Chapter 1 The Life of the Founder






 Reverend Moon's Victorious Homecoming to Korea


 Reverend Moon speaking at the banquet to welcome him on his victorious return to Korea

 On December 10, 1985, at 7:40 a.m. Reverend and Mrs. Moon arrived back in Korea for the first time since the ordeal in Danbury prison. It had been on December 27, 1983, two years previously, that Reverend Moon had last departed Korea for America. During his unjust incarceration in Danbury Prison, he led worldwide missionary activities to considerable success. At the time of Reverend Moon's return to his homeland, two hundred dignitaries from the religious, political, financial and academic worlds, including eight former heads of state, visited Korea to meet him.

Reverend and Mrs. Moon returned to the homeland for which they had longed for two years, and were welcomed by five hundred members including special guests.


Welcoming Banquet

On the day following his return to Korea, a welcoming banquet to mark Reverend Moon's victorious home-coming was held at the Hilton Hotel Convention Center. Two thousand three hundred dignitaries from a diversity of fields, including former prime minister of the Republic of Korea Mr. Il-Kwon Chung, participated. Prime Minister Yashiro Nakasone of Japan and five former presidents of Latin American countries presented gifts and plaques of appreciation. Professor Hang-nyung Lee, chairman of the Korean chapter of the Professors World Peace Academy, and former president of Hong-Ik University presented Reverend and Mrs. Moon with a plaque expressing the appreciation of PWPA.

The welcoming banquet for Reverend Moon

On December 12, a welcoming luncheon was held at the Little Angels Performing Arts Center for former heads of state and prime ministers who had visited Korea to commemorate Reverend Moon's victorious return home. Attending the banquet were former presidents of Colombia Gen. Rafael Navas Pardo, Gen. Luis H. Ordoñez and Dr. Julio C. Turbay Ayala, former presidents of Costa Rica Dr. Mario Echandi Jiménez, Dr. Rodrigo Carazo, and Dr. José Figueres Ferrer, former prime minister of the Dominican Republic Dr. Jaime Manuel Fernández, and former prime minister of Colombia, Dr. Carlos Augusto Noriega.

Reverend Moon receiving a plaque of appreciation from a former Latin American leaderA welcoming celebration, sponsored by the International Federation for Victory Over Communism was held at the Little Angels Performing Arts Center on the evening of the same day. The event was attended by the IFVOC branch heads, standing advisors and approximately one thousand guests. During the celebration the head of each IFVOC branch adopted a resolution of determination to succeed. Reverend Moon was presented with a plaque of victory and appreciation accompanied by cheers and applause. In his address, Reverend Moon challenged them by saying that the responsibility of each branch chairman and the objectives of IFVOC were more important than at any other previous time, and that all citizens must be linked together to protect the nation from the encroachment of communism.