The Words of the Kasongo Family
Louisiana October Prayer Breakfast at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
Jean B. Kasongo
October 27, 2007
The Louisiana American Clergy Leadership Conference met Saturday, October 27, at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m. sharp. After a short praise, prayer and welcome we had a delicious Southern breakfast prepared by four of our Japanese sisters- Mihoko, Shigeko, Izumi, and Michiko San.
By 10.30 we moved to the sanctuary for the main program. We opened in song and praise; we had two consecutive prayers by Rev. James and Imam Rafik. There was a brief review of last month's prayer breakfast in picture. Then came four different presenters with short comments on one point of the monthly theme "Resolving Resentment and Racism Through Repentance and Reconciliation" by Brother Mark Turegano, two of our young people, Yoshiko Miller and Elana Denham, and Rev. Elay Kasongo.
Your servant introduced the speaker of the hour, Rev. Mark Abernathy. He passionately advocated the need to tear down the walls as the son of a white preacher who was assaulted and beaten by the Ku-Klux- Klan as he brought 150 of his black members from Southern California to Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Rev. Abernathy shared about his ties with Louisiana through his mother. He also testified to the older members of the Unification movement who blazed the way for him and other clergy to come and receive the fruits of the harvest.
He was so effective in breaking down Father's vision for the clergy that he got Prophetess Floria Washington and her husband excited about the vision and work of the American Clergy Leadership Conference; Imam Rafik echoed the same sentiments and wants to work closely with us in promoting peace in Louisiana. Apostle Ronnie Bailey came from La Fayette, a two-hour drive, to share his positive experience at the latest ACLC convocation in Ocean City, Maryland. We appointed three Ambassadors for Peace and had four people join.
We want to thank Bishop Ki Hoon Kim for going the extra mile to help with Louisiana's first guest speaker since we re-started in June of this year. Our next prayer breakfast will be held Saturday, November 24.