40 Years in America

Norman Presley

I work in Kentucky as a real estate agent and I run a small picture business, My wife, Noriko, takes care of our four children at home. We were matched and blessed in 1982.

I went out with the state leader to see how to door knock and pre-Bless people. It seemed so natural and easy. I then went to the local religious store and purchased a "Blessing Kit." The first night Noriko and I went out we were going to go door knocking to pre- Bless people. That night I had to have some papers signed by one of my customers who was buying a home for investment. He is a C.P.A. I told Noriko we should try to Bless them. They are strong Christians. We asked them about doing the Blessing ceremony and they had some questions about our belief in Jesus and the Bible.

As I explained some of the very basics of our belief, I felt the spirit world move them. They then took the Holy Wine, a sprinkle of Holy Water, the Blessing Vows, a Prayer and they filled out the application. Not to mention signing the papers to sell them a house. We then door knocked for about an hour at some humble apartments. Most people were not married, but we became comfortable door knocking at apartments. No one was negative! No one!

The next day I called a long-time friend of mine from high school and told him simply, "Noriko and I are coming over to Bless you." He said, "We can use all the blessing we can get.... Come on over!" His father was there, who is now single, and he witnessed the ceremony. We then explained about the matching and boldly told him we could have him married by Nov. 29th. My friendís wife sincerely thanked us for Blessing them and we then went door knocking at some nicer apartments. We door knocked for less than an hour and Blessed a Mexican couple.

Tonight I had to have some real estate papers signed by a very nice couple, so I called them and told them my wife would be coming and we would like to Bless them. They said, "Come on over!" I thought, this is great, so before leaving I called another old friend who I used to be in a rock band with. He is happily married and only lived two blocks from my real estate customer. I told him we would like to come over and Bless them. He said, "Come on over!" We then loaded up all four of our children and Blessed my customer and signed the real estate papers. We then went to my friendís home, Blessed them and spent about an hour socializing while the children played with each other. At 9:30, after taking my wife and children home, my friend and I went fishing until 1:00 a.m. We were catching one fish after another. I thought of Fatherís lifestyle and his tireless energy.

Each night after Blessing people we canít sleep! You can feel God laughing with you! You really can! Noriko and I sometimes talk for hours before falling sleep in the wee hours of the morning. Then we wake up on time to get the kids to school with plenty of energy.

Without calling we went to my old neighborhood and knocked on the door of an older couple who were good friends. After spending a little time reminiscing, we asked them if we could Bless them. They said, "Weíd love to." We Blessed them as it became late and without realizing it, our little time had become a couple hours. Again every night we feel close to Fatherís heart.

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