“Jesus had something he wanted to show us. Each one of us is making history as an individual, in a family, on the national or world level…by serving others we are elevated. In Matthew 18-20 it says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” When there is unity, God is there.”
“Putting Faith into Action” was the theme of the New Jersey Women In Ministry (WIM) first prayer breakfast of 2016, held on Saturday, April 23rd, at Berean Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Jeffrey T. Garland, the host pastor, warmly welcomed everyone to his church. He said his church had hosted many ACLC prayer breakfasts over the years, and expressed that he was really impressed that pastors from other states and representatives from ACLC national headquarters came out for the event.
Pastor Manoj Jacob, (District pastor for Family Federation for World Peace (FFWP) and Clifton Family Church), shared greetings along with Rev. Tom Cutts, National Executive Director of American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), who expressed greetings on behalf of ACLC National Headquarters and ACLC Co-Chairmen, Archbishop Ki Hoon Kim and Archbishop George Augustus Stallings. Rev. Tanya Edwards (ACLC National Executive Committee member and pastor of Manhattan Family Church) played the accordion while her husband Bishop Edwards (FFWP National Evangelist), sang oldies but great gospel songs. (Rev. Bruce Grodner, National ACLC Outreach Director, was also in the house.)
Archbishop Sulanch Lewis-Rose shared a few a words before the keynote speaker was introduced. She said, “We have come thus far by faith… We believe in helping each other. I am glad you are part of the family of God…I am glad I am a part of the family of God and Mother Moon… Women In Ministry is on the move! Let’s move along and share the word…Make the world a better place.”
Minister Reiko Jenkins (National Co- Coordinator for ACLC WIM and keynote speaker), began by sharing WIM upcoming events. She announced that the National ACLC WIM is having a True Family Values 4-city seminar. (The first seminar was held in Chicago last month.) The next seminar will be a June retreat held at Imani Temple in Washington, D.C. In August, there will be an ACLC WIM True Family Values seminar in Los Angeles, followed by the final seminar in September, in Oklahoma, which will culminate with a visit to the annual Cheyenne-Arapaho national powwow.
After these brief but important updates, Minister Jenkins turned to the theme of the prayer breakfast, “Putting Faith into Action”. A brief excerpt from a speech given at the 2nd Global Peace Network Assembly, entitled “Inauguration of the Abel Women UN”, was read. It emphasized that women were created to make man complete… “Men and women do not need to confront or contend with each other… but instead give what they have to the other with true love … they can become united as a greater whole and share in one another….In the twenty-first century, women should play a major role in world history by serving (together with men) as one of the wheels of the engine pulling forward the construction of a peaceful world.”
Minister Jenkins pointed out that women’s leadership is needed now more than ever. “If more than one third of all leadership were women, there would be peace in the world.” She then drew the participants back to the Bible and pointed to God’s original plan in Genesis. She said that God created man and woman to become complete. However, after the fall the relationship changed. Genesis 3:16 (“… and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”) Man and woman should have loved equally. How sad it must have been for God to tell Eve your husband will rule over you.
Minister Jenkins went on to say that God has been trying to restore true love throughout human history. He sent Jesus to show us the model of true love….However, true love is not on this earth yet. Jesus called Rev. Moon to bring true love through the blessing of marriage.
Minister Jenkins shared that Women In Ministry has had a prayer line for twelve years, praying together every week. She believes that through prayer each person’s gift can be put into action. Then she asked the audience, “What are the greatest commandments?” Love God and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39.)
Minister Reiko asserted that love begins with action, saying, “If you love someone, you will do anything for that person. This is the only way to get to higher ground. God may even give you a more difficult person to love in order to elevate you to a higher place. However, first you must be able to love yourself. If you can’t love yourself then you can’t love others.”
Recently, Minister Jenkins realized that God loves her just as she is. When she was going through a difficult time God came to her. God was crying and suffering with her. She concluded if we can love all people we can be free. Jesus loved all people.
Sarah (Abraham’s wife) couldn’t have a baby so she offered Abraham her Egyptian slave, Hagar. She should have loved Hagar. Her failure brought about the problem in the Middle East. Rachel was beloved of Jacob. However, Leah, his first wife bore ten children and was lonely and not loved by Jacob. However, Minister Jenkins disclosed that Jesus came from Leah’s lineage. (“The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.” Genesis 35:23) “For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah…” Hebrews 7:14)
God will open the door through love and change the history of mankind. If we cannot love every person our failure will affect the outcome of history. If we live by faith and love then we will have the power to even bring the enemy to God!
The spirit of the program was warm, jubilant, and embracing. Among the participants were Rev. Moses Wehye and First Lady Wehye, two deacons, and a trustee’s wife from Elder Paige’s church; First Lady Green and a trustee from the Upper Room House of Worship, who attended for the first time; and Rev. Emmanuel Abebe, a long time supporter of NJ ACLC.
Sister Virginia Starks, from Elder Paige’s church said she missed the e-mails and text announcing the prayer breakfast. However, she just felt she had to come. She said, I needed something and I got it.” She felt empowered to carry on.
Contributed by: Rev. Kathaleen Sato / NJ ACLC WIM