Our Family's Heavenly Chun Il Guk Journey
by Ray Sabo
Tuesday 25 February 2003
It was truly amazing to hear of the Heavenly direction to spend a week
in Korea with the beginning at Chung Pyung to attend the Chun Il Guk
Blessing and Marriage of the Lamb.
I thought how wonderful it would be for my wife to have this experience.
So we prepared for Kathy to go to Korea. Then I thought I would also like
to have this historical providential experience and also my children to.
Many things went through my mind, work, money , our 4 children and so on.
About 3 weeks before Kathy was going to go we decided for all of us to go.
Even we really did not have the money we still decided to go. We had
some tax money put aside so we decided to use that and worry about it
when we came back. Also, it was not guaranteed that I would have work
when we came back. We then purchased the tickets to leave on the 3rd
of Feb. Then our state leader met us after Sunday service about a week
before our departure and said that we were able to go to the Chun Il
Guk award program. So we decided that my wife and children would go on
the 30th to attend the 7 days workshop for the Chun Il Guk awards and I
would meet them on the 3rd. It was so wonderful that my children would be
able to spend the 7 days in the workshop and do ansu everyday, they had a
wonderful experience. I was able to join them for 3 days in the workshop.
My wife was able to pick the lottery to receive a Chun Il Guk award.
On the 6th of Feb we were able to attend the most Holy Day in God's
History of the Marriage of the Lamb. As we were able to be up front it
is was incredible to see the walkway lined with brothers and sisters in
white robes and pink vests. As True Parents walked in, you could feel
that all of Heaven opened up and the Golden light of God's love lit up
the procession of the True King and Queen of Mankind. As True parents
proceeded to the stage it seemed like eternity. To witness this holy
marriage is beyond words can tell, but truly we are so grateful that our
family could experience the Marriage of the Lamb and also to receive the
3rd level of the Chun Il Guk blessing. Truly this will be a memorable
day in our lives for eternity.
True Parents during the Marriage of the Lamb with His Bride.
On the 8th of Feb was another Historical and Providential time, this
was when we were able to go to our cities in Korea for at least a week.
As our family gathered our belongings and proceeded to the buses it
began to snow. I really felt that God was sending us all off with
We drove about 7 hours to Gwang Ju. There we arrived about 9pm to our
new home in the church center of Dong Gu. There we all were greeted
with so much love and caring.
The next 7 days were truly another exceptional experience in our Heavenly
journey to Korea.
It was so amazing to see that there were about 18 meetings prepared were
we all would be able to participate in.
My wife and four children were able to form a choir with 3 others from
America and 6 sisters from Japan. There they would be able to perform
at 18 meetings. My son Justin who is 10 was the conductor of the choir,
he did a fabulous job. After all the meetings the many Korean ladies who
came up to Justin and hugged and kissed him on the cheeks. He felt he
was in Heaven. The choir really warmed the hearts of the Korean people.
The Heavenly choir with Justin in the front conducting
I was asked to speak at each meeting. My experience was a profound one.
Rev. Hong from NJ was there and interpreted. As I spoke at the meetings
I could really feel the hearts of the Korean people. I felt their deep
love that they have for us and also felt their suffering from the years
past and realized that many still have families in North Korea. I spoke
with conviction that Father is a person sent by God to bring unity between
the North and South. He not only has a God centered vision but is doing
very practical ways to bring the unity. I humbly asked them to listing
to what Rev. Moon has to say. I was told that there were many new people
at the meetings. I felt so much appreciation and love from them that
we were able to be in Korea and letting them know that working together
with True Parents that Unification can come to Korea and the whole world.
The church leader and his wife and children Rev. and Mrs. Lee were truly
expressing God's love and caring heart to us all while we were there.
Truly these 7 days in Gwang Ju was an awaking to us all that we are not
just Americans, Japanese or Koreans, but we all are God's children trying
to build His kingdom on earth with each other and in our families.
My wife Kathy and her crossing the bridge partner.
My crossing over the bridge partner.
At the Tree of Blessing
At the Tree of Blessing with the Heavenly Palace in the background.
Our family at the Tree of Love