Peace Road 2015 in Suriname
FFWPU Surinam: From June 17 – 20, 2015 the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in Suriname held the Peace Road 2015 project. Despite the heavy rainy season, Heaven granted us on our prayer request 4 beautiful sunny days. Ambassador for Peace, Mrs. Mary Ghafoerkhan-Karamat Ali, who is a faithful member of the Surinamese Islamic Association (SIV), and who was one of our main speakers that day, reminded the audience of the fact that the Ramadan fasting period had started.
On Wednesday June 17, we had launch at Congress Hall at the Independence square. We started the program at 10:00 a.m. with several Ambassadors for Peace seated. We had a special item added to our program, a candle-lighting ceremony in remembrance of 8 of our Ambassadors for Peace who are now in the spirit world. Everyone appeared deeply moved and grateful.
Hoon Dok Hae was done by the president of FFWPU Suriname, Rev. Roel Rotgans, who read the first chapter of True Father’s autobiography. Afterword there was a special message and Congratulatory song.
Everybody who attended was asked to sign the PEACE ROAD 2015 banner and several group pictures were taken.
After we closed off the program inside the Congress Hall, we all walked outside to the monument close by, which was donated by the South Korean government to Suriname in remembrance of the fallen Surinamese soldiers in the Korean War.
A beautiful wreath was laid at the monument and we released 93 balloons in the colors of the Surinamese flag into the air with three cheers of Og-mansei.
The next day, Thursday June 18, we held our first Peace Bike ride from Paramaribo to New Amsterdam, District Commewijne. The start was at 4:00 pm. at the Head Office of GOW2 Energy Suriname at the Van ‘t Hogerhyusstreet close by the Jules Wijdenbosch bridge.
In total, 7 riders participated–4 from the army, 1 from the Surinamese Cycling Union, 1 youth and 1 motorcyclist. It was a heavy but exciting ride, especially going up the Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge.
On Friday June 19, we held our second Peace Bike ride from Poelepantje-William Kraanplein, Paramaribo to Lelydorp, District Wanica. It was an easier easy and more relaxing ride. We had 4 riders from the army, and 1 motorcyclist. On the way a motorcyclist called out to join us on the ride, so we attached a Peace Road flag to his motorcycle, which he gratefully accepted.