missionary trip to Cuba
By Juan Jose Rodriguez, Attorney Liaison and Marketing Director
After the tremendous success we had with the missionary trip to Ecuador to
help victims of the earthquake, a group of pastors approached us with the
idea of organizing a similar missionary trip to Cuba after Hurricane Matthew
damaged the island. Pastora Sara Carro, one of the pioneers of Hispanic
churches in Osceola County, was the organizer and in charge of coordinating
details mostly because of her vast experience doing trips to Cuba.
Several pastors from Central Florida, such as Jairo Garcia and Raymond
Diaz, and leaders of local ministries such as Carmen Otero, Isabel Delgado,
were added to the list.
When we arrived to Cuba, our emotions were high. We heard a lot about a
nation just 90 miles from USA shores – the Castro brothers (including the
recent death of Fidel Castro), the communist regime, and stories of religious
But minutes after arriving to Cuba, we found out that at least what we
encountered, was similar to arriving to my native island of Puerto Rico.
Friendly and welcoming people greeted us with a big smile and were
happy to see tourists arriving to their island. Then we noticed a lot of
tourists in Havana, mostly Europeans and from Canada, were enjoying
the old Havana, very similar to old San Juan, even with a Spanish
castle called El Morro. Something caught our eyes immediately, the
amount of old American vehicles (from the 1950’s) driving around.
When we went outside Havana, we were able to notice some more
characteristics of the communist regime such as a vigilante in every
community, the method of rationing in Cuba, with a system of
food distribution known in Cuba as the Libreta de Abastecimiento
(“Supplies booklet”). The system establishes the ration each person
is allowed to buy through that system, and the frequency of supplies.
In addition, the only billboards allowed are about the revolution and
quotes from Fidel and Che Guevarra. Despite all of the above, the people there have learned to live within
the system, and with a great desire to listen to the word of God. We noticed, the ones that are already
in church, have a lot of knowledge about the Bible, perhaps the fact that access to the internet is very
limited to some public parks and in addition, the cost of using the internet is too expensive. Plus there
are only 3 TV channels. All of these are the reasons why believers spend more time reading the Bible in Cuba. It’s also ironic that the prohibition established by the government to build additional churches have
created what they called “casas cultos” or house churches, with the permission of the regimen, which allows
the freedom to preach the gospel in houses inside their very own communities.
It is true that we also heard testimonies of religious persecution in the past which included the jailing of
religious and political dissidents in prisons and concentration camps, the demolition of places of worship,
and the systematic regulation of religious groups through the country. We also noticed that many
religious leaders stated they exercised self-censorship in what they preached and discussed during services,
so we followed their advice. As a result we were able to minister to youths and women, and we were
able to distribute school supplies to kids.
In summary, Cuba was not as bad as people had told us, and we had the opportunity to reach out to our
brothers and sisters from this beautiful island, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Michael T. Gibson
and his wife Jen.
Ten cuidado al caminar...
Por: Raymond Rivera, Attorney Liason & Marketing Rep.
En la Florida Central recibimos a una gran cantidad de visitantes cada mes ya sea por las distintas
atracciones, personas escapando a las bajas temperaturas del norte o para hacer de la Florida su
nuevo hogar. Uno de los problemas que he visto en aumento en nuestras carreteras es el aumento de
accidentes en donde un peatón es afectado. Según un informe que se realizó sobre el particular se
encontró que entre el 2004 al 2014, 5,145 personas fallecieron atropelladas por un vehículo mientras
caminaban hacia sus centros de trabajo. Esto es una cifra alarmante ya que viene siendo 13 personas
por día las que están sufriendo por esta situación.
El informe indica que los adultos entre las edades de 65 años o más tienen 50% más de posibilidades
de morir atropellados por un automóvil que los peatones más jóvenes. Por eso debe seguir guías como:
- Manténgase atento y vigilante de todo lo que sucede a su alrededor; así podrá captar las señales de peligro y tener la oportunidad
de huir del sitio y así evitarse problemas.
- Cuando camine sobre las aceras, hágalo alejado del borde que da hacia la calle.
- De noche, evite caminar sobre aceras poco iluminadas.
- Los peatones debemos caminar por el lado izquierdo de la carretera en el sentido contrario a la circulación de los vehículos, de
manera que veamos cómo se acercan los vehículos y no se produzcan sobresaltos.
Nuestro mayor deseo es que usted pueda llegar a su destino sin contratiempo alguno no importa cuál sea el transporte que use. Cuando
sea caminando, tenga en mente siempre la palabra precaución. Así que los invitamos para que continúen informándose mes tras mes en
nuestros artículos para que así logremos tener una vida llena de salud y felicidad. Siempre pueden contar con nosotros comunicándose al
407-422-4529 o visitando nuestro sitio web www.autojusticeattorney.com para más información. Recuerde que nuestro compromiso estratarlo a usted como si fuera parte de nuestra familia.
THE AUTO JUSTICE COMMUNITY HERO PROGRAM
Bob Healy, Jr.
By: Attorney Michael T. Gibson
Bob Healy, Jr., a well-known community leader for decades, is a former board member of the Osceola County
Expressway Authority and runs San Juan Funeral Home in Central Florida. In Bob’s words: “I am a funeral home
director. My job is to help families at their hardest moments, to ease the pain of loss, and to help people remember
the joy of family.” After the Pulse shooting his funeral homes took care of a lot of funeral arrangements regardless
their relatives ability to cover the cost.
Bob is also an adjunct professor, and has been a long-time champion of our public schools, often volunteering his time on the Board of Directors
for the Public Education Foundation. Healy has advocated for better transportation, and he supports job training programs. He has also been recognized
with a Certificate of Recognition, from the State of Florida, Department of Education in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, and 1990.
As an important part of the Osceola community he has been a member of the Osceola County Council on Aging from 2004 to present, member
of the Osceola County Red Cross, Member Board of Directors, Hispanic Business Council, and a member of the Osceola County Chamber of
Commerce from 2002 to present, among other organizations. As recognition of his great work in the community, he has been recognized with
the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Southwood Center for the Arts and the Dedication Award Southwood PTA.
And now, he is our Community Hero of the Month. Thanks Bob for all you do to make Osceola County and Central Florida a better place to
what are the Gibsons up to now?
By Attorney Michael T. Gibson
It is hard to believe that we are already three months into the new year. I mean, time is flying. We have been really busy with work, school
functions, and hockey. And yes, our family had to deal with the dreaded winter cold/flu and ear infections too, that knocked both our kids
out of school for a week. Luckily, everyone is recovered and healthy now, and we are back to the daily school routine. In our spare time,
we were lucky to have Eme’s class friend, “Aimee Joe” visit us again. We treated her to some dinners at our favorite restaurants. I think
she had a great time. Brady had a school field trip to Sea World, and Jen took a day off to join him. Both were exhausted but had a lot of
fun. As a firm, we sponsored Faith and Family night at the Solar Bears game, and were honored to have so many of our religious leader
friends join us. Lastly, Jen decided to “test drive” a puppy with the kids one day when we were out and about. We were just about to make
the little guy a member of the family when Jen had a horrible allergy attack, and we realized that as much as we loved the dog, a breathing
mommy is probably better for us. Here are some pics of the fun to enjoy. I am sure we will revisit the dog thing sooner than later.
WHY AUTISM STRIKES
more boys than girls
In recent years, research has ramped up to get to the bottom of the striking disparity between
genders when it comes to the incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ASD
affects approximately four times as many boys as girls.
In one theory, the PTCHD1 gene on the X chromosome plays a pivotal role. PTCHD1 is a
protein coding gene that helps to deliver information to cells during brain development. If it has mutated or is missing altogether,
there is an elevated risk of autism or an intellectual disability.
Boys inherit one X chromosome from their mother and one Y chromosome from their father. Girls carry two X chromosomes. If one
X chromosome carries a mutated PTCHD1 gene, or is missing it altogether, the second X chromosome provides backup, shielding a
girl from ASD. However, the genetic abnormality can still be passed on to a future son.
Other research is examining the role that brain cortex thickness has on the development of ASD. The cortex is the brain’s outer
layer that is host to nerves involved in memory, language, thinking, and other complex cognitive functions. Males tend to have thinner
cortexes; women generally have thicker ones. One study found that the thinner the cortex, the more susceptible a person was to
developing ASD. Women aren’t invulnerable to ASD, since some women have thinner cortexes than normal—in other words, more
The hope with the research is to find ways to diagnose ASD earlier, allowing behavioral therapies to commence sooner, and to let
prospective parents know if either of them carries a defective PTCHD1 gene that may result in autism.
Michael T. Gibson , P. A.
2420 South Lakemont Avenue,
Orlando, FL 32814
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