Category: Early Members Tell Their Stories

The Heart of a Pioneer Missionary – Part 3

  By Paul Werner Paul and Christel Werner joined as a married couple in the United States in August 1963. In 1964 they returned to Germany among the first wave of missionaries sent from the US to Europe. For one year they witnessed in Wiesbaden in Germany, but then felt guided to begin...

The Heart of a Pioneer Missionary – Part 2

By Paul Werner I witnessed to people wherever I went. After I talked to a gas station attendant, who filled up my car, just for a few minutes, he was fascinated by my words and invited me to his house for Sunday afternoon. When I arrived, three generations of his family were present,...

The Heart of a Pioneer Missionary – Part 1

By Paul Werner Paul and Christel Werner joined as a married couple in the United States in August 1963. In 1964 they returned to Germany among the first wave of missionaries sent from the US to Europe. For one year they witnessed in Wiesbaden in Germany, but then felt guided to begin the...

First Missionary to Europe

Testimony of Peter Koch Part 2 Peter Koch was the first official Unification Church missionary to Europe, though in the mid-1950s David Sang Chul Kim had spent time in the UK as a student. He began his mission in 1963, in a surprising way.   The beginnings of the European journey On June...

I accepted the Divine Principle in January 1962

By Peter Koch For the first thirty-five years of my life, I lived a somewhat normal life—if you could call anything “normal” in Germany during the Hitler regime and after the war. My parents had an exceptionally good marriage and had always been a shining example to my two younger sisters and me....

Guided by the Spirit

By Joseph Sheftick   Dr. Joseph Sheftick, a practicing chiropractor, joined our church in the United States in 1968 at the age of 33. His early work for the movement included organizing a mobile witnessing team on a bus, which was likely the inspiration for True Father to initiate IOWC. Dr. Sheftick passed...

Serving in Our Parents’ House

  Stories from my years with the True Family at Belvedere and East Garden Part 3   By Joe Kinney Joe Kinney was the maintenance man at East Garden from June 1974 until February 1978. In this series of three (of which this is the third), Mr. Kinney shares his personal experiences with...

Serving in Our Parents’ House

Stories from my years with the True Family at Belvedere and East Garden Part 2   By Joe Kinney   I was the maintenance man at East Garden from June 74 until Feb 78, and was the only male staff member to live in the same house with True Parents. Beyond just the...

Serving in Our Parents’ House

   Stories from my years with the True Family at Belvedere and East Garden By Joe Kinney   I was very fortunate to spend most of my first five years in the church close to True Parents. I saw Father for the first time at 10:00 a.m. on March 1, 1973 at the...

True Father Was My Sunday School Teacher

  By Park Kyung-do Park Kyung-do met Father earlier than almost anyone else in our movement outside of Father’s own family–before Mother was born and eight years before Rev. Kim Won-pil joined Father in Pyongyang. He shares some of his earliest memories of Father.   It was in 1938, when I was in...