Rev. Chris Salera asked ACLC to hold a prayer breakfast at his church, and on Sept. 22 forty of us gathered at Christ Chosen Generation Church in Jersey City. Dr. Lizzie Alston (pastor of Universal Church of God, Roselle), was the MC. Rev. Gloria Killings, (Dean of Ministries, Union Baptist Church, Passaic) gave a very deep prayer which encompassed and uplifted everything to the altar to God.
Rev. Salera led the praise and worship band in wonderful inspirational Christian songs. His second daughter accompanied him with vocals while playing piano and the acoustics amplified their beautiful voices and the song lyrics. We could feel that music is an integral part of their ministry. The sound lifted the roof and the Holy Spirit rushed into our midst, energizing us with excitement and love.
Our speaker, Bishop Rene Ballenas, gave a very interesting message about how Peace Starts With Me. We must first have peace within ourselves and God and be right with God before we can give peace to others. That is the true meaning of the Christian greeting “Peace be with you.” A peaceful person thinks peaceful thoughts, speaks peaceful words and acts in a peaceful way. We must love ourselves before we can love others. If any of these are missing, we cannot have peace.
Bishop Ballenas interviewed a group of youngsters (all around the age of 7 years old), asking them what peace meant to them. Their answers were … caring for others, sharing, not fighting, being safe…
Peace and goodness come from our relationship with God. Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the ability to resolve it. Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Bishop Ballenas said “Become the peace the that you want to see in the world.”
Rev. Gloria Killings recently joined ACLC and received her ACLC pin. She stood up during the breakfast and testified that she is a REAL ACLC member now, and showed everyone her pin.
Submitted by: Rev. Kathaleen Sato, ACLC-NJ