Concluding the South African Summit and Hyojeong Family Blessing Festival
The following is a letter from Dr. Young Ho Yun, Secretary-General, Cheon Jeong Gung Headquarters on December 10, 2019 about True Mother’s World Tour and the 40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course for the Firm Establishment of Cheon Il Guk, which began on Monday, November 18, 2019 leading up to the Clergy Rally on December 28 in Newark, New Jersey.
Beloved Cheon Il Guk leaders, blessed families!
May Heavenly Parent’s and True Parents’ blessings and grace be with you.
Just as we have witnessed, as Cheon Il Guk apostles, True Mother’s “40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course for the Firm Establishment of Cheon Il Guk” has been a course of colossal achievement that will be recorded for eternity within this unprecedented providence. At the São Tomé and Príncipe rally, True Mother stood at the forefront of the providence and showed us the model course for proclaiming national restoration. By hosting the African Continental Summit in partnership with the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and G5 Sahel, plus the Niger National-level Blessing Ceremony, which was also a Continental-level Blessing Ceremony and the first of its kind to ever be held in a Muslim country, and finally the substantial African Continental Blessing Ceremony held at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, True Mother was able to offer to Heaven the amazing and colossal proclamation of continental restoration.
As I mentioned in my previous letter, the downpour in South Africa was Heavenly Parent’s tears of joy that He endured over and over again for 6,000 years to embrace the continent of Africa. And those were God’s tears in compensation for the tears shed by True Mother during the last seven years.
True Mother departed from South Africa the following day, after victoriously dedicating the Continental-level Blessing Ceremony in South Africa to God. It rained without respite even on the day of True Mother’s departure. The endless downpour, however, no longer felt like rain of concern and worry, but like the divine water of Heaven’s blessings across the Heavenly African continent on the foundation of the African Continental Summit in Niger and the Continental-level Blessing Ceremony in South Africa.
On the day of her departure, True Mother had a breakfast and report meeting with African Regional Chair Bakary Camara, African UPF Chair and Special Emissary Kathy Rigney, and all leaders of Heavenly Africa, and spoke to them until right before her departure, giving them a lot of directives for the firm establishment of Heavenly Africa. At the meeting, Special Emissary Rigney reported the reflections of the noble group of African leaders and politicians that had participated at the Summit in Niger and the Blessing Ceremony in South Africa. According to special emissary Kathy Rigney, the AU and ECOWAS representatives and all other leaders expressed their high regard for True Mother’s peace vision in particular. She also conveyed testimonies to True Mother as God’s Only Begotten Daughter and the mother of peace and of all humanity. Then, Mamadou Gaye, vice-chair of UPF-South Africa (who was also in charge of media while holding a position at FOX TV Africa) reported of the amazing live media coverage of the Blessing Ceremony by SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) and other media broadcasting across Africa, including media testifying to True Mother as God’s Only Begotten Daughter.
After the breakfast meeting, True Mother held a brief Victory Celebration with all leaders and members before leaving for the airport. True Mother joyfully accepted the bouquet of flowers and a five-tier cake carefully prepared on behalf of the leaders and members of Heavenly Africa. True Mother and all those who attended shared the joy of the proclamation of the substantial Heavenly Africa, and expressed their sincere gratitude to True Mother for blessing Africa as “the first” and as a continent of hope by becoming Heavenly Africa, from previously being “the last” and a continent of despair and oppression.
What was very significant was the unexpected participation of the special assistant of President Ramaphosa of South Africa. President Ramaphosa arrived in South Africa late on the day of the Blessing Ceremony, after concluding an Africa Summit meeting and his official travel schedule. After listening to a report of the event from Minister Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu, his official representative at the Blessing Ceremony, as well as seeing media coverage of the event in South Africa and across Africa, He sent his special assistant to bring a message that he would like to meet True Mother in person. The president had hoped to arrange a meeting with True Mother in the afternoon of the day of her departure, but because True Mother’s departure schedule had already been decided, True Mother instead briefly spoke with the President’s special assistant. A meeting between True Mother’s delegation and President Ramaphosa is currently being worked out.
My heart was completely sentimental. I reminisced how the South African government had prevented True Parents from coming to South Africa in the past. But now, I feel that South Africa entered the stage of complete and secure establishment in attending True Mother in South Africa through the Cape Town Rally for the Advancement of Hope (Summit and Blessing Ceremony) held in November last year, the Johannesburg Rally for the Advancement of Hope (Summit and Blessing Ceremony) held this year in June, and finally the Africa Continental Summit and Blessing Ceremony hosted at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. This was a precious opportunity that made me feel we have entered an amazing era of heavenly nations and heavenly continents, in which people are seeking to attend True Mother on the national as well as the continental level, and that this era is becoming firmly established in reality.
On her way to the airport True Mother expressed how truly pleased she was. As I mentioned in a previous letter, Prophet Radebe told us that when True Mother arrived in South Africa, the police had not followed protocol and entered the lounge to see True Mother and that True Mother had received a “protocol of filial love,” that even the President of South Africa may not have received so far. Though it was the South African government that dispatched the police to escort True Mother, we later learned that the dispatched police escort was comprised of followers of Prophet Radebe. As a result, they all longed to see True Mother up close, no matter how briefly, and attended True Mother with all their sincerity.
After arriving at the airport, True Mother met briefly with Prophet Radebe and his wife. Mother encouraged Prophet Radebe, who had worked hard for this rally, and blessed him centered on the entire African foundation she has achieved. The Prophet was truly grateful and expressed his determination to attend True Mother and move forward. True Mother blessed and wished Prophet Radebe’s wife, who is pregnant with their third child, a safe delivery. Lastly, she had Prophet Radebe and his wife stand on each side of her seat and took a commemorative photo with them. I felt this was a commemorative photo of a victory that will remain in history. True Mother departed South Africa at exactly 10 o’clock in the morning.
In this manner, True Mother brought to a close the course of the Heavenly African Continental-level Rally for the Advancement of Hope, a course of re-creation that she had walked for 10 days, beginning with her arrival in Niger in West Africa on November 27 (11.1 by the heavenly calendar) and concluding with the Continental-level Blessing Ceremony in South Africa on December 7, 2019 (11.11 by the heavenly calendar).
A very significant aspect of this course is that the Rally for the Advancement of Hope in Niger began on 11.1 by the heavenly calendar. I believe that the three number ones in the date form a trinity, and hence, signify ‘firm settlement.’ Likewise, the Rally for the Advancement of Hope in South Africa took place on 11.11 by the heavenly calendar, and I believe that the four number ones in that date form a four-position foundation, and signify that the Heavenly Africa vision will expand in all ‘four directions.’ This way, True Mother walked a course of re-creation for 10 days from 11.1 to 11.11 by the heavenly calendar, and proclaimed the ‘completion of Heavenly Africa on the continental-level,’ which contains the meaning of number 10, the number of perfection. And on December 8, the number that symbolizes a new beginning, True Mother departed from South Africa to make another start on the amazing substantial foundation of having proclaimed the continental restoration of Heavenly Africa.
There is no such thing as a coincidence in the providence. I am truly grateful at the mysterious ways Heaven has worked centered on True Mother. I naturally offered gratitude for True Mother’s unstoppable advancement as she declared the continent of Africa to be the substantial Heavenly Africa continent, and moved beyond the heavenly continent to the heavenly world. My heart felt so full at the thought that I was living in this wonderful time, in True Mother’s time, and I couldn’t help feeling so grateful.
Respected leaders, beloved members!
True Mother is now offering serious devotion for another providential development. Although the Palauan Rally for the Advancement of Hope is included in the 40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course, True Parents will preside over the Palauan rally, but will do so through Hoon-sook Nim, as her representative. Hoon-sook Moon, the International President of WFWP, and Yeon-ah Moon, Chair of the HJ World Peace Foundation, have already arrived in Palau. They presided over the welcoming dinner banquet yesterday as True Mother’s special envoys. On behalf of True Mother, they will also preside over the Summit, which a number of first ladies will attend, and the Palauan National Blessing Ceremony.
There are profound reasons for which True Mother is sending members of the True Family as her special envoys to the Rallies for the Advancement of Hope hosted during this 40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course. True Mother wants to pass on her realm of victory to the True Family members by having them follow the model course of national restoration that True Mother has pioneered, a path that no one has taken until now. She wishes to establish the condition that the True Children of the True Family participated in bringing about the 2020 grand finale, True Parents’ Centenary and 60th Holy Wedding Anniversary.
As True Mother prepared for the 40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course, on the foundation of the national restoration model course of São Tomé and Príncipe, True Mother took on the challenge of achieving a model course for continental restoration, beyond national-level restoration, through the Continental-level Summit in Niger (and Blessing Ceremony) and the Continental-level Blessing Ceremony in South Africa. That great challenge bore great victory. Now, it is our responsibility to follow the model course of national restoration that True Mother has passed down to us, and to join hands, both the True Family and leaders of our movement, in dedicating national restoration.
To succeed in this course, True Mother has walked a path that has required her to push herself to an inexpressible degree. Mother has had to endure not only swollen legs that made it difficult for her to stand, but also other very challenging pain during the course of her speaking tour. As True Parents’ child, I could not but grasp at my heart in tremendous anguish and look in tears as True Mother made decisions and pushed forward by herself. And I believe I am not alone here, and that all our Cheon Il Guk leaders and members feel the same way, too.
Early the next morning after the Continental-level Blessing in South Africa, True Mother said, “I prayed all night,” and on that basis, made the decision to send Sun-jin nim and her husband as True Mother’s special envoys to the Rally for the Advancement of Hope in the Dominican Republic, just as she has done for Palau, to pass on True Mother’s victory to the True Family, and have them join in the holy work of VISION 2020. True Mother decided to go to the United States in order to offer devotions for the victorious dedication of the Rally for the Advancement of Hope in New York, the final event on her itinerary, and thus gave special guidance to members of the True Family and our movement’s leaders.
When I received her words and instructions, my heart felt truly apologetic and sorry. Seeing how True Mother is directly presiding over, and seeking to successfully dedicate to Heaven the 40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course right up until till the final Rally for the Advancement of Hope in the United States, I felt tremendously regretful and sorry to True Mother as her child, as well as someone attending her closely.
But because True Mother is the owner of the providence, her will to liberate our Heavenly Parent from His deep and bitter anguish and to bring to a conclusion True Father’s legacy is unbending. That is why Mother is offering her sincere devotion to preside over the 40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course right to the end. From the standpoint of True Parents’ children, all we can do for our True Mother is to offer prayer and devotion with a sincere heart for True Mother to be triumphant in her 40-day course, and, above all, pray and offer devotions in all sincerity for True Mother’s good health and safety as she passes through all the difficulties involved.
Today, True Mother is arriving in the United States. Once more she is offering serious devotion for the events of December 28.
Beloved Cheon Il Guk Leaders, beloved members!
I would like to ask you to pray for True Mother’s good health. Please pray for the victory of the remaining part of the 40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course for the Firm Establishment of Cheon Il Guk, and for the Rallies for the Advancement of Hope in Palau [in the South Pacific] and the Dominican Republic [in the Caribbean] in which members of the True Family are participating as True Mother’s special envoys.
With my thanks.