Varilus Pierre Jr., pastor for Temple Adventiste de West Palm Beach in Greenacres, Fla., and Gethsemane Church Company in Port St. Lucie, Fla., was invited by the State of Florida to offer the opening prayer for the Florida Senate on March 5, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. The senate was called to order by President Joe Negron at 10:25 a.m. A quorum was present with 38 senators in attendance. Pierre, who is trilingual and fluent in French, Creole, and English, prayed for all senators and House of Representative members in the State’s capital, coupled with all lawmakers in the U.S. and in its entirety.
After prayer, he had the unique opportunity to greet senators and some members of the House of Representatives. “I knew one of the senators from Miami; her name is Daphne Campbell,” said Pierre. “She is the first and the only Haitian senator in the State of Florida.”
Florida | June 2018