On Friday, January 11, the Heavenly Tribal Messiah Academy Leadership assembly kicked off in America at the International Peace Education Center (IPEC) in Las Vegas. The Heavenly Tribal Messiah Academy is a branch of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) International Headquarters dedicated to researching, promoting and providing resources for Tribal Messiahship activities all over the world.
“We were blessed this weekend to have Dr. Jin Hun Yong and Prof. Young Hwan Gil come from Korea and spend time with us,” shared Rev. Demian Dunkley, President of Family Federation for a Heavenly USA. “The content was rich,” he continued, “but also the format of their lectures was great because some of it was lecture-style, question and answer, and discussion; there was also a coaching method applied with lots of practical tips on how to take care of the members of your tribe starting with your family and with those whom you are working closely.”
Around 30 leaders from around America, including subregional directors, district pastors, and Heavenly Tribal Messiah coordinators or their representatives attended from each district. Everyone was inspired by the potential of the practical application, tools and approaches to taking care of people within a tribe beyond the act of giving them the Marriage Blessing, but building a heavenly culture with them. Participants are looking forward to adopting the principles but also the methods that can be applied to the American culture.
When asked, Demian shared in length his sense for things to come in 2019.
“This academy assembly was the perfect way to start this year. This year is going to focus on Tribal Messiahship and bringing victory for True Mother and True Parents. This was a perfect kickoff for TribeNet 2019, where we are now starting our 3-day TribeNet seminar with over 120 blessed families from around America.
“God has already fulfilled the conditions, True Parents have fulfilled the conditions, and I believe that the Blessed Families of America will fulfill the necessary conditions to save this nation by 2020. I believe that because I’ve seen with my own eyes the power of doing what it is our True Parents are asking us to do and seeing the miracles unfold. It’s not just about giving people the Holy Wine Ceremony in the park; we are first setting the conditions that will change our own minds and hearts.
“I hear time and again, testimony after testimony, how people who activated their Tribal Messiahship—taking even just one step towards it—have changed. Their relationship with their spouse changes, and their approach and mindset towards True Parents goes beyond their current status. Activating our Tribal Messiahship takes all of us beyond the small and tiny box of just talking about the church. We are entrusted with doing much more than building a cozy worship center or new denomination. We are building Cheon Il Guk. We are establishing Heavenly culture through our lives.”
At the breakfast table with True Mother on December 26, the subregional directors were asked to fulfill Tribal Messiahship in America. “She looked at us and she said, ‘Don’t think that it’s not possible. It’s unacceptable to think that it’s not possible. It is possible,’” Demian continued. “When she looked at us, she really looked at us. It’s like she was saying, ‘I know you can do it. You will do it.’
“Who is responsible for national restoration? When I was sitting at the breakfast table I was thinking, ‘I have to think it’s my responsibility—not just because I’m president, but because I have to think it’s my responsibility.’ I think True Mother is looking for us to have that kind of heart and that kind of determination. Spirit world is ready, the people are ready.
“What I’ve been telling people is, make the conditions and then go out and love the people that are praying to meet you because the foundation is there. The environment is ready. It’s super inspiring to come together with other church leaders and other Unificationists wherever you can, but here in Vegas there’s meaning. I’m inspired that others are inspired and that’s a good thing. It’s kind of like a wildfire that’s taking off in America and a lot will change this year.
“We’re now kicking off TribeNet, there’s going to be more to come.”