Co-Owners of the Vision: Donors’ Luncheon

The banquet for American donors to the International Peace Education Center took place on the evening of Friday, May 29, 2015. The event has been three years in the making, and the room filled with cheerful, excited chatter, as attendants, who made great offerings of heart, gathered to celebrate the sanctification and opening of the education center.

In her welcoming introduction, Mrs. Alexa Ward, Vice President of Family Federation For World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) USA, thanked the attendants and expressed her hope that the evening would be a warm, celebratory, fun evening.

The evening began with a video presentation of the founder, Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s, work in Las Vegas. He chose to spend the last five years of his life here, with the vision to turn the “sin city” into the “shining city.” The video highlighted some of the projects that Father and Mother Moon initiated in Las Vegas.

Mrs. Ward introduced Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Continental Chairman of FFWPU North America, who gave the welcoming address. She told the audience that Dr. Kim has a single-minded focus on representing Father and Mother Moon’s vision here in the United States.

Dr. Kim addressed the attendants warmly and thanked them for their generous, heartfelt support. He also took a moment to thank the 40,000 members of FFWPU Japan who contributed to the building of the Peace Center. He expressed how touched he was by their support.

Japanese participants offer a song.

Rev. Levi Daugherty gave the invocation for the dinner, and then the donors enjoyed good food and good company. As the desert was served, there were several musical offerings from donors. The program was followed by three couples who shared about the circumstances that allowed them to contribute to the the Peace Center fund.

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Alexa invited Dr. Michael Balcomb, President of FFWPU USA, to give the final remarks. She called him “a man of deep faith, and a broad, caring heart.”

In his final remarks, Dr. Balcomb said, “Yesterday was kind of a bittersweet dedication for Mother Moon, because she knew that Father Moon wanted to see the Peace Center during his lifetime.” Father Moon ascended in 2012, three years before the Peace Center was built.

“This house is God’s house,” said Dr. Balcomb. “I hope that when you go there, you don’t feel like guests, you’ll feel like hosts. I hope you feel the privilege of being the co-owner of the house of God.”

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