“Incredible… There are no other words that can express what we experienced at last Saturday’s ACLC Clergy Prayer Breakfast. People of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds and nationalities came together in harmony and fellowship. We enjoyed an exciting time together,” reflected Rev. Massimo Parrino.
On Saturday, October 20, 2018, over 200 clergy and lay ministers attended the ACLC Clergy Prayer Breakfast. Everyone was excited by the participation of the young people from the Family Federation and Chambers Memorial Baptist Church. Half the audience were under that age of 30.
The Saturday breakfast was the second Prayer Breakfast in a series preparing for the upcoming “Peace Starts with Me” rally at 2:00 p.m. at the Nassau Veteran’s Coliseum on November 12, 2018. Mother Moon will be the keynote speaker.
Dr. Tanya Edwards, Pastor to New York Family Church, was excited about the spirit she felt at the prayer breakfast, “Being at the Prayer Breakfast was like being home, being Pentecostal, feeling the Holy Spirit and power of God in the singing and preaching and the room, being on Fire of the Spirit of God. What a great and powerful time. Lookout Nassau Coliseum, Here We Come!”
The prayer breakfast keynote speaker was Bishop Lawrence E. Edgerton, Jr. the Senior Pastor of the Chambers Memorial Baptist Church. Before he spoke the choir from his church rocked the entire audience with several spirited songs. Young and old were clapping, rocking and even dancing along with the choir.
Bishop Edgerton stated, “Mother Moon works very hard to bring peace in America. She is breaking down the barriers that exist between people.” Criticizing the division within the Body of Christ, he said, “We don’t see Satan’s demons fighting other demons. Only among church folk do you see one denomination trying to bring down another. Mother Moon is helping people of faith to come together to tear down Satan’s kingdom.”
The prayer breakfast began with a welcome from Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, the Chairman of the Family Federation for a Heavenly America. He reminded the audience that when Father Moon came to America, he said, “America is God’s Hope.” Dr. Kim asked if America was still God’s hope, and the crowd enthusiastically answered, “Yes.” He challenged all to work together truly make American the hope for God and for the world.
Rev. Richard Buessing also shared his inspiration about the assembled clergy. He said, “The Christian pastors and all faith leaders are the hope for America. The politicians cannot bring healing and harmony to America. It is only the men and women of God who are ready to love, serve and sacrifice that can heal this nation.”
Dr. Michael Jenkins was the Master of Ceremonies for the breakfast. He invited Bishop Jesse Edwards, Dr. Tanya Edwards, and Pastor Joel Barnaby to read passages from the Bible, from statements from Father Moon and from Mother Moon. The reading from Rev. Moon’s speech was especially meaningful.
“Both God’s love and true human love were revealed through Jesus. The example of Jesus Christ is the absolute standard for all humankind. Just imagine an entire world of Jesus-like men and women. The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth – it could be nothing less. Jesus Christ is Lord over all like because of his unparalleled form of loving, giving and sacrifice. He will remain Lord forever. (taken from Jesus’ Standard of Goodness)
Minister Julia Okamoto from Tarrytown commented, “It was a great prayer Breakfast. There were two points about it that I thought were good. The first was the fact that there were so many young people there. I hope they can participate more often to inherit from those who have been working in the field. The second point was the talk by Bishop Edgerton. It was really good. He spoke on how there are a lot of different groups with different prejudices. And he concluded that Mother Moon is coming to take us beyond those differences and show us that peace starts with me.”
Archbishop Angelo Rosario, Pastor of Church of God’s Children in the Bronx, offered congratulatory remarks, commenting that women are the ones who bring peace into the family and into the world. “Mother Moon has taken over from Father Moon, and she is doing everything perfectly to bring peace to America and the world. “
Archbishop Voni Johyn, Pastor of Isaiah’s Temple of Mount Hope Spiritual Baptist Church in Brooklyn, felt the Saturday prayer breakfast represented “growth” in ACLC. “Pastors are no longer afraid to be involved with ACLC, and are actually coming to us asking to participate.”
Several pastors felt the event represented a foretaste of the revival that will take place in America. Rev. Joel Barnaby, Senior Pastor of the Greater Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, exclaimed, “What a wonderful time we had at the prayer breakfast. An atmosphere of expectancy was vibrant getting ready for November 12th’s gathering. Anointed singing. Anointed preaching. Anointed fellowship. I know it will only get better as we look forward to Mother Moon delivering a state of the Nation address on the Twelfth.”
Rev. Norma B. Mapp-Robertson, from Queens, New York, shared her commitment to the mission of “Peace Starts with Me.” She said, “At last Saturday’s Prayer Breakfast, I experienced Christian Fellowship and love at its best. I witnessed a collaboration of Nations, Faiths, Cultures, and Generational bridging in one room, which gave me a new revelation of the Apostles experience on the Day of Pentecost. I am honored to be a participant in this mission, and plan to do whatever it takes to have this dream realized.”
The next New York Clergy Prayer Breakfast will be on Friday, October 26 from 9:00 – 11:30 in the Grand Ballroom of the New Yorker Hotel.
Submitted by Rev. Tom Cutts, ACLC-GA