Unification News for May 2004
2004 World Peace King Cup Fishing Tournament
May 2 - 5, 2004
On May 2, over 500 representatives and leaders from 55 nations of the world went to Yeosu to participate in a fishing tournament. It took 7 hours to go to Yeosu. Participants arrived on same day around 2 in the afternoon and prepared to go to one of the gymnasium for the opening ceremony, where they were welcomed by some few thousand people of Yeosu.
Rev. Hwang Sun-jo the ffwpu international president (who is from Yeosu) was the host and the Mayor's office and all key officials were present. The entertainers from Yeosu brought joy to the Anglers who hailed from over 50 nations.
On May 3rd, 40 boats (35 foot professional fishing boats) took groups of 12 to their destination as they competed in the Fishing World Peace King Cup Yeosu 2004.
The first day was cold and rainy but the spirit of the participants was only made stronger.
The scenic beauty of this area is beyond words. Beautiful green mountain/ islands stand throughout the waters as we would take a 40 minute boat ride to our fishing areas.
True Father posed with the biggest fish of the 1st day of the fishing tournament.
40 boats took groups of 12 to their destination as we competed in the Fishing World Peace King Cup Yeosu 2004. The event began with an opening ceremony in which we were welcomed by the city of Yeosu in an event in a small stadium with several thousand people of Yeosu.
National level entertainers who were from Yeosu brought joy to the Anglers who hailed from over 50 nations.
It had a wonderful impact. Fishing is what Jesus did with his disciples and now that is what we are doing with our True Parents. It is not easy. The fishing here is very different than the Hudson River where over 30 " stripped Bass are caught. Here a 6 " fish could get into the contest. The first day was cold and rainy but the spirit of the participants was only made stronger. The Parade with the city of Yeosu was a great joy in which our anglers became the absolute center of attraction. The next two days were very beautiful and typified the most beautiful warm spring weather imaginable.
We went out in 35 foot professional fishing boats. 75 American leaders participated. It looks like Mrs. Erikawa and Chris Hempowicz are contending for a world class prize in the top ten.
Later, we celebrated the lunar date of True Parents 44th Wedding Anniversary. It included an address by Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak the representative of all blessed central families.
Also True Parents received an wonderful honor from the former President of Korea National University. Dr. Hong testified that when the Communist Cold War conflict was at its peak he got the inspiration that there must be a Chinese / Korean dictionary for the future. Because many could only think of the conflict with China no one supported the idea. Only True Father had the vision to see beyond the conflict and support this great work. Now that times changed this dictionary is playing a key role in the opening up of the partnerships needed to work with China to become a nation of the free world.
The celebration ended with fireworks and glorious entertainment.
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