Report by Fabrice Djimadoum
The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification held the historial 2019 Africa Inauguration Ceremony of Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center and Inauguration of Heavenly Africa Branch President, Rev. Chung Jin Hwa. The events took place from January 19 to 20, 2019 at Barlastone Park, Lusaka, Zambia.
This launch in Zambia marks the same day, the 19th January 2018 when True Mother offered the Special Prayer of Liberation of Spirits at Gorée Island, Dakar, Senegal.
Around 530 participants from 12 nations witnessed the grand inauguration of Heavenly Africa Branch. The majority of Members travelled long distance by road, some spent 3 to 4 days to reach Zambia. The event was not only attended by members but also several dignitaries such as the Special Emissary for Southern Africa Region, Rev. and Mrs. Robert Williamson, Archbishop Dr. Johannes N. Ndanga, Founder and President, Apostolic Christian Churches of Zimbabwe (ACCZ), and Chairman of Heavenly Africa Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD), Rev. David Musonda Masupa Chairman Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) Zambia Chapter and Executive Director of Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ), Chief Ishima, Chieftainess Mwenda, Dr. Ernest Beele, UPF Peace Council, Rev. Serge Kalume Changa, in charge United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Lilayi Branch among others Guests present.
On the first day the program started with Hoon Dok Hae at 6AM then later in the morning, the Inauguration Ceremony of the Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center for Heavenly Africa Branch and Inauguration of the Heavenly Africa Branch President, Rev. Chung Jin Hwa. The MC of the event was Rev. David Isaac Phiri, FFWPU Zambia President who introduced the program of the event. He said, “we are witnessing a historical event rich in content”. Next, the participants sang together Cheon Il Guk Anthem followed by a moving opening prayer given by Rev. Mwalagho Kililo, from Kenya and Sub-Regional Director for East Africa.
Rev. Rudolf Faerber, Secretary General of UPF Zambia, gave the welcome remarks. In his comments, he said it was such a privilege to have the training center and further thanked True Parents for expanding the CheongPyeong providence to enable more members from Africa the opportunity to attend CheongPyeong. He finally reminded participants that True Mother in August 2018 directed the opening of Branch Centers in Heavenly Asia-Pacific, Heavenly Latino America, Heavenly europe and Heavenly Africa which is now accomplished.
On this occasion the Regional Group Chairman was represented by his son Isaac Camara, who read the congratulatory message as the Group Chairman was on duty in Dakar, Senegal. He encouraged participants to embrace the grace which has been bestowed upon Africa through the establishment of Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center. Together the members present, all expressed their gratitude to Heavenly Parent and True Parents for such great benefit for Africa. He finally reminded that, last year, on January 19, 2018, True Mother made a special prayer at Gorée Island liberating the spirits of slaves who were sold against their will and mistreated by slave masters, as this was the beginning of the liberation of Africa.
He further stated that ”Today, we are celebrating the fulfilment of True Mother’s instruction, which was followed by the appointment of the Cheongpyeong Regional President for Heavenly Africa as well as the training of the staff to manage this Cheongpyeong Branch. “Heaven has made Zambia the spiritual center of Heavenly Africa. This is what this launching ceremony is all about! Zambia is very honored to welcome you!”
We are looking forward to working with you for national restoration. Let’s offer as many nations as possible to our Beloved True Parents!
He finally congratulated Zambian brothers and sisters and emphasized that it is a very important blessing from our Heavenly Parent and True Parents. As you know, a blessing always comes with responsibility. He encouraged all to do more than just their best to fulfil their responsibility because the whole of Heavenly Africa is looking up to them, counting on them.
Later, participants had a privilege to watch a congratulatory Video message of Rev. Lee Gi Seong, President of the Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center In his address, the Cheongpyeong Branch President thanked True Parents for entrusting him a huge responsibility as this continent is connected to him.
Also, Bishop David Masupa, Archbishop Ndanga gave inspiring and moving congratulatory remarks. In their remarks, they thanked True Mother for opening a branch of CheonPyeong in Africa.
In his Inaugural Address, Rev. Chung started his speech by quoting True Parents Words. Afterwards he explained about the background and the realization of Cheongpyeong’s Providence and the advancement of the process of liberation and blessing of the ancestors, thanks to every Jeongseong made by True Parents and their direct mastery of Cheongpyeong’s spiritual work. He encouraged all the blessed families to take advantage of the opening of the Heavenly Africa Branch to liberate and Bless their ancestors in this time of grace by our beloved True Parents.
During his introductory address, Rev. Chung Jin Hwa stated the importance of Cheongpyeong Providence Branch in Africa. He further highlighted the different activities conducted in the Training Center.
After the moving message from Rev. Chung, participants led by United Church of Zambia Lilayi congregation Choir offered an inspirational composition accompanied by African dance which was dedicated to the Heavenly Africa Cheonpyeong Branch President as the way to welcome him in Africa.
To conclude the first part, three Cheers of Eog Mansei conducted by Rev. Ledwaba Moruti, National Leader for Zimbabwe resounded in the hall.
In the afternoon, we had Special Lectures about the Cheongpyeong Works, by Rev, Chung, and Rev. Eugene Ahondjo Lecturer Heavenly Africa Cheongpyeong Branch.
In the afternoon, participants were blessed to a Special Lectures about the Cheongpyeong Works, by Rev. Chung Jin Hwa and Lecturer of Heavenly Africa Cheongpyeong Branch on the importance and benefits of Chanyang sessions followed by Hyojeong Offering Paper, the CIG house of ancestors, the HyoJeon Cheon Won Project Video. In addition, we had a video presentation on a Yeoksa Session.
Rev. Chung, the Cheonpyeong Staff Heavenly Africa and other invited guests participated actively in the seminar and Chanyang sessions, centered on Branch Leader Rev. Chung.
On the second day, members had a morning devotion and HDH, Rev. David Isaac Phiri, National leader of Zambia spoke about God based on True Father’s Words extracted from Cheon Seong Gyeong. The Ancestor Liberation Ceremony, Spirit World and Physical World Matching Workswere held. After members participated in the liberation of their ancestors, they felt a great energy and high spirit with Chanyang liberation session which lasted for sixty minutes.
The Hyojeong Offering Ceremony for Inheritance of Heavenly Fortune was held in a beautiful and exciting ceremony in presence of Heavenly Africa Group Chairman, Rev. Bakary Camara and the Heavenly Africa Cheongpyeong Heavenly Training Center Branch, Rev. Chung Jin Hwa.
Next, was a colorful Ancestor Liberation Ceremony, Spirit World and Physical World Matching Workshop and Ancestor Blessing Ceremony was held. Afterwards, The Group Chair, Rev. Bakary gave a special remarks. In his message, encouraged blessed families to inherit True Parents efforts. Rev. Chung gave also an important message. He promised to raise up young generation on behalf of Rev. Camara who has been investing all his best to raise future leaders. He further explained the historical background of Hyojeong Offering Ceremony for Inheritance of Heavenly Fortune.
At the end, Mrs. Katrina Ghomsi presented a Congratulatory Song entitled “You raise me up” with her beautiful voice in a serene atmosphere. Finally, participants sang together Sarang Hae and traditional Zambian worhsip songs.
The historical event was concluded with colorful performances and dances from brothers and sisters from DR Congo, Kenya and Zambia from Heavenly Shining Africa Choir, a wonderful performance by Tongil Moodo members who recently graduated, Music instructor, Professor Jackson with his original hands on the keyboards, presented two captivating emotional songs.
All the participants expressed great joy and gratitude to True Parents for this abundant blessing which was bestowed to them. With the opening of the Cheongpyeong branch in Heavenly Africa, Zambia, the members experienced a spiritual revival and felt the great love that Heavenly Parents and True Parents.
Below are some Testimonies from the participants:
- Mrs Violet Kantakaluba: “Today I Had One Experience During Todays Changyang and sending off our ancestors when we were praying and calling upon our ancestors as I was praying and reporting the problems I go through so that they can help me I suddenly felt a touch on my shoulder but when I opened my eyes to see who was touching me the was nobody there”.
- Nixon Mumba From Luangwa: “I was invited to attend the Changyang Yeoksa, when i arrived i was having a strong pain in my stomach so after I attended the Changyang Yeoksa I was relieved of the pain that I had, at the moment am feeling ok… Thank you Heavenly Parent and True Parents”.
- Pastor Fewdes Chiboboka: “I Got The Blessing In 2015 I Was Among The Four Who Got The Blessing Initiated By Our Regional President Rev Bakary Camara, after getting the blessing I have been doing HTM activities held and blessing of more than 15000 couples. During Changyang and Ancestor Liberation I saw my father and uncle who passed away they came beside me and started encouraging me to go on preaching and do HTM activities.
- Margret Kantakaluba: “After the Ancestors Liberation I felt so emotional and started crying “then I felt relieved”.
- Prophetess Norah: “When we were clapping and singing, I saw the heaven opened and I saw True Father Moon wearing a crown, he was with 12 angels. He told me to pray hard several times.
- Bishop Masupa: We want to thank our true mother for bringing the CheongPyeong Providence to Zambia. it was my first time to attend the Changyang session and Ancestor Liberation. I experienced a strange deliverance act and was relieved from the pain I felt in my arm. I would like to encourage executive members of the public to come in numbers and attend Changyang Sessions. Thank You”.
- Arcbishop Ndanga: “This Is my third time attending Changyang Sessions”.