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True Parents’ Message and News English Version No. 26 06天一國 4年 天曆 July 2016

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Article One Following the Footprints of Our True Mother By Kathy Rigney As we continue our march towards the year 2020, we realize that bringing a victory to this providential goal requires amazing commitment and devotion. We must restore four hundred and thirty families as our Tribal Messiah responsibility and we must also restore nations back to Heaven. The time is short so we need not only our individual and family commitment, but we need heaven’s intervention, heavenly fortune. How we can mobilize Heaven’s power to assist us in our mission? Studying True Mother’s model and example very closely we see that in the midst of incredible challenges and painful situations, True Mother goes on. How can she so steadfastly guide our movement and our forward progress? Where does she find her power, her peacefulness, her sense of hope and calm? Where does her beautiful smile come from in spite of endless anguish? Just like our True Father, Mother never waivers. How does she do it? Recently, True Mother told us, “If you have gratitude for every situation and difficulty, you will receive heavenly fortune and achieve your goals.” Having gratitude in every situation sounds so easy and yet is so difficult. In West Africa where I am working, the rainy season began in May and the rain becomes stronger with the passage of each day. Our Heavenly Tribal Messiah activity is centralized in zones that are more in the rural areas of our nation, in the villages and small cities where we work with traditional leaders and paramount rulers. This part of the country is not well developed, which means the roads are not paved and public services do not function. When the rain comes, the streets fill with water and deepen the potholes that we cannot see because of the rain. Traveling even small distances is an exhausting experience. Your clothes are caked with mud and your hair is drenched. Our schedule has us going daily to different villages and cities, meeting leaders and educating them about the blessing. However due to the rain, we just want to just stay home and wait for the rain to stop (which is most unlikely in the rainy season). Knowing that you can’t stay home or you won’t be able to fulfill your goals, you go out anyway! Going out is good, but how to feel “gratitude” is difficult. Day in and day out, how to feel gratitude for every situation we encounter? How to feel gratitude for the rain and the mud and the potholes? How to feel gratitude when the people reject our blessing programs? Yet, if we can overcome—we can receive heavenly fortune as True Mother has taught us. Struggling with this problem of gratitude, trying very sincerely to be grateful—praying with tears and repenting for our struggles, suddenly the national leader’s wife received a message from a VIP contact that we have known for years. He called our sister, who explained all the activities we are involved in to renew the nation. This man said, “You must explain this to the head of state! He should know this! Two days later, we were in the presidential office with the president! The head of state received us for a one-hour meeting. We gave a presentation on the work our True Parents have done and all our ongoing projects. True Parents vision for bringing peace and stability to his nation impressed the president. He asked us to stay in touch with him and report our activities regularly! I have worked in Africa for over forty years. People think it ‘s easy to meet a head of state in Africa but that is not true. Sometimes, we spend years trying to get an appointment to meet the president. But, in this case, someone calls us and offers to bring us to the president –an important step in restoring the country! Our True Mother’s words were “Always feel gratitude” with all your heart and soul.” Our entire delegation knew that the Head of State could receive us in such a timely manner and with such openness because we followed Mother’s words about gratitude. Not just grateful from our mouths, but grateful from the depth of our feeling. So now, when the rain begins, we fall down on our knees and praise our Heavenly Father for the wonder of this downpour. This rain that gives life to us and to the creation, this rain that cleanses us from our sins. When people reject us we are energized and grateful! We try to live this life that our True Mother leads. So many difficulties, sacrifices, and pain that True Mother goes through everyday and yet she always greets us with a beautiful, gracious smile. We will follow her forever! Mrs. Rigney is the Cheon Il Guk special envoy to Africa.

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www.ipeacetv.com True Parents’ Message and News CONTENTS 天一國 4年 (天曆) 6月 July 2016 04 07 Article One 02 Following the Footprints of Our True Mother True Parents’ Special Conference 12 V ying for Selection as Key Strategic Nations Testimony 16 B ehind the Scenes: True Parents’ E ntrance into Cheon Jeong Gung 20 How I Joined the Unification Church True Parents’ Messages 04 C heon Il Guk Is the Ideal Heavenly K ingdom’s Reign of Eternal Peace 07 You Must Learn, and Save Others Regional News Korea 22 Energizing Korean Tribal Messiahs 24 Involving Young People in Divine Principle Study North America 28 We Can Do It: A New Way of Looking at Tribal Messiahship 12 Europe 36 The Battle for the Souls of Our Children 40 Breaking the Ice in Iceland MEDIA 27 The Union of the Only Begotten Son and Only Begotten Daughter: FFWPU’s Doctrine Book 42 An Aid to Outreach

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True Parents’Messages 1 Cheon Il Guk Is the Ideal Heavenly Kingdom’s Reign of Eternal Peace True Father delivered this speech on June 13, 2006, on the occasion of True Parents’ Entrance into Cheon Jeong Gung and True Parents’ Coronation as the King and Queen of Peace in Heaven and on Earth. 4 True Peace

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E steemed leaders of all nations in the world, honored guests of Heaven who have gathered from every corner of the Earth to celebrate this treasured historic and providential day, and people of the spirit world and physical world who are being reborn as citizens of Cheon Il Guk. In the name of all human beings in the spirit world and physical world, numbering more than three hundred billion souls, I offer boundless gratitude and glory to God, the Creator of all things, the eternal True Parent of humankind and great king of the cosmos. The Cheon Il Guk path I ask you to raise your voices high in praise of the victory of the True Parents of Heaven and Earth, the King and Queen of Peace in Heaven and on Earth. They have personally completed the entire course of restoration through indemnity in order to save all human beings, who as descendants of the Fall would otherwise be eternally destined to wander in evil and suffering, ever sliding down the path to hell. You stand today in the venue of a tremendous event in the history of God’s providence. This event is unprecedented and not replicable. It is the day when the King of Peace finally ascends in glory. Please recognize that although they may not be visible to you, thousands—tens of thousands—of good ancestors of blessed families have come here. They are above your heads now, joining with you in celebration of this awesome moment. All nature is rejoicing, and heaven and earth resound with choruses of “Hallelujah!” If you truly understood the infinite value of this day, you would not be able to sit still. You would go throughout the world singing hymns of joy and dancing in ecstasy. Do you know the significance of January 13, 2001? It was the day of the Enthronement Ceremony for the Kingship of God. For countless years, Heaven had been waiting for that event in eager anticipation. It was the greatest and most exalted celebration humanity had ever witnessed. On that day, Rev. Moon, who had been anointed as the True Parent of all humankind and had traveled a path of indescribable suffering and pain until he gained the final victory, offered his entire foundation to Heaven. Returning earth to God For tens of thousands of years, God had endured an existence full of lamentation and grief, even as he conducted his providence with a parental heart. When that enthronement ceremony was offered to him, it marked the moment of his long-awaited liberation and inner freedom. On that providential day, we declared to all heaven and earth that we would attend God as the vertical True Parent and Great King of Heaven and Earth, that we would unfurl and raise high the banner of Cheon Il Guk and that the new sovereignty of Heaven had begun. For the next three years, we, the True Parents, held firmly to the helm while the winds of heavenly fortune surged around us like a typhoon. On the foundation of True Parents’ victory, we declared May 5, 2004 to be the Day of the Victory of the Number Ten Combining Two Halves (Ssang Hab Shib Seung Il). On that day, the True Parents brought to a close the era before the coming of heaven with its long years of grief, and opened the era after the coming of heaven, the new age when we can build a new heaven and a new earth. This marked the beginning of a great and historic revolution to return the earth to God as a substantial reality. A dream fulfilled Beloved citizens of Cheon Il Guk, today you are receiving amazing grace. You are participating in the Coronation Ceremony of the Substantial King of Peace in Heaven and on Earth, and you are being registered as citizens of Cheon Il Guk. You and your ancestors by the tens of thousands are receiving this grace along with you today, and they will thank you throughout eternity. The Bible says, “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” Today you are witnessing the establishment of Cheon Il Guk, the substantial sovereignty in the era after the coming of heaven. By the first day of the new millennium, God had already placed Cheon Il Guk on the horizon. Who could have imagined though that being able to see the day when the King of Peace in Heaven and on Earth would ascend to his throne? You thought it was just a dream, but you are witnessing it in your lifetime. Three-generation realm Citizens of the kingdom of heaven, this is a precious and blessed day of victory and glory. Now, as the King of Peace in Heaven and on Earth, I will declare, on this thirteenth day of June in the sixth year of Cheon Il Guk, the July 2016 5

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fundamental duties and mission that every citizen of Cheon Il Guk must understand and live by. First, as God is the vertical True Parent and you are true children of God, you will establish the realm of three generations in your family, perfect the four great realms of heart and attend God on the vertical axis for eternity. Further, you will inscribe on your heart the need to uphold the king of peace, who is the horizontal True Parent, in heaven and on earth, and to live with absolute obedience on the horizontal axis for eternity as a citizen of Cheon Il Guk. You will make living for the sake of others, which is the practice of true love, the standard for your life. You will establish a true family and raise true children who are sinless and pure, thus protecting God’s lineage and bequeathing it intact from generation to generation. Obey your conscience Second, no matter what the situation, you will live with your mind and body united as one. God has given you a conscience as your guide in accomplishing this objective. Your conscience knows everything about you. It has complete knowledge of every action and step you take; it even knows your thoughts. Your conscience knows all these things about you before your teacher or pastor knows. It knows them before your parents know. It knows them even better than God knows. So if you place your conscience in God’s position over your life, and follow a course of absolute obedience, of “high noon” settlement whereby your life casts no shadows, that you will establish a realm of resonance between your mind and body and perfect their unity is certain. Marriage for world peace Third, the unification of the spirit world has been completed. The issue now is the people living on earth, in their physical bodies. They struggle in agony in the midst of sin and suffering, yet they are your brothers and sisters. Your third mission is to educate them and bring them home as people of Cheon Il Guk. You need to educate everyone to understand that all human beings without exception are descended from the Fall and that they have to change their bloodline through receiving the holy marriage blessing from the True Parents. You need to continue the work of engrafting people onto the true olive tree, by having them participate in the grace of intercultural marriage, until the day when all human beings, numbering more than three hundred billion souls, are restored to God’s lineage. Connect with the spirit world Fourth, you are created to spend about ten months in your mother’s womb, about a hundred years on earth breathing air, and then all eternity in the spirit world. You need to understand that just as preparation in the womb is required for a healthy life after birth, you need to devote your earthly life to preparing yourself for the next stage of life, in the spirit world. Never forget that in every time and place, your ancestors in the spirit world are with you. Be ever mindful to live in harmony with the spirit world. Sincerely communicate in prayer with the heavenly world, so that you may become perfected in your spirit self while living on earth. For humanity’s sake Fifth, your talents and abilities are required for the management and governance of Cheon Il Guk. Now, therefore, cut away and cast off your mask of selfish individualism. It is just a remnant of the era before the coming of heaven. In addition, all citizens of Cheon Il Guk will provide funds for the wellbeing and peace of humanity, by taxation and by voluntary contributions. They will demonstrate the model of offering the first three-tenths of their income for public purposes. This cannot be an imposed tax; it has to be a gift that citizens offer willingly to heaven with joyful hearts. Love the natural world Sixth, recovering the ideal world of creation that was lost as a result of the Fall is possible. God created everything in the universe as our natural environment. Human beings and nature are meant to share mutual resonance. Men and women as the subject partners of love and nature is the object partner thriving under our management and beautified by our creativity. We can no longer ignore or accept actions that destroy nature and pollute the environment. As citizens of Cheon Il Guk, please exercise wisdom to protect and love nature. Return to nature to enjoy a life of liberation and complete inner freedom. To love nature is to love God and humanity. When human life resonates with nature, human character can blossom in perfection. The flowers of a true culture of heart, a true artistic world, will bloom. It will be the garden of Eden, the original ideal world where God, human beings and all creation live in complete harmony and express their original nature. If you practice such true love in your daily life, how can God do anything but bestow great blessings upon you? You will live for all eternity in blessing and happiness. Build the peace kingdom Seventh, the era after the coming of heaven that God and True Parents have opened is a time of dramatic change. As registered citizens of Cheon Il Guk, you have the mission to make this era blossom and bear fruit in blessing and glory. Therefore, please become Heaven’s emissaries, fulfilling the dual missions of the peace kingdom police force and peace kingdom corps. Serve humanity under the banner of the Universal Peace Federation, which is working to establish the position of the Abel UN. Worthy countrymen and women, if not you, then who will nurture and protect the blessed families and this blessed planet Earth that God has given us? Beloved people of Cheon Il Guk, I hope you truly will celebrate and enjoy this precious and holy day. The beautiful mountains, streams, trees and flowers here in the vicinity of Cheongpyeong Lake are showering their blessings upon you as you prepare to embark on your ambitious journeys. Your descendants, too, will take pride that you participated in this long-awaited day, and they will honor and praise you forever. This excerpt of Speech 11, Book 10 of Pyeong Hwa Gyeong pp. 1552–1557 has been edited for inclusion in TPmagazine. 6 True Peace

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True Parents’Messages 2 You Must Learn, and Save Others True Mother delivered guidance to an audience of participants at True Parents’ Special Conference to Select the Key Strategic Nations for Vision 2020 on July 20, at Cheon Jeong Gung, thereby marking the formal end of the conference. July 2016 7

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E arlier, Thomas Walsh said that he hoped I would still be beautiful after four years, in 2020. Why four years? I will continue to be beautiful for forty years. [Dr. Walsh’s expectation of forty more years’ of True Mother’s beauty was somehow lost in the translation into Korean.] In order to do that, I must take care of my health. When you bring me news of your victories, I want to embrace you and say to heaven, Thank you. You have waited for so long. Yet, you have said, until the day you die, you will bring me victories. Let today be a day you can make that firm resolve. That is why I expressed my heart of wanting to boast and compliment you on your hard work. Preserve our planet We must once again establish the environment that Heavenly Parent hoped for in the beginning. Today, humans are causing many environmental problems all over the world. The Earth is diseased. That is why, through the nations selected based on their foundation for victory, I will protect a healthy Planet Earth and create a natural environment that will provide true nutrients for the health of future human beings. Nutrition’s importance In order to survive, we must consume the necessary nutrients. We must eat to live. The food we eat should be derived from crops that have been cultivated in the cleanest and healthiest manner. So far, people in food-related businesses in the world have raised prices for the sake of their own profit, rather than from their being motivated to maintain the health of human beings. For example, if you inject something weird into soda, raise the price and then make money, doing that has an effect on people who consume that drink. They seem not to have considered this. They think solely of their own interests. We must enlighten all of these people. That is why, especially on the restored lands of Africa, we can protect the health of all human beings through scientific and ideal methods of planting crops or raising cattle on their vast lands. In order to establish one human family under True Parents—a healthy human family—we must develop nations prepared to do this both internally and externally. You must do this while True Par- ents are on earth. Do you understand? The same goes for Asia and South America. South America has plenty of land. Of course, I have known this for a long time; we raised cattle on our land in South America. Nevertheless, they say that bovine flatulence, gas from cattle, causes extreme pollution. In that case, we should not only raise cattle on South America’s vast land but plant such things as medicinal herbs or wholesome vegetables or fruit trees for the sake of our health. We can then move toward protecting the health of the people on earth. Absolute values and brainy people Father began conferences for scientists in 1972 for this reason. Circumstances were difficult back then, but he invited the top scientists in the world—some of whom had received the Nobel Prize—and taught them about the need for absolute values in science. He educated scientists on what they should do for human peace. Then, in 1985, he challenged Dr. Kaplan, the chairman of the science conferences, and told him to proclaim that communism would collapse. At this time, Father was in Danbury prison in the United States. Dr. Kaplan was a professor specializing in East–West political relations, Rev. Rudolf Faerber, national leader of Zambia, presenting flowers to True Mother 8 True Peace

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123 1 Dr. Thomas Walsh, a Supreme Council member and president of the Universal Peace Federation 2 Mr. Kim Seog-byeong, head of the Mission Foundation 3 Mr. Cho Sung-il, director-general of the FFWPU International Headquarters so he knew a lot about communism. To say something that he is not confident in is not easy for a professor of such prestige, so he asked Father if it was acceptable for him to add the word “maybe.” But Father said, No, do as I say. As a result, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, next to the Soviet Embassy, he proclaimed that communism would end. Proclaiming that was tantamount to risking his life. What happened afterward? Communism fell and the professor is still alive. Hence, a few years ago, I instructed someone to take care of that professor. To True Parents, whether it was a big or a small thing does not matter; he was someone who furthered the providence. You need to be aware of that. Do you understand? The world depends on you Whatever I have decided and have told you will surely come true. The problem is you. In this respect, as long as I am on earth, I will directly help you. The same applies to everyone else. We must be victorious while I am on earth. When you are a true filial, loyal son or daughter, you will receive blessings. Do you realize what I am talking about? It is a blessing for you. Whether you receive this blessing and form a noble family is up to you. Do you understand? Centering on True Parents, we represent Heavenly Parent’s, True Parents’ and all of humanity hopes’ for success. Waiting and hoping are 7.3 billion people. The people of the world must come to an awareness of how you are attending True Parents and that we are renewing and developing the providential history. The prayer before the banquet; the leaders had gone through a grueling preparation process to create their presentations. The conference, too, was an intense and sincere effort to find the nations best suited to lift our movement globally. July 2016 9

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Mr. Umberto Angelucci, president of our Middle East region receives a gift from True Mother alongside Mr. Jack Corley, president of our Europe region. The regions with selected nations must do their best to ensure that the nations fulfill their responsibilities. At first, I said at least seven. That all twenty-one nations succeed would be nice but thirteen nations achieving victory would also be nice. I have increased the number, but I will not decrease it. I hope that everyone here will give their best effort. If I were to add one more thing… When you look at the Christian providence, at one point in history, Britain had expanded her territory overseas to the point that people said the sun never sets on the British Empire. I am not sure what their starting motivation was, but as a result, the fact is that they spread Christianity all over the world. However, they did not realize the internal heart of heaven when it came to God’s only begotten son Jesus Christ. On the cross, Jesus died saying that he would return. However, Christians have received salvation viewing the cross as redemption. God is omnipotent. He is an absolute being. Would he have suffered for four thousand years in order to send his only begotten son to the cross as a means of salvation? Does that make any sense? Catholicism honors Mary, who did not fulfill her responsibilities, as the Holy Mother. She is a woman who cannot be called a Holy Mother. She did not understand God’s will in giving life to Jesus. She did not understand why Jesus had to come to earth. She is a woman who greatly hurt God. It is wrong that two thousand years of Christian culture has seen the Catholic Church centered on Mary and for so long centered in Britain. For Protestants, the Bible used to only be read in Hebrew, but once it was translated into English, the general population was exposed to it. The Bible itself contains many metaphors and symbols, but it has no focus. Jesus said he would return and have the marriage supper of the Lamb. Hierarchical support Under those circumstances, in the providential history through the new True Parents, we must complete the past duties Britain left unfulfilled. I established a second-generation member as the national leader in the headquarters in England. The first-generation members around the world who attended True Parents have now aged. A gap exists between them and those in the second generation, who must take responsibility for the coming generation. However, I demanded that a second-generation member be assigned. As you know, I had assigned a second-generation leader in Korea. The president of FFWPU-England, you need to know, even a twenty-one-year course [to national restoration] is good, but England must fulfill its responsibility while True Mother is still alive. You still have much to learn in those areas. Do you understand? Jack Corley, you are the regional president and must mostly help the FFWPU-England president and must move forward with full strength for the national restoration of England. A similarity we have with the Catholic Church is in the way they have bishops and above them Cardinals. Jack Corley, as the president above the presidents, you must educate them and help fill in their deficiencies, doing your best for the national restoration of England. Do you understand? That does not mean you should not take responsibility over the region. Fulfill your responsibilities. In your activities in England, focus on the good relationships we have created with ambassadors for peace. When Father held the ICUS gatherings of scientists, many doctorate holders and scholars from England participated. Work with them through UPF. You must not let those people just pass by. You have to open the path, so the 10 True Peace

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From left to right: Ryu Kyeong-seuk, FFWPU-Korea president; Professor Yeon-ah Moon, WFWPI international president; Mr. Hong Hyeon-gi, PeaceTv, director of filming; True Mother; Kim Ki-hoon, North America regional president; a security staff member; Cho Sung-il, FFWPU International Headquarters director-general providence can bear fruit. Do you understand? England is important. Right now with the situation in the world being what it is, each nation only thinks of its own profit. This is causing many obstacles on the path to creating one world. In that way, England must stand up. The same is true of Germany. Ahn Jun-seok is in Germany as are two special emissaries. Europe must not wilt like a flower; you must revive it. I am saying that Europe must not fall behind Asia and Africa. Members in the strongest nation invested in their country, but it does not make sense that there was no result. Do you understand? [Yes] Everyone else should answer too. Do you understand? [Yes] We must become one. Restore the Earth as God created it I am doing activities to find the 7.3 billion children of the world through the church but you must create the environment in which we can save the Earth and protect the health of humankind. Now we will work with a “brains” once again through the Segye Times and we will continue educating humankind. I will have you continue to report on how you were able to achieve good results from educating the nations and the world. An example is the Kona coffee farm in Hawaii. At one time, bugs were causing a lot of damage in the coffee fields. I told one person, You should not use harmful pesticides. You roast the whole bean, so using pesticides is not good. I asked the person to research ways to get rid of the bugs naturally and he found something. There is a way to send a signal to the bugs so they run away as if saying, I do not like it here. I had heard that that was possible, which is why we humans must work harder to restore the polluted oceans and land tainted through some farming practices to their original states when God created them. I am saying that I will show the world scientific solutions that came from my brain. Do you think this is something good, or not? Continual assessment “Chanting repeatedly in a cow’s ear” is a Korean proverb about ignorant people, but we have to repeat things over and over until the day we come to a realization. That is why through giving these presentations of your results, we can see a hopeful future in which all human beings can live healthy lives. I want to show through science that we can achieve one hu- man family under our Heavenly Parent, which is what both God and humankind desire. The conclusion is this, you all are happy because I am here. Right? What must happy people do? We must be filial children in relation to our parents. We must be loyal subjects in front of our nation of Cheon Il Guk. Do you understand? I will guide you on that path. That is why, especially on this occasion, I have prepared Il Hwa products that the world acknowledges and which you should use strategically in your countries for your most eminent contacts and the people who will work together with you. If you get the Ginseng products, the world recognize them. We have solved the problem of how to absorb 100 percent of the ginseng when we eat it. You need to explain that. You must listen, too and learn why this is so precious. I have another holy item for all of you–not just the seven nations, who are running with the heart of life or death toward the victory of 2020. I saw socks among Father’s keepsakes. That is why I want to give you socks. I am only giving Father’s socks to you here. Aren’t these precious? The Ilhwa CEO will explain about the Ilhwa products. July 2016 11

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True Parents’Special Conference 1 25 Vying for Selection as 3 Key Strategic Nations 4 1 Bakary Camara, regional president of East Africa 2 Rudolf Faerber, national leader of Zambia 3 Hod Ben Zvi , national leader of Israel 4 Umberto Angelucci, president of the Middle East region 5 M embers from numerous nations listen as Jack Corley, the regional president for Europe, speaks at True Parents’ special conference to select the key strategic nations for Vision 2020. 12 O n July 17, the banquet for the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the coronation of the King and Queen of Peace in Heaven and on Earth and their entrance into Cheon Jeong Gung took place in conjunction with the ceremonial opening of True Parents’ special conference to select the key strategic nations for Vision 2020. On this occasion, Song Yeon-cheon, president of the blessed couples associations in Japan, and Kim Ki-hoon, regional president of North America; gave their testimonies. History of selecting key nations Mr. Cha Jun-young, president of the Segye Times, gave a report based on what Mother had said regarding the restoration of seven nations after True Father’s Seonghwa Ceremony. Originally, he explained, before True Father’s True Peace

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Seonghwa we should have restored a nation. Ultimately, we proved unable to accomplish our responsibility of sending True Father to heaven on the base of a restored nation. In light of that, we must now repent, Mr. Cha explained, for the responsibilities that we could not accomplish. We must now offer to True Parents and to Heaven the accomplishment of the restoration of more than seven nations by 2020. He also spoke about the Cheon Il Guk Leaders’ Assembly 2016, at which the idea of restoring more than seven nations was proposed. Since April, Mr. Cha said, each region and its nations had begun the process of selecting nations and had gone through a preliminary round of selection. Emerging from that were twenty-one nations that moved on to the next stage. Mother guides the process True Mother then came to the podium and explained that those twenty-one nations must write a proposal of the goals they intend to reach by 2020. She spoke of the prepared people on earth in the Cain realm. Mother empha- sized that all the preparations are complete in the spiritual world, but we in the physical world need to fulfill our responsibilities. “Why are miracles not occurring among those in blessed families, to whom God has given all his blessings?” she asked the national and regional representatives. “We must offer devotion and pray sincerely to heaven and we must meet the tall order set by heaven,” was her assessment. Mother then offered to give away her ring (a jade ring made from father’s necktie pin, thus, representing father) and the outfit she was wearing at that time, which she cherishes. This outfit would represent her. We do not know who will receive these holy items; we do know that because they represent True Parents, they will bring great blessing and grace to whomever receives them. Significant matters Excluding Korea, the United States and Japan, all nations with the ten regions had prepared a Vision 2020 strategic proposal. Based on evaluation of those proposals, twenty-one nations proceeded to the next level and came to Korea. Under True Mother’s special management and with her support, a smaller number of key strategic nations emerged from among those twenty-one nations. Aims of the proposal process Under Mother’s direction, a fair system emerged for the selection of nations. One aim of selecting key strategic nations was to strengthen members’ sense of mission toward Vision 2020 centered on True Parents. The process itself called for all the members in each nation to contemplate a path toward national restoration. By querying the presenter following a proposal, those in the audience could draw out more information and offer comments that helped hone the 2020 strategic proposals that the nations had submitted. True Mother expects that increased interest toward the key strategic nations will arise in the hearts of our members all over the globe, side-by-side with their efforts to move their own countries toward national restoration. July 2016 13

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Event program (Method) After a lunch banquet, twenty-one nations presented proposals in Cheon Jeong Gung’s second-floor ballroom. Yong Jin-heon of the Strategic Missions Department within the FFWPU International Headquarters explained the schedule and gave a PowerPoint presentation about the evaluation standards. He then introduced the evaluation committee and participants. Sixty people were involved in the overall process. Among them was the evaluation committee, comprising twenty-one prominent figures; eighteen observers, regional presidents and some national leaders. Everyone had to be punctual so that the process proceeded smoothly. Simultaneous translation allowed everyone to receive the same information at roughly the same instant. Materials used by each nation to present its case were in both English and Korean. Before each of the twenty-one national presentations, the relevant regional president spoke for five minutes about what strategic advantages that nation possessed that had compelled him to choose that nation. A national representative then had twenty minutes to present the case for acceptance for that nation as a key strategic nation. At the conclusion of the presentation, questions, answers, debate and discussion took fifteen minutes. Day one of the presentations The first day’s schedule covered presentations by the Asian nations— Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines and Taiwan, representing Greater China—five presentations in all. At these passionate presentations, everyone had conspicuous interest in the process because regardless of what region the selected countries are part of, they had to be nations in which the unification movement had the greatest possibility of accomplishing national restoration. Representing Nepal, Robert Kittel spoke confidentially about the external environment, such as Nepal’s Family Party, its nascent parliamentarians association and the revitalization of national messiahs. Representing the Philippines, Julius Malicdem spoke of their estab- Rev. Kim Ki-hoon, president of the North America region; and Rev. Cho Dong-ho, president of the West Africa region during a question-and-answer session lishment of the Family Party, their foundation for self-reliant tribal messiahs and the phases of their strategic plan. The Thai spokesman expounded on the needs of his country and how those connect with true family activities. He expressed the view that Thai members have received positive support. He then explained how they are connecting interreligious activities to national messiah activities. The Cambodian representative spoke of making connections with high officials and leaders and creating a miracle through the national messiah’s efforts with the support of those major figures in Cambodia. Next came the Taiwanese presentation representing Greater China. In the beginning, Taiwanese members received a great deal of persecution and endured difficulties but through their continuous efforts, they were able to overcome and received acknowledgment as a mainstream religion. Through organizations like the Pure Love Alliance and by cooperating on activities with the government, they have been able to connect with prominent members of society. They feel great hope toward achieving national restoration. Day Two On the second day, Jo Seong-tae of the FFWPU International Headquarters presided over the meeting. In the morning, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d´Ivoire and Benin of the West African region gave their presentations. The DR Congo spokesman said that despite the difficulties of civil war, their members continuously witness, bringing in new members and building additional blessed families. He also spoke of a religious group prepared by heaven whose three hundred thousand members believe in a revelation that the new Messiah would come from Asia. For Côte d´Ivoire, Ivorian members proposed that they become models of development in their country through their community efforts and that they accomplish national restoration based on their members being models and on UPF activities. The Cheon Il Guk special envoy to Benin, Sasaki Tatsuo, gave Benin’s presentation. While speaking of the history of our missionaries’ work in the country, Mr. Sasaki broke into tears. Those on the evaluation committee offered profuse words of encouragement. Members from the other regions also expressed words of support. Song to begin the afternoon Mr. Bang Seung-man, head of the Family Department in the international headquarters, sang and danced to get the afternoon session off to a graceful start. From the Northeast Region, Russia and Ukraine gave presentations. The Russian representative spoke of the difficulties faced due to recently enacted laws, adding that the com- 14 True Peace

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munist influence on the world is heavy. He spoke of bringing success through new beginnings among young people and using hoondok family churches. Ukraine, owing to the efforts of three generations of Korean national messiahs, has a clear member education system and structure that emphasizes cooperation. The national spokesman explained how a substantial vision of victory would arise through their exerting their cultural influence over Ukrainian communities. South American nations then presented their cases. First, the Brazilian spokesperson explained how their course has focused on one-on-one witnessing, home groups and oikos [A masculine Greek noun, oikos literally means “house” or “dwelling” but is used in religious circles to mean “befriending a person and not witnessing to him or her until the time seems right.”] He added that members are striving toward Cheon Il Guk through witnessing. The spokesperson for Paraguay and Bolivia spoke of the high standard of their central members, with whom they will focus on witnessing at universities and striving for continuous growth. During the South American question-and-answer session, a North American representative promised to provide support to our South America churches. The atmosphere was such that regions could become one and unite to bring about Cheon Il Guk. The second day concluded with the committee having heard from eight countries in three regions between 9:00 in the morning and 6:00 pm. On the third day, they heard three presentations in the morning and five in the afternoon. Day three Speakers gave presentations covering two nations in West Africa. The first was Kenya. The Kenyan movement plans to expand its tribal messiah activities and to witness to entire churches through church visitations. The presenter spoke strongly about the Principle of Creation and its educational effectiveness. He suggested we change the way we think as we move toward 2020. Prof. Yeon-ah Moon and Dr. Thomas Walsh intently listening to a presentation in Korean Zambia was the other West African country. In Zambia, the tribal chiefs have a great influence, so they are witnessing to these chiefs under the theme of “One Zambia.” Their members have already formed a connection to a tribal chief that has half a million members in his tribe. They promise they will convince the people of this tribe to follow True Parents first. The last nation represented in the morning was the Solomon Islands in our Oceania region. In 2010, the president, who remains in office, declared Cheon Il Guk an ally. Though it is a small nation with only 600,000 people, the possibility of explosive witnessing there is great. The first presentation in the afternoon was Iceland. This country is very significant in the history of the providence. The presenter spoke of mission history and the love and devotion Iceland gave to Jesus and Jerusalem. They said they would achieve victory through conveying the peace ideology, morals, and values to VIPs. From Europe, spokesmen for Albania and England gave presentations. Albania’s history includes a long period under an extremely harsh communist regime. Now, our members there use a variety of methods to witness to young people, who have grown up in a culture of greater religious tolerance. He spoke of their strategies for strengthening members through clear Divine Principle educa- tion and having influence over the nation through the ambassadors for peace and the parliamentarians for peace. The presenter for England was the national leader, Matthew Huish, a second-generation Unificationist. He spoke of keeping their pride as an important country in the providence by re-educating the blessed members and maintaining a good relationship with Parliament members to bring success by 2020. He also said that England will send young missionaries around the world. The last region was Central America. Costa Rica’s second-generation members have been working hard in their activities. The spokesman explained their use of one-on-one witnessing, home groups and other witnessing methods to strengthen their foundation for tribal messiah outreach. The representative for the Dominican Republic gave the final presentation. He spoke of strengthening tribal messiah activities through the education of young people and home group activities. They have adopted the slogan, Bring in one new member per month. All the members are confident about achieving this goal. On the final day, three nations who were not vying for positions, nevertheless presented their strategies for national restoration. A final banquet took place in the evening. The FFWPU International Headquarters contributed this article. July 2016 15

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