Last week you read the first part of an excerpt from my autobiography about how I got my call from Martin Luther King Jr. to start the first multi-racial New Thought ministry in S. Africa. The book is entitled: The Miss-Adventures of an Irreverent Reverend: a spirit-ed guide for rebels and renegades”. This week I have posted the rest of the chapter.
“The next day, Sunday, right before Day 2 of the workshop started, I was standing in the queue for coffee in the Holman Church, thinking that I would tell Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith about my experience.
Rev. Michael Beckwith, Founder of the Agape International Center of Truth, Los Angeles
In that moment, I turned around and, miraculously, there he was right behind me in the queue! Without so much as a “Hi,” he abruptly asked:
“Stephanie, when are you going back to South Africa?”
“I don’t know exactly.” I replied. “But I had my call from Dr. Martin Luther King last night.”
“Yes,” he said knowingly as if he had been there.
Then he walked away, and left the church. He did not come back for the rest of the day. It looked as if he had simply touched down for a moment to get the confirmation of something he had already intuited.
Later that day, when the workshop had finished, I raced the forty miles over to the Santa Anita church, where I had completed my first ministerial training, in order to attend the Memorial Service for Dr. Roger Stevens who had been a teacher of mine at Ministerial School.
The Santa Anita Church, Arcadia, California
Dr. Margaret Stevens, the former Minister of Santa Anita, who had interviewed me in South Africa in 1989, had flown down from Ashland, Oregon, especially to officiate at the Memorial Service for her ex-husband.
Dr. Margaret Stevens
I felt such gratitude to the Santa Anita community. The members had embraced me when I first came out from South Africa even though most of them had not understood a word I said, divided as we are by our common language….
After the service, many old friends came up to me and asked:
“When are you going back to South Africa?”
It was a simple enough question, but I had never been able to answer it properly until that very day.
“In December,” I replied confidently.
A plan had already begun formulating itself in my mind over the course of that day: I would fly back to South Africa in December 1999, and attend the Parliament of the Worlds’ Religions in Cape Town just the way I had wished it.
After the Parliament, at the beginning of the New Millennium, in January 2000, I would go back up to Johannesburg to start my multi-racial ministry.
God’s timing, not mine.”
COPYRIGHT Rev. Stephanie Clarke, 2016
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