“God’s Kingdom should be existing in this world. Being mission-minded is not just talking about it, but doing it. Millions of people in America have heard the Word, but not every Christian is a missionary …Only what we do for Christ will last.” Rev. Joseph Fairley
Rev. Dr. Michael Sykes, (ACLC National Executive Committee Member, ACLC NJ Co-Chair, and pastor of United Missionary Baptist Church), introduced the guest speaker, Rev. Joseph Fairley, saying that besides pastoring his own church Rev. Fairley organizes an International Day of Prayer every year. He invites seven ministers to stand at the pulpit and pray for the nation, community and family. No love offering is taken; only fervent prayers are offered. Rev. Sykes concluded by saying, “No man can prosper in the Will of God, unless God is in him.”
Rev. Fairley said in his talk that many churches have “Missionary” in their title, especially Baptist Churches. However, he pointed out that titles don’t make missions; people do. He cited two famous missionaries, William Borden and Henry Martyn, then began sharing their stories. He said that William Borden renounced his fortune and status to become a missionary to Muslims in China. On his way to China, Borden stopped in Egypt, to learn the Arabic language. While he was in Egypt, Borden contracted spinal meningitis. Within a month, he died at the young age of 25, having never reached his mission country. When his possessions were collected and returned to his family, they found the following words on the last page of his Bible, “No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.” The news of Borden’s story in the newspapers of America, inspired thousands of young men and women to leave all they had and go out the world, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The other missionary mentioned by Rev. Fairley, Henry Martyn, was a math scholar, who also forsook his position and wealth, to go out as a missionary to India and Persia. Martyn spent seven years translating the New Testament and the Book of Prayer, into three Muslims dialects. He died at the age of 31.
Rev. Greg Agulan, (ACLC Regional Coordinator of the Northeast), gave greetings, saying that if Jesus were there (at the Prayer breakfast), he would want us to be one. He also shared that Jesus appeared to a young man of 16, in 1920, who was deep in prayer, in the mountains. Jesus told the young man, (who later grew up to be Rev. Moon), about God’s three headaches. The first headache was Communism, which denies the existence of God. The second headache was uniting Christianity- the body of Christ. The third headache was the moral degradation of the youth. Then, the Lord asked young Rev. Moon, to take on the mantle of responsibility to solve these problems, and promote the blessing of God centered marriages.
Sixty-five clergy and guests gathered for our March 30th prayer breakfast, held at Clifton Family Church. The host pastor, Rev. Manoj Jacob, welcomed everyone and encouraged all the participants to support each other, and continue in our mission. “We are serving the same God, even though our ministries are different.”
The atmosphere at the breakfast was very warm and embracing, with the spirit of brotherhood and comradery. I could see the beautiful expression of love toward each and every guest.
Contributed by: Rev. Kathaleen Sato/ ACLC NJ Co-Chair