Destined To Attend Peace Starts With Me

Continuing our series of testimonies about “Peace Starts With Me,” two Unificationists share about their destined path to see True Parents at the Garden. 

KYOKO TAIRA

It was not possible to be at Madison square garden without spiritual guidance.  When I heard that True Mother was coming to New York, I had already made up my mind that I was not going to the event.  After I went to a Japanese workshop in January in Las Vegas, I didn’t want to incur any further debt until I had recovered financially.

On June 27, however, as I was reading the Chambumo Gyeong it was as if someone was speaking to me to let me know that I must go to this event.  From then on, I was on a mission, trying to go to Madison Square Garden. Then, numerous people helped me so that I could come to New York and see True Mother.

I knew absolutely nothing about New York. I was able to catch the bus from LaGuardia airport and ride the subway downtown to the Macy’s near Madison Square Garden.  What a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I felt as if the angels were helping me get where I need to be. I don’t know how to explain what I felt.  I just knew that this must be the spiritual realm helping me, so I could come and see True Mother.

It was truly an honor to be at Madison Square Garden. True Parents showed enormous love. Thank you, Heavenly Parents, True Parents, and our only begotten daughter, our True Mother.

MOE LEHRER

It was a pleasure for my family to be able to travel from Maryland to attend True Mother’s speech. Notably, my husband’s sister attended – she is not a Unificationist. We thought to invite her because she lives in Brooklyn. At first she declined, saying that it is difficult for her to sit still for long periods of time.

She has been a regular smoker (and drinker) all her life. She initially said that she would meet us and hang around with us for a while and skip the speech. Then later she changed her mind and said that she would come if we could get seated together with me, my husband, and our twin daughters.  We had already bought four tickets. So what we had to do was buy five new tickets and return the four that we had bought. Luckily, we were able to do that in time.

She attended the speech and had a great time. We were so surprised to hear her refer to True Mother as “Mother Moon.” Combined with the beautiful gathering of many different kinds of people, the amazing music and worship, and True Mother’s speech, this Madison Square Garden brought so much hope for the future for America and for my family.