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  • Jim Stinard

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    I really appreciate this record of history. It gives us a broad overview of what happened in a particular week since the beginning of the Church and helps us to get a perspective of what the True parents have done and are continuing to do. I am really touched by Susan Ormond’s personal account of how the WFPF affected her mother and how it hugely impacted her own life. Thanks for this series.

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  • Susan Osmond

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    My memory might be faulty, but I believe that there were thirteen WFWP sisterhood ceremonies in Washington, D.C. in 1995 that brought Japanese and American women together in a spirit of deep reconciliation and love. These were held monthly throughout the year, with two ocurring in December. As I lived in the Washington area, I attended all these ceremonies and acquired thirteen wonderful Japanese sisters. These were profoundly solemn yet greatly joyous occasions, as especially the Unificationist women who attended were dead serious to end all vestiges of ill feeling from WWII. It is impossible to describe how the Spirit of God, particularly of Heavenly Mother, wholly pervaded the room with a sense of liberation and interbonding of hearts. My mother, who was brought up on the West Coast of the USA with bigotry against the Japanese that only hardened with WWII, reluctanly attended one of the ceremonies. She came only because she wanted to hear Barbara Bush speak and warned me beforehand, “I’m not going to get all lovey-dovey, you know.” But so rich was the atmosphere of forgiveness and sisterly love that by the end of the day that’s precisely what she had become, as she hugged many Japanese women goodby with tears streaming down her face. One of my Japanese sisters, upon hearing that my husband and I had been married a long time with no children, offered on the spot to give us a child, even her first-born, who she then was pregnant with. She said she had felt God ask her to offer a child to us. Of course, I told her she must establish her own family first and get her husband’s approval, but was so grateful for the offer. Six years later our daughter came to us through this faithful sister and her Japanese husband, and we became an east-west family. These ceremonies were no empty rituals but gatherings of genuine reconciliation, love, and peacebuilding that will resonate down through the generations. WFWP continues to do truly beneficial work throughout the world, and my family is eternally grateful that True Parents created it.

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