The Words of the Mason Family

Testimony in New York

Ishmael Mason
March 1970

Ishmael Mason

Dear Family,

It's a great honor for me to present you with this letter in the hope that it will find the entire enjoying the best of health.

My name is Ishmael Mason. I was born in Costa Rica, Central America, where I received most of my schooling from Kindergarten to High School. Three years ago, I came to the United States in order to get a College degree.

I am attending the City College of New York where I met Maria Pascher [Kiley] who cordially invited me to pay the Family a visit. So I did visit, and I am very glad I did. I have been attending the meetings ever since. It has been four months now since my first introduction. I find that there is a unity among the Family members, and that is what the whole world needs. Within the Family there are moments of laughter, serious moments of prayer, times of thinking, teaching the new student like myself, etc.

I had the honor of accompanying the Family to Central Park to say a little prayer around the ground once blessed by our Master on his Lip to Now York. Around the ground we prayed, but we also enjoyed a folkloric merry-go-round dance. I appreciated every moment we experienced.

Now I would like to tell you about New York from the point of view of a foreigner. Most immigrants coming to the United States choose to stay in New York. So do many foreign businessmen. New York has had a lot of propaganda all over the world, such as; beautiful city, tall buildings, important ones, subway routes, etc. To some foreigners coming to New York it is the fulfillment of a dream. I myself as a foreigner have heard an awful lot about New York, good and bad thing, but mostly good ones, So I chose to come here, and I am very glad I did.

I am really grateful that I could come to New York because it is here that I discovered God in a new way. For two years I felt cut off from Him. In the last four months, however, since I heard the Principle it's the closest I have ever come to Him. This is giving me courage and more hope in everything else that I do: I hope to learn to teach the Divine Principle soon because there are so many people still so ignorant of God and His love.

Best regards to all of you and especially to our True Parents. Ishmael Mason 

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