"ANWAKANDA"...An Innovated Church for Innovating Times
All Nations Worship Assembly (ANWA), located on the Southside of Chicago is a church designed to transport you to the FUTURE. The leadership is strong and the message is both Biblically sound and culturally relative. As seen in the thumbnail picture All Nations Worship Assembly leaders; Apostle Dr. Matthew Stevenon III and his wife Apostle Dr. Kamliah Stevenson are standing with Black Panther's Letitia Wright. This picture alone speaks volumes about both the reach and impact of this future-forward Church! A few days ago via Instagram Wright posted pictures with the leaders of ANWA saying; "Met my favourite Pastor tonight! @dr.matthewstevenson 🙏🏾 So blessed by the word God spoke through you this evening! God bless you..."
Stevenson most definitely is becoming a favorite! His fiery message, his zeal for the Lord and his unrelenting movement towards the healing of broken homes, lives and families is dynamic! Attending just one service will change your entire life! As you enter the place of Grace, the place that is affectionately known as The Well, the place where world changers gather, you are overwhelmed with a sense of acceptance and peace. And this is further validated in Stevenson's continuous mantra; "great men and women are only born for the time that they are needed the most...". For the Millennial, the teenager, the kid or the baby boomer this is a church, a place, a community, a movement and a ministry for the future!
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In the historic, record-breaking film Black Panther, the fictional location in Africa, Wakanda is a place of innovation and inspiration. Jelani Cobb’s article it is said; “Coogler’s commentary on the literal tribalism of the African diaspora, his devotion to a glorious vision of Africa, and, most provocatively, his visceral telling of the pain of existing as an orphan of history—as seen in the story of Killmonger, whose separation from Africa is not simply historical but also paternal—is striking but not unique” (Cobb). Africa is often portrayed as a desolate and impoverished place, however, this is only a half-truth and in many ways, a half truth is a full lie. The film Black Panther, in many ways, serves as a letter to Black America and White America. It is reminiscent of our past one stoked in slavery and curated in racism and proudly and in a way fictitiously declares some future as leading innovators in world change and advancement. This magical, almost perfect place seems to be a hope or reimagining of what it would be like for us all, all of those of African descent if slavery hadn’t occurred.
So too is it with ANWA or ANWAKANDA. This for those who are called to it seems to be a magical reimagining of the church, throwing off the old religious aspects of the traditional black church and resurrecting a new institution founded in and upon the word of God! Looking for a place to belong, a place to be free? ANWA is the place! ANWA forever!
"Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." Ephesians 1:23