Unification News for April 2001

March 22 - Des Moines, Iowa

Rev. Seo, Rev. Jim Gavin, and the Minneapolis Family as well as Rev. Kim from New York joined forces in IOWA with Rev. David Payer and Rev. Bob Mason to do a magnificent event. Around 700 came to the ballroom. The majority of the audience was made up of clergy. Although, for most it was the first time to be with True Parents or any event done by the Family Federation but it surely will not be the last. Rev. Harold White came from Chicago to be the tour evangelist. He is Dean of the Baptist Ministers Conference for Chicago representing 1400 Baptist Churches. He has a very powerful radio show on Sunday morning from 9:00 ą 10:00 am on the number one gospel radio station. He hosts the show along with its founder and our closed minister, the Rev. Dr. Spencer Leake. Every Christian in Chicago knows about "Truth Speaks" Dr. White did a fantastic presentation. He explained in very clear terms why we need True Parents and why we must support Rev. Moon. He explained that Jesus had brought us to liberation through the salvation of the cross. Jesus promised that he would come again. It is in this context that Jesus inspired Rev. Moon to become the True Parent, to take on the ministry and mission of Jesus and build the family that was lost in the Garden of Eden. Therefore this movement for True Families is Godís movement. This was a great way to start the movement in Iowa.

The Des Moines Register gave coverage. The headline read, "Moon in Des Moines, Pushes Marriage as Vital." Mostly covering the highlight of Fatherís speech. Especially about the misuse of the Love Organs. It also stated, "In recent years, Moon gained national attention for his efforts to break down societyís racial and denominational walls. His church helped sponsor the Million Family March in 2000.

Hundreds of ministers came out. Imam Akao the Muslim leader and American Leadership Conference speaker and grad was in full support. Imam Akao expressed, "Iím so happy for the movement of Father Moon. He is bringing Moslems and Christians together and tearing down the walls. I lost my son who was murdered by a gang member. I was so extremely pained and crushed by this tragedy. But God works in mysterious ways. God led me to take to understand that the best way I could respond was to take the murderer into my home and love him and bring him to God. I did so and now the man who took my son is now like a son to me. God is powerful. Father Moon is bringing this kind of love to the world." Good work Iowa. Rev. Michael Murray of the A.M.E. Zion Church and Rev. Bennett who pastors an interracial church were recipients of the Gold Watch.

Rev. Kim from New York reported that every one of the 600 churches in Des Moines were called or visited 3 times. They received our mailings. Thatís why you could see so many white and black pastors there. They came out to hear the word of God. Some were just curious, some were fascinated. The next morning at Hoon Dok Hae, Rev. White attended from 5:50 am. Dr. White is a scholar. He really enjoyed True Parents teaching. He heard all of the speech on the coronation ceremony for Godís kingship and the reports of Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha and Confucius. He didnít blink an eye. When asked how he felt about the whole morning. Father Moon is a great teacher. I really enjoyed his class in the morning. I want to attend more of his classes. I learned so much about the family.

Rev. Michael Jenkins

An eager crowd of over 700 people greeted the "We Will Stand" interfaith and revival tour on its 26th stop at the Des Moines Marriott Thursday night. A large majority of the audience was made up of clergy, both local and national.

Reverend Dr. Harold White from Chicago was the evening's host evangelist. He is Dean of the Baptist Ministers Conference for Chicago which represents approximately fourteen hundred Baptist Churches.

He also hosts a very wonderful and powerful radio show on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 am on the number one gospel radio station along with its founder, the Reverend Dr. Spencer Leake. Every Christian in Chicago and many throughout the American heartland know about "Truth Speaks."

Reverend White gave a brief, but powerful presentation to the assembled. He explained in very clear terms why we need true parents and why it is imperative at this time to support Father Moon and the spirit and power of this "We Will Stand" movement.

"Jesus brought us liberation through the salvation of the cross and he promised that he would come again. It is in this context that Jesus inspired Father Moon to become a true parent, to take on his ministry and mission to build the family that was lost in the garden of Eden. Therefore this movement for true families is God's movement."

Imam Akao, a Muslim leader expressed, "I'm so happy for the movement of Father Moon. He is bringing Moslems and Christians together and tearing down the walls. I lost my son who was murdered by a gang member. I was so extremely pained and crushed by this tragedy. But God works in mysterious ways. God led me to understand that the best way I could respond was to take the murderer into my home and love him and bring him to God. I did so and the man who took my son is now like a son to me. God is powerful. Father Moon is bringing this kind of love to the world."

Reverend Michael Murray of the A.M.E. Zion Church and Reverend Bennett who pastors an interracial church were recipients of gold watches.

David Payer, tour coordinator for Iowa, stated after the event in The Des Moines Register: "A 50-city, 50-day tour is quite a burden, but (Father Moon at 81) feels a powerful calling from God to call people together at this time,"

(Father Moon says) there are denominational differences, but they are not that big of a deal under God."

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