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Peace Rallies Held throughout Lithuania

When word came that we should organize 12 rallies throughout the country on the same day to communicate the UPF peace message, the challenge seemed overwhelming. Still, there was a conviction that it could be done.

“Rent buses, make lunches and dinners for everyone, and give the people a nice tour to go along with their attendance at the speeches,” Rev. Shin Jae Park advised. More than once he said, “You can do this.” Soon people were believing him. They could see that there was a way to do it.

As unbelievable as it is to conceive of ten committed people organizing 12 separate rallies on the same day with two weeks preparation time, somehow it happened. We attributed it to the love and grace of God.

Moreover, almost all of the events took place with packed houses. Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon's daughter-in-law, Jun-sook Moon, spoke before an audience of 710, including 560 native Lithuanians from more than 25 different cities, towns, and communities. The total audiences at all the events numbered 1,920 people.

Other speakers were members of the second and third generations of the family of UPF founders, Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. Ji Yeah Moon spoke to 200 people, In Sup Pak to 190, and Young Jun Kim to 110. The rest of the audiences averaged 80 to 100 participants. They came from 23 different NGOs, including children’s groups, human rights organizations, military veterans’ organizations, and social service groups. In addition, there were professors, academics, and former members of parliament.

Participants commented on the character, dignity, and refinement of the various members of Father and Mother Moon's family as well as the professionalism with which the events were conducted, the pure atmosphere, and, perhaps most importantly, the valuable ideals presented in the speeches. Participants in these events especially loved the prayers for blessing of marriage. So many of the older couples were overjoyed by the prayers sanctifying their marriage. This part of the program elevated the entire atmosphere of the proceedings.

People from the nearby countries of Belarus and Russia came to assist with preparations. Rev. Ron Koonce came from Moldova to help coordinate transportation. Rev. Masayuki Kachi and six Japanese goodwill ambassadors helped with cooking, technical expertise, financial support, and organizational skills. Mr. Tsutomu Mogushi from the World Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles in Russia co-chaired the rallies with Gunnard Johnston.

It was the Lithuanians who exceeded all precedents and supplied the lion's share of the love power to bring guests. They reached out far and wide to embrace this tucked-away corner of the world, and they made a very positive impression!

Working non-stop from August 28 until September 16, starting at 4:00 AM every day and often continuing until midnight, these young Lithuanians embraced the challenge with “courage, faith, and unstoppable determination,” as Jun Sook Moon commented during morning devotions that following day. They digested every challenge with the will to overcome all obstacles, and this is to their eternal credit.

Mrs. Satsuko Johnston reported that she focused on investing prayer and sincere heart. “We went to a total of 20 cities and towns to gather up people,” she said. They rented many buses and gave tours of Vilnius, the capital city. There was some confusion in getting everyone to the right place on time, and bus drivers from out of town were unfamiliar with the streets of the capital. “In our situation one person was doing the work of ten people’s responsibilities,” she said, “and in this situation the spirit world helped so much. As Mother Moon said when she came here during the peace tour in June: ‘Lithuania is a Christian nation, and the good spirits are very excited to help in this time.’”

After the events, the young Lithuanians are continuing to spread a “true family culture.” They have been visiting leaders of organizations who mobilized their members to attend the events. They are hosting luncheons and dinners through the nation and giving follow-up presentations.

To read a message delivered at UPF peace rallies, click here.

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UPF-Congo Hosts Seminar, Appoints New Ambassador for Peace

Pointe Noire, Congo—From June 27 to 28, 2020, UPF-Congo’s Ambassadors for Peace participated in a two-day seminar having the theme “A Heavenly Congo in a Heavenly Africa.”

UPF-USA’s 11th Weekly Prayer Webcast Includes Representatives from the Three Abrahamic Faiths

United States—UPF-USA’s eleventh weekly Interfaith Prayer for the Nation and the World was convened on the Zoom and Facebook platforms on Thursday, June 18, at 1 PM (EDT) through a call out to Ambassadors for Peace, UPF members and friends of UPF.

Israelis Unite through Interfaith Study

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