Philadelphia was a success. The pastor, Bishop R.T. Jones went to Korea in the mid eighties. He was lost for many years. When I walked into his office he said , "I know you guys! I was at the rock of tears in Korea!" There are literally thousands of ministers who are waiting for a blessed family to come to their church on a monthly basis and rekindle and old fire. Bishop Billings of the World Bishops Council contacted him for us. It is a beautiful church. Lourdes Swartz did an excellent faith based workshop with former Mayor Wilson Goode. David Caprara was on hand. Rev. Hong, Geller, Pobanz and Izumi had a great contingent of high level ministers. Father was totally welcomed. Bishop Eric Figueroa (who led the 2000 voice choir with Dr. Angela Moses at MSG) was on hand. Also, Dr. Moses brought her Grammy award winning choir called New Life Tabernacle Choir and set the church on fire. Bishop Figueroa gave a rousing inspirational message and Rev. Jesse Edwards testifies without hesitation that Father is the anointed leader that God has sent to unify all Christianity.
Rev. Edwards attended the lunch with Father and Mother in Florida and Father shared deep insights about Jesus and Christianity. When Rev. Edwards said I agree, Father was so deeply relieved. He was very gently sharing some of the most difficult things to understand. When Rev. Edwards affirmed it Father said, "Because of the Christian leaders with me on this tour I'm feeling significant hope for America." If you had been with me like this 30 years ago America would not have declined.
FLORIDA: The Florida family should be greatly appreciated. With just over 30 FFWPU families a 2000 seat church was filled. Tom Iverson, a great Patriot and his wife Edy totally supported the event. David their son was with True Parents when Tom made the transition. We are so proud of these great Americans. Tom held on in Florida until Father and Mother had safely arrived at the church. Just at 7:00 pm when Father arrived Tom could finally conclude his battle victoriously. We are seeing a new American patriot emerge. Tom, the blessed families, the Christian leaders both white and black are forming a new Nation.
Antioch Baptist Church is pastored by the Rev. Arthur Jackson. A new 2000 seat cathedral was just completed. It was absolutely of the highest quality and totally modern. The mega churches are joining us. It just a week ago that Rev. Jackson was under severe attack, however through a conference call with Rev. Barrett, Bishop Billings, Bishop Stallings and others he gained great strength. Also, when he read the words of Father on Jesus it sealed the battle for him. He knew he was on the side of right.
The Florida event was wonderful. The Lutherans, Rev. Beato, Rev. Olson gave introductions to the ACLC and why they see Rev. Moon as the central figure bringing all of the people together. Then Rev. Jesse Edwards again brought a great moving of the spirit. Rev. James Bush who also was a Florida State Representative gave the invocation. Awards were given to outstanding citizens, Sgt. Matthew Locke who has been working with Lily Kato on PLA was awarded for teaching in public schools.
Speaking Hands - a group of deaf children did an awesome praise dance with their hands, about 30 young people. Rev. Filus and a group of young boys who were taken from the streets and now live as Christians performed, Tear Down The Walls. The faith based action combined with the vertical line of faith through the word and worship experience is really starting to take shape.
During the video Rev. Jackson (who is probably in his 30's) leaned over to me and said I want to join this, count me in.
Father gave an incredible delivery of the word of God. His message to the Clergy: You have to die for your congregation and for other clergy. Are you willing to die even for your enemy. That is the most difficult thing. He told the clergy that they must realize how serious their position is. Many do not live for anything beyond their church and denomination. That's why they can't change society. Father also emphasized the reality of the spiritual world. Without knowing the spiritual world a minister can't possible succeed in his mission. He called on the ministers to follow Father and become "Prophets". We must speak the truth - no to adultery and free sex. No to racism, no to denominational division. Father said there are no Baptists in heaven, nor Presbyterians as a group. There are only those who live according to Jesus teaching. Love Your Enemy. He taught the John 3:16 is the most central pillar of the Bible. "For God so loved the WORLD that he gave his only begotten son." He asked if anyone was willing to sacrifice their son for the sake of the World. If you aren't then you can't move God's heart. Just as with the Chicago December 16th meeting with the Christian leaders, the ministers got more inspired the more Father brought out the harshest teachings of the Bible. One minister said to me afterward that all of his life as a minister he read and knew about those teachings but never, in 40 years had he heard someone preach it. He was so grateful to Father. He feels now that he must take up the cross and save the family and the nation.
Many of the key 120 ministers sat on the pulpit area behind Father causing him to turn around and hit them on the head and talk to them over and over again. Father touched Rev. Jackson's cheek and said do you believe what I say. Rev. Jackson, who has only known us for a few weeks, smiled and said yes.
Father brought a total revival. Father is really praising the black community saying their time has come. They will take the central leadership role in America as long as they live straight before God. Minister Rasul Muhammad, Regional Minister of the Nation of Islam said Amen. He also spoke earlier saying, "This is the movement of all God's people. We are grateful for Father and Mother Moon. This is the Million Family Movement. We are going to establish a new America with all races living together as one family." Pastor T.L. Barrett Jr. closed out the meeting with reading Father's second message and calling on all to join the ACLC and move America.
Latter that night we had a very casual dinner with Father. Rev. Barrett is one of Father's sons and totally joined in as his Christian son. Father told Rev. Barrett to travel throughout America to build this united patriotic movement. Rev. Barrett was so moved and grateful to Father. He talked about how many of the 3500 leaders that came to Chicago are taking about Father's words. Especially concave and convex. With that report Father shared deeply about the meaning of the marriage of Adam and Eve and how Jesus was to marry. Rev. Barrett said, "Even as a little boy I always wondered why Jesus didn't have a family". God has truly prepared the ministers for such a time as this.
Thanks to Rev. Hong. 30 families brought a great victory in Miami. Rev. Chidester, Rev. Gunter, Lily and all community leaders including Publio Delarosa gave great joy to God.