Please Set Deep Roots and Grow
The above weekly update video from iPeace TV highlights key points from True Mother’s recent message to Global Top Gun workshop participants, as well as the latest regional news from Korea, Japan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Brazil, West Africa, Vanuatu, Hungary, Portugal and France. Read the full story of the Global Top Gun workshop’s lunch with True Mother below.
On August 19, True Mother invited Top Gun workshop participants to have lunch with her at the Cheong Jung Gung in Korea. She shared a message with them and encouraged the participants to reflect on their future after the workshop.
Top Gun participants arrived to the Cheon Jeong Gung early that morning and visited True Father’s resting place, where they offered a bow and prayers.
“Actually seeing True Father’s resting place brought me to the reality that he really isn’t here physically,” said Mirandy Kim, Global Top Gun’s official blogger. Participants of the workshop are preparing for the third anniversary of True Father’s Seonghwa (ascension) on August 30, and recently visited nine Holy Ground sites throughout Korea which were significant in the history of True Parents’ life and work for God’s providence.
At lunchtime, participants gathered in the Cheong Jung Gung where they were welcomed with a beautiful arrangement of dining tables all across the room. True Mother entered the hall, and was greeted with loud cheer and applause from everyone. “Our intention was to send her energy and comfort,” said Mirandy.
To begin the lunch program, three Top Gun participants offered moving testimonies of their Top Gun experience so far. These included a couple from America, a young man from Korea, and a young lady from Japan.
True Mother had prepared an American-style lunch of pizza, hamburgers and Kona coffee for the group. Everyone ate together with True Mother, and after lunch True Mother took time to speak with the workshop participants.
True Mother described the long history of God’s providence and God’s deep desire to reconnect with His children, and shared about the path to solving the internal and external problems of this world by connecting to True Parents. She said that the providence of restoration has already been completed; however much the world does not know. She told participants to realize how blessed they are for the roots from which they have grown, expressed her hope for the Top Gun participants to learn about Heavenly Parent and True Parents through this workshop, and encouraged them to be able to proclaim confidently the good news about True Parents and God’s heavenly kingdom to the world. She also acknowledged this group as the graduating class of the first global Top Gun workshop in history.
“What struck me the most from True Mother’s message was when she asked if she should expect great things from us,” said Mirandy. “And we all replied with a confident ‘Yes!’. Even though we had a successful workshop so far, I feel she is now anticipating how we will move forward as global Top Gun alumni. We welcome that and want to offer our lives for True Parents and become top cadets wherever we go.”
After True Mother’s message, Top Gun participants offered a series of songs and performances as musical entertainment. Earlier in the workshop, participants were divided into “clans”, and each clan sang, danced or performed on the piano.
Songs matched the theme of True Mother’s message and the spirit of the Top Gun workshop, such as “Amazing Grace,” “Stand By Me,” and “We are the World”. They all concluded with a powerful arrangement of “You Raise Me Up”, after which True Mother immediately joined in the fun by singing, “Sarang Hae.” The hall was full of bright spirit and hope as the group shared these special moments with True Mother.
Below is the official transcript of True Mother’s message to the Top Gun group:
True Mother’s Message to Global Top Gun Participants
Cheon Jeong Gung, August 19th, 2015
Alright, I heard your testimony from the workshop so far. This Top Gun workshop has one more “G” added into it. Global Top Gun. “GTG.” You are the first graduates of GTG. There are many Top Gun graduates in Korea and Japan. But can I expect more from you?
I always told you that you are different. It has been 6000 years of biblical history. Human history will have been much longer than that. God had a dream. God created heaven, earth, and all of humankind with this big dream in mind. God planned to work together with humankind to achieve this dream. The first human ancestors, Adam and Eve, were supposed to obey God’s word and fulfill their responsibility. But what happened? What happened to them? They got greedy. After they had fully grown, God wanted to give them everything, but they got greedy before it was time. What was the result of that? They were kicked out from Eden, weren’t they? God had planned on becoming the True Parent through the first human ancestors. Human beings destroyed that dream. That is why human history has continued as the providence of restoration through indemnity.
When people do something wrong, they get punished, right? They have to pay the cost for their wrongdoings. It’s the same. 6000 years have passed before the coming of True Parents. God should have been the owner of all things and the owner of humankind, but on that day he became a lonely God filled with pain, grief and anguish… Because He wanted to be together with humankind, God looked for individuals who could be central figures in history and had them pay indemnity for the providence. That was the people of Israel, the chosen people. God gave them the name of the chosen people and raised them up in the Fallen world. The result was the only begotten son of God. He was the only person who God could dwell within, carrying the lineage of God. But it was impossible with just his only begotten son.
God had prepared the proper environment for 4000 years. However, though the people anticipated his return, waiting patiently, they didn’t recognize him when he came due to their own disbelief. That era was the Cain world, the age of the Roman Empire. Israel didn’t even have a nation. Through the Messiah they would have established a great nation and then found a way to work together with Rome. But they did not understand God’s providence. The tribe of Israel, Judaism, and the people close to Jesus did not fulfill their responsibility. Mary, even more so, did not fulfill her role. Moreover, people who did not fulfill their responsibility became the roots of today’s Christian culture. You have to know that.
What did Jesus say when he was Crucified? He said, “I will return.” What did he say he will do when he returns? The Marriage Supper of the Lamb. That means when he returns he will become the True Parent. But Christianity could not figure out this one point for 2,000 years. Even to this day Christians are still waiting for Jesus to come down from Heaven on the clouds. That’s the problem. A spiritual being can’t come down and fulfill the providence of restoration through indemnity. Fallen people lost God’s lineage. They have to receive the Blessing from True Parents and change their lineage. After that they can become Blessed Families and be called God’s sons and daughters. Is that not right? This amazing providence is being accomplished. But the world is still in the middle of the night.
In today’s world there are still many problems of religious dispute, racism, and national borders. Wealthy countries are becoming greedier. So how can we solve these problems? It’s not just that. God’s beautiful creation is being destroyed because human beings are not fulfilling their responsibility. Isn’t this a serious issue? The ones that can solve all these internal and external problems are the True Parents. True Parents. If we look at the four major religions, we can see how desperately humanity has been waiting for the True Parents, whether they knew it or not. These four major religions have been working in its region to educate fallen people to purify their hearts and connect them to their original minds. However, they have no center. They have moved too far away from the true way. But they can’t help it, can they? None of them can become religions that explain God clearly. Christianity is same, but we are different. Isn’t that right?
You should not forget how blessed you are. I don’t know how all of you are feeling, how you’re thinking, or how you’re living right now, but I heard that you got a lot out of this workshop so far and have felt a lot of gratitude towards our Heavenly Parent and towards your own parents.
Though you may not know this, all around the world the 40-50 years of the missionary history has set down deep roots. Please grow well and build the greatest Cheon Il Guk where we proudly attend True Parents before the world and before God. Cheon Il Guk is to be a nation where all 7 billion people of the world attend Heavenly Parent together. To do that, can you just stay still and watch the spot where you sit? You must run. You must fly. Therefore, you must save your brothers and sisters in all parts of the world who do not know True Parents and are miserably dying.
I said this repeatedly. In this generation, everything will be short lived if you go alone. You must go together. This is the same for all the nations of the world. Even great countries that have a large population like America, China, or India cannot go alone. You must communicate with those in other countries around you. You must unite. Do you understand? There True Parents are at the center. Thus, there is a cure, internally and externally, that can solve all the problems in every part of the world. I hope that you will stand in the center of the mainstream of Cheon Il Guk and shout out before the world. I hope you will become proud first Global Top Gun graduates. [Aju].