Category: Early Members Tell Their Stories

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...

Framing a Strategy for Peace during the Cold War

  By Mr. Osami Kuboki The International Federation for Victory over Communism (IFVOC) was founded in early 1968, first in Korea and then in Japan. In the following years, members in Korea and Japan invested much to counter the very real communist threat in their respective countries. In September 1970, the World Anti-communist...

On the Eve of True Parents’ Departure

By Emilie Steberl First missionary to the communist Eastern bloc, Czechoslovakia, 1968-1970 This letter was written at the beginning of April 1969, during True Parents’ second world tour by Emilie Steberl, who was the first missionary to the Eastern European communist bloc. Emilie had entered Czechoslovakia in October 1968. From time to time...