Now & Then Contest: Photos and Memories Come Pouring In
We’re excited to share the latest submissions from the Now & Then Contest in the above video. In the testimony below, Lilly Gundacker from Austria shares about her and her husband’s experience as a 2,075 couple. There’s still time to submit your entry for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii (see instructions below)!
I am Australian. He is Austrian. I joined the Unification movement in Australia on August 5, 1975, and he in Austria on August 10, 1975. We were matched by photo in December 1980. He went to New York. I got his photo afterwards. I imagined us at the front of a column of brothers and sisters sorted by nations.
The atmosphere in New York was electric. Despite only a few hours of sleep, we were bright and cheery. We found each other and tentatively made our introductions.
Josef had met True Father shortly after joining the church in Europe. Very few of the Australians had personal experiences with True Parents. All my dreams of standing up when True Father says, “Who is seeing me for the first time?” changed, as I walked up the ten white steps in Madison Square Garden. I walked past True Father on the top step, together with my new husband and three other couples in a row. There were 2,074 other couples being Blessed at the same time.
We look back and know we need to tell our story. We would not have even looked at each other had it not been for True Parents. We are grateful for the Blessing. We are still totally different in many ways, but we are both determined and faithful. We want to make a difference. Our Blessing motto was “World Peace Through Ideal Families”. Is our family ideal? We are challenged. We philosophize. We communicate. With each other and our children. And now, with the world.
How to Enter
If you or your parents were Blessed in marriage at Madison Square Garden on July 1st, 1982, send in a couple of photos of them at their ceremony, now, and in-between! Use the hashtags #peacestartswithme, #msgjuly15, and #greaterthanourdifferences, and we’ll enter you in a raffle where you could win free tickets to HAWAII, among other awesome prizes! Bonus points if you include a little blurb about why your couple rocks. Deadline July 15!