The Heavenly Africa Blessing (Liberation Ceremony of Africa by the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind)
‘Africa Summit 2018’, sponsored by and in collaboration with the Senegalese government, was hosted by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center (CICAD) on 12.2 by the heavenly calendar in the 6th year of Cheon Il Guk (Jan. 18, 2018). True Mother spoke on the theme, ‘Heavenly Africa: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values’, and declared the African continent as the ‘Heavenly African Continent’.
True Mother: “As a Heavenly Africa that attends God, I sincerely hope that Africa becomes a light and the pride of the world. In resolving its painful past, the continent of Africa should begin a new history standing at the center of Heaven’s Providence.”
True Mother visited Gorée Island, the infamous slave-trading center, on 12.3 by the heavenly calendar (Jan. 19, 2018). She visited the tragic island from which millions were transported into slavery in pain and misery, away from their hometowns in Africa. Here, she liberated the resentment and pain of Africa. Africa was therefore able to usher in the providential spring time and take its first step toward a Heavenly Africa that attends God and overcomes territorial conflicts, religious conflicts, racial strife, poverty and hunger, violent extremism and other social problems.
On 12.8 by the heavenly calendar (Jan. 24, 2018), True Mother emphasized that the fields have been plowed and the time has come to sow the seeds and grow roots, giving the divine instructions that FFWPU-Africa be restructured, and encouraging Heavenly Africa to make a new start under the newly structured organization.
Rally of Hope for the Advancement of the Providence in Heavenly Europe (Peace Starts With Me – Vienna 2018)
The ‘Peace Starts with Me – Vienna 2018’ Rally was held in the Wiener (Vienna) Stadthalle citizens’ hall on 3.14 by the heavenly calendar in the 6th year of Cheon Il Guk (Apr. 29, 2018), with 12,000 partici pants from around 60 countries as well as important leaders such as Archbishop Dr. Johannes N. Ndanga of the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe and former Austria Defense Minister Dr. Werner Fasslabend, among others, in attendance. On this day, True Parents spoke on the theme, “The Way for Humanity Live in Peace.”
True Mother: “The European region is a region that Heaven has prepared. Europe laid the scientific developments of modern civilization. Today, however, the future of human life and even the planet we live on cannot be guaranteed because of the many problems we face. We have reached the limit of what human strength alone can do. People must know what kind of being the owner of the universe, God, our creator, is. Only through knowing that can all problems be solved. The long period of 6,000 years was a tearful and painful time for Heavenly Parent. I sincerely hope that Europe will become a proud region that saves the world, attends Heavenly Parent, and spreads out the hyojeong revolution of the culture of heart, which shares true love centered on True Parents, to the entire world.”
The Victory Celebration for the ‘Peace Starts with Me – Vienna 2018’ was held in the presence of the True Parents on 3.15 by the heavenly calendar (Apr. 30, 2018) in Vienna Center. More than 1,000 people including key leaders from Korea, Japan, USA, Europe, and the rest of the world as well as core members participated. On this day, True Parents blessed the European continent as ‘Heavenly Europe’ and acknowledged the first generation of European members, who have led mission work in Europe until now.
On the same day, at 2 p.m., a liberation ceremony was held at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, one of the most notorious among the Nazi concentration camps, in accordance with True Parents’ special instructions. Lee Gi-seong, Chairman of FFWPU for a Heavenly Korea, offered a report to Heaven that directly connected the Mauthausen concentration camp and the Jeongshim Won prayer hall at the Cheongpyeong training center, and liberated the spirits of victims of World War II.
2018 Rally of Hope for the Advancement of the Providence in Latin America (2018 Latin America Summit)
The ‘Rally of Hope for the Advancement of the Providence in Latin America’ was co-sponsored by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) and Universal Peace Federation (UPF), and held in Allianz Park Arena in São Paulo, Brazil, on 6.3 by the heavenly calendar in the 6th year of Cheon Il Guk (Aug. 4, 2018). Some 30,000 people gathered from over 40 nations. They included top leaders including current and former heads of state, speakers and vice-speakers, parliamentarians, religious leaders and peace ambassadors as well as the central members of Latin America. On this day, True Parents gave a speech under the theme, “Become a Heavenly Latin America that protects this beautiful earth,” and offered an invocation for the Latin American continent to become ‘Heavenly Latin America.’
True Mother: “More than twenty years ago, True Parents initiated providential projects centered on the Amazon basin and the Paraguay River basin with the hope to bring Latin America, and, in particular, North America, into unity. We sought to resolve the food shortage crisis and preserve basic natural resources, such as clean water and air, which are essential to human existence. These most precious resources, however, are disappearing today due to human ignorance and the problem cannot be solved unless we return to our original state at the time of God’s creation. Having foreseen this phenomenon, we began providential work to safeguard the Amazon basin and the Paraguay River basin. People today are desperately feeling this and desiring a solution. Believing that collective effort is essential, more so than singular effort, I have come here today with the hope that the thirty-three Latin American nations together with the fifty US states can become one and take on a central role in protecting and preserving our God-created Mother Earth. I sincerely hope that Latin America, which has been blessed by Heaven, becomes Heavenly Latin America that attends God and fulfills all its responsibilities in front of Heaven.”
Prior to the main rally, an interreligious holy water ceremony was conducted by religious leaders representing different faiths (the Roman Catholic Church, Protestantism, Islam, FFWPU, Judaism, Hinduism, Bahaism, the Umbanda native religion of Latin America, Candomblé). Each representative poured a glass of water into one large bowl and prayed for religious harmony.
Rally of Hope for the Advancement of the Providence in Zimbabwe (Peace and Family Festival and Blessing in Zimbabwe)
True Mother arrived in Harare Airport, Zimbabwe on 10.12 by the heavenly calendar in the 6th year of Cheon Il Guk (Nov. 19, 2018). She was welcomed by Defense Minister Oppah Muchinguri. After arriving at the hotel, Mother spoke with the defense minister and other Christian leaders present at the hotel. The following day, she met and spoke with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had invited her to a banquet.
Mission work in Zimbabwe began when missionaries were dispatched to the world in 1975 and the recent close connection with Archbishop Ndanga, President of the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ), led to the launching of FFWPU in Zimbabwe and the Hyojeong Cosmic Blessing Ceremony of 4,000 Couples.
The Rally of Hope for the Advancement of the Providence in Zimbabwe was held as the ‘Peace and Family Festival’ Blessing Ceremony at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, with about 50,000 local leaders and members in attendance, on 10.14 by the heavenly calendar in the 6th year of Cheon Il Guk (Nov. 21, 2018).
True Mother: “Because of Your love for Zimbabwe, You have sent Your only daughter, the True Mother, to Zimbabwe to bless the 120,000 couples of good men and women here today. Beginning from this Blessing by the True Parents in Zimbabwe, please enable the entire continent of Africa to become Heavenly Africa centered on God, and Zimbabwe a Heavenly Zimbabwe, that render joy and glory to You. I sincerely pray and declare that they will take the lead in establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth that overflows with freedom, equality, and happiness. Aju!”
True Parents, who had begun the Heavenly Africa providence, headed to South Africa after blessing Zimbabwe as Heavenly Zimbabwe. Three days later, on 10.17 by the heavenly calendar in the 6th year of Cheon Il Guk (Nov. 24, 2018), the 2018 Interfaith and Peace Blessing Ceremony officiated by the True Parents was held, as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s Birth, at Cape Town International Convention Center. The events were co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the Royal House of Mandela.
True Mother: “The world today is suffering from many unpredictable problems rooted in racial, religious, and ideological issues, as well as due to cultural and national barriers. God, however, desires to establish the peaceful Kingdom of Heaven on earth by realizing one big family under God on earth. I offer my gratitude and praise to Heaven as a new history begins through the good men and women who are receiving the Blessing here today as part of the 430,000 couples. I sincerely pray that each couple can form a family that lives for the sake of others, takes responsibility over future generations, creates a culture and an environment that can bring about a world of happiness, and fulfill their responsibility as parents.”
Heavenly Nepal ‘Peace Family Festival’
The ‘Peace and Family Festival – Happy Family, Prosperous Nation’ Blessing Ceremony hosted by FFWPU, was held on 10.25 by the heavenly calendar (Dec. 2, 2018). True Parents presided over this event, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal, under the theme, ‘Happy Family, Prosperous Nation’. Some 4,500 people participated in total. Among them, 2,100 were former or current prime ministers and other leaders attending the Asia Pacific Summit, 700 mayors and their spouses from around Nepal, professors and peace ambassadors, while the remaining participants had come from overseas. The entire ceremony in Hyatt Regency Hotel was webcast live.
True Mother: “Through God’s only begotten Daughter, who emerged in Asia after 6,000 years, this will become a time upon which the people of this nation, who have suffered until now, will become liberated and receive Heaven’s blessings through the grace of the Blessing given by the True Parents. It is now time for the 700 mayors across Nepal and the 1,500 couples who have gathered here today to become blessed children of Yours through the True Parents. O God, please accept them in joy! Through this time, You are blessing all couples here as blessed couples that all people can look upon, and Nepal as a model nation in front of the world. O Heavenly Parent, please raise this nation to become a beacon of light for Asia in the future.”
During this event, an interfaith peace prayer and water ceremony was led by different faith representatives (Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam) and True Parents specially presented a ‘Good Governance Award’ to Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The mayors of Nepal also made public their statement of their resolve to establish the Mayors Federation for World Peace.
The government of Nepal specially designated Dec. 29, 2018, the day True Mother arrived, as a temporary holiday, to welcome True Mother. H.E. Madhav Nepal, former Prime Minister of Nepal and Leader of the Nepal Communist Party, as well as the Minister of Culture met True Mother at the airport. About 5,000 citizens welcomed True Mother along the route from the airport to the hotel. Despite some local opposition to this rally, the president personally sent an official letter that permitted the historic Blessing of 700 mayor couples. Five members of the National Assembly of Korea were also in attendance.
to be continued