Aprily 25, 2010, Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea
Welcoming Remarks :
Yeon Ah Nim:
Good evening brothers and sisters ! Welcome to the Headquarters of the Unification Church! It is so good to see you all. Today, we sincerely hope and pray that we will fully inherit the true love of God and that we will truly know the meaning of the Seung Hwa ceremony, as True Parents are doing a national tour. Let us bring and return all the glory and gratitude to our Heavenly Father and our True Parents. God bless you!
Hyung Jin Nim:
Good evening brothers and sisters! Welcome to the international service! I have to say that you make more praise, joy, and noise than thousands of members sometimes! Brothers and sisters, let’s manifest the Principle: give and receive action, four position foundation, may I inherit the true love of God. Aju !
Today, we’re going to look at Cheong Seong Gyung 640: “What is the one thing to be done in the world of humanity? The light of love must be bright. For that to happen, you must catch fire internally and externally. From what? The motive force to love”.
Brothers and sisters, as you may know, Father has begun the Cheon Ji Won Yeon calendar, and that is the new calendar centered on the new history that has been made. Also, at the Cheon Bok Gung, we had seven main regions, and starting from this week, it will be shifting from seven regions to four regions. That is to simplify the understanding of which region one is in. Now we have the city of Seoul divided into North, South, East and West. It’s much simpler than the seven regions and it is more rational. So we will be switching to four regions at Cheong Bok Gung. Next week, we will have the voting for our women leadership representing those four regions.
Today, in the earlier services, we introduced the ministers and Hoonsanims that will be responsible for the respective regions. We’ll hear a little bit about that at the end of the service.
This is also so that our new members that come in, can truly inherit the true love of God. And as Father said, “We must catch fire internally and externally from the motive force to love,” not to receive love, it is “to love”; that is a verb. That is to go out into society and to love and to bring people before the Christ that has returned so that people can find everlasting life, love and lineage. This is the main reason why we will be switching to the four regions system.
Hyung Jin Nim:
Brothers and sisters, today we have a wonderful guest speaker! The chairman of our Tong Il group here in Korea will be speaking for us today. Before he speaks, we have our P.R. director here from the Chaedan- his name is Mr. Ahn Yo Il- and he will give a brief presentation on the issue that Kook Jin hyung will speak about today. Then we will see a brief video expanding on that issue and then Kook Jin hyung will be able to speak. Let’s invite Mr. Ahn up, and let’s give him a big round of applause as he comes up to speak for us.
Hello everyone! As my pronunciation is not so good, and you might not be able to understand me, I will use a translator today.
Right now we are at war! What kind of a war is that? This is a war against abduction and confinement. The biggest Satans have taken the sons and daughters of Heaven. So, this is a war and we must win this war. For the past 40 years or more, Satan has been taking the sons and daughters of Heaven and has been confining them. We must find and bring back those brothers and sisters that were taken like this. These victims must be compensated and we must recover all the money that was taken during this course.
Right now, the International President and the Chairman of our Foundation have been using a number of strategies and tactics in order to accomplish this victory. One of these strategies and tactics is the work with the media. Centering on the Japanese Wives’ Association here in Korea, there was a demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. And when that happened, the Associated Press, Reuters, NBC, the Korean television station many others were there to cover it, and they began to understand the truth about our organization.
Mrs Erikawa and Mrs Tanaka representing the victims, cried out in front of the embassy, “What have we done wrong? We love Korea; we love Japan; that’s all that we have done wrong! The only thing we have done wrong is to attend the Rev. Sun Myung Moon as the Lord of the Second Advent, the Savior and the Messiah. And yet these Christian ministers in Japan and Communist lawyers have taken Unification Church members, have confined them and beat them. Some members have even committed suicide, some sisters have been raped”. The Japanese wives cried out to the Japanese ambassador in their demonstration in front of the embassy.
What really makes the Japanese wives angry is that the Japanese government is ignoring the fact that this is going on and is doing nothing about it. Japan is a rich country and is a major power in the world. And yet this democratic country is ignoring this kind of abduction and confinement. They strongly protested this fact.
As you see, these are photographs taken by AP and Reuters. They went there that day; they covered this, wrote these articles and took these photographs. These are the Chosun Ilbo, the Joong Ang Daily and the Kyunghyang Shinmun, some major Korean newspapers. They covered the story and wrote about the Japanese wives that cried out in front of the Japanese embassy.
And here are business newspapers and the Segye Ilbo. The chairman of the Foundation especially asked the Segye Times to have a series of articles on this matter. They have written four articles so far, and they will continue to write about it. Until this is resolved, the Segye Ilbo plans to write one article a week so that the whole world, and all the people of Korea can understand the situation that is going on.
Some people are concerned that the Unification Church of Japan has been accused of spiritual sales. But the chairman of the Foundation has said very strongly: “Even if that were true, it is not comparable to what has been going on! How can that being compared with sisters being raped and people committing suicide in confinement?” This project is not something that any individual is doing. This is something that God is doing and that True Parents are leading directly, and our good ancestors are aggressively and actively cooperating in this effort.
So the chairman said: “Don’t worry, go ahead and do this!” So Mr Kim Jong Kwan in the Church headquarters, Mr Lee in Cheon Bok Gung, Mr Cho Sun Il in the world mission department, and myself, got together and figured out how to do this.
Then the Korean media began to take our side in this matter. The most famous wire service in Korea is the Yeon Hab Il; they have often covered this and sent this material out to all the news organizations in Korea.
Mrs Erikawa is on your right, she is crying out, holding a photograph in her hand. There are 7,000 Japanese wives who have married Korean men and who are now living in Korea. 300 of them, when they were in Japan, were victims of abduction and confinement. Many of them are still not able to go back to Japan, even 10-15 years after they’ve come to Korea. They have never been able to go back to their home, not that they don’t want to go, but because there are still people that are working in this abduction and confinement and the Japanese government is letting this continue.
So she held that photograph and cried out to the reporters who were there. This is not any old picture; this is a Japanese woman who married a Korean man, came to Korea and lived with that Korean husband, but when she went back to Japan to visit her home, she was abducted and confined. She suffered so much during that confinement, she was not able to endure the humiliation that she received, and she took her own life in confinement. But that is not a suicide! When a person dies like that in confinement, this is murder committed by the abducters.
This is how Mrs Erikawa cried out to the reporters, “In the 21st century, how can this kind of things be going on? We cannot allow this to continue. We cannot forgive those who are doing this. We will resolve this situation and bring back everything that was taken!” This is what Mrs Erikawa said.
Mrs Tanaka was standing next to her. She is the president of the Victims’ Association in Korea. Now for 15 years she’s been living here in Korea, her children are growing up, they want to go and see their grandparents but she said, “We cannot go. We have done nothing wrong! Our sin is to love Japan and to love Korea, to love these two countries together.” That is what she’s cried out.
This content was covered by the journalists there and was sent out across the world. The online site http://www.Kyunghyang.com put up a five-minute video. This is a weekly paper operated by a religious organization in Korea and because this is a Christian issue, they handled it.
This is not just a simple issue of abduction and confinement, so we cannot forgive Satan. God’s authority and the authority of True Parents must be re-established in Japan. That is the mission to which we are being called. The international president and the Foundation chairman have called us to this mission, and they are leading us in the forefront.
These photographs that you see here, are of the Japanese wives demonstrating in front of the Japanese embassy, wearing kimonos. The reporters are covering this demonstration. We are not going to stop here, we are on the first stage, second stage, third stage and we will continue. This is just the beginning. So, even if we all have to demonstrate in front of the embassy, and even if we all have to shave our heads and protest we will completely be victorious in this issue.
Same with the Japanese wives; on the right are the reporters and the demonstrators on the left. The media had such a great interest in this that there are actually more reporters than demonstrators. Now they are listening to what we want to say. Mrs Erikawa and Mrs Tanaka are carrying the petitions and the signatures to support the petitions and they are delivering this to the Japanese embassy. The police blocked the entrance to the embassy so that the journalists cannot get too close. But we were able to deliver the petitions as you see. Here this is Mrs Erikawa and Mrs Tanaka delivering the petitions to the Japanese embassy and the reporters are covering that event. The police, the embassy employees and the Japanese correspondents were also there covering this. After this, Mrs Erikawa was interviewed on the spot by AP and Reuters.
Second, last Wednesday, on April 21st, we all had our news conference in the Press Center. 250 Japanese wives were gathered there for the news conference. They wore their sashes and their kimonos and with a prayerful heart they attended the news conference. There, Mrs Erikawa said that in over 40 years, 4300 of our members have been abducted and confined. “This cannot happen!” she cried out to the reporters.
And Mr Goto Toru who was confined for 12 years and 5 months, spoke to the reporters about his experience, about his suffering during that time, and how he was confined. This is the apartment building where he was confined. The family had another home, but they rented this apartment specifically for the purpose of keeping him confined, on the top floor in this apartment building, and they kept him there. He was beaten, and he was not fed properly. He called out to the police while he was being taken there, but they didn’t help him. Finally he realized that the only way he could resist, the only way he could protest was by going on a fast.
This is not just his individual issue. This is a pain that we all share together with him, and this is our common sorrow. He would have liked to jump out of the window, but it was so high that he could not do that. He could not go out of the front door either as you see. This is how the front door was locked, double and triple locked. Everything was arranged in that apartment so that he could not escape.
This is not just one person that had this experience. 4300 people have experienced this pain and this suffering. Some don’t feel that they can return to the church, and some have gone to the spiritual world already. We need to resolve this situation.
This is the lock that was on the window. This apartment was arranged with all these locks so that he could not escape. Sometimes some young people would come, some Christian ministers would come to tourment him and to beat him. What Mr Goto is truly angry about is that these ministers and these leftist lawyers fooled his parents into going along into this kind of things. They defamed our church to his parents. He’s also angry with the Japanese government with allowing these kinds of things to go on.
Now, the Foundation chairman is working in Japan to resolve this situation, and is leading this effort directly.
This is another view of the news conference last Wednesday. This person was also victim of abduction and confinement when she was in Japan, and she’s reading out a statement of her experience. There are not just one or two like this. More than 300 Japanese wives, now living in Korea, had this experience when they were in Japan. We must make sure that all these 300 people are able to visit their homes. We need your prayers and we need your cheong seong.
Mr Goto came to Korea last week and he was interviewed by weekly papers and publications. “Breaking News” filmed this interview. They made a ten-minute video and placed it online.
And also the Japanese wives have put together a petition to President Myung Bok Lee of Korea and to the prime minister of Korea. They also sent it to the parliamentarians and to the members of the National Assembly in Korea. The Foundation chairman has told us to come up with a variety of strategies for this effort. One member of the Korean National Assembly this week is planning to meet the Japanese ambassador, and when he does, he’s going to file a formal complaint about this situation on our behalf.
This is part of the material that was sent to the president of Korea. And these are petitions that are being sent to others officials in Korea, to various VIPs. Now you’ve seen the wire services and how they are quoted in the newspapers, but the three major broadcasting companies in Korea, MBC, KBS and SBS, also covered it, and we are going to look at those reports.
Please pray and offer your cheong seong for the success of this project.
And now we will watch together a video about the demonstration in front of the embassy.
This is the Japanese embassy in Seoul, and the Japanese wives are gathered here preparing for their demonstration. 57:45 Mr Goto and Japanese wives singing holy songs.
“We are not just Japanese women but we were victims of abduction and confinement by people whose purpose it is to force us to give up our faith. Out 7000 Japanese wives, more than 300 were abducted and confined; we are gathered here today to represent those victims. We are very much aware that the Japanese ambassador is working very hard every day. We are Japanese women married to Koreans, and the reason why we’re here today representing these victims is that these things occurring to us interfere with our lives.
Such criminal activities abducting and confining members of the Unification Church in Japan, and forcing them to change their faith have been occurring for more than forty years. This includes Japanese members living in Korea with their Korean husbands. They became victims when they visited Japan. Until now we endured this silently, thinking it was just our own personal issue. Now though, many of our children have grown to an age when they can understand what is going on in society. So we can no longer remain silent. We now make public the reality of the unjust persecution that we are receiving in Japan. Because of our faith and the ongoing suffering that continues to this day, as we request protection and action to preserve our human rights; and we ask the Ambassador for your sincere understanding and support regarding this matter. Shikako Tanaka representative of Association of the victims of abduction and confinement and forced conversion and 323 others.
In May 1999 my uncle who was a member of the Communist party of Japan, and who opposed the Unification Church contacted my parents in Shinagawa Tokyo. At that time I had to discuss with my parents the teachings of the Unification Church. During my first abduction I was abducted and confined in room 307 of the Business Hotel in Yamanashi Hyon(state). When we arrived at the Yoshida Hotel, my father’s second youngest sister, Sumiko, and her husband, Sagara Hiromu were waiting for us. My father took my right arm, my aunt took my left arm, and they dragged me into the room. My parents took turns contacting a Christian minister several times during the day, and they conveyed to each other the instructions they received from that minister. For 4 days and more than10 hours a day Reverend Kyoko Kawasaki demanded that I give up my faith in the Unification Church.
There was a bathroom in this hotel room, but it had no windows. There are about 300 victims of abduction and confinement. Fifty of them have come here today as representatives. In Japan we joined the Unification Church, and believe the Reverend Sun Myung Moon to be the Second Coming of the Lord, the Savior and Messiah. We also believe that Korea is the Third Israel, and the Father Nation that will bring salvation to the world.
This is why we came to Korea according to God’s will. We have collected signatures from around the country to support these victims. We have here 11,057 signatures. You can see the signatures here. So why did we come here in front of the Japanese embassy? It is because if any of us victims try to go to Japan to visit our home and our nephews, there is a possibility that we could be abducted and confined. These people cannot go to Japan.
Here Mrs. Erikawa and Mrs. Tanaka are entering the Japanese embassy. We had been planning for many more women to come here and demonstrate, but because this was in front of an embassy, 50 was the maximum number that the police would allow. So after prior discussion with the police, it was agreed that the police would allow 50 to make this demonstration.
Kook Jin Nim speaks:
Hello brothers and sisters. How are you today? Today it’s going to be easy for me; I get to speak English. About a year ago, our True Parents asked me to go to Japan and manage the situation there. At that time it was a very difficult time, because the police were conducting quite an extensive investigation of our church. They actually have had nearly 10,000 law enforcement officers investigating our church. They were conducting arrests of our church members and they were raiding our churches- not just one or two places, but many, many. And during this time Father asked me to go and take a look at the situation, and manage the problem there. So, given that mission, I went to go do my job, and went to go look at the situation in Japan.
At that time, the government as well as our enemies, the Communists and the Christian ministers…. Of course, Christian ministers dislike our church very much, because they believe that we are heretics, and as you know, Christianity has a long history of exterminating heretics, from the time of the original division in the theology in the Arian debate. The Arians believed that Jesus Christ was a man and not a God; from then, they pretty much killed those Arians because they disagreed, they were preaching heresy. And of course you know about the Inquisition. And you know that during the Holocaust in Germany, the Catholic Church stayed pretty quiet, as millions of people were being exterminated. So we understand that in the history of Christianity there is this tendency to become very extreme and persecute “heretical organizations”.
And in Japan the Christian ministers have proclaimed us to be heretics. As a result they have been very extreme and tried to persecute our church, including lobbying to the government.
The Communists also in Japan have for a long time been our enemies, because we, very successful through our VOC movement, resisted the Communist infiltration of Japanese society, and succeeded in preventing many of their leaders from being elected into the Diet and Parliament. As a result, the Communist Party declared that they are going to make it their mission to destroy the Unification Church.
Now it is these two groups who manufactured the term “spiritual sales” and by manufacturing that term they lobbied with the government to claim that we are engaged in spiritual sales, and that we are engaged in fraudulent activities. And they use those accusations to get the government to persecute us.
Now, while these are somewhat serious charges, as commercial violation of law is an illegal violation, if it is true; but we can get back to that later. I had a chance to take a look at the situation in Japan. And what I have seen, after visiting over 70 churches, and I’ve talked to the brothers and sisters who have donated large amounts of money. In Japan if you go to any church you will find brothers and sisters who donated one million dollars, two million dollars, three million dollars, eight million dollars, ten million dollars. There is even a sister who donated one hundred million dollars. And I have met all these people because I have been out in the field on the front line, talking with our brothers and sisters. And then I asked them, “What moves you to donate so much money?” And you will see that in so many cases, our brothers and sisters will tell you that their ancestors came to them and told them to do it.
Our church in Japan is an extremely spiritual church, with a very high level of spirituality. Our brothers and sisters live the word, they live their faith, they breathe their faith and the spirit world lives together with them. It is not something which they conceptualize, like many of our brothers and sisters in the West, or even here in Korea. It is something that they see and feel every day, because they see the miracles and spirit world working through them and with them in all their activities. So if you meet the brothers and sisters in Japan, you’ve met Japanese brothers and sisters, have you found one that is dishonest? No! They are all extremely pure people; they are great brothers and sisters, as honest as you can get. They are unselfish and completely dedicated to God. That’s the reality.
I don’t know how much you know about Communists. One thing that the Communists believe is that God does not exist. And so, since they believe that God does not exist, they believe that spirit world does not exist. So if we have church members who are donating because the spirit world told them to do it, we must be a fraudulent organization. The Unification Church must be committing fraud. That is the basis of their logic. It is ridiculous, it is stupid! The government is a farce! And let me tell you why I think and know that the Japanese government’s persecution and accusations against the Unification Church is a farce. Look at what they have done to the Unification Church members.
Let me ask you a question. Kidnapping…is this a crime? Which crime is more serious: commercial violation of law, or kidnapping? Let me ask you this. Murder…is murder a crime? Which is more serious: commercial violation of law or murder? Rape…is rape a crime? Which is a more serious crime: commercial violation of law or rape? Let me ask you one question. Why in the world, is the government spending 10,000 officers, billions of dollars to investigate our church, and the only thing they can come up with is “commercial violation of law”, when they are refusing to investigate a kidnapping business which has kidnapped and tortured over 4,000 of its own citizens?
Would you like to answer that for me? What plausible answer is there to that question? It is plain and simple. The government policy of Japan is to persecute the Unification Church. That is their policy. That is why they are spending ridiculous amounts of Japanese taxpayers’ money to investigate us, while they do not take seriously any of these charges of kidnapping, for which we have tremendous amounts of evidence. You know Mr. Goto, he was in prison. He was kidnapped and incarcerated illegally for twelve and a half years. You saw his picture when he finally got out. He looked like a Holocaust victim. Did you know that he filed a criminal lawsuit against his kidnappers? Do you know what the prosecution did? They declined to prosecute. They declined to prosecute! They said there was insufficient evidence of a crime. Is this justice? This is the reality of what our church faces in Japan. We are under systematic persecution by the government, in conjunction with the Communist attorneys, and with the Christian ministers.
You know, one of the Christian ministers who is conducting these kidnappings, over 50% of his congregation are our church members whom he kidnapped and forced to join his church. And you know what? He is making them donate a lot of money to him. And you know what else? Do you know how much money the Christian ministers and the Communist attorneys get paid to kidnap one of our brothers or sisters? Per kidnapping they get between $30,000 and $100,000. And if you don’t have $30,000 or $100,000 they won’t kidnap for you. And then, do you know what the Communist attorneys do? Once they kidnap the person and they force them to leave the church, they make that person sue the church for the donations which he or she made; and then they get 30%.
This is a business. This is a kidnapping business. This is a trade in human misery. This is what is happening. These are the lies that are being spewed from those organizations. This is the bull crap, I am sorry to use that word, which is on the internet; and it is a pack of lies. And the accusations of the government are a farce. We are being persecuted in Japan. That’s the reality. My proof is all those victims. We have collected over 300 legal affidavits in Korea from the victims. In Japan we have already collected 60. We have over 350 in process. That is only a start. We have over 4,300 victims. These are legal affidavits. They are usable in court. We filed about nine of the cases that we had at the time to the U.N. Human Rights’ Commission. Upon receiving those cases and those documents and interviewing those victims, the U.N. Human Rights’ Commission accepted this issue as an issue of human rights’ violation. And that was just nine cases.
Now my sister has been working tirelessly in the US, meeting congressmen and explaining to them this issue of kidnapping. She has currently met over 30 Congressmen in the U.S. Congress. She met all of the congressmen in the Human Rights’ Committee, and we feel very confidently that we are getting very close to getting a congressional hearing on this issue. It is a very real possibility. As you have seen, the press has reported on this issue. We’ve shown them the documents; they’ve talked to the victims. They know it is real. We will send all of this documentation and all of this material to all the international media…CNN, the BBC, CBS, NBC, all the international media.
Brothers and sisters, we are being persecuted because of our faith and you have brothers and sisters who are dying, who are being tortured, who are being raped because of their faith. They are living their commitment. They are living their faith on a day to day basis; not talking about their faith, living it. They are really sacrificing their lives for the whole world. These are your brothers and sisters. These are really the saints and martyrs of our church. These are people we really need to embrace and uplift. They are our heroes. They really set the standard of how we should seek to live our lives, the standard of faith we should have to bring our faith to the entire world, because what we have been taught is truly, truly great. There really is no better understanding of God than the one which is taught through the Principle. None!
I know you have heard this before, but let me just say it again. Christianity is a very wonderful faith and a wonderful religion, and Jesus Christ brought a great deal of enlightenment to the world, but he died on the cross, and because he died on the cross, the faith and the theology is very incomplete. In many ways it is kind of irrational, if you really get into the workings of the theology and the practice of Christianity even in the major churches such as the Catholic Church.
The fundamental problem comes from the understanding of Christ and his role and what his relationship with God is. In Christian theology, basically, you have the concept of the Trinity. I don’t know how many of you understand Christianity? Do you know the concept of the Trinity? Three is One, and One is Three, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit? So you have one God, but there are three Gods, and three Gods but it is one God.
So the Muslims say, “Okay, Christians, you say that you are monotheistic and you believe in God, but what is it? You believe in three gods or in one?” That is the criticism they make of Christianity. Christianity didn’t like that so much so they said, “We’re monotheistic and we don’t like your criticism, so we’re going to kill you!” and they did. They went to the Crusades. That’s the reality, right? You can’t rewrite history. So that’s one contradiction.
The other contradiction is, when you study Christianity, what do they teach you about God’s divinity? Christianity teaches you that the divinity of God cannot be known. This is one of the fundamental pillars of Christian theology. Because man is so small, and so finite, and so much of the world, it is impossible for such a creature to understand the omnipotence, and the infinite nature, and the eternal nature of God the Creator. But then again, Jesus Christ said, “God is my Father,” and we are supposed to love Him, and we are supposed to try to emulate Him. But if I can never know Him, how can I love Him and emulate Him? I mean, this could drive me nuts!
This is the nature of Christian theology if you really study it. That’s why when people really study Christian theology, once they go from being a lay person to being a Christian theologian, a professional; many people go agnostic, because it doesn’t make sense. Come on! Do you want to get into the nuances of theology? Why do we look at Christian theology? Do you want to nitpick about that?
I think our theology is quite a bit more rational than that. We come very clearly; we explain what the purpose of man and woman is, the four position foundation, the role of the True Parents, and changing the lineage. We explain very clearly what it is they want us to do. They want us to inherit God’s divinity, and what is God’s divinity? It is true love. It is a love which can bring even Satan to voluntary surrender.
This theology that we have, this truth, this is the ultimate truth. It really completes what Jesus Christ started, the process of salvation. It substantiates it. This is the truth that we have from our True Parents. And it is because we have this ultimate truth, the truth from God, the truth that Satan the Devil has tried to keep from all of humanity. This is why we are being persecuted. This is why we are being defamed! It is the work of the Devil! There is evil in the world, and the evil is doing everything it can to prevent God’s word and God’s truth from being revealed to all the people of the world. This is the reality, brothers and sisters. This is the reality; we are being persecuted. We are at war with the Devil!
This is why we need your support. We really need you to understand the issues at play today, the real issues, not the issues which the people who are defaming us are saying, because they are a bunch of liars. It’s crap! The real issues, the real truth! Look at the real evidence, look at the evidence of these 4,300 victims who have been tortured, molested, killed, raped, without any justice! Then ask yourself, “What do you believe?” And if you believe what I am saying, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to sit back and let them do this? No. You should help. You should protest this evil. You should profess your faith. You should educate all the people in the world, reveal the truth, declare our True Parents, and restore this world. Thank you very much.
Hyung Jin Nim:
Brothers and sisters, let’s give it up for Kook Jin hyung, a true warrior of faith. Let’s bow our heads in prayer.
Dear most beloved Heavenly Father, dear most beloved True Parents, we thank You so much for this day, because, Father, we want to understand our brothers and sisters in Japan. We want to understand what they have gone through for the last 40 years as they sacrificed everything for the sake of the world providence. Nobody in the whole Unification Church can claim that. Everybody bows their head to those saints, those martyrs of our faith, who profess the name of True Parents wherever they go.
Father, that is the ideal, the standard from which we will learn our faith; a faith that is not afraid of injustice; a faith that is not afraid of what is popular; a faith that is not afraid of intimidation; a faith that is true, that is rooted in a deep love for God and humanity; a faith that is rooted in the redemption of sin, and freedom from sin to the everlasting life with You.
And Father, today we want to remember our brothers and sisters, because they are still suffering in Japan, and this problem is not fully dealt with. Father, we pray that all of the spirit world can be mobilized; that all of our brothers and sisters around the world will not only become conscious of this as some human rights’ violation, but as a violation of their own family, for our brothers and sisters in Japan are our family. They are our sisters and our wives, they are our mothers and our daughters.
And if we have any true compassion as Unificationists, as people who have found the returning Christ, then we will stand up for them. We will seek justice for them, so that they may be free from the chains which they are bound by, the chains of evil, the chains of the people who are under Satan’s dominion to work against such saints.
Father, we want to truly pray for them today. But we don’t want to simply have a shallow faith and just pray for them; we want to step up. We want to step up and support them. We want to support them in every single way possible. Father, we want to be able to distribute all the pamphlets to the nation of Korea, the nation of America, all the nations to understand what is truly happening; that the Unification Church is being systematically attacked, persecuted, and in an attempt at extermination, because of our faith.
Father, let us find justice this day. Let us find Your great hand of wisdom, and let us work with Your mercy and Your love, so that we can overcome this falsity, this evil, by the power of truth, by the power of goodness and by the power of true love.
We thank You so much, Father, that You join us from every corner of the world, and You join us even on the internet, and we pray that we may stand together as a community of faith that believes in True Parents as the Messiah and Savior. We don’t apologize for our faith. We are unapologetic about our faith and we are proud to be who we are. We stand up for the brothers and sisters who risk their lives every day to go out and fight for us and we step up this day to become more like them.
We thank You so much, and we pray all of these things with a deep and profound gratitude, and an everlasting love. We pray this in our own names, and in the name of our most beloved True Parents. Aju.