Articles From the July 1994 Unification News


School in Korea for a German Child

One blessed child from Germany writes, "I have been in Korea for nearly a year now and I want to share with you some of my experiences here. In the beginning, I stayed mainly with other Europeans but after a while I got to know other students and I have become good friends with many of them. Dormitory life is simple but it is a full-time experience. We start early and finish late. There is always something to do or something happening. This is why it is harder and harder to wake up to the alarm clock in the morning! I have really enjoyed my time here. Of course, some times are hard, when you don't understand something at school or you feel homesick, but you can get over it quickly. There is a poem in German that says, "Sag niemals nie." This says that you should never say that you cannot do something, for if you do, all hope is gone. Being here has helped me do my best and realize that I can always accomplish, no matter what the obstacle."

Another student testimony: "My stay in Korea has been the best experience of my life. Here I learned about what it is to be a blessed child, a second-generation. I hope that I can stay as long as possible for God and True Parents. I am really grateful for the privilege to come to Korea as a representative of my country. Thank you."

And: "When I first came to Korea, I was expecting Korea to be one long workshop. In fact, it was quite different. Coming to Korea was like being cleansed in holy water. It was as if I couldn't imagine the outside world anymore-everything was so new and invigorating. Being here, one feels very close to True Parents and True Family. Being in the dormitory, one feels a connection with Blessed Children from all around the world. I had never felt such support before. Now as I prepare to go to high school, I know I will never forget Korea or be able to repay all of my bro's and sis's for their friendship and kindness. I am grateful to True Parents and my own parents for being able to come."

Middle School Page

This month one young brother shares about his time in Korea. He is returning this summer to the United States to continue his education.

I came to Korea about two years ago. I would like to share a little about my life before I came to Korea and how Korea changed my life.

When I was younger, I lived alone with my grandmother and a Japanese sister. Father was a leader, and my mother had passed away. All my brothers and sisters were at college, so I had no one to teach me Divine Principle and how to grow spiritually. I didn't understand about Heavenly Father and His heart. In school I had a lot of friends and I guess I got influenced by them. My grades started slipping badly and I had problems at home. This was the state I was in when I came to Korea.

The main purpose in coming here was to learn Korean language and culture, but after I got here I realized that living in the dormitory was the greatest blessing because we can live with other blessed children in a protected environment, free from outside influence and temptation. With over 100 brothers and sisters around us, and staff from all around the world, we learn to live together as a family with Heavenly Father at the center. Through living together in community I gained a deeper understanding of Heavenly Father and True Family and really felt myself grow. I feel that I have gone to a higher level internally. As I look back on how I was before, I can do nothing but repent for my ignorance.

When I go back to America, I pray that I can maintain the public standard I learned and practiced in Korea. I pray that I can have the strength to resist the lower standards of the fallen world. I pray that I can love without condition, and seek to do good. I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for giving me the opportunity to live and grow in Korea. The time that I have spent here I can never forget. I hope that all blessed children could have the experience that I have had living together with other blessed children. It has been a most meaningful and life-changing experience.


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