Reflections from New York Hyojeong Cheongpyeong America Tour 2018

July 28-29, 2018, Tarrytown, NY

The following are testimonies given by participants from the 2018 America Tour Hyojeong Cheongpyeong Special Event.

“I was moved to be able to mobilize and encourage Unificationists to come and also to reach out to others and invite them by setting up calling teams to reach out to every person on our membership list. We felt moved into action and into living for the sake of others. During the chanyang session, I could feel the struggles of our older Unificationists. I could feel such a complicated spirit world around them, but when I looked at the faces of the young second generation Unificationists on the chanyang team, I could feel their determination to break through. I could feel their pure and earnest hearts longing to crack through the cement of evil history for the sake of all Unificationists worldwide. Through them I could feel the precious fruit of True Parents’ work like an extension of True Parents’ love. I cried a lot when my family was liberating our ancestors. I could feel my ancestors strongly and I felt overwhelmed with gratitude to True Parents. I felt totally rejuvenated. I am so grateful to have participated in this incredible experience with everyone this weekend! I am sure the Cheongpyeong Tour will sweep heavenly fortune right across America. Thank you so much True Parents!” —Demian Dunkley, Northeast Subregional Director

“We literally turned Belvedere into an extension of the Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center. I loved seeing Unificationists young and old each working on their spiritual lives and sharing the love across all races as one family of God and True Parents. Going up and down the Belvedere Estate hills, bumping into someone I hadn’t seen in a while, hearing the laughter and the tears around me, it just filled my heart. And of course the chaos of moving hundreds of people around—I loved it all. For me Cheongpyeong is the only place in the world where someone can experience an absolute connection of love and heart with God and True Parents as well as absolute love with brothers and sisters. I’m so grateful we can have this experience here in America. I recognize that it’s really the spirit and unity shown among the Cheongpyeong staff and their investment that made this possible. I can’t thank them enough for keeping such a high standard for our faith traditions as well as sharing laughter with us all throughout the day. I also want to thank the all the volunteers and staff. They all took their responsibilities seriously while keeping a bright spirit. I want to thank God and True Parents’ and their undying love for us!” —Rev. Miilhan Stephens, Northeast Subregion Secretary General and event Director

“I can’t thank True Mother enough for sending the Cheongpyeong Team to America. Right before the chanyang session, I was asked by Rev. Buessing to help the Cheongpyeong staff. During the chanyang session, I was able to understand God’s heart deeply. While praying for my community brothers and sisters, I felt the heart of True Mother wanting to heal and liberate everyone. As the mother of humanity True Mother want to heal everyone but she can’t be everywhere. I want to help her in fulfilling her wish. I want to support True Mother not matter what. Thank you so much for your amazing love True Mother. Thank you so much for all the love and grace True Parents have given to us. Yesterday and today we went through a wonderful experience through Cheongpyeong works. Even when we were preparing for the program here we experienced amazing miracles. A few days ago I heard one Christian minister registered for the liberation ceremony. Since that minister never attended any Divine Principle workshop, I was a bit worried about how she can understand the Cheongpyeong works. So I invited her to the church and met with her. When she came to meet with me I wasn’t fully prepared to teach her but when I start talking to her, I could convey the meaning and importance of Cheongpyeong works very well. The minister was very happy and she attended liberation ceremony. Today during the chanyang session suddenly I felt the spirit of Jesus and Jesus told me that it was me who talked to the minister through you. A couple hours later one spiritually open Sister came to me and told me that Jesus is with me. I believe Christian ministers are ready to receive the miracles through Cheongpyeong Works. Jesus is helping us to guide Christian ministers. Another miraculous experience happened today. During the chanyang session I did chanyang for a young man. I asked absolute good spirits to help him to get matched. A couple of hours later he came to my wife and reported to her that he started a matching discussion with a girl today at Belvedere. I believe through Cheongpyeong Works a lot of miracles are happening.” —Manoj Jacob, Pastor of District 3

“What a wonderful chanyang session!  I feel so refreshed. As we began our unison prayer, I was overwhelmed with the recollection of countless speeches given by True Father and his ceaseless efforts to save America. Thank you so much for this great healing ministry.” —Bill Lay

“Today I have felt one heart between the Korean team from Cheongpyeong and our American team from headquarters and from the Northeast Subregion. The speeches today were heartfelt and the education that we received was precise and deep. Overall the spirit was high. I felt like electricity was jumping from my fingers during the chanyang sessions.  It was a beautiful event.” —Chris Hempowicz

“I am truly grateful that True Mother has given us this amazing grace. I felt the full joy of our ancestors from the beginning of the day to the end. I especially felt how happy our ancestors were when we played the celebration music after the program finished and everyone danced together. I felt our ancestors wanted to dance and express their joy and appreciation, too. I repented to True Father for not being a good filial son, but I will fulfill my responsibility. I felt unity among us. Our ancestors have marched forward united with True Father. I also really appreciate the young second generation Unificationists who came back from the Hyojeong CARP trip and volunteered to help with this event. They have the Hyojeong spirit and continue to practice it. Thank you True Mother, Dr. Kim, and our leadership team.” Atsushi Takino

“Throughout the whole chanyang session today, I couldn’t stop crying. Singing the song of “Grace of the Holy Garden” made me cry. Towards the end, each of us dealt with the whole body of ourselves, and it concluded with singing a Korean song of total devotion to God. At that time I wept abundantly. I felt the joy of the evil spirits who were just liberated. I always feel so much compassion for them. They were so joyful about their liberation today. That is why I cried and wept profusely today. I praise True Parents for their love.” —Theodore Shimmyo

“I’m crying with the anticipation of Blessing some of our ancestors in marriage tomorrow. What an incredible blessing that only True Parents have brought to this world.”  —Christine Hempowicz

“A tremendous, tearful and exciting day. Thrilled to hear of the three stages of the Cheongpyeong Providence and True Parents’ vision for creating a place of Heaven for us and the world’s people of faith to accomplish Tribal Messiahship in Korea and now expanding it to America. The best! Thank you leaders. Thank you!!” —Alex Nimick

“Thank you for a tremendous liberation festival. Everything was imbued with great reverence, dignity, and beauty. The chanyang session was intensely purifying and invigorating. Rev. Heumer’s heartfelt prayer moved us greatly as he pledged to hang on to America as Jacob held onto the angel, until this nation truly blesses our True Parents. And the Hyojeong ceremony cleansed us and assured the success of our great mission! Aju!” —Taeko Lay

“Thank you True Parents for allowing the Cheongpyeong team to come across the world. My reflections from yesterday is that I was so grateful for the explanations about the works of Cheongpyeong providence. It was easier to grasp for me than the times I was in Cheongpyeong. I also understood better the grace for the offering of heavenly fortune. And the atmosphere created through the ceremony cracked my heart to open and pushed out any hesitation I may have had.” —Irmgard Baynes

“During the liberation ceremony, when I was praying for my ancestors, I cried and I shared my complaints with them. I called my father who is in spirit world and told him that this is too much responsibility for me and I can’t do it alone. He appeared in front me in spirit and he smiled and said, “It will be alright.” I asked him, “When and how will it be alright?” He replied, “Don’t worry,” and then he disappeared.” —Juliana Montalvo

“Thank you for having the ancestor liberation and blessing event here at Belvedere! Yesterday when we started singing holy songs, I cried from my heart. I felt Heavenly Parent and True Parents and all my ancestors were so happy.”—Machiko Edwards

“It was lovely to see heavenly brothers and sisters sitting beneath the evergreen trees at lunch and to watch the interactions among young Unificationists at play. The scene is so different from what we commonly see at any neighborhood park. Now, soon, we will return to our neighborhoods in America with all the usual problems of the fallen society. I am counting on the angels and good ancestors to assist us as we reach out to those who do not yet know True Parents. Everyday at morning Hoon Dok Hwe I am humbled by the amazing character and life of our True Parents and again today as we watched videos of True Father’s devotion and vision for Cheongpyeong. The best testimony was from Demian Dunkley. I think I heard a part of the testimony before, but this time it was more complete. During the final chanyang session, the team leader [Ryuichi Kishimoto] who shouted the loudest, helped to pierce the spiritual barrier between my heart and True Parents’ heart. His powerful emotional shouts enabled my tears of repentance and gratitude to flow and enabled me to repent for not investing more effort in reaching out to neighbors in my community.” —Christine Libon

“It’s so great calling ‘Father!’ and ‘Mother!’ when praying that I felt the perfect love of God and shed tears feeling as if I was totally embraced in Heavenly Parent’s love.”—Jim Kushi

“What I love the most was the ancestor liberation ceremony on day two. During the prayer after the chanyang session, somehow I couldn’t stop crying. I felt like my ancestors were also crying a lot. I haven’t cried like this in a while. Like we were here together. It was such a nice experience to have. I hope that Cheongpyeong offers more tours in America so I can catch up with my ancestor liberation and blessing work.” —Rie Suzuki

“I have no words but those of gratitude. I’m grateful to God and True Parents who are ready to grant our wishes and uplift our hope. The only limits are those we set on ourselves. I feel free and ready to dream big—I promise to share this with others.” —Susan Bouachri

“I have experienced life at Cheongpyeong before, but I have never liberated any of my ancestors nor offered wish papers for the inheritance of heavenly fortune. This time, I liberated the first seven generations on my father’s side and offered one golden wish paper for the sake of improving my health! When the event started on Saturday, I began to feel my stomach expand. I was able to breathe better while singing songs of praise. However, before and after the event on Saturday, I felt a lot of physical pain and stomach pain. I definitely felt like this was a spiritual battle that was happening. I had a dream on Saturday night where my family and relatives were in the Dominican Republic and were sharing and repenting for their sins. In the dream, I was called to destroy all of the people who were threatening and accusing my family for their wrong doings. In a way, this dream was revealing the ancestors that I was liberating from my father’s side of the family. Finally, during Sunday’s chanyang session, I saw a picture of my grandfather on my father’s side of the family. He was murdered when my father was 17-years-old in the Dominican Republic. I offered prayers of repentance and gratitude to Heavenly Parent and True Parents for this situation. Thank you so much for allowing me to liberate my first few ancestors! I pray that my mental, spiritual and physical health can be back to normal so that I can be an active participant in the providence of America! Aju!” —Jorge Cuello Espinosa

“This was a nice experience. When I prayed in the prayer room, I felt the same feelings I receive when praying in the great prayer hall at Cheongpyeong. My prayer naturally became deep as if there was no gap communicating with God. During the ancestor liberation, I could feel my ancestor’s sorrow when I repented sincerely for them. Then my tears couldn’t help but come out. I believe my ancestors were beside me listening to my prayer, and paid their gratitude toward me. I’m thankful to the Cheongpyeong team.” —Jing-An Lin

“I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to attend the Hyojeong Cheongpyeong workshop in New York. During the chanyang session, I had the impression that resentful spirits were embedded in my left shoulder so I was focusing my efforts there. I felt that these spirits had been hurt by my ancestors and that they had buried themselves in my shoulder while holding onto their pain. I saw myself repenting to them on my knees. Begging them to forgive us (my ancestors and me) for the wrongs that we committed. I asked them to please let go of their pain and go to the workshop [in spirit world] to be embraced by Heavenly Parent and True Parents. Afterward, I told Heavenly Parent that I had been expecting a “bigger” spiritual experience. Heavenly Parent asked me if I felt clean? I replied that I do. I felt the implication that this was a huge spiritual experience. Heavenly Parent, True Parents and the workshop staff please accept my insufficient gratitude. I send this testimony with all my love.”—John King

“I don’t know whether Belvedere can possibly compete with Cheongpyeong, but it is certainly wonderfully beautiful here and a perfect setting for this Hyojeong Cheongpyeong workshop. During chanyang, I became acutely aware how so many spirits are imprisoned within me, unhappy, unfulfilled, unfree, yearning for something but not knowing what it is. They are simply miserable and apparently only partially conscious of their dilemma. I felt overflowing compassion for them, yearning for them to be free. I knew what they didn’t know—that they would be so much happier if they were released from my body. In tears I applied myself seriously to releasing them. I knew this was my only opportunity to free them and myself, but I sensed deeply that this moment would be wonderfully beneficial for both these trapped spirits and myself. After their release, at least that of some of them, I felt intense gratitude to Heavenly Parent, True Parents, Dae Mo Nim , Heung Jin Moon and even to those spirits who dared to leap out of my body and into a new unknown world. Thank you, True Mother, for expanding this wonderful providence and making it available to us here in America. It is simply another one of the many ways that you embrace us with so much heavenly love.” —Michael Kiely

“I was impressed that the ceremony was more real to me than in past times. I am also impressed by the new leadership, especially with Demian Dunkley. His level of lighthearted expressions from the podium and still total sincerity is refreshing. I sincerely felt my ancestors today almost to the point of seeing faces unfamiliar to me. I brought myself here yesterday and today out of the enthusiasm from my wife thinking the ceremony surely wouldn’t hurt me. In my simple Christian upbringing with no attention to ancestral recognition, I was willing and open to attend this workshop. I have been pleased and refreshed, and am grateful to those who have worked hard to produce it. Thank you for your attention to us.” —Stephen Kearney

“Preparation for the Cheongpyeong workshop at Belvedere took a lot out of me physically and spiritually. Spiritual power was necessary to complete the many details. Finally, I could be at Belvedere with my son on Saturday morning. I could see the evil spirits going out of my body through the chanyang session (they were orange colored). On Sunday morning, during the ancestor liberation ceremony, evil spirits were coming out of my body (they were black and white colored). My son’s heart and motivation became so beautiful and high-spirited and we all look younger and brighter and more beautiful. Thank you to Heavenly Parent and True Parents. I felt warm fuzzy feelings while praying at the Holy Rock at Belvedere. It felt like the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.” —Yoko Lux

“I live in Canada. When I got the email on Friday about the Cheongpyeong event being held at Belvedere in New York, I consulted with my wife and departed at 9:00 p.m. for New York. On the way, we slept for five hours in the car and finally arrived at Belvedere. It’s been eleven years since we’ve attended this type of event. I realized while sitting outdoors on lawn chairs, in the grass under the tent in the beautiful Belvedere surroundings, that this was indeed a pure privilege to occur just one day before my 63rd birthday. I was so intoxicated and overwhelmed by the beautiful lectures and the liberation ceremony. During the second day, I shed a lot of tears after a long while. The presence of my ancestors, True Parents and Heavenly Parent was so real in my feeling and heart. During one prayer, I felt a beautiful vibration come over me. Usually when I attend the sessions in Korea, after a few minutes I have to fight my pain from sitting on the floor and can’t grasp many points in the lectures from the distraction of it. Having chairs and sitting outdoors rather than in a building was a great blessing. Thank you True Mother for sending the team to America. I must confess this was the most spiritually enriching experience and it gave us the chance to feel the new age and feel the presence of our Heavenly Parent within ourselves. What a profound experience.”—R. Thillairajan (Thillai)

“To all the wonderful people who made this weekend in Belvedere happen — I live in Rhode Island and my daughter and I participated in the ancestor liberation this past weekend. First of all, thank you to all of you. My goal for coming was to make some of my ancestors dance with joy. I looked out in my backyard this morning hanging out my laundry and noticed how much the weeds grew around my tomato plants during the two days I was gone, and it is hard to see my wonderful red tomatoes. And that made me think about the ancestor liberation and how each day is a growing process and we have to keep trying to prevent the weeds or fallen nature from growing and cherish all the blessings True Parents have given us. It is so easy to have give-and-take with doubt or thoughts that only prevent me from growing. I was moved to see lots of elderly Unificationists, some of whom had a hard time moving around and finding any comfortable state of being in the heat, but still participating. I was humbled by their faith and perseverance. I am here because of their sacrifices. The biggest thank you goes to True Mother.” —Caroline Hanssen

“During chanyang I felt a release, I felt happier and the atmosphere was very uplifting and I tried to focus my heart and mind and connect with God at True Parents.” —Nora Waldman

“I had a very good experience during chanyang. I felt the presence of True Parents and of my father in spirit world. I also felt True Father’s presence during chanyang. I could feel the angels were with me. I have so much pain in my legs and knees I cannot walk but now I feel strong and I can walk now! Thank you very much True Parents! Thank you very much Heavenly Parent!” —Bibiana Bamfo

“This is my first experience doing chanyang. I feel much better right now. I’m looking forward to another one. It was a really touching moment. I really felt like my ancestors were waiting for this moment. I’m really really grateful to True Parents because I know they sacrificed a lot for us to have this grace. It’s just a moment of gratitude and I’m so glad to have this opportunity and be able to stand on the foundation True Parents built for us.” —Ruud and Andrea Themen

“I’m twelve-years-old. This is my first time doing the chanyang session. I repented a lot for my ancestors and I cried a lot because I had never done it before and it was really emotional for me. I had a good experience.” —Chloe Jean

“I haven’t done chanyang since I was really young, but now I’m thinking about my actual ancestors—it’s kind of beautiful that we are thinking about our ancestors because a lot of people are working on their own salvation—I thought about that throughout the day. It was just a new experience, new thought.” —Marina Garwood

“During the chanyang session today, especially at the beginning, I was really struggling to be here and was thinking, “What is really the purpose of this?” And I realize maybe I didn’t really prepare my heart enough to really plug in well. But as I was thinking about that, I returned to what I’ve been thinking about a lot which is the heart of God and God’s suffering and even connecting all this together. That opened up a channel that’s been slowly and gradually building up in my life lately. But connecting to how this fits into God’s suffering and what God’s heart is when God sees people coming together like this and participating in an act of devotion like this. And really it must be one of God’s truths at some level that we have the compassion to come together and go beyond what we find difficult or bothersome in order to do something for the sake of somebody else, especially our ancestors. We talked a bit about resentful spirits stuffing up our bodies and choking up our spirits and I felt even they were suffering! I want to be able to liberate them as well as my ancestors. It’s not just about me at the end of the day and me and my ancestors being free; they’re people too and they are hurt and I just hope that they find peace. It sounds profound but in truth, the realization was a fleeting moment and then it was gone. I’m going to try to reconnect with that spirit over the course of this weekend.”—Mi Young Eaton

“It really was an experience. I felt something intense inside me. It made me cry. This was my first time doing chanyang.” —Evonne Mercado

“Today was very uplifting. I was thinking a lot about True Father, True Mother and I felt my physical brother who recently passed away. All the memories of my years working on the East Garden staff came back. I worked here about 35 years with people like Mike McDevitt as part of the maintenance team. I’m going to find out if they are going to have a similar event in England, my hometown.”  —Ian Alexander

“I really felt [during chanyang] like the bad spirits had been smacked out of me. I feel really cleansed and lighter now. And I really felt the rays and beams from heaven hit me. I love you True Mother. I love you so much and I’ll continue your providence and make you happy.”  —Timothy Dunkley

“For me, chanyang was really touching because I was sitting in between my parents and they were really moved towards the end. At first I didn’t feel it, but when I saw my parents crying and saw my dad receive chanyang (devotional cleansing through firm patting) from someone else I was really touched. I think as you grow older, chanyang becomes more of an experience and you are more capable of being moved by it.” —Linako Shimizu

“We came here specifically for the chanyang session because we are expecting our first child and we thought it would be a wonderful experience for our coming daughter. It was very emotional and spiritual. The session really got us going near the end. We would love to do this all the time—be able to be at Cheongpyeong when we want to be—but to prepare, we thought this was a good condition at such short notice. We had planned to go to Cheongpyeong for our first child, but life happened and now we can’t. So we are so grateful that Cheongpyeong came to us. We actually decided last night to drive here. We drove four hours just for this. We know the importance of Cheongpyeong and chanyang sessions, ancestor liberation and the Marriage Blessing. We’re grateful to [Family Federation] headquarters and the Cheongpyeong staff for giving those of us who are starting families, who are at different stages in life, that we can participate and inherit what True Parents are giving us. Thank you True Mother for the love you are giving to America, sending the Cheongpyeong team to us so we can inherit the blessings of the providence and we hope that we can support you and we love you very much.” —Spase and Kathy Kate

“Today we had lectures and a chanyang session and some of it was tiring for me, but I learned little things here and there about Cheongpyeong that I didn’t know which I thought was great and showed the sincere heart of their efforts. The thing I got out of Rev. Chung’s lectures is that I don’t believe in everything they are saying becauseIi haven’t experienced it myself yet. But it seems that Cheongpyeong was created for the purpose of making the world a better place and I hope that it can do that for the world. I don’t think Cheongpyeong needs to be the center of the world, but I think if it’s an inspiration to people to love better then it’s a good thing.” —Kuna Hamad

“In the last two days during the chanyang session I felt it really helped me afterwards. I felt calm and liberated. It was a very rewarding experience. Focus on chanyang and focus on yourself and use this as an experience to take away an evil experience and be a better person.”  —Pamilta Tamelessio

“The most wonderful thing is to be here again at Belvedere and see so many brothers and sisters and feeling the hope True Parents have for us to build the kingdom of heaven here in this country and in the world.” —Robin Sullivan

“We just finished the chanyang session and honestly I was really negative just before it—perhaps it’s my western way of thinking. I’ve spent a lot of time at Cheongpyeong but that was in the past, then today, after I started the session, I was reminded that this is actually good for me, and doing the chanyang session helped me to remember why I was doing this and eventually I got really into it and I was really grateful for today.” —Bob Manseur

“I feel very blessed to be in Belvedere and attend this ceremony in America after leaving California 23 years ago. Many things happened in the last 3 months so I decided to clean up my thinking and heart that was not so positive. I had a good experience and good cry with Heavenly Parent and True Parents who have been here for many years. I had a deep experience in prayer at the rock. We have a deep desire to complete our Tribal Messiahship in America and would like to serve our True Parents here in their home.” –Pat and Gustavo Jimenez

“The Cheongpyeong presentation, changyang session, Hyojeong ceremony, and the Ancestors Liberation and Blessing were well organized and fully attended by our Ancestors from the spiritual world. Victory for Heavenly Parent and True Parents.” –Jean Gomis

“Although I had done liberation ceremonies in the past, it had been a while. As a result I was glad of the opportunity to be reminded of its importance once again. It makes complete sense that we on earth are the only ones who can make a difference in the situation of our ancestors who have already passed on.” –Tom Corley

“During the final chanyang session, the team leader who shouted the loudest helped to pierce the spiritual barrier between my heart and True Parents. His powerful emotional shouts allowed my tears of repentance and gratitude to flow and enabled me to repent for not investing more effort in reaching out to neighbors in my community.” –C.L.

“My family and I are deeply grateful to our Heavenly Parent and True Parents for the amazing grace and blessing. Yesterday, after the Ancestor Liberation, I went fundraising in the night. I asked my absolute good ancestors who have been liberated to help me sell my flowers in night clubs. My goal was $500 and ended up making $640.00 which was a miracle. My heart is full of gratitude toward our beloved True Mother who gave us the great blessing in America to participate in the Ancestor Liberation.” –Vital Ile

“My husband and I attended this weekend’s event. We were so inspired by the incredible organization of everything from the parking to the seating to the vending booths to the food. You did an awesome job with everything. The program was so well organized. The staff was super courteous and helpful. We can’t congratulate you enough. The content of the program was very inspiring. I hope we can do this more frequently – once a year would be wonderful.” –Steven and Colleen Boyd

“My wife and I liberated one collateral individual. We live in Las Vegas and earlier my wife and two other Japanese sisters had liberated and Blessed Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Audrey Hepburn, famous Las Vegas entertainers and movie stars. Recently, I had seen something on TV about how Sammy Davis Jr had suffered so much discrimination because he was black, even though he was part of the performing group of Sinatra and Martin. He was not allowed to even sleep in the hotels where he was performing and had to enter by the back door. During the liberation ceremony I could really feel his heart. I felt a lot of his resentment was liberated. Also, I comforted him by telling him he was now a child of our True Parents who are beyond race and color. Thank you True Mother for sending the Cheongpyeong team to Belvedere.” –Terry and Kazuko Walton

“Thank you very much for bringing a piece of our Father’s land to New York. It was a very emotional experience for me, feeling my ancestors so close. True Mother mentioned many times that we must be bold and proclaim True Parents. Again, thank you very much and I’m looking forward to seeing our True Mother in November.” –Wilson Ferreira

“The Cheongpyeong weekend at Belvedere had the sense of a marathon for me, beginning with the efforts at mobilization, the urgency to make it an event in which the greater number of brothers and sisters could participate. The opportunity afforded me as emcee an opportunity to open up to see how challenging, sometimes even exhausting the effort is to put it all together, the internal preps as well as the external. It truly is a work of unity. Our Japanese brothers and sisters also deserve a special kind of appreciation for their devotion to the details of attendance in this. Of course, my own sense of Cheongpyeong work is that it is a work of grace, a window that affords me  the chance to grow, purify, make offering requests and extend True Parents’ blessings to my ancestors and people I have a personal attachment to. I thank Heavenly Parent, True Parents, and True Mother for this blessed event that took place at Belvedere.” –Rev. Edner Pierre-louis

“I did 210 Ancestor liberation and Blessing 2012. Heavenly Parent and True Parents love us very much. True Mother knows that we need the Heavenly fortune! I felt that True Mother is all humankind’s mother. I really want to build up Cheon Il Guk on earth through unity with Heavenly Parent, True Parents, and our Brothers and Sisters!” –Yoshie Takahashi

“Thank you to the Cheongpyeong staff for coming here to America.  At this liberation ceremony we liberated my husband’s grandparents. I felt the Burns side of the family ancestors were really proud of us even though they are only our adopted blood lineage. I feel like through this liberation we received ownership of Burns’ blood lineage. Thank you Heavenly Parent for always watching over and caring about our effort and struggle to walk the right path. From now on everything will be victory, no failure. During Richard Buessing’s speech he said, “Who is the happiest about the ancestor Blessing? Heavenly Parent is.” Rev. Buessing is always thinking from God’s point of view. Our wish papers were for the successful matching and Blessing for our children and Tribal Messiahship. This is a big jump to accomplish Cheon Il Guk.” –Bruce and Yoko Burns

“Near the end of the chanyang session on Saturday, July 28, I turned and looked behind me. I saw about 15 Mennonite women sitting in the seats. They were wearing black and had the traditional white head covering (I am from a Mennonite background). I immediately started sobbing. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity to “meet” my ancestors and participate in the liberation of my brothers and sisters and the liberation of God’s heart.” –Louise Perlowitz

“Yesterday’s Hyojeong Cheongpyeong event was better than eating the best chocolate cake. You just want more and more. My wife and I had a guest, a local pastor that we have been close with for the past several months. She had been to many ACLC events and was hungering for more. She carefully observed every aspect and felt the spirit very intently. She frequently noted emphatically that she had reached a new level on this day, and indeed felt the presence of her deceased parents around her. She deeply understood the presence and influence of the spirit realm. My own personal testimony highlight is that at the moment the entry of the ancestors was announced, endless tears poured down my face. This happened as well at the end of the ceremony as they were being ushered out. It really was a blessed event for all and a wonderful opportunity for all of us to raise our spiritual level. I understand that it is hard for many to connect to the spiritual realm. However, Demian’s testimony attested powerfully to this reality and it is as real as the world we can touch and experience with our five physical senses.” –Steve Edwards

“I knew weeks before the event that I could not miss it. I was not disappointed. The atmosphere was very high. My experience was good all around but it centered on the changyang sessions. I was moved to tears by the young people who were leading the session. They put a lot of heart and effort into helping us “clean up.” Thank you Heavenly Parent, thank you True Parents, thank you True Mother. Many times during the program when I looked around the venue I saw a beautiful bright, light green color embracing brothers and sisters and hovering over the stage. It was a wonderful and amazing experience. I felt that many spirits left my abode to the extent that I had to be careful not to get out of my chair too quickly. I had to find my bearings and “recalculate” to make up for the fact that some virtue had been taken out of my body by the spirits that had left me. The events of these two days were nothing short of a miracle. Thank you Heavenly Parent, thank you True Parents, thank you True Mother. I am grateful to everyone who made this miracle happen.” –Jorg Heller

“I was so grateful and moved by the Cheongpyeong Ancestor Liberation and Blessing ceremony held at Belvedere. During the Ancestor Liberation my tears came down and I felt my dear son’s presence from spirit world beside me and powerful spiritual forces all around us. I really felt that everyone should attend and cleanse the evil and disturbing spirits to make new start. It is amazing to have the same great spiritual experiences here in America as in Cheongpyeong.” –Yukiko Fairbrother

“I really felt sorry to the spirits who had to stay in our bodies for a long time. After the Ancestor blessing, I felt much better. I felt all the ancestors line up and come inside tent. They looked very young, harmonious and happy.” –Naomi DaSilva

“I went to Belvedere last weekend even though I have expressed skepticism many times about this Ancestor Liberation providence in the past. The reason I went is out of love and respect for our beloved True Mother. Since she supports this providence to liberate our ancestors so clearly and with such conviction, I thought I should go and contribute as well to the Cheongpyeong providence. On Sunday during the Ancestor Liberation intense prayer, I had the deepest prayer that I can remember for many years. I felt the presence of my ancestors. After the liberation I went to the prayer room together with my wife and again had a very profound prayer. We also went to pray at the holy rock just before we left and connected deeply to our True Father who shed so many tears, sweat and blood for America at that very place. As a Canadian, I feel deeply connected as well with the USA, where I lived as a missionary for five years. I encourage all to participate and take what you can from these 2018 America Tour Hyojeong Cheongpyeong events in the USA. Thank you True Parents from the bottom of my heart.” –Pierre Beauregard

“It was an incredible event! The most impressive thing was during the last moments of the ancestor blessing ceremony. When we waved to our ancestors, a big butterfly came in and flew around everyone participating in the blessing ceremony. It was very moving and felt like our ancestors were expressing their happiness through the butterfly.” –Tomomi Ueda

“This was an unusual but enlightening experience to attend. I have never experienced or was aware of the detailed involvement that it took for this event. Being a Pentecostal person, we’ve always shied away from this type of situation. When I attended the event, there were several eye-opening happenings that took place. From beginning to end, I was intrigued, surprised and enlightened, but yet I understood. I am grateful to have been there. I really appreciated how everyone was in one mind and one accord as the scripture says. I have broadened my mind and have increased my thoughtful appetite to think, study, and learn.” –Pastor Tanya Edwards

“Initially coming into this event, I wasn’t sure how it would be but I had a gut feeling that I should attend regardless of how I felt. Next thing I knew, I had the opportunity to volunteer for the event. As we were setting up the chairs in the morning, I was asked to be part of the chanyang team. I was a little hesitant, but I always wanted to do it at least once in my life. Nonetheless, I took the opportunity. Right from the get-go, I felt unqualified and unworthy to take on the responsibility of the chanyang team. However, our leader kept emphasizing that we are the mediators for others to be liberated and connect to their ancestors. When we can keep this in mind, we can give our best. The first day we did 30 minutes of chanyang and on the second day we did 1 hour. Especially on the second day, I made the determination to have a clear mind being part of the chanyang team. I imagined all the evil spirits within each person that were desperate to be set free. It was a spiritual battle but I felt God needed people who can gratefully take responsibility. After the chanyang finished, they played a video of a song called, “사명” (Mission). I remember watching that video during Global Top Gun last year and it immediately flooded my eyes with tears. I felt so much grace from True Parents who have sacrificed and given everything for us. I felt so unworthy in front of True Parents yet I felt their unconditional love for me by opening my heart to understand them more deeply. The whole event was such a spiritually cleansing experience. I am so grateful to have been able to attend the event and also to humbly be a part of the chanyang team.” –Ryota Naito

“I was in Cheongpyeong from July to August in 2012 and was able to liberate and Bless seven generations. As it is a monetary challenge to fly from New York to Korea, I was wondering when I could liberate and Bless the next seven generations. My spiritual experience was after the liberation ceremony as we all were waving our arms upward, I could feel someone clapping my hand back.” –Mark Geary

“We have been longing to receive grace at the Cheongpyeong Providence, but could not. The reason is simply the distance. There are so many people who are frustrated because airfare, work, and child care does not allow them to travel to Korea. This time our dream came true – Cheongpyeong came to our area which made us feel that God and True Parents love us in reality. We want this event to be customary so that more members can enjoy the true love of Heavenly Parent and True Parents.” –Masahisa and Yoko Kobayashi

“I am very grateful and thankful to our Beloved True Mother for loving us. I really felt the presence of our True Parents here. For me everything was perfect. I saw the leaders working hand in hand, taking care of each detail together with the volunteers. That day was really a revival for me and appreciate the time I live in.” –Rosario Olgado

“My husband and I were so grateful for this past weekend when Cheongpyeong came to Belvedere. I felt that so many brothers and sisters at the Belvedere event were so happy. The spirit world was very high. The effort to liberate the spirits stuck on our bodies was so much easier to do than in previous events. I had a lot of inspiration yesterday, feeling that Heavenly Parent and True Parents (as well as the ancestors and collaterals) were really behind all that inspiration. I’m very grateful for the erasing of our Ancestors’ sins and of their memory of those sins. One of our Bronx sisters saw her father (already previously liberated) who comforted her, telling her that everything would be fine and not to worry about anything.” –Lorna Galvan