In the meantime, Miracle Temple Evangelistic Ministries and several other churches within Duquesne have been working together for the last five years to provide scholarships for students who wish to attend college.
“We help with books, living expenses or anything the kids need the money for,” Pastor Caldwell said. Each scholarship ranges between $200 to $300 and Pastor Caldwell estimates that the conglomerate of churches has given out about 60 of them.
In addition to Miracle Temple, the other Duquesne-based churches that help with the scholarships are: City of Hope Church of the Nazarene, Christ Soul Saving Station, Christ Lutheran, First Presbyterian, Payne Chapel AME, Macedonia Baptist Church, New Birth Baptist Church and New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Healing Temple has also been a part of the group in past years.
The group also holds a fifth Sunday service together and holy week services, which begins on Palm Sunday. They are also trying to find a way to hold skating events for all of the area’s children, although some of the churches hold skating events on their own.
“I believe the communities are separated because the churches are divided. What matters is that there is one God. If the churches come together that will bring the people in the community together,” Pastor Caldwell said.
Anyone interested in helping Pastor Caldwell with his mission is encouraged to contact him at 412-758-6274.