True Parents' Arrival and Joyful Gathering
November 8, 2002 10 am
Translation by Rev. Jeong Phyo Hong
Notes by Tyler Hendricks
East Garden, Tarrytown, New York
Rev. Peter Kim: On September 30, True Mother's American speaking
tour ended and True Parents left America to go to Korea, so they were
gone exactly 40 days. We arrived in Korea for the October 3 holy day and
October 4 Day of the Victory of Heaven. Foundation Day was at Soo Taek Ri,
with 5,000 gathered. We did Hoon Dok Hae reading Father's speech from last
year's October 3 holy day. Father said that everyone present should save
part of the cake, rice and fruit from the offering table, note the date,
and bequeath it to our descendents for thousands of years. That is the
value of the moment we are in.
It is time to dash toward the providence of 2004 and totally
accomplish it by 2012 if 2004 is delayed. Everyone there made that
determination. True Parents emphasized il shim, having one mind,
one mindset, and one heart, not even one degree deviated from God. It
up to us to unite mind and body centering on the will of God and True
Parents. The practice of absolute faith, love and obedience brings the
result of one mind, heart and mindset.
A new heaven and earth begin today, on the Foundation Day of the
Victory of Heaven. True Father spoke of the holiness of the love organ,
and how abusing it is like stabbing oneself. So keep your purity by
controlling your love organ.
On October 4 and the following days, 2,000 world leaders gathered
together at Soo Taek Ri. Leaders should have economic power, to support
their own ventures, the power of persuasion, and the ability to share
God's message with the world. A priest of God embraces the entire
environment. It is time to harvest the 6,000 years of God's suffering
and liberate True Parents. When God created, it was an 'omnipotent,
absolute, perfect creation.'
Even if there has been one degree of deviation every year, after
thousands of years the creation is completely corrupted. The ideal to
perfect the creation is that of the parents' love for children. That
defines the way of heaven, being absolute, omnipotent and unchanging.
True Father spoke of one global system of media and education. Then
on October 5-6 there was a meeting of Ambassadors for Peace, 2,000
from throughout South Korea, at Cheong Pyeong Lake. Father explained
the meaning of the providence and responsibility of the Ambassadors for
Peace. Dr. Yang gave an inspiring report from America, as did Rev. Kwak on
the blessing ceremonies held by the IIFWP worldwide on the national level,
in detail. Also they heard of the development of the Hoon Dok Family
churches in Japan, and Rev. Hwang's blueprint for development in Korea.
One Ambassador for Peace was so inspired that he called his wife to
come to Cheong Pyeong Lake to join him. Finally, True Father called for
Tong Ban Kyok Pah (local tribal messiah activism to break through in the
neighborhoods). Father called us to create trinities of families including
one church representative (priest), one Tribal Messiah blessed couple, and
one Ambassador for Peace. Father called for education of the Ambassadors
for Peace to the same level of faith that the ACLC ministers' reached
at their workshop in Maryland. The members should create classes on the
local level for that. The Ambassadors for Peace don't know our church
tradition, so True Father invited them to the Sunday pledge ceremony
and Hoon Dok Hae in the Cheong Pyeong Lake temple. None of them opposed
it. Their former emotional distance, with the attitude that 'we are
not Unification Church members,' dissipated. For most of them it was
the first time. They felt we are one family sharing one destiny. They
developed pride in True Father and our movement.
October 10: Father explained about the Resolution Rally. The
saints centering on Jesus made the resolution about God and True
Parents. On earth we are having different levels of resolution rallies,
and Father said we need the rally on every level from the individual all
the way up the eight steps, culminating in God. This goes together with
the Holy Burning Ceremony. Also, on October 7, Father directed that Hoon
Dok Hae move to starting at 5 am. This is the time of burning out your
old life and starting anew.
October 12: Father went fishing in Korea, and directed that
a building be built on a certain location for education.
October 14: The 52nd anniversary of liberation from Heung
Nam prison, and 3nd anniversary of the liberation of the spirit world
[I hope I got that right -- ed.]. Rev. Kwak read Hoon Dok Hae and
we shared our determination to offer to True Parents and God all our
appreciation. Father shared deeply about his experience in Heung Nam
labor camp, foretelling that one day, people worldwide by the millions
will visit that prison site. It will be the place for training the
people of the world, so we should have a workshop center there. How? By
establishing the absolute true love kingdom on earth. We are now crossing
the river and strong waves are coming. There is only one way to succeed,
and that is to cross quickly. This is the last moment of the entire
Providence so don't make any mistake in your thinking. Don't hesitate,
but quickly cross the river.
October 16: Rally of the Harmony of Heaven and Earth. We divided
Korea into sections and local leaders and Ambassadors for Peace gathered
at Cheong Pyeong Lake or Sun Moon University accordingly. Father's
speech was on God's Fatherland and One World. We did one hour Hoon Dok
Hae with the spirit world message, then Father spoke. He focused on the
Korean leaders and Ambassadors for Peace. It is now time for all Korean
people to unite, connect with the will of God and establish the Chun Il
Guk. We should seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, as Father used as
the foundation of his message that Bible verse. From this day, we need
new traditions. We have the special Holy Burning Ceremony of the Unity
of Heaven and Earth. It is a new tradition. Each family has done it,
and if you didn't, you must do it.
The Ambassadors for Peace followed Father's direction and burned
whatever was most precious to them, connected with the secular world. It
is your living offering to God. For most it was the first time to do such
a thing. Some had nothing, and wrote on a piece of paper and burned it,
or burned their tie. All priests, tribal leaders and Ambassadors for
Peace did it. Buddhists are familiar with this kind of ceremony.
October 20: The third rally was held on the grounds of Sun Moon
University, gathering 11,000 people from the southern area of the country.
It was a rainy day, yet there was this turn out. But the spirit world
stopped the rain, 30 minutes before the event. The event took three
or four hours. After burning everything, and lining up for the bus,
it started raining again. Heung Jin Nim and Daemo Nim held back the
rain. On the way back to Seoul, it was pouring heavily. We felt the
spirit world's good support in that event particularly. We ate chicken
at a rest stop on the way back to Seoul.
True Father called Rev. Jung Og Yu to the Sun Moon University event,
then told him to carry the event forward in Japan. Rev. Yu reported
about the Korean community in Japan, which has always been divided
by sympathy with the north and south. They are antagonistic with each
other. North Korea established a university in Japan. Father invited
the top North Korean leaders for a three-day workshop. They opened their
hearts and minds and recognized the greatness of True Parents and Divine
Principle. Then Father directed that we educate the lower level Koreans
in Japan who are devoted to North Korea, and now those workshops are
October 30: 580 Korean church leaders gathered and
internally determined to fulfill all the directions that Father has
been giving. At the end of the session, True Father called them all to
Han Nam Dong. He explained about the trinity plan, with priest, tribal
leader and Ambassador for Peace working together. Wherever you go, teach
the lecture, not by your own way, but by reading the Divine Principle
or using Mrs. Eu's charts. That way, people directly touch the original
world. All church leaders pledged to do so.
More than 300 of our Unification leaders went to Pyongyang,
in different teams. This was unprecedented in the last 50 years,
and happened because of the benefit that North Korea receives from
True Parents. The North Korean leaders believe in True Parents and do
not deny God. Just yesterday, the last of the teams arrived back in
the South. South Korea was shocked by this display of True Parents'
power. The North Korean leaders trust and believe True Parents, and
expressed this to the Ambassadors for Peace who went on the tours. The
Ambassadors for Peace are eye-witnesses of True Parents' foundation in
North Korea. Now they think that Rev. Moon is more than human, and that
only True Parents can unify North Korea and South Korea. Many said that
they will join the Unification movement.
Our hotel in Pyongyang has 260 rooms and is famous in North Korea,
with good food. The employees are the most handsome and beautiful. Kim
Il Sung visited nine times, Kim Jong Il six times. They are bringing a
profit now. Many foreigners stay there. England and other countries have
opened diplomatic relations with North Korea, so the future of the hotel
is bright. They visited the Pyonghwa Motors auto plant and saw how the
North Koreans honor True Parents, a model for us.
Then they would travel three hours to Jongju, True Parents'
hometown. Many of the Ambassadors for Peace went to their own ancestral
hometown in North Korea. They bowed to their ancestors, weeping.
Yesterday the third tour returned. Among the group were several
Ambassador for Peace couples, including one 72 years old, both with
hometowns in North Korea. It was the first time in 50 years for the
husband to return home. He fell down, unconscious, when he arrived
there, with a stroke. He was taken to a hospital, but North Korean health
services are so poor. No equipment, no oxygen, nothing is clean. Mr. Sang
Kwon Park suggested to Kim, Young Soon, who is second to Kim, Jong Il,
that it is no good for someone to die because of lack of health care
in North Korea. How about sending him to South Korea across the 38th
parallel? Mr. Kim had to call Kim, Jong Il, who approved. It was the
first time for a tourist to travel across the 38th parallel physically,
transferred from a North Korea ambulance to a South Korea ambulance. He
was taken straight to a hospital in Seoul.
November 3: Rev. Kwak reported about the WANGO event in
Washington, DC, and Dr. Yang arrived and reported on the one-week Divine
Principle workshop for ministers. I guess you know about that victory
November 4: Rev. Yu arrived from Japan and reported on the Holy
Burning Ceremony, and all the spiritual phenomena. For example, in Tokyo,
they had a big fire and were taking it down to the river. They needed
to make ashes, to burn everything completely to ashes. Father said to
keep the bowl in which the fire burned, wash it and allow people to see
the evidence of the burning. The miracle was that they took a picture of
the stain in the ashes in the washed bowl, and there appeared the words,
'1965: People Should Have Their Hometown and Nation. People who love
their hometown can love their nation.' [I hope I got that right!] It
showed up in white in the black ashes. People were surprised and took
a picture that Rev. Yu brought to True Parents. In another city, they
took a picture on which the image of the candle stand remained on a
table where it was, after it had been removed.
November 5: 43rd True Children's Day at Soo Taek Ri, on 'The
Revolution of the Mind (or Spirit).' True Father explained that from
now we should describe, in the Family Pledge, our family as 'the owner
of the Chun Il Guk' [Chun Il Guk juin-in]. Peace settlement of
the unity of Heaven and Earth. Peaceful establishment of the unity and
peace of Heaven and Earth. Father offered this declaration.
[This means that we should begin each verse of the Family Pledge
with the phrase 'Chun Il Guk ju-in in ur-i kajong-un cham sarang-ae
joong-shim ha-go,' which means something like 'Our family, owners of
the Chun Il Guk, pledge etc. etc.' In other words, 'our family' is now
described as 'our family that owns the Chun Il Guk.' I expect that an
official memo about this will come out soon, so don't take my word for
it, but my family is doing it like this now, because we heard about it
from a Korean UTS student. Ed.]
True Father called 50 leaders from Japan and America. Fifty were
chosen out of the thousand from Japan, and 50 from Korea, for a tour of
the country. They learned about Korea and its culture. They left on the
morning of the 7th. Fifty represents the foundation of each country. A
friendship ceremony took place in which they became like triplets. So
they should meet once a month, even by writing a letter (in Korean,
only), and share their difficulties and blessings. Also they should
have their children marry each other. Each trio took a picture with
True Parents. Later we will build a condominium in which those leaders
can live in the same place. They must speak and communicate in Korean,
therefore they have to study Korean.
True Father: Those people are like a model. In the future,
the world will follow this pattern. Within three years, all world leaders
should study Korean.
November 7: True Parents left Korea. Before leaving, True
Parents visited a place Father lived as a student, south of the Han River
(Kook Suk Dong), where he taught Sunday school. He lived in a house,
and Father met the family that owned [and apparently still owns] that
house, and gave them gifts. It was so long ago, but they didn't forget
Father. He forgave them and told them to study Divine Principle and
receive the Blessing, and become members of the Unification movement. We
saw how limitless is True Parents' love.
True Father: America has to bring this into balance, so you
need to develop. How will you do it? Dr. Yang, please report.
Dr. Yang: Rev. Peter Kim explained Father's 40 days in Korea,
and I would like to point out two things from that report. Father
always supports America. The American president is very important
providentially. In the recent elections, the government party (i.e.,
Republicans) increased. Behind the scenes were many miracles. This will
support the coming years by solving many issues.
Righteous government leaders support Parents Day and always send
letters of congratulations to True Mother's and True Father's tours. They
always attend events to support us. Key congressional committee leadership
posts were regained by people who respect True Father's vision and
understand America's responsibility. We support morality and the family
as the way of America's future. Many of our AFC and ALC graduates were
elected, often in close races. Three of our members were elected on the
state level. Their slogans are 'Faith, Family and Freedom,' and that
America is a God-centered country.
Also key governorships were held by Republicans, against strong
national opposition from the Democrats. One re-elected governor's
web site, the day before the election, trumpeted the endorsement from
Tiempos del Mundo.
The ministers workshop in Maryland was especially important for them
solidifying each others' faith and commitment. We on earth have to
advocate True Parents' proclamation more than spirit world does, and
America is slow with this so I apologize to True Parents. But now the
message has gone out to 50 million readers. How do we respond to peoples'
questions? This was the purpose of the workshop, to equip the ministers
to know 'Who is Rev. Moon?'
We shared what True Father has done in the world and in America,
and his life goals and ministry. We focused on True Parents' 80th
birthday in DC and the American Century award. The theme of that event
was 'American Honors Rev. Sun Myung Moon on His 80th Birthday,' with a
beautiful logo. Tom Ward testified about the work to overcome communism,
and ministers themselves spoke about the True Family Values movement. We
will make a documentary film on the workshop. The conclusion is that
Rev. Moon is the Messiah.
We thus could give the lectures very easily, based on Jesus' question
to St. Peter, 'Who do you say I am?' Peter's answer was that you are
Christ, the son of the living God.' 'Flesh and blood has not revealed
this to you.' The Segye Times in New York published a front page story
about the workshop.
Also a major Muslim leader in Detroit has participated in recent
blessings, and he published photos of the Blessing in his magazine,
including on the cover. Also the Muslim Journal editor is publishing
about True Father and wants to meet True Father. He is an Ambassador
for Peace and is so proud of it.
One minister sent a letter to True Father, Dr. M---- from
Brooklyn. [Dr. Yang read the letter, roughly as follows:] 'This letter
comes from one who fought your movement for 25 years. I didn't believe
that someone who does not speak English could do so much for America. But
after 33 years of teaching the gospel of Jesus, my life was missing
something. I asked God, and no answer came. Last February I lost my
father, and seven years earlier on the same date, my mother had died.
'Then, my father came from spirit world and told me that Rev. Moon
can help me. I didn't believe it and fought it. Then in June, a lifelong
friend, Philip Johnson in DC, spoke to me. I came here, and repent and ask
your forgiveness. I ask for your blessing. Here I am, Father. All I can
do, I will do for the work of God.' He later gave a speech at Belvedere,
and said he will change his name to Paul, because he had that Damascus
road experience with True Parents. I'm sure he will be a filial son of
One more, from Minneapolis. 'I will never forget the 50 state tour. The
lights went out, and when they came back on, you were looking directly
into my eyes. That night I knew, I will die for you. You have given
me so much and that is all I can say.' They say that even if they are
persecuted, they will support True Father. They know how we are courageous
and bold to convey this message to all Christian leaders. Many ministers
are kicked out by their boards, but none of them are hesitating.
This True Children's Day, we received True Parents' leaders meeting
on the 6th. Father spoke of the restoration of the ocean, land and that
this heavenly fortune is now connected with Korea. [Father traveled
to two islands, one on either side of the Korean peninsula.] Huk Sang
Dong is a beautiful island, and the eastern side is another one. My
hometown is close by, and Rev. Yu is near another. In Korea, we have
Tong-Il aviation, like Washington Aviation, with six helicopters. From
our company in Seoul to the island is 1.5 hours. The island is like a
miniature Soruk mountains. True Mother took photos and she is quite good;
her pictures will be in the Tong-il magazine next month.
The islands connect the ocean providence to the land of Korea. Rev. Yu
and myself took some fruit and dropped it from the helicopter. The
islands are connected with the ocean providence. On the way back,
Rev. Yu's hometown, the same as Kim, Dae Jung's hometown, there are
hundreds of islands there. On one big one, Rev. Yu's relatives are
living. His relatives and cousins came, and Father gave them fruit. Then
we went to Mokpo and my hometown, 15 minutes away.
My hometown has 100 houses, with young families. My cousins came,
and they put up a banner welcoming True Parents. It is the first time
that a helicopter landed there, so the entire village came out and
welcomed True Parents. Father gave gifts, looked around and returned
to Seoul. That blessing was not for me, but it represented all members'
hometown villages. Now that we have connected the tribal blessing, now
Father can just give blessings from the helicopter. The villagers had a
party until 9 pm. It is representing the hometowns of all brothers and
sisters of Korea, Japan and America.
Father stopped on the way back at Sun Moon University. Out of 200
universities, its soccer team is #7 in Korea. It is very strong, and
this time, the Sun Moon University team won the national league of
universities, defeating Koryo, Korea and Yonsei. The observers wonder
where the power came from. Now our Ilhwa team is almost totally #1,
we just have to win one more game.
Father also has 2 champion teams in Brazil, and those players came
to Korea to teach our college teams. A thousand students welcomed True
Parents. They offered True Parents the championship flag. Now Father is
connecting the soccer foundation with the movement for world peace.
True Father: America is a big country. How will it move
in connection with the will of God? The politics and economy make
no difference unless it connects with the will of Heaven. That way,
a revolution will come. So I have made a big pillar here on the land,
with Chun Il Guk, with each person taking their own responsibility.
Dr. Yang offered a closing prayer.