Famicon 2018: As One
Famicon 2018 continued on March 12 with its first full day, as participants focused on True Parents’ life course and connecting with one another.
The participants began their day with hoon dok hwe (daily scripture reading), as Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Regional Chairman of Family Federation North America, encouraged everyone to connect not just with True Parents, but with everyone else: “Please don’t miss the opportunity to talk to one another. It’s great to hold big events, but it’s when we connect with each other that we create a foundation for something great.”
After a day full of lectures delivered by Rev. Masayuki Kachi, in which the Unificationists began to learn more deeply about True Parents’ life course, the representatives shared their reflections from the day with other members of their particular subregion. “It was the first time that the representatives of our subregion have gotten together since True Mother created the five subregions in December,” said Rev. John Jackson, Southwest Subregional Director.
Rev. David Rendel, Midwest Subregional Director, echoed Rev. Jackson’s enthusiasm about the subregional representatives getting to know one another and connecting in heart through Famicon: “We found that there’s an amazing diversity in our subregion with all different nationalities and ages represented, said Rev. Rendel. He continued, “In our reflections, we focused on the internal content, bonding about True Father’s experience at Heungnam and how he has always been loving us.”
Many others were moved to tears as they listened to Rev. Kachi begin to explain True Parents’ life course. Below are a few reflections from the participants!
It’s really nice to hear the stories about when True Father was a child, roaming through the mountains and having to curiously check out every little bird, because these are the stories I grew up with when I was little. When my parents told me these stories, I remember thinking, “I want to be like True Father.” It would be nice to compile stories like this for children to read or hear so they can relate to True Father on a personal level.” —Naria McGee
“I was just a kid in Iran when True Father was enduring this difficult life course. I was going through a lot at the time. But True Father’s sacrifice was so powerful that it moved a kid who was totally lost. It moved me that the sacrifice True Father was making in Heungnam Prison created such a power that it reached me, a kid in a relatively unknown country. True Father has loved me not just me as a missionary of the Unification movement, but also loved that lost kid.” —Shahram Sedehi
“Today, I believe I was able to capture something in True Father’s heart that he wants to bequeath to me as an individual and to us as a group. Now that we have been given the task of being tribal messiahs, we have to taste True Parents’ life course. God is sharing his heart with us and giving me a chance to take responsibility.“—Desmond Green