The beautiful New Salem Missionary Baptist Church was filled to
capacity with close to 1000 people as Father Moon and company brought
the spirit and message of the "We Will Stand" tour to
The event opened with the New Salem Baptist Church Choir.
Reverend Ford, an American Clergy Leadership Conference(ACLC)founding
member gave the invocation.
Reverend Dr. Jerry McAfee, the host minister welcomed everyone
proclaiming that "We welcome Father and Mother Moon and are
honored to have them with us. We are Christians and we must come
together and stay together."
Rev. McAfee had never met either Father or Mother Moon.
Archbishop George Augustus Stallings of the Imani Temple in Washington,
D.C. gave a stirring sermon to pave the way for the keynote address.
"I may be a Catholic but I am also a Baptist because I baptize,
I'm a Church of God in Christ Minister because I am with the church
of God that is in Christ Jesus, I'm Lutheran because I love Martin
Luther. I am a member of the body of Christ.
"Father Moon is the anointed prophet that God has sent us
to come together. God has raised up this mighty warrior to lead
us to the Kingdom Of God.
"Some have called Father Moon a cult leader, and I say to
them, they said the same thing about Jesus.
"Some have said that he is a false prophet and I say to them
this prophet gets a triple A (AAA) rating from the clergy that know
him. He is triple A; Anointed, Appointed and Approved by God."
A brief video introduction followed his remarks.
As it concluded and images of Dr. Joseph Paige shedding tears at
the de-militarized zone which still separates North and South Korea,
along with several pastors releasing doves there, began fading from
the screen; at that very moment the Korean War Veterans of Minnesota
Chapter #1 Honor Guard Procession hoisting the American flag, the
Minnesota State Flag, and a Korean War Veteran banner led Father
Moon and the host pastors to the front sanctuary of the church.
The congregation and visiting clergy all rose to their feet as
this glorious procession entered. It was a powerful vision of pride
and solemnity stirring all patriotic hearts.
Mr. Bob Pellow of the Minnesota Korean War Veterans played taps
as those gathered closed their eyes in memory of fallen warriors(both
Korean and American) who had died in Korea.
Father Moon then came to the podium. The atmosphere was electric.
Suddenly, at 9:00 pm with about 20 minutes more to go, the lights
went out. For 30 seconds there was panic. The microphones were out.
You couldn't see anything. A transformer had blown plunging the
whole neighborhood into darkness.
At first there was silence and then a young girl's scream. Some
the audience fled into the night.
There was confusion and even despair until an usher shone his flashlight
upon the stage.
Father Moon was heard to say, "Please don't leave". Bishop
Stallings also went out into the audience saying "Be at peace,
God is in control."
As more flashlights surfaced and candles were lit, the stage was
bright in the warm glow of candlelight. Large candelabras were placed
behind the podium by Reverend McAfee.
Father Moon continued to read his message, injecting comments now
and again as the remaining crowd moved up closer.
Shouting praises to God and His Word, many people stayed. It was
truly moving. Some, moved by it all, began to cry. Nothing could
stop the preacher or the message.
At the end many cheered for Father Moon...and themselves.
Rev. Harold White stated it well, saying, "We stood for what
is right. We will stand with Father and Mother Moon. Through the
midnight of darkness, God has brought Father and Mother Moon as
a light to guide our way toward the Kingdom of God."