Using the theme “True Family Values,” Christ Chosen Generation Church in Jersey City hosted our February 23 ACLC Prayer Breakfast. Guest speaker Bishop Rene Ballenas, Presiding Bishop of the Association of Christian Evangelists, remarked, “as clergy we put value in taking care of other people but not our own families. We share this message with the whole world but fail to get our own families involved.” Then he cited Galatians 6:1-5, ….Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.”
He also spoke about true respect. He commented that we often give unneeded advice, not taking into consideration the other person’s point of view, beliefs or traditions. He went on to say that true respect is embracing the person, their beliefs and traditions…” When you meet people, stop telling them your denomination, which may (end up) dividing you…Don’t talk against someone and (at the same time) say that you love them.” If you truly love someone, the differences will become less and less significant (until they become invisible.) Bishop Ballenas concluded his speech with two gems of wisdom ~ God created us with the ability to choose; and applied truth (not theoretical) is the best.
The take-away was that every family and every individual is important and should be valued and loved. True Family Values practiced at home and in every situation should engender love and respect for all the sons and daughters of God, beyond denomination, race, culture, traditions or social status.
After the Welcoming Remarks by host pastor Rev. Chris Salera and Rev. Greg Agulan (ACLC Executive Coordinator for the Northeast), Rev. Dr. Peaceval Ekweghariri (pastor of the Christian Charismatic Pilgrims Mission), offered the Invocation, followed by words from Jacqueline C. Mays (known as Mother Mays), the Overseer of Mt. Sinai Full Gospel Church. Mother Mays stated that “We must become fishers of men.”…. For 25 years she has been teaching people how to fish ~ become self-sufficient. Their church also gives out 4,000 lbs of food a year. She concluded by saying, “Church has to go beyond the walls and come together to create a peaceful world.” Her late husband Bishop Mays was a prominent supporter of ACLC activities in Jersey City, in it was at its pinnacle of activity (20 years ago.) The new cluster representatives for ACLC (Rev. Cirilio Jagopaas and Mrs. Teiko Corona) hope that they can revive the participation churches and build a powerful and vibrant coalition, to work together to make Jersey City ACLC even greater than it was over two decades ago.
Then Rev. Cynthia Jackson (pastor of Allen AME Church) shared a brief testimony of her experience at the 2019 Summit in Korea. She announced that she met some amazing people there. One person was working on a project to make a real impact climate change. She was also impressed by the humility of the Heads of state and other prominent figures, who interacted with everyone as equals. She was also taken aback by the massiveness of the organization. Rev. Jackson could see how Mother Moon was building a common ground with like-minded people.
We are very grateful to the Christ Chosen Generation Church Hospitality Team, Music Ministry and Pastor Chris Salera’s family members, who enthusiastically invested their hearts in setting up the room, preparing delicious food and singing praises to the Lord. The atmosphere was high and everyone felt like family, even those who never met before.
Submitted by Rev. Kathaleen Sato/ NJ ACLC Co-chair