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SAS Class of 2014 Grad Preaches First Sermon

Troy Duffie

Miami, January 4, 2015 - Bea Hines, Miami Herald, Sunday, January 4, 2015

     "There is so much gloom and doom in the world today, sometimes it's hard to see the great, little miracles that happen to us and around us all the time.

      One of those miracles happened in my own extended family. My godson, Troy Adam Duffie, who is only 18, will preach his inaugural sermon at 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 698 NW 47th Ter.

      Adam, as we all call him, is a miracle to his family and to me, too.

      Last spring, he graduated from high school and also earned his associate's degree from Miami Dade College in the School for Advanced Studies program. And in August, Adam acknowledged the call from God to the ministry.

      He now is a first-year economics major at Howard University in Washington DC, where his older brother Andrew, is in his second year at the university's School of Theology.

      Adam is a member of St. John Institutional Baptist Church in Overtown (now undergoing renovation), where Bishop James D. Adams is the pastor. HIs maternal grandparents are the late Deacon Andrew and Deaconess Thelmarie Robinson, and his paternal grandparents are the late Brother Edward and Sister Emma Duffie.

      I call Adam a miracle, not because he was called to the ministry, but because in this day, when so many of our young black males choose to take the path to destruction, he has chosen to walk a straight path.

      He can thank his parents for helping him with his decision. Minister Troy and his wife, Deaconess Cecily Robinson-Duffie, are devout Christians who believe in the Bible passage that says, "Bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."  It is a passage that all parents can bank on, because it works.

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