Exciting Outreach Initiative with True Mother
Over 40 Unificationists from Korea were invited personally by True Mother to come to Las Vegas to participate in a 14-day witnessing leadership program. In the past week True Mother has been personally guiding the team to lead the way in sharing their faith. The team from Korea has been working together closely with Las Vegas missionaries, local members, and the National Ministry Team. The following is a report from Demian Dunkley, Director of Evangelism for FFWPU USA, about the exciting leadership training program taking place now in Las Vegas.
Hello All from Las Vegas!
True Mother is very closely involved in this witnessing initiative, watching and guiding us every day. It is an amazing opportunity for our American Unification family to support her, and show up to support the Korean and Japanese brothers and sisters. They really have a strong determination to witness, and share True Parent’s love. True Mother has asked each Unificationist to bring at least one spiritual child (or even ten).
Today six teams went witnessing in the area around UNLV campus and the new CARP Learning Center. At first some were a little nervous about the language barrier, but our National Ministry team prepared materials for them and this morning I gave a presentation about ways we can approach people, love and invite them. The main thing though is that these Korean Unificationists are so courageous and have a lot of love to share. They are really inspired by True Mother and want to spread True Parents love in Las Vegas.
After just one hour witnessing, one team brought a young man Zachary . He is 25 and has a family, but just lost his 2-year old daughter two months ago. He shared in tears and moved everyone with his deep heart of compassion. He is trying to turn his family tragedy into learning how to love people more centered on God.
First we played him the Create a Life you Love Diving Principle intro video, and after some discussion he received a one hour lecture on the Principles of Creation. He agreed to come back tomorrow at 4pm to continue. He enjoyed his time with us very much.
True Mother heard the report about the witnessing activity and especially about Zachary, the young man who came to the Carp Learning Center. She was deeply moved and happy about the report. One comment she shared was, “It is harder to raise children than to give birth to them.” She encouraged the team to keep making an effort, because God is ready to support us.
Everyone on the witnessing teams met people and collected names and contact info. We are inviting them either to the Learning Center, or to join our food or cleaning service projects throughout the week as the next step in our outreach efforts. Rev. Doo, and Akira are helping and already some Las Vegas Unificationists are getting involved. It’ll be great if the team can inspire more local brothers and sisters to participate when we meet for church tomorrow. All Korean members will be there.
At the end of the day all teams discussed their investment in small groups and shared testimonies. Tomorrow we are joining the local community for church service.
The spirit of the Korean team is very high and familial. They welcome all support from our American Unification family. This is especially a good opportunity for some young people to join in this activity, even if just for a couple of days.
This is an amazing opportunity to be with True Mother, and to experience first hand the life giving practice of witnessing. We would love to see you here in Vegas!
Director of Evangelism
National Ministry Team