Camberg, Germany, August 29, 2010
Guten Morgen! I hope, I said that right? It’s actually quite freezing in Germany. So maybe we can open some windows and really get cold, to stay awake. (laughter) I am heading to Great Britain today and then back to Korea. So, we have some Brits here? (cheers) All right, all right! We are very grateful to be able to come to Europe at this time.
Actually we never planned to come to Europe, at this time, because I feel that I haven’t finished all my work that I have to do in Korea first. From the very beginning people requested, “Please do a world tour”. But I felt from the beginning, it is not appropriate for me to do a world tour. I felt that I have to first make real results that I can show. So we worked in Korea and we are able to turn around the media. We are now able to be fully self-sufficient as a church, which means that we don’t receive any support from our brothers and sisters in Japan. We are actually at a stage now where we can support them. Just a little bit, but it is so much different from the situation that was before. So, we are very proud of that.
Church Growth in Korea
As you know, the church in Korea in 1970, as in many countries, had nationwide about 16,000 members. That was a lot of members. There were no real big mega churches at that time, so that was a huge congregation that father had. But then by 2005 we had about 11,000 members attending Sunday service. So as you see, we did not even get one new member as a movement. We didn’t grow. We didn’t just stagnate, we grew negatively. So we’ve lost members. This is, of course, not good. We had to address this problem. There were very serious changes that had to be done.
I am very happy to say that after about a year and a half of making systematic changes, we are becoming transparent as a church and strengthening the organization. I am very grateful for my brother Kook Jin Hyeong who helped me greatly in that task. We went from 11,000 members all the way up to 23,000 in about a year and a half. We are very proud that the Unification Church is now a growing church in Korea. It’s now a much more popular church than what it was in the past. The media has very kindly helped us. You can see that they were honest and they were moving in a trustworthy direction. There is a lot of exciting things going on in Korea, but we are still not anywhere near where we have to be.
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