News from South America
Bret Moss (Class of ’96) reports from
Nicaragua that his Spanish is improving daily and that he can
now get around Managua by taxi. He attended the inauguration of the new
President last month and has also visited the managers of the city’s daily
newspapers all of whom were impressed by the layout of the 80-page Tiempos
del Mundo which is being established throughout Latin America. Bret reports
that Tiempos Nicaragua SA became a corporate entity in the last week of
January and Mr. Joo, the President of the Washington Times Corp., has approved
an office site.
Meanwhile, the 120 Japanese sisters assigned to Managua brought 200 college
students to a three-day Divine Principle seminar in the first week of February.
Bret says that the Korean National Messiahs, Reverend No Hi Pak and his
wife Lan Young Moon, are “doing a fabulous job.” Bret’s wife, Annette,
who is also a member of the class of ’96, is currently working in Brazil.
Joseph Schinwald has set up his office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He has
three telephone/fax numbers in addition to his e-mail address but “I still
don’t know if anyone in Washington will be able to communicate with me.”
He has made some good connections in the upper echelons of Honduran society
and reports that “I am actually quite thrilled with this mission.”
Paul Greene arrived back in Panama on December 31 and he also reports that
“I really like this newspaper providence to tell you the truth.” Things
are going slower than he would have hoped but he plans to have his office
running by mid-March. Ed Heinz is now working in Costa Rica, Jim Humphreys
is in the Dominican Republic and Enrique Ledesma has arrived in his native
Ecuador. Other graduates who are involved with the newspaper are Dirk Anthonis
and Katsumi Kambashi (Uruguay) and Takuya Ishii (Chile).
Ted O’Grady and Koji Matsuda have both recently moved their families to
Brazil where they have been assigned to towns in the region surrounding
New Hope Farm. The O’Gradys are expecting their fourth child and were unsure
as to whether Dorothy should deliver the baby here in the U.S. but they
decided that this baby should be born in their new mission country.
A Letter from Bolivia
In January the Cornerstone office received a letter from Chantal Chetelat
Komagata (Class of ’86) who is also now in South America.
I am Swiss, I graduated from UTS in 1986, was blessed in Korea in 1989
to Masayuki Komagata and stayed there for the newspaper providence until
December 1991 and then went to Japan for the hometown providence. My husband
and I have three children and we offered a fourth to another couple.
one and a half months have passed since I left Japan for Montevideo, Uruguay
together with 4200 Japanese women including 7 Westerners, 7 Filipinos and
about 40 Korean sisters. We spent about 10 days there in a big stadium,
receiving Father’s love and Rev. Zin Moon Kim’s guidance and going through
a sisterhood ceremony with Uruguayan women. Then we went to our respective
mission countries, 120 to each one of the 35 countries of the Americas.
We are now on a heavenly race to create a country that will be a model
nation for the rest of the world. That’s our purpose in south America.
Which country will be the first to accept the Principle in its Constitution?
Of course, I cry every day because I cannot love my husband and my children
and through that feeling I can understand God’s heart. He has been longing
for thousands of years to meet His children. My children (6,4 and 2) miss
their mom very much too and they can learn substantially to relate to True
Children’s hearts of missing their parents.
All of the women from Japan sacrificed their families and therefore we
can invest all our love into the people here. There are many wonderful
people in Bolivia. Most are descendants of the native people who have suffered
tremendously, are living in very humble conditions and can therefore relate
to a suffering God. Since the universities are free, many people study
and the educational level is fairly high, making it easier to convey the
depth of the Principle, but the number of street children who spend their
days shining shoes or begging is also high.
Since I am the only one of the group of 120 who can speak Spanish, I am
extremely busy teaching the sisters Spanish, interpreting for them, meeting
students and other people, and teaching the Principle. Days pass by so
quickly that a year will be over soon. We’ll be going to the States in
October to prepare for the great Blessing of 3.6 million couples in Washington
DC and then we’ll be flying back to Japan in November. But who knows what
will happen next?