Sixty pastors, staff and volunteers gathered for the July 28 prayer breakfast hosted by Archbishop George Stallings, Jr. national co-chairman, held at Imani Temple in Suitland, MD.
Rev. James Stewart, Baltimore Family Fellowship, and Pastor Patra Kidwell, God’s Ministry International, were the co-MCs for the program. They started with John 21, where, following his resurrection, Jesus asked his disciples to ‘feed my lambs.’
Father Adrian Bayo, of both Imani Temple and the International Family Center of Richmond, VA, gave a heart-felt “welcome home” to everyone who came to Imani Temple, adding that the building was available for religious gatherings from all churches.
Apostle Floyd Nelson, Sr., presiding bishop of Bible Way International, offered the opening prayer. He said he met Dr. Michael Jenkins and Archbishop George Stallings of the ACLC, over 19 years ago and said no one needed to change when they met, as they could understand they had a common heart, and a common purpose. “They are gifted spiritually,” he added. He then said that when God spoke to man, He was speaking to Himself as God and man are both spiritual beings. “God gave dominion to Adam and Eve to say ‘shut up’ to the devil,” he added. (Gen. 3:31) He asked all participants, “Where are you born? From God we all come,” he answered. He said that we spend too much time focusing on the dirt body. We should focus on our spiritual body instead.
Archbishop Stallings began his inspired words with the Divine Commandment, Paul said in I Ephesians 4:1, “a prisoner of the Lord lives in a manner…of love, unity, one hope, one faith, one baptism.” He stated that peace starts from within. He then sang the words from the song, “Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.” He then asked the gathering, “What is this ME?” If people could realize that it is God who is worshipping in church, in ME! Then, we need to ask ourselves, “What does God require of me?” God is invisible. “He needs us to be the face of God, the substantial love of God. We must bring about the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth,” he said. He continued, “Me, my role, my responsibility is to make God visible. Through Adam and Eve, God becomes a tangible God. When man and woman are mature, they can marry and have dominion over all things. Then we can pass on God’s true life, true love and true lineage to others. A consecrated husband and wife pass on God’s nature to their children and grandchildren, God’s presence on earth. “We are called to be God’s ambassadors, to communicate God’s essence to others.” This is a noble calling, he instructed, realizing my life is not my own. “This is what God wants for all human beings, conform myself to the Will of God. Each of us has been gifted, anointed, appointed and approved to be God’s emissaries. We have God’s presence in us, His DNA”, he added. John 10:31 They stoned Jesus, stoned him for blasphemy. Yet the Bible says, “Ye are gods. Why stone me,” Jesus asked?
We must realize our unity, peace is the binding force, the peace in me recognizing the peace in you. See that we are all children of God, recognize in each other each other as family and we will treat each other with respect. We who know God, don’t curse God, so if we are children of God, we don’t curse each other. “My challenge each and every day is to see the God in each of you,” he said.
In ACLC we hold the Marriage Blessing Ceremony to call husbands and wives to come back to God together, in the image of God together. We then can teach our children and all others to reflect God.
Luke 17:20-21 The Pharisees were always asking questions, when will the Kingdom of God come? Jesus said we can’t see, can’t say where, because it is within you. Peace begins within you. It starts in my heart, “Blessed are the peace makers for they are the children of God.” He concluded with the Michael Jackson’s song, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror…to make that change.”
Pastor Patra Kidwell asked everyone to dig deep for a love offering. She produced a $50 bill and asked others to be generous. The goal was $1,000 for Imani Temple. That goal was met! Bishop Vandy Kennedy, ACLC MD co-chair called for the blessing on the offering.
Dr. Michael Jenkins, ACLC national co-chair, spoke on how God loves everyone but hates divorce. Thus, ACLC offers the Blessing of Marriage to strengthen marriage and keep couples worshipping God together. “There are two pledges God asks of us, be faithful to God in our life and be faithful in marriage to each other” he said. “The Body of Christ has both Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and only this united body can heal the community” he continued. He then went on to praise Bishop Nelson who was recently reelected by 2,000 pastors as the head of the Bible Way church.
He said that some pastors from ACLC recently went to South Korea, to pray over the North. “We must spiritually lead the world, ‘God so loved the world’…we must continue, in that way,” he said. Then, he reminded everyone of last year’s Madison Square Garden event where 20,000 people gathered to hear Mrs. Moon. She was welcomed by a 2,000-voice choir on July 15th.
Mother Moon will come again, this time to the DC area and we’re looking for a 3,000-voice choir and 10,000-seat venue to welcome her and receive God’s message through her. He went on to say that on August 18th in New York City, a Blessing of Marriage Ceremony will be held in the New Yorker hotel. The first ten couples that register will receive a luxurious free room!
Following Dr. Jenkins, the prayers for the family, the community and the nation and world were offered by Sister Eva Ozaki’s prayer team. Rev. Cuffee, Temple United Church, began with Ephesians 3:11-19 and prayed for God’ blessings on the family. Rev. Antoine McClurkin, First Christian Church at the Cathedral in Jessup, MD, offer a deep prayer for our struggling communities quoting I Timothy 2:1-2.
Finally, Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, Life Restoration Ministries, Baltimore, quoted II Chronicles 7:12-17 “forgive their sin and heal their land.” She thanked God for the return of the soldiers’ remains from North Korean, she thanked God for the releasing of the students from the cave in Thailand. She asked God’s blessings on President Trump, on the White House, on the Senate, the Congress, the governors of each state and the mayors of each city. And a special prayer for her native Congo. She than asked God to, “Help us to work in this world, Lord, to feed the hungry, help the homeless, the addicted and help all those in need. Hear our prayers, Oh Lord, and pour your spirit down on us all. We need a Pentecost now, Lord. Hear our prayers,” she concluded.
Announcements were offered from several churches:
- ACLC invited everyone to the August 16th banquet for the commemoration of National Parents’ Day at the Washington Times, a national holiday (established by President Bill Clinton on the fourth Sunday in July.) Recommendations are still being received for exceptional parents. Participants will go to Capitol Hill to meet their congressional representatives before the banquet.
- August 18th Blessing of Marriage in New York.
- Mother Moon’s 10,000 gathering in DC.
- September 28th, Rev. Cuffee will host a youth program.
The program was concluded with prayers from the dynamic couple of Dr. Andre and Dr. Paulette Hunter, Unity of Faith Apostolic Ministries and a unison intercessory prayer by all.
Submitted by Min. Susan Fefferman, ACLC-MD