Testimony by Henry Kim
(Subregion-2, General Affairs)
It’s only been about 2 weeks since I came to USA and I’ve already experienced some events that happened in USA that showed hopes of True Parents’ works. In addition to those events, I experienced another inspiring event this weekend with these “little angels” from Washington D.C. To be honest, even though I studied True Parents’ Teaching, saw True Mother’s speech and watched the live streaming from Senegal Africa Summit, I couldn’t deeply understand, from the bottom of my heart, about the providential meaning of Liberation Ceremony of Africa and raising African Continent in this time period. However, I deeply understood True Parents’ heart during this trip with these adorable kids. On the first day, we went to DC church without knowing there are many African American families and without knowing there are many Japanese African Second Gens! Then we headed to New Yorker Hotel and I saw all the kids with pure spirit and great energy. They were so adorable and energetic. When they were in a big hall, they roamed around the big hall, screaming and laughing. Also, I realized that Japanese African Second Gens are little bit different from other African Second Gens. They had a character of mixture of Japanese, American, and African culture. Then I thought, “I think this is what True Parents wanted. They wanted to bring different cultures into one united Heavenly Culture.” They really loved all the music studios that we visited, in Manhatten Center. They especially liked the “Log Studio” designed by Hyojinnim, and awed by many famous artists who produced their music there. On the second day, we visited East Garden and Belvedere. This was actually my second time visiting There. However, it was different from the first time. I felt deeper heart of True Parents, toward American Movement and how they really loved and still love America and truly want to raise America as the elder son nation. Also, when I saw the kids and young people learning about True Parents, I saw their seriousness. I did not know what they were thinking but I thought “they are truly the future and currently the leaders of our movement. Even though they will not fully inherit and understand True Parents’ tradition and heart from the history education given at the East Garden and Belvedere, they will someday remember this time and truly feel True Parents’ heart.” Before lunch time, DC children performed at the East Garden, big hall. They were so cute and adorable. It was so inspiring to see and hear their performance done in Korean. I knew that they were performing in Korean but I did not know that they were going to perform most of the parts in Korean. They only practiced for 2 months, once a week. I think they are very smart. Also, I knew they were cute but I did not know they were just amazingly cute. Then I thought, if they are this cute in my eyes, then how much cute they would be in TP’s and HP’s eyes! Then I thought “we really need to raise them and educate them properly. We really need to develop programs and curriculum for them. And this is what True Mother wants right now. Also, I thought I really need to work hard and help them.” Today, we attended Sunday Service at Belvedere and DC children performed in front of the church members. After the service, few of the church members came up to me and told me how they were just inspired by their performance. One of them told me that it was great to see these African younger generations rising up again because there are only about 8% left with True Mother and seeing these children inheriting the legacy of TP's is just so inspiring and hopeful. Another person talked about how she was inspired by their Korean. She said, a lot of people study Korean for some period and quit at sometime because it is really hard to learn and memorize them. However, she was awed by how these young kids did most of the performance in Korean and memorized Korean only in two months. Today, hearing from all these testimonies from different people, my heart and soul truly came up with a conclusion saying “True Mother truly opened the era of Africa by liberating and blessing Africa. In addition, the time has come for African descendants to take the ownership of TP’s legacy in building substantial CIG on earth and we really need to quickly develop proper curriculum and programs and church related things for these kids, to raise them as true leaders of CIG.”
Thank you very much for inviting me to this field trip and I truly understood that there's no barriers in CIG and this is what True Parents want and are still working for this. Thank you to all the Sunday School teachers who managed to bring this event together. It is really really really super duper hard to manage this kind of event, especially with kids. However, I am sure that this field trip will be one of their step stones towards inheriting TP and HP’s true heart. I learned so many things from this event and I would love to teach Korean to them, in the future. Please always remember spiritual world is there for them, especially True Mother liberated so many of them at the Gore island, and they will come down and support and help them in any way they can. Thank you Dr. Achille for being there like a great kind father. Please ask for help. I would love to help you in any way I can. Henry Kim, Subregion 2, General Affairs.
Testimony by Wasana Catalan
(Sunday School Teacher)
I thank you TP And Dr. Kim for giving us a special time to visit and tour at Est garden and Belvedere :3 days and 2 nights . I have a deep experence with TF .Every things that I was touching or seeing and hearing make me feel like if they were present all the times. Also i am learning the heart of LOVE AND FILIAL PIETY From elder brothers and sisters of our Heavenly Parents it make me understand deeply from my heart and soul. Wasana
Testimony by Emmaculate Mungye,
Where do i begin? Although i have personally been to the places we visited on this historic weekend this was different. I got to experience a live recording of a song by Hillsong at the Manhattan Center...amazing! Learning about the history of East Garden, the New Yorker, Manhattan Center and Belvedere was very insightful. I realized how much we don't know about the True Family and our movement.
At East Garden, visiting Hyo Jin's room, we saw spirits when taking pictures in his room. I made a video in the room and saw more spirits in the room, seeing all the spirits in that room really moved me. I felt that my elder brother Hyo Jin was there with us. Seeing his musical instruments and hunting arrows gave me better knowledge of him. The living room where Heung Jin's body laid before going to Korea, brought some sadness and pain but i know it was victorious in front on Heaven and Earth for his enormous sacrifice. We watched a video which included your first public speaking to members where you said members must think you are lucky to be Father's wife but don't know how much it took. You asked that the everything before that day be forgotten. I truly felt your heart Mother. All the pain you went through and all the sacrifices you made. Thank you sincerely. We miss Father and know You miss Him even more, i pray for your comfort for Father's physical absence. Words can't express my gratitude to Bishop Kim and to You True Mother. We love you Mother, I love you! Thanks immensely, we at the DC community will eternally be grateful for investing this much in us. Heaven's Blessings now and always. With sincere love. Emaculate Mungye
Testimony by Juliette Wakaria ( African Dance Teacher)
I first just want to thank Heavenly Parents, True Parents , the Washington Church leadership for this great opportunity. When I started the African dance class I have never imagined that this could happen . I am so grateful. The tour in the New Yorker, in East Garden and in Belvedere said so much about True Parents as the True Parents of humankind. True Parents had the opportunity to leave like a King and queen but they leave a humble life East Garden said so much on the sacrifice of True children too. This is truly an experience and a re-engagement for to my faith .Thank you Dr Kim for this special VIP treatment, the tour in New Yorker, in Belvedere and in East Garden, thanks for King Spa. I have never been in a spa before but I think I enjoyed more than anybody because I went twice. At last I now feel more in depth. Juliette Wakaria
Testimony by Yuriko Arakawa
( Sunday School Teacher)
It was great NY Pilgrimage Holy sight tour. Thank you so much True Mother. Dr. Kim. Children and Parents learned and experienced TPs history, spirit and heart.
Children inspired to everything they learned and watched even a small goldfish at the East garden as " True Parents goldfish". Everything they thought and imagined connect to True Parents. It was beautiful! And we visited Hyo Jin Nim's Museum and they felt more close to Hyo Jin nim. Children prepared almost Korean performance for True Mother. Because if they speak their parents mother tongue, their grandparents are happy. This is Exactly same as True Mother. If they spoke in Korean languages, True Mother must be happy. To make True Mother happy and to give her hope, Children Practice Korean song and speech joyfully. However, it was very challenging for them. Through Everyday's practice, they learned "Jeong seong" and "sincere devotion". Parents had to remind them to practice everyday and Parents also inspired their pure and sincere heart for True Mother. I was very inspired when each Middle schooler memorized one sentence of Crown of Glory and they thought about only one sentence but such a profound meaning. I'd like to raise our children as True Mother want to. Because our children are not our own children but children of Heavenly Parents and True Parents. When our children love True Parents, be proud of True Parents and testify about True Parents, we feel happy. This tour brought strong unity among our Community, and Especially, through everyday's Prayer condition, we felt the protection of the whole tour. Thank you so much again True Mother and Dr. Kim gave us such a beautiful opportunity to trip to NY! And, Thank you so much Pastor Team work so hard to make this trip possible and all SS team, Parents and also beautiful Children of Heavenly Parents and True parents. Yuriko
Testimony by Elizabeth Aihe
(Chairwoman WFWP DC Chapter)
The 2nd Generation Pilgrimage to New York was a beautiful experience. Brothers and sisters received us well at Manhattan center, Belvedere and East Garden; they shared about the history of these places. Both the children and us the adults learned a lot. Watching video clips of True Father speaking at Belvedere to brothers and sisters in the same room we were sitting moved my heart; our children saw how funny True Father could be when teaching DP.We saw rooms and old photos of True Family and connected to them. The Washington DC 2nd Gen (ages 4-17) had the opportunity to learn more about True Parents and the providence in America. It was an honor to have our children perform for True Mother at East Garden even though True Mother was not there and also at Belvedere during Sunday service.I was grateful to recite and offer "Mother of Mine" poem I wrote for True Mother. I offered the poem on behalf of WFWP. Though out the tour I felt True Parent's Love. Thank you True Parents! Thank you Dr. Kim for arranging the tour. Elizabeth Aihe, Chairwoman, WFWP DC chapter
Testimony by Meseret Atnafu
( Sunday School Principal)
First time in history, second generation of Washington DC, Family Church, gave hope to HP& TPs, Dr. Kim & the world. I would like to thank all the teachers of Washington DC Family Church who have sacrificed for its Sunday school each Sunday. May HP & TPs bless all. Meseret Atnafu