come a little closer to reality—an army of young people, trained, equipped, and deployed to IMPACT others and grow God’s Kingdom here in Florida. Join us in June 2015 for Youth IMPACT Fort Lauderdale/Live with Hope.

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Congratulations FLEC Tech Cadets Robotics Team: 2014 National Champions

posted on August 15, 2014, under Education by

The Tech Cadets Robotics Team from Forest Lake Education Center became the 2014 Adventist Robotics League National Champions at Sacramento Adventist Academy, California. Front row from left: Valex Evans; Kassiene Cossia; Michael Scribner. Back row from left: Robert Henley, parent sponsor; Joshua Lower; Christopher Berger; Jason Morgan; Alyssia Sampson; Andrew Otanes; Rosalee Taylor, teacher sponsor. (Photo: Jessica Lower)

The Tech Cadets Robotics Team from Forest Lake Education Center became the 2014 Adventist Robotics League National Champions at Sacramento Adventist Academy, California. Front row from left: Valex Evans; Kassiene Cossia; Michael Scribner. Back row from left: Robert Henley, parent sponsor; Joshua Lower; Christopher Berger; Jason Morgan; Alyssia Sampson; Andrew Otanes; Rosalee Taylor, teacher sponsor. (Photo: Jessica Lower)

by Rosalee Taylor

Forest Lake Education Center (FLEC) Tech Cadets Robotics Team became the 2014 Adventist Robotics League National Champions at the annual competition at Sacramento Adventist Academy in California. The Tech Cadets achieved this award by winning first place honors in three categories: Robot Performance, Robot Design, and Team Core Values. They also won second place in the Team Project category.

“FLEC Robotics is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiative designed to celebrate invention and knowledge,” says parent sponsor Robert Henley. “Students work together to design, build, and program robots using Lego Mindstorms kits.”

The Tech Cadets research project developed a device they named Sparky to perform a series of tasks:

An Adventist Robotics League judge reviews the performance of Forest Lake Education Center’s Tech Cadets Robotics Team. (Photo: Edwin Garcia)

An Adventist Robotics League judge reviews the performance of Forest Lake Education Center’s Tech Cadets Robotics Team. (Photo: Edwin Garcia)

  • Detect wild fires.
  • Send a text message to homeowners.
  • Call the fire department at a homeowner’s request.
  • Set off a sprinkler system installed around the property perimeter.

With expressed interest in Sparky, Tech Cadets next goal is to apply for a patent. Several firefighters who saw a demonstration of Sparky indicated they would be interested in purchasing such a product.

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Community Kitchen Ministers to Neighborhood

posted on August 15, 2014, under Church by

by Gladys Neigel

Week after week, Kress Memorial Church members who prepare and serve food also enjoy visiting with the patrons. Volunteering on a recent Wednesday were: Karen Austin, Mike Sylvia, Nola Anderson, Pete Anderson, Frances Hamilton, June Clarke, and Pastor Eric Doran. (Photo: Martin Butler)

Week after week, Kress Memorial Church members who prepare and serve food also enjoy visiting with the patrons. Volunteering on a recent Wednesday were: Karen Austin, Mike Sylvia, Nola Anderson, Pete Anderson, Frances Hamilton, June Clarke, and Pastor Eric Doran. (Photo: Martin Butler)

Eric Doran, pastor of Kress Memorial Church in Winter Park, was sitting in his office one afternoon when a senior member of his congregation stopped to visit. After a few minutes, she handed him an envelope and said, “I want to give a thank offering to God.”

Opening the envelope, Doran was completely surprised to find a check for $1,000. Knowing the woman and her husband were on a fixed income, he quickly inquired how they wanted the money used. She replied, “Wherever it’s needed.”

In previous pastorates, Doran helped with a Community Kitchen. So, once again, this ministry came to mind. During church the next Sabbath, he asked for those interested in this type of outreach to meet in his office after the service. He was pleasantly surprised to find more than a dozen members waiting for him.

Word soon reached church neighbors that the Community Kitchen would be open from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. A neighbor across the street, Helen Wright, began attending the dinners from the start.

Helen shared an apartment with her sister-in-law, Janet Atkins, who also attended the dinners. However, eight months later, Janet was hospitalized and then passed away. With no other church home to call for assistance, Pastor Doran made the funeral arrangements. Kress Memorial paid for funeral expenses, hosted the memorial service, and provided a meal for family members and guests.

When asked what they learned about Jesus at Orlando Junior Academy, Jimmie, left, said he learned the power of prayer, Jerome said he got a new Hero in Jesus, and Iesha said she learned to go to Jesus when she needs Him. (Photo: Martin Butler)

When asked what they learned about Jesus at Orlando Junior Academy, Jimmie, left, said he learned the power of prayer, Jerome said he got a new Hero in Jesus, and Iesha said she learned to go to Jesus when she needs Him. (Photo: Martin Butler)

Afterward, more family members began attending the Wednesday night dinners. They also started attending church and usually filled up an entire pew. Helen, the matriarch of the family, was baptized on October 9, 2010, during meetings by Lester Pratt, Florida Conference evangelist. Nine months later, November 5, 2011, Helen’s three grandchildren, Jerome, Iesha, and Jimmie Boatwright, were baptized as a result of their desire to walk with God.

Kress Memorial Church involved the children in Pathfinders where they met many new friends. They also loved participating in scripture reading during the worship hour. The services are broadcast online, so their uncle in another state tuned in to see them participate. The children also enjoy serving others at the Community Kitchen because they’ve come to appreciate the blessings they’ve received.

The three grade schoolers enrolled at Orlando Junior Academy where Jimmie and Jerome played the handbells and Iesha sang in the choir. They enjoyed the close friendships and respect they found at the school. In May 2014, Jimmie became a proud 8th grade graduate.

When a couple at the Kitchen asked Pastor Eric Doran to sign a marriage license, he offered to do more. The following week, their wedding was conducted in the sanctuary where Community Kitchen patrons doubled as the guests. Kress members provided flowers, the cake, a photographer, decorations, and a reception in the fellowship hall. (Photo: Sandra Doran)

When a couple at the Kitchen asked Pastor Eric Doran to sign a marriage license, he offered to do more. The following week, their wedding was conducted in the sanctuary where Community Kitchen patrons doubled as the guests. Kress members provided flowers, the cake, a photographer, decorations, and a reception in the fellowship hall. (Photo: Sandra Doran)

The community dinners still take place every week, hosted by the same group of willing servants of the Lord. They not only prepare and serve the food, but also mingle with the people, eat with them, and listen to their needs. They have also conducted several funerals and two weddings, providing everything from spiritual guidance to full ceremonies and receptions.

On one occasion, local Adventist Russ Durham, who operates a bike ministry, came to the Kitchen and performed bike repairs for a dozen excited patrons. He later returned with a refurbished bike for a homeless man after someone had stolen his wheels.

Attendance at the dinners runs between 25 and 35. The volunteers cover the dinner’s entire cost, so nothing comes out of the church budget. The guests have the opportunity to take home any leftover food.

What started with seed money—a sacrificial thank offering from a godly couple—is a full grown ministry today. It touches lives not only in the neighborhood surrounding the church, but those who are serving in the Kitchen.

“It’s amazing,” remarked one member. “When I pass the homeless on the street now, they are not just lost faces in the crowd. I know these people by name. I care about them.”

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Florida Conference: Our Move for the Mission

posted on August 14, 2014, under Conference, Relocation, Video Report by

The article below features excerpts from Florida Conference’s Grand Opening ceremony. A complete video recording of the program is also available with this link.

More than 400 guests braved the early afternoon rainstorms to gather at the entrance to Florida Conference’s new headquarters in Altamonte Springs to celebrate its opening. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

More than 400 guests braved the early afternoon rainstorms to gather at the entrance to Florida Conference’s new headquarters in Altamonte Springs to celebrate its opening. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

by Mike Cauley, D.Min.
Florida Conference President

President Mike Cauley welcomes guests to the Florida Conference grand opening celebration on June 1, 2014. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

President Mike Cauley welcomes guests to the Florida Conference grand opening celebration on June 1, 2014. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Who would have thought a few years ago when the Florida Department of Transportation told us they were going to widen Interstate 4 and that we needed to find a new home, God would lead us in such a marvelous way.

Everything about the new facility in which the Florida Conference team now serves constituents underscores our mission—making mature disciples and preparing people for the coming of Jesus. That’s what we believe God has called us to be about. We know that God has given us a priceless opportunity to be His hands and feet—His servants.

We believe the restoration of broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships is why we’re here, extending God’s grace, mercy, hope, and wholeness to people so God can restore them. We’re seeking to be faithful to do what we are called to do—empower our churches, pastors, educational institutions, educators, and staff to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Florida Conference ribbon-cutting participants, from left: Lee Constantine, Seminole County Commissioner; Duane Rollins, Florida Conference Treasurer; Mike Cauley, Florida Conference President; Carmen Rodríguez, Florida Conference Executive Secretary; and Pat Bates, Altamonte Springs Mayor. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Florida Conference ribbon-cutting participants, from left: Lee Constantine, Seminole County Commissioner; Duane Rollins, Florida Conference Treasurer; Mike Cauley, Florida Conference President; Carmen Rodríguez, Florida Conference Executive Secretary; and Pat Bates, Altamonte Springs Mayor. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

So, for the theme of the lobby itself, and really for the whole building, we have chosen the theme of restoration. All of the beauty and all of the glory that God originally intended for mankind was taken away when Adam and Eve made that fateful mistake in the Garden of Eden. God made a way through Jesus coming as Savior and dying on the cross to not just save souls here, but to take us to heaven where everything will be restored to us in a life-giving environment.

As you walk into the lobby, you’ll see a depiction of the history of mankind in terms of the salvation story. It culminates with God’s intent to restore all that He intended us to have in the beginning. The Nathan Greene paintings on the left side of the lobby represent Jesus becoming Lord of our lives and His sacrifice which brings hope for us in the soon coming of Jesus.

Central to the building and to our mission, this fountain representing Jesus as the Water of Life was generously donated by Little Diversified Architectural Consulting. (Photo: Ben Tanner Photography)

Central to the building and to our mission, this fountain representing Jesus as the Water of Life was generously donated by Little Diversified Architectural Consulting. (Photo: Ben Tanner Photography)

The main corridors form the shape of a cross. Where they join, central to the building and to our mission, is a depiction of Jesus as the Water of Life. Each of the seven pillars surrounding the center were themed after the discipleship journey of a believer coming to Christ: being taught by Him, surrendering to His will, faithfulness in following, obedience to His call, growing in grace, communion with God, and service through ministries of compassion.

Thus, the opening of the new Florida Conference headquarters is not about us. It is about a stewardship—a privilege that God has given to us and the mission of becoming the light of the world, creating a space that will be of service to our members.

VIP Remarks

Construction Acknowledgements

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Joseph and Kathleen Saladino Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage

posted on August 14, 2014, under Member by

by Joseph Anthony Saladino

Joseph and Kathy Saladino at the Marathon Church they helped plant. (Photo: Mary Beth Martel)

Joseph and Kathy Saladino at the Marathon Church they helped plant. (Photo: Mary Beth Martel)

Joseph Saladino Jr. and Kathleen Carol Paul united in marriage on June 12, 1954, in Miami, Florida. Kathy lived in the Florida Keys with her family on West Summerland Key. The couple met on Bahia Honda Key where Joe was a fishing guide and lived with his uncle.

Joe finished a tour of duty with the United States Air Force in 1956, and the Saladinos came back to the Keys to set up housekeeping in Marathon. After becoming members of Homestead Church in 1968, they teamed with other members for worship services at the home of Don and Mignon Wollard in Islamorada. They later built a church facility.

The Saladinos on their wedding day, June 12, 1954.

The Saladinos on their wedding day, June 12, 1954.

The fire of Adventist pioneering burned bright in Joe and Kathy’s hearts. After several years in Islamorada, the Saladinos started a church at their home in Marathon. In 1982, this small company built Marathon Church with the help of Maranatha Flights, International (now Maranatha Volunteers International).

The Saladinos raised four children: Joseph, Michael, Raymond, and Carol, and have 10 grandchildren.

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