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GLOBAL YOUTH-from TP Magazine2017-07
Students Gain New Insights from International Exchange
By Jennifer Pierce
From June 19 to July 4, over a hundred and twenty American CARP students participated in the second annual International Exchange Trip to Korea and Japan. This year’s trip was a success and opened up opportunities for the future. The big takeaways were experiencing Father and Mother Moon’s heart and vision for CARP, the young people, and the world and fostering unity between the three countries of Japan, Korea and America.
The very first international exchange trip took place in the spring of 2016. The Los Angeles chapter of a CARP-affiliated women’s group, Kodan, initiated these exchanges. They saw them as opportunities for local CARP members to develop leadership skills, discover CARP’s roots in Japan and Korea, and build relationships with CARP members from other countries.
CARP landed in Japan on June 20. At the airport, Japanese CARP members greeted the CARP participants from different communities across America, Canada and England. After everyone arrived, we took a bus to the Isshin Education Center, where we stayed for most of our time in Japan. There was delicious curry for dinner and then a short orientation. Our hosts gave participants a booklet of information and we took some time to get to know one another in groups and to learn what motivated others to take this trip.
An initial workshop
This year, participants spent eight total days in Japan and roughly four days in Korea. The trip opened with a two-day Divine Principle workshop, which focused on the essence of the Divine Principle and the meaning and value of the blessing. Mr. Nakamura gave the lectures and clearly explained the principled lifestyle and true families. Through these lectures, the participants gained a deeper understanding of God’s heart and of how to develop healthy and lasting relationships.
“I learned a lot about the main principles from the Divine Principle,” Daniel said. “I learned that relationships and love ensure a better life for a person, and that true love is sacrificing yourself to your significant other just as God did. I appreciate everything that God has done to ensure a better life for all humanity and I feel the hardships that he goes through when something goes wrong in his plan.”
“I never realized how much True Mother had to sacrifice in her life with True Father, and it made me feel so grateful that God, True Parents, and my own parents have paid so much indemnity for the life that I have now,” said Leo. “I also learned that without actual effort, you will never attain true happiness.” Continue reading Students Gain New Insights from International Exchange
Tribal Messiahship in Los Angeles
Following a visit to Japan and Korea, where she was able to meet True Mother, TP magazine requested Mrs. Hiraki’s testimony. She was busy supporting True Mother’s efforts but agreed to update a testimony she had given in 2015, providing more details about her witnessing breakthroughs on college campuses in Los Angeles.
By Naoko Hiraki
Los Angeles Kodan decided to work together on their tribal messiahship efforts. We met together, sixty-eight families, and each counted who was already in our tribe. We counted our physical sons and daughters, and then our spiritual sons and daughters. We tried to conclude the count by June 30 and on August 30, we determined to make at least one tribe together among 68 families. With Dr. Kim’s leadership, we made it. Continue reading Tribal Messiahship in Los Angeles
IPeace TV released its July 2017 issue of True Peace magazine, a monthly electronic publication that highlights True Parents’ words—past and present—and news from around the world.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this month’s issue and to making True Peace Magazine a source of inspiration and a venue for sharing good news, novel ideas and success stories.
The July 2017 issue of True Peace magazine is now available for download. The True Peace magazine editorial team is preparing for the next issue and beyond. Be sure to read the great stories and look out for next month’s issue coming soon.
On September 7, 2017, Unificationists and friends from around the world will observe the 5th anniversary of True Father’s Seonghwa (ascension). As we take this time to remember our True Father and reflect on True Parents’ ever-growing legacy, the National Ministry Team invites all Unificationist families to join us in creating an amazing celebration of True Father’s life, devotion, and heart. In addition to prayer, we encourage all families to donate $300 or more if possible. Online donations can be made using the below link at familyfed.org :
Three Christian ministers joined my family for “Peace Starts With Me.” They were liberated through experiencing True Mother’s vast and deep heart of love. I realized that it is important to rejuvenate Christian ministers and the young people with True Parents’ heart. I was moved by the dance of the youth from the Hyojeong Youth Workshop and I felt hope for the future of our church.
While I was listening to the music of Apple Heaven, True Mother’s eyes met with mine many times. I felt True Mother had understood all of my work and hardship and I received great comfort in my heart. I faced many difficulties and had a lonely painful heart but I could feel that True Mother understood me completely.
I took one guest to the Madison Square Garden event.
I met him about 40 days ago on campus. When I met him I gave True Father’s autobiography. That night he sent me email that he wants to meet me next day, because he wanted four more copies of Father’s autobiography. He wanted to give copies to his friends.
Next day I gave him four autobiographies and we read Divine Principle together. Then I told him about Madison Square Garden event. He immediately looked at his cell phone calendar and decided to come. He was impressed with the program and True Mother’s speech in particular. It has motivated him to continue reading the Divine Principle with me and my husband. We meet him every Saturday to read the Divine Principle.
I really felt the spiritual world working very hard to bring people. True Parents shed blood, sweat and tears for America for 40 years. I’m so grateful that my guest could attend the event.
We were so grateful that we could be a part of the special event at Madison Square Garden on July 15. Through the mobilization for this event, we were reconnected to ministers of our past and able to bring 5 ACLC guests from the Boston Area. All of them were so excited with the event and filled with the true love of True Parents.
They had a small argument on the way to NY. However on the way back, they were like good friends, sharing and inviting each other to their churches.
That was possible only by True Parents’ love and spirits they felt through the event.
Also two of five guests have decided to go to Korea this September. She was recording the program from the beginning to the end and she was especially moved by True Mother’s message.
We are planning to start a new chapter of ACLC in Boston area together with other New England states. The success of Madison Square Garden event gave us hope and confidence to fulfill this goal.
Continuing our series of testimonies about “Peace Starts With Me,” two Unificationists share about their destined path to see True Parents at the Garden.
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.
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.