USA: Can Do It – Tribal Messiah Workshop in New Jersey
By Demian Dunkley,
The Clifton Family Church in New Jersey held the fifth We Can Do It Tribal Messiahship Workshop on the weekend of July 16-17, 2016. Demian Dunkley, National Director of Evangelism, presented the two-day program, which is designed to help participants explore, understand and set goals for Tribal Messiahship.
The 42 participants were asked to look to their conversion experience first, to rediscover why they joined. Then they were asked to look to their strengths and passions, to envision what path to take in their Tribal Messiahship. Finally, they were led to set tangible goals for themselves, as individuals and as one Clifton tribe.
The participants committed to blessing 2,210 couples total in the next three years.
Amilyn Tapiador: Thank you Heavenly Parents for your wonderful workshop today. This workshop helped us to fulfill our role as tribal messiahs. It’s clear now that we can do it through the practical guidelines. As part of this True Parent’s family, I realize how important our role in expanding the providence, restoring people in this elder son nation of America. Thank you. We will do our best in witnessing to God’s children, and offer it to God and True Parents.
Hiroshi Inose: I’d like to really express deep appreciation for this workshop. Mr. Demian Dunkley’s investment in important Heavenly Tribal Messiah Workshop was very successful. This tribe workshop was a very good timing for a new beginning. By receiving the Holy Items by True Mother, we have only three years and a half before 2020. True Mother is very serious that we accomplish our portion of responsibility, the heavenly tribal messiah mission, to expand Cheon Il Guk substantially. We need these kinds of clear, practical, systematic manuals to accomplish heavenly tribal messiahship.
Mr. Demian Dunkley’s presentation–the content and the homework made me return to my original position (when I was called by God and joined the Unification Church) and I really felt how wonderful True Parents’ training for us is! By his content, we can easily have ownership over the return of result, and to make True Mother’s heart happy. This is not only a spiritual benefit. We can gain tools and basic technique to accomplish Heavenly Parent’s dream so it comes true, True Parent’s dream to realize that in our life. I strongly hope that all blessed central families should attend this seminar. And look at ourselves, making sure of our origin. Identify and what should we do in our own lives. The New Jersey area still has some challenges, but when we return to our origin by God’s point of view, we’ll solve every problem.
Hana Mansur: “I was skeptical before I attended the workshop, especially what I had heard about this new strategy of tribal messiahship, but now I’m a firm believer in the power of tribal messiahship! I did not want to come today. I came to support my trinity, and I thought about leaving early, but now I’m excited to continue with the rest of the day! I thought it was going to be too big of a vision, but not something that I could relate to, something I could care about. However, now I feel like this vision is a very natural way to grow our community and influence the world in a positive way but not out of obligation, but because we want to help others. We want to save the world and we have the tools to do it.”
Peter Lewis: I enjoyed this style of workshop–it was very interactive as opposed to listening to passively to long presentations. I definitely like the direction this is going–to find our own ways to integrate our individual passions/talents, etc. with the work of Tribal Messiahship. It’s made me think more seriously about the possibility of trying to accomplish something that has been receding more and more into the back of my mind, namely to make a documentary film that could have some kind of impact and could be somehow connected to tribal messiahship work and goals. It was a nicely run workshop.
Yasutaka Ozawa: I really liked that this workshop started with finding your own passion and making me re-realize my own value as God’s son and a tribal messiah. By hearing encouraging words and knowing my own value brought me up to a more positive mindset, and I felt more energy. This energy also translates into confidence and hope in seeing myself going out into the world and spreading the news that True Parents are here. This workshop also gave me another concept of witnessing. Witnessing is not really about approaching strangers and preaching the Principle, but to love the people around me. I heard from True Mother many times that as Unificationists we need to fulfill our responsibility. But I didn’t catch the message of working together.
While my table was together and sharing everyone’s three-month plans, I could feel a lot of energy bouncing off of each other. What I was most happy about was seeing my parents working together and sharing ideas on what we all believe in. Of course, both my parents are very faithful, but with both of their busy schedules it was a rare and precious experience for me to see them come together. I believe tribal messiahship can bring this world together, but also my family as well.
Ryan Abenir: Great topic and program, it helps me to understand the concept of tribal messiahship. How to make it and organize it. And it encourages me to contribute in my unique way. I believe Mother asking for real result is not just about the number but about our way of life. I think I need to answer her truly. Breakthrough We Can Do It.