Category: Early Members Tell Their Stories

Senegal – the Formative Years of the Mission

  By Patricia Fleischman, first American missionary in Senegal Patricia Fleischman went out to Senegal in 1975, almost 43 years ago, to begin the Unification Church’s mission in that country together with German missionary Bernhard Bode and Japanese missionary Makoto Maeda. Patricia wrote this testimony almost ten years later and it touches on...

Finding God’s Imprint on a Country and Its People

  By Veronika Klepper When the 1975 missionaries were being assigned, they called for volunteers who spoke Spanish. It is said that Veronika Klepper raised her hand. Someone said to her, “But you don’t speak Spanish!” To which Veronika replied, “I can learn.” Veronika left her native Germany for Paraguay in central South...

Parent to an Adopted Nation

By Joy Pople Joy Pople was the first American missionary assigned to Mexico in 1975, and this is a testimony she wrote during the early days of the world mission work. Later, Joy worked in the World Mission Headquarters and became the first editor of the Today’s World monthly magazine.   By nature,...