Victory Celebration for the Asia Pacific Summit 2019: Cambodia
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The following is a letter from Dr. Young Ho Yun, Secretary-General, Cheon Jeong Gung Headquarters on November 21, 2019 about True Mother’s World Tour and the 40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course for the Firm Establishment of Cheon Il Guk, which began on Monday, November 18, 2019 leading up to the Clergy Rally on December 28 in Newark, New Jersey.
Beloved Cheon Il Guk leaders, blessed families!
May Heavenly Parent’s and True Parents’ blessings and grace be with you.
Today, we held the Victory Celebration, the finale of the Rally of Hope in Cambodia, which is part of True Mother’s global speaking tour for the firm establishment of a heavenly world.
True Mother began her day early in the morning, offering devotions for the firm establishment of Heavenly Cambodia, even though she is suffering from a cough. This is True Mother’s final day in Heavenly Cambodia. Even though she has developed some sores and blisters on her lips from the physical toll, True Mother’s face and expression are very bright. After breakfast, True Mother hastened to meet all the Asia-Pacific members, some 3,500 people in total. They were waiting for her with all their heart and devotion. Mother left for the Victory Celebration at 7:50 a.m., earlier than scheduled. Even though it was our own internal event, the Cambodian government showed their respect to True Mother to the very end, by mobilizing the military and police for True Mother.
The Victory Celebration was held in Koh Pich Theater. Some Asia-Pacific Summit VIPs, including the first lady of Palau, Debbie Remengesau, and about 3,500 members from across the Asia Pacific regional group, were gathered. Knowing this might be the only one opportunity to directly meet True Mother, members were waiting with much longing to see True Mother, and their eyes were filled with much anticipation and excitement.
True Mother entered the stage amidst so much applause and cheers from the members. Mother received a bow from the members, and was presented with bouquets of flowers by Special Envoy Hajime Saito and his wife, who had worked extremely hard for these events. True Mother then cut the celebratory cake of victory. She was presented with gifts by the first lady of Palau and officials representing the Cambodian government. True Mother then spoke to the Asia-Pacific leaders and members, congratulating them, and making a request to everyone present.
The gist of her words was a request. Mother asked that the support base for the Asia-Pacific Union—which had been established on the national level through the Phnom Penh Declaration and announced at the Asia Pacific Summit—must go beyond a simple declaration and put down roots centered on ‘Heavenly Cambodia,’ which is now reborn from being a place of death to a place of God through the womb of the True Mother, the embodiment of the Holy Spirit:
What do you think? Were we victorious? From now on, you must work hard and put down roots. Do you understand? The Asia Pacific Union Phnom Penh Declaration has been made. Then, this shouldn’t simply end as a declaration. I hope you will do your best to ensure that this initiative grows roots in Cambodia, brings together the surrounding countries, and puts down roots in those nations too. Do your best for this initiative to become an influential force that substantially helps the unification of the Korean Peninsula, the providential homeland. Through this summit, Heaven was once more able to embrace this nation, which from Heaven’s viewpoint has suffered the most pain. Please do your utmost by fulfilling your responsibilities so that this Heavenly Cambodia can become established as Cheon Il Guk Cambodia.
We also have the previous model in Nepal, but we cannot call Nepal ‘Cheon Il Guk Nepal.’ Therefore, Heavenly Cambodia, from the position of being the first, will need to put down roots and become the forerunner that does its best in the era of the Asia-Pacific Civilization, as Cheon Il Guk Cambodia. In order to do so, from now on it will need to receive education and training in many diverse areas.
I remember the Biblical verses, Mathew 12:3-8 that read as follows:
“Then he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seeds fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seeds fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.’”
Just like the parable of the seeds being planted, True Mother does not want her proclamations and declarations to simply end there, but sincerely hopes that they will bear substantial results. All Asia-Pacific members could feel True Mother’s heart and ardent longing, and expressed their firm resolution to True Mother by responding to her call with loud cheers and applause. True Mother joyfully accepted their firm resolution and asked members to play a game of Yut, giving the prize money to Dr. Chung Sik Yong to distribute to the members. This was a moment when everyone could once again feel True Mother’s benevolent and motherly heart.
Later, on behalf of everyone, Dr. Chung Sik Yong explained the significance of these events from 14 different viewpoints and also expressed his gratitude to True Mother. A video on all the Rally of Hope events was shown in place of an event report. After the video, Special Envoy Saito Hajime gave his testimony.
He described how he has worked as a missionary in Cambodia for the past 15 years, ever since he received True Mother’s call. His life-or-death resolution and efforts to restore Cambodia and God’s kingship touched the hearts of many people present. He expressed his sincere gratitude to the International Headquarters and the Asia-Pacific Headquarters for their special guidance and support, saying that without it, this rally would have been impossible, and went on to extend his sincere gratitude to every leader who had supported this rally in every way possible. His humility moved many hearts.
He further touched the hearts of those listening through his confession of faith in True Mother, saying she has been the driving force behind these victories. He explained, in tears, how he sometimes was stuck in difficult situations, facing a dilemma where he could neither advance nor retreat. Whenever this occurred, thinking of True Mother’s heart as expressed in her letter to True Father, which was read at this year’s anniversary of True Father’s Holy Ascension, gave him the strength to overcome all the difficulties and trials. True Mother also cried as she listened to Mr. Saito’s testimony, and she is keeping his hard work in a special place in her heart.
I remember, in 2017, when we were selecting 16 strategic nations and candidate nations in a conference for the restoration of seven nations, Special Envoy Hajime Saito’s resolution was to to achieve national restoration and restore God’s kingship in Cambodia at all costs. I also remember how, in the reports he sent to True Mother as leader of the key strategic nation of Cambodia, he would always confess that his final wish was to welcome and attend True Mother one day in Cambodia. I can feel Special Envoy Hajime’s heart of filial love as, unbeknownst to others, he engraved the history of the providence with his tears in order to see this one day.
There really are no coincidences in God’s providence. If the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) and the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) had not been founded in 2016 during the seven-year course toward 2020, then the new leap in the form of the World Summit in 2017 would have been impossible. If the World Summit had been impossible, then regional summits would have also been impossible. If the summits had been impossible, the Blessing Ceremony would not have been part of the Summit program, and this would mean that National Blessing Ceremonies, a standard for national restoration to become established, would never have taken place either. If we had not successfully hosted the Africa Summit in Senegal, the first continental summit in our providential history, in 2018, then the Nepal Asia-Pacific Summit and the grand finale in December, would have also been impossible. If there had been no Nepal Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen could have not participated. If Prime Minister Hun Sen had not participated in the Nepal Asia-Pacific Summit, then this Cambodia Asia-Pacific Summit would not have even been attempted.
Respected leaders and blessed families! If there had been even one point of variance within this providential puzzle, then the Rally of Hope in Cambodia would have been impossible. Conversely, seeing how all the pieces of this providential puzzle form one big picture under True Mother’s guidance, I believe that the victory in Cambodia was somewhat predestined. Victory is inevitable as Heavenly Parent, the Owner of the providence, and True Mother, who is Heavenly Parent’s Only Begotten Daughter, are here.
After Special Envoy Saito Hajime’s testimony, there were cultural performances from the second and third generation members of Asia-Pacific Regional group. With True Mother’s emphasis on the ‘revolution of the culture of heart and the arts,’ and the firm establishment of Cheon Il Guk to be securely settled through culture, this became a special festivity of the heart that saw True Mother’s providential vision coming to fruition through a beautiful cultural offering. A total of six teams (Cambodia, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Malaysia, Asia Pacific Leaders and the Youth Leadership Training Program) presented amazing performances expressing their hearts of Hyojeong for True Mother, as if competing with each other. The Little Angels were the final performers, as the finale of the program.
After the performance, True Mother went on stage and, with the heart of a parent having to leave her child behind, she gave a precious message to the leaders and members of the Asia- Pacific region:
Asia, I was deeply moved by your performances. Through your performances I could see our victory for 2020. Therefore, I pray you will unite with Chairman Chung Sik Yong so that all the nations of the Asia region can fulfill their responsibility by 2020 (Foundation Day). If you continue to complete your Tribal Messiah mission and work to restore your nations and the world with the support of your subregional leaders, then national restoration will be no problem.
Now, I have announced that through the Asia-Pacific culture I will go out to the world, to all civilizations. I pray you can fulfill your responsibility to support all that the Asia region has prepared for, so it can fulfill its final responsibility to absolutely realize the unification of the Koreas on the Korean peninsula through the Asia-Pacific Union.
After the Victory Celebration, we returned to the hotel to prepare to leave for Taiwan, and during lunch I asked True Mother, “Mother, how do you feel now after completing all your activities in Cambodia?” With a big smile True Mother said, “I feel good.”
Beloved leaders and blessed families! Could anything make us happier or more grateful than hearing this? It is a great joy when parents feel happy after receiving their child’s devoted effort. However, when our True Parents, the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and humankind, accept their child’s filial devotion (even though it may be lacking in some ways) and feel happy, then there is no greater happiness for us.
However, when Mother said, “I feel good,” I heard this a little differently. The reason she felt good does include the amazing victory of Cambodia fulfilled through True Mother’s guidance, but there is an even more fundamental meaning implied here. This is because the standard of our devotion and heart of following True Mother with absolute faith is finally nearing the standard Mother wishes to see.
After True Father’s Ascension, when True Mother proclaimed she was the Only Begotten Daughter and proclaimed the “mission and providence of the Only Begotten Daughter” to reveal the “truth of Heaven’s providence,” True Mother knew that we, her children, did not absolutely believe and follow her. There were even people who used the term “Only Begotten Daughter” to belittle True Mother’s status. True Mother knew all of this. As Mother’s assistant, the most difficult thing for me was to have to convey the reports to her as they were, whether they were good or bad.
Even knowing this, True Mother had to walk her path alone. She had to continue forward from the position of knowing “I am the only one left.” It was as if she were searching for a single needle within a blinding sandstorm in a vast desert, unable to even open her eyes. She did not do this to raise her own status, but in order to keep her final promise to Heavenly Parent and True Parent—to complete everything during her lifetime, no matter how difficult it may be to fulfill the Will of God. In that promise is Mother’s deep heart of filial piety to attend God as our Parent.
Leaders and blessed families, the desire of God, the vertical True Parent of humankind, is to become the Parent of humankind and to realize the ideal of “one family of humankind under God.” This is the wish to be, not just “Heavenly Father” nor just “Heavenly Mother,” but to be our “Heavenly Parent” who turns the individual, tribe, people, nation and world into the heavenly individual, heavenly tribe, heavenly ethnic people, heavenly nation, and heavenly world that attends God as our Parent.
Due to the Fall of the first human ancestors, the realization of Heavenly Parent’s ideal of creation was delayed. History unfolded centered not on God’s status as the Heavenly Parent, but as a male-centered history based on His masculine status as the Heavenly Father. Hellenism and Hebraism, the foundations of Western civilization, resulted in a thoroughly male-dominated history. God’s feminine status as Heavenly Mother was hidden away and God could not become our Heavenly Parent. The reason the feminist movement, which exploded in the west, was dismissed as a simple revolutionary movement in defiance of males, is connected to God’s ontological status.
As a result of this, True Mother spoke on the topic of “The truth of the history of human civilization from the viewpoint of Heaven’s providence” in order to reclaim Heavenly Parent’s original status. She also proclaimed the core key term, the Only Begotten Daughter. Only Begotten Daughter is a providential key phrase being emphasized by True Mother in order to reveal the “Heavenly Mother” or “Holy Mother.”
We were blind but now we believe. We believe the essence and the substance of the True Mother, the Only Begotten Daughter. The victory in Cambodia was the victory of that faith. Now the standard of our heart and the standard of our devotions with that heart as its motive have reached the level True Mother has wished for. I believe that is why Mother used the expression “I feel good.”
And after this, Mother said, “The level of the heart and devotions of the children of Cheon Il Guk has finally reached my standard.”
When parents receive their child’s small devotions, they do not accept them carelessly. If they are full of the child’s sincerity, even small devotions will be accepted as greater ones, and with greater joy. True Mother said, “I feel good,” because now our standard of faith, our heart and our devotions for True Mother, the Only Begotten Daughter, are reaching the level Mother has wished for. Because Mother said she feels good, I am convinced that all of you reading this will also feel good. Aju!
True Mother received the enthusiastic cheers of our members as she left for the airport. The national broadcasting station came out to the airport to report on True Mother who has left a great mark of blessing on Cambodia. Mother encouraged each and every leader until the last moment. Then, at 1:00 p.m., she boarded the plane for Taiwan.
Her plane landed in Taiwan at 4:40 p.m. local time. Special Envoy Sang Il Bang, Taiwan’s Inspector General, FFWPU-Heavenly Japan Chairman, Tokuno Eiji, FFWPU-Heavenly Korea Vice President Seong Man Lee, and other leaders greeted us at the airport. True Mother headed for the hotel as she received the welcome of the leaders.
When we came to the vicinity of the hotel, the entire city was filled with the cheers of the Taiwanese members and their second and third generations. When True Mother arrived at her room amid enthusiastic cheers, she did not rest for a moment. Instead, Mother listened to reports related to the first event given by Special Envoy Sang Il Bang, then received a report by Subregional Leader Thomas Hwang on the Inaugural Assembly for the Chinese People’s Federation for World Peace.
The providence of the Asia-Pacific Union, which is unfolding for the final moments of the providence centered on Korea, the homeland of the providence, would collapse without the support of the Greater China region, which boasts a population of 1.4 billion people. Therefore, this upcoming Rally for the Hopeful March Forward of Taiwan has a very important providential significance to establish the foundation for the Asia-Pacific Union providence.
Beloved leaders and blessed families! I would like to ask all leaders and members to offer devotions for the Inaugural Assembly of the Chinese People’s Federation for World Peace, which will begin tomorrow, and for the 7,000-Couple Blessing of Overseas Chinese the following day. Above all, I ask for profound devotions for the victory of the “40-Day Cosmic Canaan Course for the Firm Establishment of Cheon Il Guk” and True Mother’s long life and good health.