Highlights from True Mother’s Surprise Visit
On January 15, before going to Senegal for the World Africa Summit, True Mother visited Manhattan Center, the New Yorker Hotel, and the National Ministry Team at USA Headquarters. Demian Dunkley, Northeast Sub-Regional Director, gives a firsthand account of True Mother’s surprise visit below.
TRUE MOTHER’S PEACEFUL TOUR
It has been 25 years since True Parents last personally visited the National Ministry Team at USA Headquarters. Consequently, True Mother was amazed by the changes and growth of the USA Headquarters. As Regional Chairman of Family Federation North America Dr. Ki Hoon Kim escorted True Mother through the halls, she could not help but touch the beautiful photos on the wall that displayed the story of the Unification movement in America over the years. “It felt like she was blessing the space with her hand,” remarked Demian. While in awe of the photo gallery, True Mother maintained a peaceful, loving demeanor.
SINGING FOR TRUE MOTHER
During breakfast with True Mother, multiple representatives were asked to sing a song. Demian sang “You Are My Sunshine” as well as the Unificationist classic, “Sailing With Our Mother.” Secretary General of the Northeast Sub-Region, Rev. Miilhan Stephens, performed a Korean rap song. Additionally, when True Mother later saw the music studio at the USA headquarters, Apple Heaven U.S.A. took out their instruments and performed two songs for her, making for an intimate setting. As True Mother sat back in her seat, tapping along to the rhythm of Apple Heaven U.S.A.’s music, a warm smile spread across her face.
SHARING CULTURE THROUGH LOVE
While sharing lunch with the National Ministry Team, True Mother wanted others to try their steak with horseradish, a popular side dish in Korea. When the caterers of their meal later arrived with horseradish, they had brought an excessive amount that could serve at least a hundred people. True Mother’s response was one of love: an adoring laugh. Understanding that many are foreign to eating horseradish, she gladly accepted the heaping mound of horseradish and encouraged everyone at the table to try it.
True Mother will be in Senegal for the First Africa Summit on January 18. Please continue to send her your prayers for a successful trip.