The 2016 Labor Day weekend in Oklahoma began with an earthquake registering 5.6 on the Richter scale. Fortunately there were no injuries and there was only minor damage to the Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Airport where an ACLC Women In Ministry conference was held. On the other side of the country, Hurricane Hermine prevented Archbishop Stallings from attending the conference.
Over 70 participants joined in the ACLC WIM one-day, True Family Values Seminar, and that evening they participated in the Cheyenne-Arapaho Nation Pow-Wow in Colony, Oklahoma. Twenty of the participants drove to the event with Rev. John Jackson from Dallas, Texas.
This was the fourth year that the ACLC WIM held a program in Oklahoma. In 2013, Oklahoma was their final stop on the Trail of Tears Pilgrimage. In 2014 they participated in the Birthday Pow-Wow of Chief George Akeen. In 2015 and again this year, they participated in the Cheyenne-Arapaho Nation Pow-Wow.
The ACLC WIM is led by the three National Co-Chairwomen Minster Reiko Jenkins, Rev. Marilyn Kotulek, and Archbishop Sulanch Rose. The Oklahoma organizing committee included Rev. Jun Orikasa, Chief George Akeen, Rev. Kotulek, and Rev. John Ngoran.
During the program, Rev. Kotulek served as the Mistress of Ceremony, and Bishop Patra Kidwell gave the True Family Values presentation, “What Went Wrong”. Rev. John Jackson commented, “I was very impressed by Bishop Kidwell’s powerful delivery. She engaged the whole audience with her charismatic spirit.”
Archbishop Stallings was unable to attend the program, so Rev. Levy Daugherty addressed the WIM in his stead. He spoke on the significance and value of the Marriage Blessing. Rev. Jackson commented, “Rev. Daugherty did a fantastic job helping everyone know why we need to restore the family. Not just for ourselves but for God.”
The small group discussions after each presentation were very valuable. Bishop Kidwell commented, “When people spoke in their groups and gave their reports, I realized that the Divine Principle content was coming to them afresh. There was a completely new opening for their minds and eyes. The presentations really grabbed a lot of people.”
State Senator Anastasia Pittman gave encouraging remarks and presented a proclamation signed by the Governor of Oklahoma, the Honorable Mary Fallin. Senator Pittman stayed for the entire seminar. She was very impressed by the presentations and encouraged the WIM to continue their work of restoring families. She asked for copies of the True Family Values powerpoint, and the ACLC video “Stand Family and Save the Nation”.
To conclude the seminar, Rev. John Jackson, the FFWPU District Pastor, led the audience in the Holy Wine Ceremony.
After the seminar at the Embassy Suites the participants drove to Colony, OK for the Cheyenne-Arapaho Nation Pow-Wow. Chief George Akeen had arranged with the Pow-Wow committee for the ACLC WIM to have one hour of the Pow-Wow program.
The WIM joined in a special “Honor Dance” to honor the 39 tribes of Oklahoma, and Dr. Michael Jenkins offered sincere repentance for America’s history of mistreatment of Native people. This genuinely moved the hearts of those present.
Rev. Claire Daugherty from Virginia commented, “Rev. Jenkins apologized for the sins of the white people against the Native people. He minced no words and I was personally moved to tears. He acknowledged the failure of the white people and asked for forgiveness. In the morning we had an earthquake, and in the evening we had a spiritual earthquake, as Rev. Jenkins repented on behalf of white people. I perceived a spiritual crack or fissure in a huge wall of rage and pain that could allow a deep wound to begin to drain as a first step toward healing.”
To conclude the WIM part of the Pow Wow the Marriage Blessing was given. Chief Akeen and his wife received the Holy Wine and then they shared it with ten other couples that came forward to receive the Marriage Blessing. Holy Wine was then distributed to 500 Native families around the Pow Wow circle.
Rev. John Jackson was especially moved by the Native American’s reverence toward the American flag. Right at 6:00 p.m., a bugle blew Taps, and everyone in the Pow Wow stood in silence as the American flag was ceremonially lowered, carefully folded, and presented to the head of the Pow Wow. Most of the older people at the Pow Wow were veterans having served their country in the various branches of the U.S. armed forces. Rev. Jackson said, “It moved my heart so deeply to see the respect these people had for the American flag. The Native people have been continually betrayed by those representing the American government, yet they show so much patriotism and loyalty to the American ideal.”
Later in the evening, Chief Akeen and his family treated the entire WIM conference with roasted buffalo and Indian fry-bread.
The next day, the Sunday Service was held at the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City. Archbishop Sulanch Rose, Rev. Betty Tatalajski, Dr. Patra Kidwell and Rev. Orikasa shared their impressions of the True Family Values program and the Pow-Wow. Dr. Michael W. Jenkins concluded by giving the message that affirmed, “We truly are one family under True Parents.”
Rev. Marilyn Kotulek, the Co-chairwoman of the ACLC of Oklahoma and the National Co-chairwoman of the Women in Ministry, was profoundly moved by the entire program. She commented, “The true heart of God’s love was reflected as we honored all of God’s people. God’s prophetic word went forth to honor Him and all of his people. The ACLC is a beacon of light that will continue to stand for love, stand for our God, and stand for family.”