Victory at Love Corner
Our organization consists
of more than a hundred congregations throughout the country. Congregations
unite within states and then states within the same class designation
compete against other states for "Victory" recognition as
the top fundraiser in that class. Georgia has won victory in "B-Class."
This has resulted in celebration and joy in the hearts of the members
in Atlanta and the state. The funds are used to expand our physical
buildings and spread our ministry.
"Victory" continues to be celebrated in Atlanta! On January 25, 2003, a special banquet in recognition of our congregation's top financial contributors was held at the Sheraton Hotel in the Buckhead community of Atlanta. The event featured a delicious feast, musical performances by Elder Millard Washington and Brother Johnathan Brown and special words of appreciation and gratitude from our Pastor, Apostle Marion Johnson, Jr. and President-of-Presidents, Deacon Willis Morris III. Special recognition was also given to our "Top 10" workers. Atlanta's top worker for the year 2002 is Deacon Steve Roberts followed by Sister Andrea Young and Saint Josephino Pond.
In the United House of Prayer
for All People one of the most recognized and mentioned events to occur
in the Kingdom throughout the entire year is when a state wins victory
in its class. You'll hear the crowd cheering and yelling, and see the
members put on a dance as if a soul had just been saved. There's celebration
in the air and joy in the hearts of the people. But what is the celebration
all about? Is it about outdoing your brothers and sisters financially
-- or is it something more?
I have had people outside the faith come up to me and tell me that we in House of Prayer celebrate money more than ministry. To us longtime, and even lifetime members, that assumption is absurd, but to a visitor or new member it may appear that way. For this reason we must be clear about the relationship between our monetary sacrifice and our souls. Our celebration of victory is not merely for the dollars that are collected or the titles of King, Queen, or Prince. But it's the celebration of the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Some people may ask, "Why
does victory mean so much? Is raising money that important to saving
souls?" Well the answer is simple: money can't save us. It can't
allow us to compromise with God and not live according to His will.
We must first be living sacrifices. Our monetary sacrifice does, however,
allow us as individuals to take part in the building of Houses in which
preachers can be sent, the Word can be preached, and people can get
joy around the mountain as God promised.
We all know that all things
belong to God. Being a provider and supplier of our needs, however,
He has shared with us, His children. We just gladly return to Him with
our tithes and our sacrificial offerings to help further His gospel.
Why not get excited!