“It was a miracle what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King achieved for this country America. He liberated humanity… not just people of color. God could work a miracle through Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King because he believed in the promise of God. … Today we need a New Miracle, a miracle to stop the moral degradation of the world. A miracle to stop the breakdown of families in the world. A miracle to save people who are enslaved to substances. Let’s come together as children of God … to make that miracle happen for humanity.” (Given by Rev. Manoj Jacob, keynote speaker)
Fifty-five clergy and guests came for the Jan. 19 prayer breakfast held at Berean Baptist Church, in Newark. The theme for was Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as it took place during the week of his birthday.
Rev. Gloria Killings (Dean of Ministries and Deaconess Board of the Union Baptist Church) the MC, welcomed everyone to the program, followed by the Invocation offered by Rev. Jean Banks (Assistant Pastor of New Life Christian Church). Then the host pastor Rev. Dr. Jeffery Garland, gave Welcoming Remarks. Rev. Greg Agulan (ACLC Executive Regional Coordinator for the Northeast, USA), thanked everyone for coming to the Prayer Breakfast, on behalf of ACLC.
The CCS Praise and Worship Band from the Christ Chosen Generation Church, in Jersey City, provided lively musical selections
to uplift the atmosphere.
To honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and set the tone for the sermon, an excerpt of the famous speech, “I have a Dream” by Dr. King, was read by Mr. Cleveland Simon (FFWP Co-Community Leader of Newark.) The audience was moved by Dr. King’s unfailing pursuit of peace. They were eager to hear the message that Rev. Manoj Jacob (Pastor of Clifton Family Church and FFWPU District Pastor for NJ, PA, DE), the Keynote speaker, would share. It seemed he had well prepared his written speech with all the Bible passages marked with sticky notes in his Bible. However, he too was caught up in the spirit of MLK’s fight for liberty and true peace. He preached a powerful sermon about the journey of his people in India to freedom, spearheaded by Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent civil rights movement, which led to India’s freedom from British colonial rule.
The participants were transformed by the renewing of their minds and spirits; and invigorated by the power of the word – to continue their own pursuit of true peace and equality!
Rev. Gloria Killings, the MC, shared a testimony about her experience with connecting MLK’s speech with Rev. Jacob’s message.
“I saw a connection among four men who sought peace. It started with Jesus, then Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and finally with Father Moon. In my mind, I could see them walking together. They were all wearing the Peace Starts With Me button.
….ACLC is a movement that is bringing nations and communities together. I see the dream becoming a reality through ACLC!
….Now I focus on what unites us rather than what divides us. As I looked around the room I could see that we all smile, cry and laugh. We all have our minds focused on peace.”
Rev. Bruce Grodner, ACLC National Executive Director, joined us for the program and gave the closing remarks.
Contributed by: Rev. Kathaleen Sato, NJ ACLC Co-Chair