USA: The Unity of Community
The National Ministry Team gathered in the Sutton Place Room at the New Yorker Hotel on December 11 for their monthly meeting to discuss the efforts and success of the Peace Starts With Me rally at Nassau Coliseum on November 12.
Regional Chairman of Family Federation North America, Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, shared stories from his time with True Mother over the last month. Dr. Kim told True Mother of the great victories in America from the Peace Starts With Me rally at Nassau Coliseum. “Due to our great efforts, Christianity has welcomed True Parents.” Every weekend prior to the rally, Unificationists and Japanese Missionaries visited Christian churches all over the tristate area to encourage and inspire them to attend the rally and welcome True Mother back to America, and in the end, more than 350 churches attended the rally. Dr. Kim acknowledged True Mother’s genuine delight during her visit to America. Her beaming smile showed how proud she was for America to plan and execute the Peace Starts With Me rally. “True Mother feels the spirit and heart of America to fulfill True Parents’ mission and God’s Will.”
In reviewing the triumph of the Peace Starts With Me rally, Rev. Demian Dunkley, Northeast Subregional Director, recalled words from True Mother; “Unite with me and miracles will happen.” Rev. Dunkley said he recognizes the victory of the rally as “the unity of community and family.” It was because of Blessed families and their prayers, donations and efforts that the rally was so successful.
Pastor Joel Barnaby of the Greater Philadelphia Church gave a testimony of his experience at the November 7-day Divine Principle workshop at the International Peace Education Center (IPEC) in Las Vegas. Dr. Kim had asked him to go to a Divine Principle workshop and Pastor Barnaby gladly went the following day. He testified how Director of Education at IPEC, Rev. Andrew Compton’s teachings of the Divine Principle led him to understand True Parents’ life course wholly and to appreciate all that they have done for the Unification Movement. Pastor Barnaby said, “Jesus is the bridge to acceptance of True Parents. We need to become Blessed children for God to love freely and restore the world.”
National Young Adult Ministry Program Coordinator, Tasnah Moyer, informed the crowd about the Peace Starts With Me Youth and Young Adult Ministry (YAYAM) workshop the weekend before the rally, where 300 young adults from all over the country to came to connect and contribute to the vision of Peace Starts With Me. Sun Jin Moon was the guest speaker who provided a powerful message of “Don’t be afraid of who you are or what you can bring to the world.” Tasnah closed her presentation with an announcement for the five Subregional YAYAM winter workshops in January to work on plans and goals for the next semester while focusing on Subregional developments and identity.
Angelika Selle, President of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) USA, presented the launching of the Global Women’s Peace Network (GWPN) at the Women as the Turning Point conference on November 11, where Yeon Ah Moon, President of WFWP International, reminded everyone that the blessings America received is not only for America, but to become a nation to help others bring unity, harmony and peace.
Dr. Michael Jenkins, Co-Chairman of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), was blessed to attend the Interfaith and Peace Blessing in South Africa and was amazed when True Mother quoted the Bible. She said, “The first will be last, and the last first.” This line brought the South African leaders to tears because they felt the love and truth from True Mother. Dr. Jenkins then invited Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, Jr., Co-Chairman of ACLC, who spoke about the victory of True Parents. He said, “When I see True Mother, I see the face of God. When I’m near True Mother, I feel the presence of God. We have found in True Parents the way, the truth and the light.”