Children of Inmates is Bringing Families Together

On December 21 and 22, 2015, Children of Inmates program facilitated bonding visits that involved approximately 1,000 children, caregivers, staff, and servant leaders. 370 inmates received a visit! This was our largest bonding visit event since the first COI bonding visit 8.5 years ago! Your support helps us bring Peace and Joy to children and families in Miami.  

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Building a Foundation in Harlem

We are encouraged more and more every day as members of our community join our Trinity Harlem and Peacemakers team to serve our city! With our various Interest and Team Meetings, we have been able to add more than 65 people to our launch team. As we establish ourselves in Harlem, we have felt a tremendous call to reach out to those in our neighborhood to make a lasting impact on their life in sustainable ways. Every Saturday we spend time at the St. Nicholas Project Playground where our team facilitates basketball and activities, and hands out water and Gatorade...Read More
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Minimize Obstacles Every Moment

I’ve learned some important lessons from being a mother over the years. When raising four active boys, you have to be prepared for anything. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that preparing for everything is impossible, without the right help. “Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us, for he cannot disown us who are part of himself, and he will always carry out his promises to us.” 2 Tim 2:13 Big shots are only ‘little shots’ that kept on shooting! Keep going. Rich and...Read More
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Serving Our Community through AmeriCorps

Peacemakers thrives on helping, loving, and serving the people of our community. It is the vision of the church and the heart of our service to help people reach their fullest potential. To attain that vision, we partner with many organizations and non-profits to help facilitate life transformation. Here’s an update on what the staff of Peacemakers Family Center (PFC) has been up to in the past week. Trinity Church has partnered with Volunteer Florida for 10 years, as a grantee organization, to serve the Miami-Dade County community. When Trinity first began its commitment to serve our community through AmeriCorps,...Read More
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Spring into Love & Hope

We are so excited about what God is doing at Peacemakers! In the first three months of this year, we’ve taken time to reflect on how lives are changing in our community, and we are amazed at the differences we see! Thanks to your support, volunteers and staff at Peacemakers are able to fight against poverty and hopelessness every day. We do this by bringing Jesus’ Love and Hope to individuals and families in practical and meaningful ways. Your support helps us: Provide Food to hungry children and families through the Peacemakers Food Pantry. What a joy to see the...Read More
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Inspiring Dads with KidPower2015

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ~ Albert Schweitzer Ten years ago, when I sat around a table with Shellie Solomon, Yvonne Sawyer, and Kate Witte brainstorming about how we could help children who had an incarcerated parent, we had no idea how our concept would become Children of Inmates, Inc. (COI). COI has served more than 2,500 children in the State of Florida, since our first strategy meeting. Every quarter, COI takes children and their caregivers to visit their incarcerated parents. The COI Bonding Trip is COI’s...Read More
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Inspiring Moms with KidPower2015

Something very special happened on our Children of Inmates, Inc. (COI) Bonding Trip at Lowell Correctional Institution. In our group of seventy (70) children, caregivers, staff and volunteers were three children who hadn’t seen their mother in seven months. They had traveled down from Jacksonville, Florida with their grandmother who had been acting as their guardian. The baby had been born in prison and had been quickly removed to live with his grandmother. This was the first time he had ever met his mother. This was the first time his mother had ever met him. The bicycle generator project opened...Read More
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KidPower2015’s Kinetic Energy

“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” ~ Daniel Goleman While on our fifth and final day of Children of Inmates, Inc. (COI) Spring Bonding Visits at Everglades Correctional Institution, I realized that our KidPower2015 Earth Day Project had truly released kinetic energy. According to Live Science’s website: “Kinetic energy is the energy of mass in motion. The kinetic energy of an object is the energy it has because of its motion.” The kinetic energy we set in motion as we brought this project to life was the kinetic energy of:...Read More
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The Death of Death

The Death and Resurrection of Jesus is essential to the core of Christian theology. In fact, it’s what sets us apart from all other religions. Something that amazes me about Jesus is that the movement of Christianity actually grew exponentially larger after His death. Consider many political and religious leaders who had a great impact during their lifetime, and you may see that their teachings and followers dwindle in the years after they have passed. Their life is what sparked the interest of others, and they were able to gain momentum during their time on earth. Jesus, however, started a...Read More
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From King to Criminal

I’ll never forget one of the most glorifying moments of my life. It was my senior year in high school and I had spent every day committed to my competitive cheerleading squad. Now, just so you know, we weren’t your typical cheer squad. We did encourage our teams by yelling chants but we would also have two a day workouts that involved conditioning outside in the hot Florida summers until we nearly passed out. Then we would throw our bodies into unnatural forms that we call toe-touches, run at full speed to perform gymnastic passes by throwing ourselves in the...Read More