Fairfax, VA—An Interfaith Prayer Breakfast was held on April 14th at the NOVA Family Church in Fairfax, VA. About 35 guests and Ambassadors for Peace gathered at the invitation of the Virginia chapter of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) led by Mrs. Michiko Yokoyama and co-hosted by UPF-Virginia directed by Mrs. Barbara Moseley-Marks.
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
“Do You Know What Time It Is?” was the sermon title of our Aug. 24 guest speaker, Rev. Prescott Butler, (pastor of two United Methodist Churches and the President of the United Clergy of the Oranges and vicinity).
He began with Mathew 16:1-3 “The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” Then Rev. Butler remarked, “The division we see on earth may get worse before it gets better. However, we are gathered here today and there is something we can do about it, if we can discern the times.
“ …We live in a time that was prophesied a long time ago in Mathew 24:6-14 ‘You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various place… At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other… but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.’”
Rev. Butler assured everyone that Christ will come again. Until the time that Christ comes again we want to be united. There are two things we can do. We must pray and we must work. Prayer changes things. Through prayer we can revive this nation. Then he referred to II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” However, without National repentance there can be no peace. We should pray for the removal of the judgement which is upon us. Pray and repent. National unity is possible. Then God will heal our land.
God is love. If we are in His image then we must also be love…We need more God, not guns, more God not hatred, more God less religion. God sent us the Holy Spirit to remind us of all the things Jesus said. Unity and Peace comes through the Holy spirit…There is no peace without God. Will you pray for peace? Will you work for peace? Then peace is on its way.
This prayer breakfast was held at Messiah Baptist Church, hosted by Rev. Dana Owens, who was a guest speaker at our Monthly Prayer Breakfast, in January of this year. Rev. Dr. Stephen Webb, Rev. Dr. Michael Sykes and Rev. Dr. Jeffery Garland (who are all part of the same Clergy organization.) came to support their president, Rev. Prescott S. Butler.
The theme was American Clergy Reviving America in Unity, which was taken from the ACLC Convocation in Los Vegas, on June 21st. Mother Moon spoke to the clergy about the responsibility of Christianity to bring America back to God. A video clip was shown to help the participants feel the spirit and power of unity among the churches and clergy who participated in the Unity Rally that followed the Convocation.
Dr. Lizzie Alston read a Bible verse on Unity (Ps. 133) and then read Father Moon’s words about Jesus. This was followed by prayers by Rev. Dr. Mensah Ledlum and Rev. Peaceval Ekweghariri (Pastor Peace.) Pastor Peace emphasized in his prayer that before we can have unity with each other, we need to unite our spirit, soul and body. When our spirit, soul and body are united, we can achieve unity with God. Only then can we love our neighbors.
Rev. Dr. Michael Sykes (National ACLC Executive Committee Member and pastor of United Missionary Baptist Church) introduced the guest speaker.
Rev. Grodner (National ACLC Executive Coordinator) gave a testimony about the ACLC Convocation in Las Vegas and announced that the Mother of Peace Rally, will be in New Jersey. He also commented that everyone is looking for the Kingdom of Heaven. When he attends the ACLC prayer Breakfasts he sees a little bit of heaven. Dr. Greg (ACLC Executive Coordinator of the Northeast, USA) welcomed everyone on behalf of ACLC New Jersey. The Clifton Youth Dancers performed the UNCONDITONAL Dance which they performed at Mother Moon’s Rallies.
Rev. Dr. Mensah Ledlum shared that he recently had a dream of Father Moon. In the dream, Rev. Ledlum was lying on the ground. He was in pain because of his legs. He saw Father Moon in the distance, coming toward him with a short man. The short man continued toward him. The man said to him, “Father Moon sent me.” Then the short man began to massage Rev. Ledlum’s legs. Father Moon told Rev. Ledlum, “If you work with Mother Moon your legs will be healed. “
Submitted by Rev. Kathaleen Sato / NJ ACLC
“I can count on one hand the number of times my father missed a football game and sports activity I was involved in. That made a big difference in my own life. My parents never put their ministry above over family. And now my sister and I are both involved in the church,” commented Deacon Aaron B. Lackey, Jr. His father is the Presiding Bishop over the United Churches of God in Christ, International. The organization spans across the United States and in seven foreign countries.
“Family is so important for the development of a child. My parents always encouraged me, and believed in me. Never put me down, and that made all the difference in the world,” said Deacon Lackey. He was one of the guest speakers at the Thursday, August 15, 2019 Clergy Prayer Breakfast in Atlanta.
The second guest speaker was Pastor Joe Young, who tripled the size of his congregations in two years. He also installed $95K worth of sound and light equipment in the church building. He is the Pastor of the South Florida Family Church.
Pastor Young shared his testimony about being in the flow and in the anti-flow of God, and how God opens and closes doors. Before becoming a pastor, he lived in New York as a musician and song writer. He moved to South Florida to be closer to the entertainers who were buying his songs. He didn’t realize he had moved into the neighborhood of the South Florida Family Church. One of his friends from New York was the pastor of the church. He passed by the building every day, but for a year didn’t visit. But his music business went bust, and he happened to visit the church one Sunday. He offered to play bass with the band. The pastor was moving away from South Florida, and recommended Joe as the next pastor of the small congregation. He and his wife struggled, but finally agreed to serve. Since he took over, the congregation has grown, gifts and tithes have increased, and he even got a job at newly opened restaurant, which pays more than he was making as a song writer.
Pastor Young had an expert recommend upgrades of sound and lighting for the church. By purchasing second-hand equipment and installing it himself, he was able to put in a $95K upgrade for $20K. And this was all paid for through increased donations within one year of the installation.
The twenty people attending the clergy prayer breakfast enjoyed hearing from the young ministers. For the past two and a half years, the monthly clergy prayer breakfast is held in the Voya Restaurant of the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel.
Submitted by Rev. Tom Cutts, ACLC-GA Coordinator
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