ACLC- Columbus, Ohio prayer breakfast: “Your work of faith and labor of love”
Bishop Michael and Min. Zena Sykes joined our community prayer breakfast on Sept. 3, 2016, as part of a 10-state tour they undertook this summer, sharing with local clergy about their experiences with ACLC and its founders, Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. Based on I Thessalonians 1:3, read by Min. Scott Miller of Columbus, Ohio, the message was deeply inspirational and profound.
Rev. Sykes noted that the biggest problem in America is not drugs, free sex or divorce, but rather the breakdown of the family. Reverend Sykes also mentioned that scripture indicates that God calls the righteous, “wicked.” He explained that God referred to the righteous in this manner to indicate a problem he sees in the ministry today.
Ministry pastors tend to constantly find new ways to do ministry, thus thinking they are doing His Will. They are caught up in what Rev. Sykes referred to as “prosperity ministry”. This tendency has caused the churches preaching the Gospel to become enriched and materially blessed. But Bishop Sykes clarified that ministers of the Gospel are called to not only help the less fortunate but to also educate and spiritually enlighten the “unchurched” population.
He then explained how Reverend Moon called him and 172 other ministers to Korea in 2011. While there, Reverend Moon spoke with a stern and strong manner asking why so many marriages in American Christian churches were broken. Further, why were so many American marriages ending in divorce? Reverend Sykes concluded with the idea Reverend Moon taught, that is, marriage of a man and woman is a marriage of God’s son and God’s daughter.
Pastor J. Thomas Johnson, Emeritus of Summit Christian Church began the event by greeting the 41 people in attendance, including ministers who came from Columbus and Dayton, OH. Elder Wayne Strautman entertained the congregation with inspirational music.
The invocation and blessing of the breakfast was done with inspiration by Pastor Robert E. Jones Emeritus, of College Hill Presbyterian Church in Dayton. After a joyful breakfast, all returned to the sanctuary to see the video presentation, “The Power of True Love.”
The event concluded with closing remarks by Bishop Emma Curtis White, Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock Ministries of Dayton, OH. A closing prayer was offered by Minister Robert Jackson of Columbus followed by a group photo.
Reported by Michael Vlasic, ACLC coordinator, Dayton, OH