The Words of the Zinsou Family
In January 2010, more than eighty members, including national leaders, UPF secretaries-general, church leaders and leaders of affiliated organizations from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and Niger, convened at the sub-regional headquarters in Cotonou, the capital of Benin, for a four-day International Leadership Training Program (ILTP). The purpose of the seminar was to enhance operational performance, to set up a strategic plan to fulfill the goals for the year and to prepare the foundation for the realization of Cheon II Guk before January 2013.
Among the presenters were former missionary Rev. Hiroyuki Tosaka, director of ILTP, and Rev. Paterne Zinsou, sub-regional church leader for West Africa. Topics included Witnessing, Life of Faith and Values, Leadership, and Creating an Action Plan for 2010. In his presentation on witnessing, Rev. Tosaka testified that during his missionary experience he met God through witnessing to suffering people. And leading the session on creating a plan of action for the year, Rev. Zinsou emphasized, "In view of the short time we have to fulfill Heaven's mandate, we have the responsibility to show our commitment in a manner that will allow heavenly fortune to assist us in establishing Cheon Il Guk in our sub-region."
From a report submitted by Rev. Paterne Zinsou, sub-regional leader for West Africa