Forty clergy and many first-time guests joined together on August 25th for our prayer breakfast, hosted by Bishop Victoria Oluwalowo in Minneapolis. Pastors John and Artence Turnipseed shared their heartfelt testimony of their time in Washington, D.C . and New York the previous week. (The Turnipseeds received an award at the National Parents Day event in Washington, D.C. on August 16th, and joined in the National Marriage Blessing in New York City on August 18.)
Pastor John Turnipseed:
I’ve gotten a lot of awards over the last 20 years but none of them meant as much as being honored for being a parent. I’ve worked a lot of years to have a family. My father was not around and did not father me. So being recognized for being a parent was extra special.
God was all over the place in that Marriage Blessing Ceremony. The love of God shines through it and all these couples from all over the world… I realized, really, how important parenting really is. And I have my wife (puts his arm around her & gives her a squeeze). I wasn’t so used to people treating you so well, being so gracious, being so helpful, waiting on us. The guy who drove us from DC to New York had a very impressive title (Rev. Patton). But nobody was bigger than anybody else there. It was just a great experience. Thank you so much!
Pastor Artence Turnipseed:
So everything my husband’s said and a hundred times that! God is just wonderful! I come from a lineage of solid marriages. My parents were married for 60 years. My parents were centered on Christ and taught that to all their children. But there are a lot of failed marriages and before I met John here I had gone through one and was getting ready to move to another country and start working on a ship with those kids that they advertise about. I was going to get out of the United States and just live my life overseas and leave my kids and grandkids and do something different. My daughter, who is a pastor, decided I wasn’t going anywhere. She wanted me to meet somebody (points to her husband). And I met John and he said, I don’t do girlfriends. It’s a God thing.
When we make up our minds to do something… I had a plan and God said, have your plan, but I decided to do what God wanted me to do.
This is the third time we’ve renewed our vows. And every time we go to a different state we’re going to renew our vows again because it’s important and that’s what my mom and dad lived. My father is the first man my mother had ever been with and vice versa. They met each other at an early age, so that’s what I come from, good solid stock! And I have a mind to pass that lineage on to my children and my grandchildren. We have family meetings and I’m going to call another family meeting and let them know, this is what I expect of them. This comes from my parents and we need to keep this going. And whatever the enemy wants, I’m not going to give him any mind. I’m not going to trip on him because he is nothing and we are powerful because we’ve got God on our side and we’ve got to be an example of how to do it for everyone. Thank you!
Afterward Rev. Hyung-tae Ha gave a special message that included the question: What if Jesus had been received and appreciated while he was on earth? He shared deeply about God’s original ideal for marriage and the lineage of heaven.
Submitted by Min. Nadia Fischer, ACLC-MN