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  • 1. HYPERLINK " http://iunificationist.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/working-toward-the-completion-of-the-cheon-bok-gung-by-mrs-yasue-erikawa/" o " Permanent Link: Working Toward the completion of the Cheon Bok Gung by Mrs. Yasue Erikawa" Working Toward the completion of the Cheon Bok Gung by Mrs. Yasue Erikawa
    January 23, 2010,  HQ Church, Seoul Korea
           This is the age of women!  Rev. Hyung Jin Moon has taught us that we need to develop women leaders within the Unification Church. We need a Church full of heart, tears, love and compassion; a church with deep faith, a church with an active life of volunteerism and service. We must have the mother’s heart within our church.
    Welcoming Remarks:
    Yeon Ah Nim:
    Good afternoon, brothers and sisters! Welcome to the Headquarters of the Unification Church. There is a saying: “Great tests make great testimonies.” Although the Unification Church went through a lot of persecution and opposition we’re still here.  The Unification Church is still standing here in front of Heavenly Father and True Parents. Today we would like to offer all our grace and gratitude to our beloved Heavenly Father and True Parents.
    Hyung Jin Nim:
    Good afternoon, brothers and sisters, I d like to start by manifesting the Principle (Give and Receive Action, Four Position Foundation, may I inherit the true love of God. Aju).
    Today in Cheon Seong 643, Father says: “In observing the great universe, I am sure you will find stars made of precious stones, like diamond stars. It all belongs to us as God’s children; we can live with that joy. This is the ideal world where all who love the universe are God’s loving family, and will be able to live and move together. You should join this group and become part of that family. Those who are willing to sacrifice themselves will become the leaders, and become people in charge in the spirit world”.
    Brothers and sisters, it s always so amazing to be alive, I had a very strange week and I’m very grateful to have health, and to have so many people who care and pray. It’s really tremendously moving; I’m very grateful.
    Brothers and sisters, I believe when we are really able to understand the value that we have, when we are truly moving with God, then we will be able to return glory and joy to Him.  I want to thank everybody for the last week; to the many families who sent their warm wishes and have sent messages; I’m very grateful for that. Introduction of the Guest Speaker:
    Brothers and sisters, we have only two more services in this sanctuary. Can you believe this? What an amazing and incredible journey we had in 2009, and now in 2010. You know, I’m so grateful because I got to stand with so many incredible leaders that I have been able to work within the last year and half. Many of these leaders I never knew, but I was able to work with them. However, knowing the person that is going to address you today—and I’ve seen her in America and different places around the world— being able to work with such an incredible woman, has been a great honor for me.  I have learned a great deal from her; she has an incredible spirit, an incredible faith. She has an incredible work ethic, and just really outstanding in almost every facet of leadership.
    You know, we had a huge work and project to do in the Korean church; we had a situation where the Korean church was so beaten and so down-trodden. We had to try to resuscitate that. I remember when I started this ministry; there was absolutely no witnessing going on. Big leaders were always telling me that we cannot witness here in Korea; Koreans cannot be witnessed to.  So we encountered that kind of reality on the ground. I remember that doing the ministry, doing other activities and working with different leaders when we arrived here at HQ Church, we came to a situation where there was no internal structure in the church. So we had a lot of help from our brothers and sisters in the church and all related groups. Kook Jin Hyung helped a lot, he helped us to build a rational structure, and that helped us to move forward. 
    It was at that time when Father asked Mrs. Erikawa. She was already in Korea working in Yeosu, and with the Japanese missionaries in Korea. We asked her to come to HQ Church and actually be the leader of our nation-wide witnessing organization, to take the leadership role. This was on the recommendation of Kook Jin  Hyung, who worked with her and knew her from the past. She is of course from a Japanese heritage, so when she arrived here on the ground and we announced that she is going to be the leader of the witnessing organization, you can imagine what kind of reaction our Korean members may have had. As you understand, the Korean members have a pride in the nation; so we were in an environment where people were saying that you cannot witness to Koreans, even us Koreans cannot witness to Korean people, let alone a Japanese woman coming here in here, trying to teach us how to witness.
    So we had this incredible dynamic. It was stressful, I know, for Mrs. Erikawa, but we were really in an incredible situation, and because at that time also in the Unification Church there was no real powerful women leadership, we were in a situation where women were not elevated into a position of leadership in the church.  So we restructured that, we changed that around, and we put over 20 women leaders into the church leadership. Not because they were women, but because they really had incredible leadership potential.
    Anyhow, Mrs. Erikawa came and she did something remarkable:  she started organizing the women’s groups. She started organizationally moving things, not just giving lectures but actually dividing things into groups, creating structures and rational systems; things that a lot of us didn’t think about. Then she would go out and educate, move and work with the people on the ground. I remember she told me a story when she was a new member and she had just joined the church—she was at Japan at that time.  She heard that if there was the type of people that would even challenge communism, that the nation of Japan would be restored.  This is what Father said at that time.
    In Japan, there was a famous communist university; it was founded by the North Koreans. So she went in front of that university everyday, and she brought out the Divine Principle; she brought out a big chalkboard and was teaching them DP everyday.  She didn’t do it just for a week, or a month, but for three years. She went everyday in the midst of this communist university, where all the kids were into the communist ideology. She was sitting there at the front door saying that communism destroys religion, destroys faith, destroys God and we must have victory over communism. This was in the middle of the cold war where there were so many communists all over the world. She did that kind of practice.  She was burned with cigarettes by the people who were mocking her.There was a situation once where they were so angry that somebody in a truck tried to run her over in front of the university. She was threatened; she was spit at; she was harassed by the male communist students. But everyday, she said: “I am willing to die for you, so you can understand that this is not the right way, as history has shown.”  And it is this kind of heart with which she has lived her life of faith. She is an incredible leader; she not only talks the talk, she walks it every single way. She is an amazing leader, because everyday I am motivated and inspired to be around her; and when you are surrounded by people like this, something gets on the inside of you.
    Brothers and sisters, she is going to give you what she has prepared for today. When she comes up let’s all give her a big and warm round of applause. She is truly a woman who is making a huge difference in the Unification Church right now. She is actually famous outside the Unification Church among the people who try to deprogram the UC members. They say, “Look at the UC members, they have even crazy people like Erikawa.” They say this because she is really incredible.  She does not sleep, she works all day, she knows how to delegate responsibility, she knows how to work in teams, she knows how to motivate and inspire people, and she knows how to build faith.  She herself has an incredible faith.
    So brothers and sisters when she comes up, let us welcome her with a true round of applause. Let’s bring our sister, Erikawa Haejangnim.
    MAIN SERMON by Mrs Erikawa, Chair of Women’s Evangelical Association, HQ Church:
    “Women’s Evangelical Association Marching Forward with Heavenly Fortune”
    My dear brothers and sisters, sons and daughters,I’m so glad to be here, and it’s my pleasure, thank you very much!  We are so glad to be with Hyung Jin Segye Hwejangnim (International President) and Rev. Yeon Ah Lee Chuksajang nim! Please give them a big hand!  Thank you very much! 
    As the International President Hyung Jin Moon mentioned, on July 15 of last year, here at HQ, the Women’s Evangelical Association was begun.  First, I’d like to introduce, via video, what activities we held for five months last year.  What we feel is that always God has been together with us, and True Parents have been with us.  Our International President Couple has offered so much Jeongseong, so that our small 5% has all borne fruit.
    This is the age of women!  Rev. Hyung Jin Moon has taught us that we need to develop women leaders within the Unification Church. We need a Church full of heart, tears, love and compassion; a church with deep faith, a church with an active life of volunteerism and service. We must have the mother’s heart within our church.
    In Year Nine of Cheon Il Guk the Cheon Bok Women’s Evangelical Association had many precious opportunities to work together with Rev. Hyung Jin Moon and Rev. Yeon Ah Lee, following the will and heart of heaven.
    VIDEO SHOWN WITH COMMENTARIES
    In particular, on July 14, 2009, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, after offering continuous conditions of devotion and faith for the sake of God and mankind, announced to the world the supreme victory of our True Parents, based on the course of seven deaths and resurrections our True Father has walked in order to save mankind through True Love. Under the leadership of Chairwoman Yasue Erikawa, the Women’s Evangelical Association was formed and organized into nine geographical regions in the greater Seoul area, with a regional director in each region, in order to witness to the grace and True Love of the seven deaths and resurrections.
    The Women’s Evangelical Association held leadership seminars, meeting together with Revs. Hyung Jin Moon and Yeon Ah Lee, as well as Tongil Group Chairman Kook Jin Moon and his wife, Ji Yea Pak to formulate goals and strategies for their work.
    In gratitude for the love and grace of the truth he had come to understand regarding the seven deaths and resurrections, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon offered a devotional Jeongseong condition of 21,000 bows.  During the days of this offering, the Women’s Association members also offered Jeongseong with all night prayers and symbolic 120 bow conditions.
    After that, the Women’s Evangelical Association offered training sessions to Association leaders and members about the purpose, goals and strategies for witnessing.
    In order to share the Heavenly Fortune of the 21,000 bows, together with the headquarters church pastors, the women visited the members of the congregation in their regions, over the period from August 5-21.Also, from August 2 to September 11, Association President Erikawa visited each of the nine regions, meeting with the members and leaders of the Evangelical Association in each area.
    A witnessing seminar was held on the 4th floor of the headquarters building on August 20 to further develop witnessing strategies.   -A special new life ceremony was held for new members joining from     the witnessing campaign   -Street witnessing campaigns were held in many areas, including Namsan.   -Street witnessing at Yongsan Family Park, near the site of the growth stage Cheon Bok Gung.   -Street witnessing in the Myungdong area.
    September 26, on the occasion of Rev. Hyung Jin Moon’s birthday, the Women’s Evangelical Association presented him  a yellow witnessing vest and cap. From that day on, our sisters could be seen throughout the city wearing their yellow uniforms, proudly proclaiming themselves as Unification Church members.
    Rev. Hyung Jin Moon and Yeon Ah Lee also donned their yellow uniforms and joined the women on September 28 to kickoff a witnessing campaign to promote and distribute copies of True Father’s memoirs, and proclaim True Parents as the Messiah.
    During the morning of September 28, while the sisters were mobilized, the book hit the #1 spot on Yeongpung Book Center’s best seller list for the very first time.
    Witnessing training and witnessing sessions were held from September 1 to 3. Following the visits to members of the congregation, regular campaigns of street witnessing were conducted.
    On September 15, the “21 Heavenly Fortune Center” was opened on the 3rd floor of the Headquarters Building, to support the witnessing campaign.
    International President Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, Rev. Yeon Ah Lee, and Tongil Foundation President Kook Jin Moon and his wife attended the opening
    After the initial book promotion campaign, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon participated in continuing promotion campaigns held in each area of the city during the period from September 18 until December 15.
    In October 14, the church celebrated the Cosmic Blessing Ceremony officiated by True Parents, followed by a second generation Blessing in November. Members of the Women’s Evangelical Association wore their yellow witnessing vests as they served as staff for the Blessing Ceremony, and at volunteer service events around Seoul.
    The women began a new 21 day course from October 26, continuing until November 15. Goals during this period included improving the organization in each region, each one striving to be a model region, and challenging to complete the distribution of 21,000 copies of True Father’s memoirs. By the end of the period, each region was well organized, and 16,590 copies of the Biography had been distributed
    Simultaneous campaigns were held in all regions on November 7 and 14. On November 11, members of the Evangelical Team made their first volunteer effort as a group of proud Unification Church members when they joined a charity kimchee-making marathon in Yongsan, where 50,000 bags of kimchee were produced.
    From November 22 until December 31, a 40 day condition was made to finish the year. During these 40 days, goals included each member of the team bringing one new member to the church, 40 families to reaching a goal of distributing 430 copies of True Father’s memoirs, preparing a warm welcome for new members joining. To date, 38,065 copies of True Father’s memoirs have been distributed, and the goal of 40,000 copies will soon be reached.
    During December, street witnessing continued at a feverent pace, and many new members came to the church. A special New Life Resurrection ceremony was initiated to welcome the new members into the church after they had completed their initial course of education.
    Everybody worked very hard in 2009.
    In 2010, following our new motto of “Mansei for oneness with True Parents’ pure heart and all their victories in the realm of the Cosmic Sabbath centered on true love” we pledge that our Women’s Evangelical Association will bring much joy to our True Parents.  May you all have a blessed New Year! Mrs. Erikawa continues to speak to the congregation in Korean with English translation:
    In this way, we have been working very hard for the last five months. What did you think? Thank you. Our Region 2 and 4 leaders are not able to be here today, because they have caught colds. I came to Korea the year before last, in July. When I looked at the situation here in Korea, I was very surprised. 
    Rev. Hyung Jin Moon mentioned it a while ago, and yes, the members had very little faith. Everything was very weak. I had a very strong feeling that Korea’s mission as the Third Israel was a failure.  I felt this is why God asked me to come to Korea.  When I met TP and joined the church, there were special things that happened.  I saw TP and how they were working, and I decided that I would do the work that no one else would do. And since I had made that promise when I first joined the Church that is why I felt that God brought me to Korea, for this reason.
    But then, I saw how seriously Hyung Jin Moon was offering his Jeongseong and devotion, and I felt Korea will be okay.  Among Father’s words, we can read about devotion:  “Before God, we must become leaders who will offer Jeongseong.  Father said if there is one such leader in the country, that country will not be destroyed.”  The situation was very difficult, but I could see the conditions that Rev. Hyung Jin Moon and Rev. Yeon Ah Lee were making, and this gave me hope.
    I showed you the video of our activities, but I truly feel that these activities are only 5%. Heavenly Father, True Parents, Hyung Jin Nim and Yeon Ah Nim have done 95% of the work already.
    Heavenly Fortune is the foundation.  If we follow Heavenly Father’s Will, we will inherit the Heavenly Fortune. Next, if we follow True Parents’ directions, we will have Heavenly Fortune.  If we read True Father’s words and follow them, we will have Heavenly Fortune.  Hyung Jin Nim has gone a course of ten years of offering devotion and Jeongseong, and now that Jeongseong is the center of the Korean Church, and the center of the worldwide Church.  So based on that foundation of 95%, if we work centered on True Parent’s words, we can have results.I felt a lot of negativity when I first started. Many people said, “Oh, this is the Japanese way.”  I said, “No, this is God’s way, this is True Parent’s way!”  And now the atmosphere has changed completely.  Many people now believe it is possible.  If we do it, it will work, it will happen. And actually the results have begun to come.
    Our very first stage of work that had to be accomplished in the last five months, from July of last year to the beginning of this year, was to resurrect and re-awaken our existing members.  Following that, we have to quickly reach 21,000 people, and later 210,000 people in a short time. So for that goal we need a very strong and clear organization.
    One of the key points to this organization is that we need 1,000 members who really feel a sense of ownership of the Church. Because True Father has proclaimed and directed us to gather 210,000 people by January 13, 2013, then I know it is possible. We have to do it. So with that thought in mind, I have proceeded.
    This chart is small and you can’t see the numbers very much.  One of the most important numbers at the bottom of the second column is 63. This means, 63 new members joined our church during the five months of beginning. We also have more people coming to service, who haven’t fully joined yet. We have 347 guests at the service. Actually the largest number of new members attending the service is from our English service!
    There are 77 people have started to attend educational sessions at the new Cheong Bok Witnessing Center; 57 of those people have paid 210,000 won for a course of lectures, and they are continuing to study.  From last year, the women have collected 1.2 billion won; it’s a small number, but still it’s a number that wouldn’t have been there if we didn’t start.  And now we saw on the video that there were almost 40,000 copies of the autobiography distributed; that was last week, now, 41,000 copies of the book have been distributed.  And 59 of our members have given out 430 copies on their own, by themselves.
    We visited lots of our church families during this time. We checked and talked to the members about whether they were giving their 10% tithing every month.  We made 38 regions around the city (Seoul), organizing the members into 38 areas.  And then we made 101 smaller teams in those areas.
    We have to work centered on Father’s words, and we have to have a clear goal. After you have your goal, you have to educate everyone about how to accomplish that goal.  The most important point of education is that people need to feel a personal responsibility for the goal. Korea is the chosen people for building the Cheon Bok Gung in the Cheon Il Guk age, so we need to let people understand that they have been chosen, they are the chosen people. So we’ll continue to upgrade this understanding among the members, and make more leaders.
    Next we need organization. After we have people in the church, we have to take care of them. And we need to organize them into small groups so that they can work effectively. If you have a goal, and do your organization and education centered on that goal, then results will come.
    One of the things Father has told us is that we must make even the most simple families in our church wealthy and happy and healthy.  It’s not good if people at the bottom are working and sacrificing, and a few people at the top are wealthy.  We must all be wealthy.  The flowers bloom on the foundation of all of the families’ wealth. So if all the people at the base of the church are wealthy, they will bring much fruit. I think one of the places that we have to work the hardest with is the international Blessed couples here in Korea.
    So if you look simply and mathematically at the current situation and our goal, we need to roughly double the number of our members every six months. So if we have 2,200 members now, then by the middle of this year we should make 4,400 members and so on.  We need to increase the amount of donations coming to the church at the same time. For more activity, we will need more funds. So the basic philosophy is to double it each six months; the people and the money.  If we do this during 2010, 2011, and the beginning of 2012, and at the very last part of the campaign from the second half of 2012, we need to triple our membership, and we will reach our goal.
    The level of offering that many members are giving now is about an average of  100,000 won a month, but if people can start thinking about supporting the church with 210,000 won a month, then we will have a much bigger budget to work with to accomplish this goal.  I think we can do it!
    So now we just need to think about how we can do it.  We need to have more owners, more people with a sense of ownership. What we need to do is expand the number of core key members who are deeply devoted to the church’s activity. What makes someone an owner of something?  First of all, they should attend church every week, they should make donations, and they should witness. People who can do those three things can be the owner of this church. Attend worship service, tithe and witness – if you can do those three things, you can become an owner.
    If we have just 1,000 people with this kind of ownership mentality, and if those 1,000 people bring one new member each month, we will have 12,000 people by the end of the year.  In two years, we’ll have 144,000 people. In three years, 1.72 million people. Father has spoken about this: “Bring one person a month. I gave this direction all over the world. But will the Korean members do less than the foreign members? No matter how difficult, isn’t it easier than crossing the 38th parallel?”
    This is a quote from Father, from the book called The Way of Pastors. “If only 1,000 members are witnessing but each person brought just one person a month, you’ll still have 12,000 new people in one year.  If you continue with that, two years later, you will have 144,000 people.  In three years, there will be over 1.5 million UC members, and by the fourth year, you will have more than 15 million members. This is the way that Korea can be restored in a few years.”
    And I think if we can make 1,000 core members with a sense of ownership, we can do this. Father has also said, “If you offer Jeongseong devotion three hours a day for a month, one person will definitely join.”  So I gave the direction that each member should bring at least one member a month. Father said this in the 1970s. Father also talked about what we will have left when we go to the spirit world. The only thing that you can be proud of when you go to the Spirit World is how much you have witnessed. You won’t be able to brag about how much money you had, or how much power you had. What you can brag about is how many lives you saved. Going beyond yourself, beyond your tribe, how many people have you connected to true new life? This is your treasure. The only important treasure you can take to the spirit world is your witnessing effort.
    It is said that once you join the church, if you do not witness at all, and go to the spirit world, you’ll be mute, unable to speak at all. And one of the greatest gifts you can bring to God is to find His children who have fallen away from Him, and tell Him how they are and where they are. If you bring those children back to God, that is the greatest treasure for Heavenly Father.
    That’s why, in order to be a real owner of the church, witnessing is indispensable. This time there is a lot of Heavenly Fortune to work with. There’s one particular Korean husband with a Japanese wife that we are working with now.  Every time we go out to witness, we ask him to come along, and he said,” No, I’m not going out there.”  No matter what we said, he did not come with us.  But recently he said, “Oh, I have to go meet this friend of mine.” So we told him, “Ok, when you go, take Father’s book with you.”   And his friend was really inspired when he read the book.
    He’s a 360,000 Couple, and until that time, he himself had not read the book. But his friend read it, and was very inspired so he thought, “I better read this book.”  He became very inspired when he read the book; but at the moment his friend is working harder than him. He actually brought two friends to the October 14th Blessing after that. So this Korean man, who had no desire to go witnessing, was pushed by God. God prepared everything, but he did so little. Then he became so successful and inspired. We are at such a time now. So he is one of our owners now.
    Another story is of a Japanese mother with a daughter living in Korea, who came here to visit. The mother had done so much work for the church over the years, but now she was exhausted and had stopped going to church. She didn’t want to go to church anymore. When she came to Korea, and saw how hard the sisters were working, she went out to witness with them. When she saw how much the leaders were working, and how much the sisters of the Women’s Evangelical Association were helping, she thought, “I really must start witnessing again.” Yesterday as she left Korea to go back to Japan, she said, “I’m so glad I came here. I received great inspiration. I can go back to Japan, and work hard now.” So this very tired and worn-out member got new life. She also became an owner once again, after having left the owners’ team.
    Since at this time there is so much Heavenly Fortune available and so much devotional activity, I really think it is not going to be a problem to find 1,000 owners or core members.How many people are here today?  So, all of you could become owners on our owners’ team!  There are five services tomorrow. How about if all 2,200 people who come to service become owners? Then we can reach 210,000 members ahead of schedule!
    One every important point: if you’re going to be one of the owners, you need to give tithes, your offering. Please do not think, “Oh, I don’t have much money, so I don’t have to tithe. The Japanese church will pay for it any way.”  Don’t think that.
    There are two kinds of donations. There is the donation which needs to be made for the sake of man. That’s the 10% tithing which we give each month, and blessing donation.  These are the offerings that are done for the sake of mankind.  Then there are special donations; those are special “providence-for-the-start” donations. So for example right now, we have the Cheon Bok Gung offering campaign.  This is one of those special donations.
    As I mentioned, if you want to be one of the owners, you need to attend service, you need to tithe, and you need to witness.  Let’s talk a little more detail about tithing, 10% offering. When did this start? You can find it in Genesis –first book of The Bible – 28:20-22. Jacob met God.  Jacob promised God, “God, because you are taking care of me, making sure that I have food and clothing and a place to live, then I will give you 10% of everything that I receive.”
    In the history of the Israelites, there were times that they did well, and times they did not do well.  There’s another place in The Bible where it says, Malachi 3:8-10, “What happens if man will take what is God’s?”  The elder said, “We did not take anything from God.” But in The Bible, as it says, if you did not give your tithes, your 10% to God, you are taking what is God’s.  You’re keeping what is God’s and that is robbing God.  So if you’re not giving your 10% to God, you should have the feeling that you’re taking that from God.
    Another thing Father has said about tithing is to offer it together with Jeongseong. Then you will never starve, you will be taken care of. Your descendants will also be taken care of.  You have to offer devotion, when you tithe. That is the center of a life of faith. So life of faith is strongly connected to your life of offering. Why am I talking about tithing here? It’s because if you do give your tithe, then God is able to give you the blessing of heaven. God then is right there in your family. So if everyone in the country will offer their tithes to God, then God will be with every family in this country.
    We need to live and move with Heavenly Fortune.  That’s why we give the tithes.  Also, we are not ordinary people. We are special people.  Another thing Father has said is, “Do not think this Church exists to fulfill your thoughts.  This Church exists to save the country, to save the world. I am not sending you out to witness for the sake of the Unification Church. I am sending you out to witness for the sake of the nation.  And actually we are not saving the nation for the sake of the nation. After we have saved the nation, we will go out to save the world.  We are looking for one country that will sacrifice itself for the sake of the world.  If we cannot find that country, Satan will persecute us and there will be many sacrifices.”
    We are the third Israel. We have an important mission to accomplish. I think you’ve probably heard this quote from Pres. John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”  So I’m asking you, Cheon Bok Gung brothers and sisters, “Do not ask what HQ Church can do for you.  Ask what you can do for HQ Church!”  Agree with me?  Let’s try!
    Let’s bring our internal Jeongseong, and our external activity and results by February 21, so that we can enter as owners into the growth-stage Cheon Bok Gung!  The only way we can accomplish a very big mission, is to start with yourself.  Come to service, witness, and tithe. That’s what you have to do.
    Just one more thing I have to say. We have the Blessing coming up on February 17th.  Our goal is 14,300 Couples. Since Father has made this goal for us, I am sure it is possible. But of course we do need to make our best effort and investment.  There are a lot of people here, who have not received the Blessing yet.  Just in this short period I’ve interviewed 20 people wishing to be Blessed.  So for example there was a brother who in 1988 received the 6500 Blessing, but the Blessing was broken.  This case was a Japanese husband and a Korean wife.  The Korean wife left the Church, and started living outside.  The husband has been waiting 22 years to be Blessed again.  His hobby is witnessing. I said, what do you like to do in your free time, and he said, “Witness!” He’s here today. He’s been here in Korea for 22 years, sacrificing a lot. He got blessed in his 20s, but he is now over 50.
    A Filipina sister was blessed as a 360,000 Couple. For one year her Korean husband hit her every day. So finally they got divorced; she was so afraid.  For 15 years now, she’s been waiting to be re-blessed.  There are many people like this. So I’m working very hard to try to give these people a chance to be blessed.  I met that Filipina sister and talked to her for two hours, about two weeks ago. I tested her a bit. Can you be blessed with a man much older than you?  Can you be Blessed to someone who’s disabled?  Would it be ok for you if you received this kind of husband?  Her answer was, “All I want is that this person be a church member. A Korean member would be good.”  So when I saw the level of her faith, I thought I‘d call this 53-year old brother, and let them meet each other.  They met each other and the Filipina sister said, “Okay!”  He said, “I’m Japanese, is that okay?”  She said, “I’m not Korean, I’m Filipina, is that okay?” They agreed, and they got matched! They are here.  (Applause) He’s been waiting 22 years, and she’s been waiting 15 years.  There are a lot of members like this, who are living a sacrificial life, and waiting to be re-Blessed. All of the Filipina missionaries were so inspired to hear that this sister had received a match.  I was very happy about it too, and I’m telling you there are many people like this.
    So if each of us will find a way to bring one couple to this Blessing, we can be victorious! TP are returning to Korea tomorrow. We need to go to True Parents with a victory to show them.  We need to bring joy to TP!  Are you sure? Do you understand? Kamsahamnida! Hyung Jin Nim:  We are so grateful, congratulations to our sister.  Let’s gather our hearts and end with our final prayer Hyung Jin Nim’s Prayer:
    Heavenly Father, most Beloved True Parents, thank You so much for this day that You have grant it and given it to us. Father, we once again remembers who we are. We thank You so much for allowing a true elder sister to stand before us, the one who is infatuated with You and Your heart; who loves True Parents utterly and completely. Father, we are so grateful for such incredible testimonies that were shared today, and Father we know that we all can become the owners of this church. We know that we have what it takes to make the impossible, possible. Father, we believe that we will be able to be victorious in all the stages and phases that You have put before us.
    We thank You so much for the words of our sister Erikawa Hwejangnim, for her leadership, her compassion, her care, and for the incredible miracles that are happening because of her incredible faith.  Father, we pray that we may also remember the incredible stories that have happened and that we have heard today.  Let it be in our heart, let us truly be able to return glory and happiness to You. We thank You for this time that You have given us, please let us make a new try, a new challenge in 2010, not only for ourselves and our families, but for the nation and the world .
    Let us be truly the world level people that You have created us to become. We thank You so much.  Bless each and every one of our brothers and sisters around the world, and let the 1,000 members who are truly owners stand up and let us make a good history for You and for all time to see. 
    We pray all these things with a grateful heart, and thank You for Mrs. Erikawa. We thank You so much, and we pray all these things with gratitude and a grateful heart. Thank you for Erikawa Hwejangnim’s words. We pray all these things in our names and True Parents names. Aju.
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