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April 09, 2008

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Jason Stewart

Hello Mark,

I just bought your book on starting a multicultural church. My Pastor has Just approved me and my wife to start my own church. Coming from an all Black church, I want to make sure that I break that label. The Majority of my life as a young black man I have grown up in very diverse areas. Its in my heart to see all nationalities worshiping God under one roof. I live on the lower East Side of Manhattan, What do you see as one of the Biggest Obsticles of starting a Ministry like yours?

Jason Stewart, NYC

Mark DeYmaz

Hey Jason,

First, let me say how sorry I am to only now be responding to your comment. My computer crashed almost three weeks ago and I am only now back in action (on my new MacBook Pro:-)

Yours is a good question and one to which I am increasingly asked to respond. Of course there are both personal and professional obstacles, but one of the biggest obstacles is spiritual in nature. Indeed, peacemakers shall be called the sons of God (Matthew 5:9); but the next three verses speak of persecution! Notice, too, that Paul's placement of the armor of God follows an entire letter devoted to the unity of the church!

Spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places have been aligned against the unity of the church - and those who would promote/pursue the vision for centuries; and they have done a remarkable job of keeping us apart. Now, there are those of us saying, "Not on our watch!" These forces will not go down without a fight.

The best defense in this regard is a good offense; one that would have you a) certain of your calling, b) prayerful, persistent and patient in your passion to see the dream realized and, finally as Barnabus, c) full of faith and the Holy Spirit. The multi-ethnic church can be established by no other means or methods.

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