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Alex Dorival, 112, was seated in his favorite pew as Jeffrey Thompson and Ruben Joseph did tag preaching at New Generation Adventist Church on Sabbath, April 20, 2019. A week of energetic preaching was brought to a climax with four people led to Christ by the two pastors who exchanged pulpits but preached the final sermon together at New Generation and Fort Lauderdale Adventist Churches.
Dorival, a farmer, was born on August 10, 1906, in the city of Port-de-Paix, Haiti. In 2006, he migrated to the U.S. and became a citizen. He spent most of his life as a Roman Catholic, but at 99, in 2006, he became a member of the North Miami Adventist Church (now New Generation Adventist Church).
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He dresses immaculately for church every Sabbath. He is probably not just the oldest Adventist in Florida, but likely in the United States. He can walk with the assistance of a walker, which he started using at age 110. At age 105, he started using a cane for the first time.
“He is the father of 10 children, but I cannot tell you how many grandchildren or great-grandchildren,” said Bernadette Dorival Mercilus, his daughter who takes care of him. “He does not speak much these days, but he prays before going to bed every night,” said Mercilus. “He sings songs in French Creole most days, and likes to say ‘Alleluia.’”...
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