On September 14, 75 participants at a Los Angeles ACLC Prayer Breakfast experienced a powerful message from Bishop John Calvin; a retired Pastor of Tower of Praise Christian Church and a founding Bishop of the Convention of Coventry Churches. He and his wife have raised two sons, who are now both pastoring churches. He confessed his struggle and difficulty to trust the next generation, but it is an imperative from God that we pass on the anointing, so that Jesus’ word will be kept; that all nations on this earth will come to the glory of God.
Pastor Eula McLaurin, from House of David Community Church, enthusiastically read and expanded on the scripture reading of 2 Kings 2:9, where Elisha is asking for a double portion of God’s spirit from his beloved mentor, Elijah. As a mother, she has experienced herself the deep heart of a parent yearning for a double portion to be given to one’s children.
Rev. Mark Tengan, newly appointed pastor for the LA Family Church enthusiastically introduced young Jermaine Bishop, his assistant pastor to the LA Family Church community. Jermaine beseeched the older generation present to let young people know the difference between “believing” in God and “knowing” God through a relationship. Not knowing how, why or where to find it, the younger lost generation is seeking to know the “Heart of God”. It’s a generation yearning to receive the baton.
Dominique Cox, a young, energetic single parent who serves as a youth minister at the City of Refuge testified how God had a calling on her life and brought her through so many untold difficulties as she grew up in an extremely broken home. She exclaimed, “we do not know how God is working on the inside of young people; we hold the power of life and death within us to reach them for God”.
After listening to a short ACLC video full of powerful testimonies about the Blessing of Marriage and healing the family, our Master of Ceremonies, Pastor Evon McMurry of Word Empowerment to Serve Ministries, declared that we are alive at such a time as this and are truly blessed to be involved in the fulfillment of a “vision” that Jesus passed to Father Moon; a vision to save not just the individual but the family that God originally planned. Mother Moon is working all day and all night to carry on the vision and bring into fruition the baton that Jesus passed to Father Moon when he was just 16 years old. This is not a one-dimensional movement. The vision will live on through the younger generation. The American Clergy Leadership Conference is not existing for itself; it is a conduit to pass the baton throughout the world for the salvation of God’s whole family.
Rev. Matthew Wheaton testified that we have a crisis in Christianity because we have a crisis in the family. The name of his church is Balance is Our Goal Ministry and the more he conducts the Blessing of Marriage and Family in his church, the more marriages and families are being healed. Satan has had his chance to destroy the family but though the Blessing Ceremony, the family is “sealed” before God! We are receiving a covenant call from God to conduct the Blessing in our churches! The ceremony of the Blessing has caused his church to have a reversal; relationships between couples and within the family are being healed!
As Dr. Nicholas Benson, Los Angeles ACLC Co-Chair and pastor of First Summit Evangelical Church, shared concluding remarks. He reminded us of Jesus commanding statement in John 17:21, “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Rev Jae Won Park, retired Pastor from the First Congregational Church, eloquently closed the prayer breakfast in a spirit filled prayer.
Los Angeles ACLC is building momentum, expanding the Blessing and growing in expectation to meet with Mother Moon and 30,000 clergy on Dec. 28th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Amen, Aju!
Report submitted by Susan Munsell, ACLC-Los Angeles