Longing to return to the fatherland
Wednesday 19 Feb 2003
Dear brothers and sisters,
I have just returned from our family's area in Bucheon, Incheon where
I attended the first week activity along with a couple dozen Japanese
and American members.
We attended/assisted in the rallies everyday, following the same format
as the rest of our nationwide movement. Mostly reaching out to the elderly
communities. At first we were a little worried but soon realized that
these elderly are the most influential in the Korean family. These were
also the people who witnessed first hand the tragedy of their country's
division, and so feel a natural calling to take a heart of ownership
over these unification activities. The local town and district level
leaders attended as well, and apparently all were moved and inspired to
On the street the younger generation seemed most responsive to our
call, which makes you think that we are sandwiching the middle aged with
the innocent and fresh power of the youth and the wisdom and leadership
of the elderly.
A joke that George Kasakas made in Chyung Pyung about us being used
as the "token white guy" stuck in my mind as we were being shuttled
around from venue to street corner, asked to stand up and sing, sit down
and smile, often with little understanding of the schedule or what was
really going on. We actually all really enjoyed it, and we did realize
the significance of our presence there.
The most enjoyable moments for me was working alongside the
Korean/Japanese members with such a sense of family and unity. Although
we were in need of constant multiple translation, we were always
cracking jokes, the Japanese were always organizing and the Koreans
were always discussing the schedule and coordinating (in other words:
fighting!) however it all seemed to work.
I think it was very meaningful to the Korean members. To clarify what
I mean by that, one second generation explained to me "Until now I have
been a couch potato, but from now I am going to do church activity!" He
was so fired up!
I was sooooo happy that we could finally begin to return the blessing
that Father has been sacrificing his country to give to us over the past
few decades. It has just begun.
God Bless the Fatherland!