Our Top Cannon Gerry Servito stayed a couple extra days to share content with us from Unification Thought. His presentation was called, “A Condensed Glimpse into Unification Thought”. Top Gun participants were moved by his passionate and engaging explanation of God’s heart and how we can align ourselves to become better individuals in our families. Following Gerry’s lecture, we engaged in a truly momentous and moving series of special lectures.
Our first special lecturer was Dr. Bo Hi Pak. Along with taking on many key leadership roles within our Unification movement, he was first and foremost True Father’s translator and interpreter. He brought with him a very personal gift to the Top Gun participants. We each received a neatly packaged USB card with a video file called, “The Truth is My Sword”. He projected this video recording and shared with us his strong defense in court against an accusation made on him and the Unification movement. It moved us not only to see this video but also to watch Dr. Pak reviewing a serious moment in his life. It was such an impactful and overwhelmingly uplifting video.
Our second special lecturer was Yeon Ah Moon, Hyo Jin Moon’s wife. She is currently the President of the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP). She read True Father’s words and asked us what we would like to hear from her. She touched on the topics of women in leadership, how we can support True Parents, and how to move forward toward Vision 2020, True Parents’ international plan for networking in world peace projects. Her grace and poise made everyone feel comfortable and at ease. Following Yeon Ah Moon’s talk, Rev. Ki Hoon Kim, Continental Director of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) North America, spoke to us, having just traveled from America to Korea. He emphasized studying the Divine Principle and True Parents’ words, describing True Father’s mission as the Second Coming of the messiah. His timely message prepared us in reflection for the upcoming third anniversary of True Father’s Seonghwa (ascension). Dr. Kim also shared why True Parents came to America, and at the end of his talk our American brothers and sisters cheered, “USA! USA! USA!”, acknowledging and showing conviction in America’s role in God’s providence. At the end of these special lectures, we shared a snack of coffee and donuts.
Now taking this time to reflect on the day, I simply feel blessed. Personally, it was inspiring to finally have a female special lecturer and also a member of True Parents’ family. My perception about our movement changed when listening to Rev. Bo Hi Pak’s testimony of True Father and his dedication to fight for the truth. I realized the next generation leaders isn’t limited to just today’s Unificationists…it extends through us to our future descendants, as we establish a lasting culture of ownership, standing on the shoulders of True Parents and great pioneers and leaders like Dr. Bo Hi Pak.
We all felt very encouraged to step up and lead, and not just within the movement. We clearly understood our role is to introduce the truth and True Parents to the world. We need to understand True Parents’ heart so we can share that heart with the world. It’s not something forced upon us; it’s something we feel deeply within ourselves. Also, we can’t give up not matter what happens. We inscribe this in our hearts.