CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Peace Tours 2005-2007
Peace Tour Builds UPF in Kenya
Written by Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, Secretary General, UPF
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Nairobi, Kenya - Mrs. Sun Myung Moon and several members of her family in Nairobi, Kenya to deliver the UPF peace message. Their welcome party included Rev. Eiji Tokuno, chair of UPF-Africa; Rev. Mwalagho Kililo, secretary general of UPF-Africa; national leaders; and several Ambassadors for Peace.
The following morning Mother Moon spoke of witnessing the power of God as she traveled throughout Asia, Eurasia, the Middle East and Europe. "Such incredible grace and blessing is coming through this peace tour," she said. She described the messages that she and her son Hyo Jin would give throughout Africa as "a textbook of life," and encouraged people to study them daily. "There is no liberation through ignorance. You have to expand the realm of truth and blessing."
"We know Africa has suffered so much," Mother Moon continued. She recalled the great suffering of the Korean people because of the war in the 1950s. In the early years of the Unification movement, the nation and the movement were very poor. But Rev. Sun Myung Moon inspired the youth to go throughout the country and spread the "New Village Movement," which contributed to the miracle of development that has taken place in Korea.
At the beginning of this her fourth visit to the continent of Africa, Mother Moon urged people do something similar in Africa: "There are many challenges — family breakdown, political instability and economic challenges. This is a great opportunity for yourselves, your families, your nation and your continent. This is the great moment for Africa and a time to rise up. Do not envy developed nations. The last shall become first."
On the evening of July 19, the audience of 700 people included government ministers, members of parliament, professors, religious leaders, and NGO heads. There was a delegation from the transitional government of Somalia and also the Minister of Youth and Sports from Burundi.
Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak gave the chairman's address. Hyo Jin Moon delivered the peace message to a receptive, attentive audience, setting the stage for Mother Moon's presentation on God's ideal for a peaceful family, nation and world.
Afterwards, there was a banquet during which two Members of Parliament spoke. Hon. Raila Odinga said, "The UPF principle of living for the sake of others which we heard tonight, is so precious and valuable. If we emulate the UPF principles we can change our nation." Hon. Chris Okeno stated: "What we have heard tonight can transform our nation. These are the core UPF principles: one God; we are spiritual beings; marriage, family and blessing; living for the sake of others; and overcoming all barriers."
There was a joyful spirit, with lots of good entertainment, singing and dancing. Rev. Kwak sat at the table with the two Parliamentarians, and at one point all three of them were on the stage dancing to African music.
Other speakers included the Minister of Finance, who stated, "This message of peace is one we need here in Kenya," and the Minister of Science, Technology and Education, who added, "Education begins in the family. With these principles Kenya can truly be the hub of peace for Africa and the world."
The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, a woman, said, "It is so wonderful to have a woman, Mother Moon, present this message on marriage and family. All of us go home from this meeting as changed people. Women especially need to lead the way to peace, just as we have seen with Mother Moon."
Mrs. Ida Odinga said: "I do not ordinarily speak, but am very moved tonight. I really appreciate the message that there is truly one God, and we are all His sons and daughters and thus brothers and sisters. Also, we learned that we are spiritual beings and we each can distinguish between right and wrong. God's ideal is a family of three generations — grandparents, parents and children — representing ancestors of the past, as well as the present and the future. With this teaching we can put an end to violence, and especially the defilement of women and other evils."
The following morning, Mother Moon continued speaking about her vision for Africa: "In Africa there is great hope, because you can see the value of God's word and the opportunity we have at this time. You may not have many external treasures or worldly possessions, but you can understand God's word and your faith is mature, so you can build a movement for a new heart in Africa. Have a big dream. Be a totally different person from yesterday. You should be the most developed continent in terms of heart and spirit."
To read a message delivered during the UPF peace tours click here.