Rev. VJ Smith opened our May 26, 2018, prayer breakfast by saying, “Great things start with small groups of people. They don’t start with thousands of people.” Hosted by Bishop Victoria Oluwalowo at End Time Apostolic Church, Minneapolis, over 21 people were uplifted by the Word and the fellowship.
Bishop Victoria invited God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit to our event with her Welcoming Remarks. Brother Steve Schutte offered a fervent Unity Prayer &
our keynote speaker’s wife, Pastor Artence Howell, read our ACLC Statement of Purpose, with a chorus of “Amen” sounding after each of the six points.
Rev VJ introduced his good friend, Pastor John Turnipseed with some background. “Many of us have been over to Korea and we saw a stadium full of thousands. But then we read the history of Mother Moon and Father Moon, and sometimes they were alone and they were struggling. When he was in prison so he had small spoonfuls of rice. Think about when you were alone and nobody was there with you. I know I’ve got some stories, but that was just…the beginning.”
Then Pastor Turnipseed gave a wonderful inspired message…great storyteller. “If you work for God long enough, you’re gonna get paid…after a while,” was one of his stories’ take-aways…great!
He also described his experience of encountering ACLC, being convinced by his good friend Reverend VJ Smith that he needed to sit down and talk with ACLC members and find out for himself what they’re all about. And when he did that, he realized, “These are my people!”
Pastor Turnipseed concluded by asking Bishop Victoria to pray for this man (VJ) and for the mission (ACLC). “You’re the right one to pray for this,” he said. Powerful prayer…
Next, Rev VJ has added an element to the prayer breakfast. We call it Dialogue. He used the time to ask if anyone had anything to say. Rev. Hyungtae Ha looked at the banner and , ACLC is American Clergy Leadership Conference and its founders are Rev and Mrs Moon. ACLC is to bring all religions and denominations together to work for the good of the whole, One Family under God. He finished by inviting Rev VJ and Pastor Turnipseed to Father Moon’s memorial service in Korea in August. We finished the program with a love offering and wonderful Benediction by Bishop Johnson, Bishop Victoria’s husband.
Faith without works is dead so we are aware that we need to do many, many things between prayer breakfasts. Each month we will start an Action Report where we let each other know what we have done between prayer breakfasts every month. God Bless us, everyone.
Submitted by Min. Nadia Fisher, ACLC-MN