The city of
Columbus truly discovered the Rev. Sun Myung Moon ; the year 2001.
This ninth city in the national "We Will Stand" tour was
warmly welcomed by 1400 plus native "Buckeyes" (Ohioans)
who jammed the main ballroom of the Columbus Hilton.
A well attended VIP reception was held prior to the pre-program
which began at 6:00 PM with an invocation given by Bishop Wilson
Jemison, Pastor of the Church of the Living God .
A soulful musical
selection followed, sung by the choir of the Church of Christ Apostolic
Rev. Allan Roberts, pastor of St. James Pentecostal Church; Dr.
William Craig, pastor of Christian Home Ministries Church, and Dr.
Joseph Russell of Faith Ministries Church each gave a 3-minute inspirational
presentation on topics in line with the theme of the tour --- national
unity and reconciliation, faith-based problem solving and character
education. The Little Tigers demonstrated some martial arts moves
and just prior to the entrance of emcee, Rev. Michael Jenkins, a
few musical selections by the St. James Pentecostal Church and the
Cornerstone Pentecostal Church Choirs infused the atmosphere with
Jenkins remarks began with an explanation of the purpose, theme,
and vision of the Tour. He was also very clearly proud of the tour
torch bearer and main speaker, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. The invocation
given by Bishop Fred Marshall, Vice-President of the Interdenominational
Ministerial Alliance, and pastor of the Free Baptist Church recalled
the initial annointing of Father Moon, "a man still standing
for what is right and who has never given up."
Proclamations were read from the Mayor's office, the African Peace
Foundation and various ministers.
Taylor, originally from Columbus Ohio, now in Chicago, gave a powerful
and moving presentation on why ministers of different faiths are
standing together in these times and on this tour with Father Moon
Hall, pastor of the New Psalmist Baptist Church from Toledo brought
a busload of his own church members and gave a powerful testimony
regarding his own experience with Father Moon.
brief biographic video, the guest of honor was welcomed warmly by
the very attentive audience. Almost three quarters of the audience
had never before seen or met Father Moon according to a query posed
by him at the start.
an invitation to preach to a preacher! Father Moon spoke about 2
hours, impromptu, and the crowd loved it. People clapped their hands
and shouted "amen" several times throughout. The essence
of his message seemed to be that "Now is the time for family
not church". Overall, he truly struck a chord with everyone
in attendance. His prepared speech was read after this, at already
Even then, few people left the room.
There was also a second, brief reading, by Rev. Oscar Crawford of
New Salem Missionary Baptist Church who himself had brought 150
As the evening drew to a reluctant close, Father Moon and Mrs. Moon,
received gifts from the former President of Liberia and the Korea
War Veterans Association.
Five gold watches,
were awarded by Father Moon to 5 outstanding ministers and in addition
there was a drawing for several more watches for all ministers in
Bishop Brehon Hall closed the program with a prayer.