The Words of the Selle Family
Experiencing New Life Through Hoon Dok Groups
April 22, 2007
In 2001 I began what is called: Prayer in Action Ministry at my home, regular small group meeting with brothers and sisters centering on this new age where God is in charge. We used Rev. In Hoi Lee's book: "Prayer - Training for Opening Up to God." as a foundation for discussion and sharing.
Many miracles happened based on applying prayer in this New Era of Cheon Il Guk when "two or three gather together". To see two sample sessions, go to familyfed.org/bfd, go to Prayer in Action. This is our National Prayer in Action Ministry website, currently on hold.
This year I decided to go from home to home and share this amazing experience with as many people as possible. So every Thursday, I and a few people from my Prayer and Action Group meet with other families around Prince George's County for prayer and sharing, such as in Bowie (at the Berndts' house), Laurel (at the Hills' and Rosenbaums' homes) and Edgewater (at the Stewarts' house) as well as to develop home groups. There are many, many benefits to such group meetings centered on prayer and spirituality which can fulfill several objectives:
Motto: GOD IS IN CHARGE - and so am I through Prayer in Action
Develop consciousness of the presence of God in daily life, His will for me and the application of Truth, Divine Principles - how to let God be in charge;
Getting to know one another more deeply through sharing about our spiritual lives in honesty and confidentiality;
Acknowledgement of personal issues and resolving them through focused prayer, sometimes intercessory prayer, which provides new insights, guidance, wisdom, as well as through application of God's word and practical guidance;
Identifying everyone's dreams and desires for this new age and suggesting practical action steps and possible support from the group;
By EXPERIENCING the spirit, heart and substantial benefit of the group meeting many get inspired to start their own group;
It helps the leader to identify possible new leadership.
We begin to build FAMILY spirit in our community and heartistic closeness which is a prerequisite for the Cheon Il Guk lifestyle - no-one should EVER be alone or work alone.
These meetings are focused on CHANGING MYSELF, not others, and through the sharing there is accountability to commit to that.
Many answers to questions come up during the session given by God through each other; healing occurs
These groups can also be done with First and Second Generation together, whoever is ready for it.
These groups can also be done with home church contacts, who in essence go through similar struggles and also have answers.
Everyone will experience love and a sense of belonging, and the original spirit of our movement of the early days can be rekindled.
Each meeting was very different in flow and make-up but was powerful, deep, and rich in sharing.
The format is flexible but always has the component of singing holy songs at the beginning with deep fervor and an opening prayer. Then we read always a section of the Peace Message as well as another text, usually on prayer, but also we use books like "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren and Hyung Jin Nim's books, which are excellent for self change. Each person reads one paragraph, followed by discussion. The focus is always how does the word we just read apply to myself and what I am challenged by.
Towards the end of the meeting we ask each person if they have a point or two they need prayer for, especially concerning their own spiritual growth as well as relationships with family and friends. Also I ask each person what is his or her dream or wish and what would it take to realize it. That's usually the best part! The sharing is confidential and so many brother and sisters (guests as well if they are present) open their hearts. There are a lot of different concepts out there about what is prayer, why pray, and how to pray in this era of Cheon Il Guk, and deep realizations are made. We get to know one another in a new and deep way and learn from each other. I only facilitate the process.
I see new life coming to our community through this process, supported by sermons at Sunday services and the support of Rev. Stewart, who is also visiting and nurturing already existing home groups or, rather, Life groups.
Let the spirit of God and your heart guide you!