USA: Cheon Il Guk Missionaries Are Headed to Costa Rica
By FFWPU USA
In 2016, Generation Peace Academy (GPA) introduced the new Cheon Il Guk missionary program–a team of youth venturing abroad to teach True Parents’ message, support Tribal Messiahship, and share the Marriage Blessing. This year, GPA launched the second group of USA Cheon Il Guk missionaries, made up of eight GPA participants: Erika Gordon, Robert Cunningham, Anick Muleki, Junyo Nakamura, Sasha Okon, Kengo Kawa, Andrew Olson, and Yasunari Sakuma. They are currently flying to Costa Rica where they will spend three months (from February 13 to May 13) doing mission work by plugging in with the Costa Rican CARP chapter and their current witnessing efforts.
Costa Rica was chosen as this year’s mission destination country based on a research trip there by GPA staff members Kenzo Tanaka and Rosia Schmidt. Their visit determined that “Costa Rica is quite a safe and economically well-developed country. The major religion is Catholicism, and the people there seem to be quite open and curious about our movement.” The missionaries will be working with local CARP leader, Manho Woo, who already has high goals in place for outreach this year.
In preparation for their trip, the missionaries spent the past couple of weeks in Las Vegas inheriting best practices from CARP Las Vegas and engaging in outreach activities an the University of Las Vegas (UNLV) Campus, working side by side with CARP Las Vegas, a chapter which has been highly successful in sharing the Divine Principle with students and guiding them along their journey of faith.
While in Las Vegas, they received guidance from CARP LV director, Akira Watanabe, and support from the CARP LV members. The missionaries were able to reach out to many students at UNLV, bringing in more than seven new guest to study the Divine Principle. The video above features highlights from their time in Las Vegas.
As these young missionaries embark on their mission trip, the FFWPU USA National Ministry Team wishes them well and invites our readership to join in praying for their safety, success, and well being.