Pastor Chris Harris, Senior Pastor of Bright Star COGIC, encouraged us in his keynote message by saying that God will never leave us to suffer without a reward after we go through difficulty. He even mentioned that our descendants will receive a blessing from our efforts to overcome difficulties in the work of God. He has been doing wonderful work to serve and improve the community around his church. When he was15 years old, he served as a Music Minister in Pastor T.L. Barrett’s church.
The Prayer Breakfast was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Morgan Park, one of the biggest churches in the south side of Chicago. Bishop William Ellis, who just retired and passed his Pastoral mission to his son, Pastor Bill Ellis, opened the door for us in 2010 and they have been hosting our Prayer Breakfast every year.
The host Pastor, Rev. Bill Ellis, is one of the second generation pastors in Chicago, born into a family of ministers. He has a unique view about the church and is trying to build his ministry based on his experience with the millennial generation. We were so blessed this month by the presence of Rev. David Rendel and Pastor T. L. Barrett. They were both hospitalized with heart problem two months ago at almost same time and this was their first Prayer Breakfast after their heart procedures. We were also blessed by the presence of our National Co-Chair, Rev. Dr. Michael Jenkins.
After the main message by Pastor Harris, Dr. Jenkins gave special remarks. In these remarks, he invited married couples in the room to come forward and gave the Blessing of Marriage. In total, 5 couples joined the ceremony. Dr. Jenkins asked Dr. James Bass, who just celebrated his 98th birthday, to offer the benediction. Dr. Bass is a long-time friend of ours and all ministers in Chicago deeply respect him. Our participants felt honored to receive the Blessing. Some of them were so inspired that they are now planning to have Blessing ceremonies in their churches with their congregations.
The Breakfast concluded with the Benediction by Bishop William Ellis.
Submitted by Rev. Hiro Sagisaka, ACLC-Chicago