Oceania October 2016 Report
Report on Oceania Peace Project (OPP)
A Service Project of FFWPU Australia
12th October 2016
Background of this project:
This three-month project started since June 2016 with a guest who was still studying DP. His name is Jimmy, a Vietnamese Australian. He has already known about DP and True Parents. His background is Catholic and is still in the process of becoming a member. He is very inspired by True Parents’ teaching of living for sake of others. Rev Soon Teck Lim met Jimmy and they agreed to start a service project to support people in need such as the homeless and children in the island nations.
Who are joining and how:
Jimmy used social media “Facebook”, to call people, who didn't know each other. They came and joined the service projects. For the beginning, he has been targeting the Vietnamese Community. Many youth turned up.
The following are the number of youth who turned up:
1st time, 10 people
2nd time, 26 people
3rd time, 15 people
4th time, 10 people
5th time, 5 people
6th time, 10 people
In the beginning of these activities when we met, we introduced ourselves and FFWPU. Later, we were able to present introduction of DP to the guests.
What are the activities:
They come to our Peace Embassy first, and we divide them into 2 groups, one is fundraising and the other one is giving foods to the homeless people.
1) A couple of hours later, they come back to Peace Embassy, we welcome them warmly and we start to share our heart through their experiences. Although some of them are first time, they feel that it is very good experience and we become closer in our hearts.
2) After the Service, on another day, Japanese CIG missionaries make the event ”TAKOYAKI Party” to invite some people who come to our project and get to know each other more. Furthermore this is creating environment for witnessing
This project is very good opportunity for witnessing because many young people, who have good motivation and faith, are coming to our activities. And we can work together to support Solomon Islands and other islands.
Vision for this project:
Connecting many young people through Social Service.
Introduce True Parents and DP to many young people and through living for others to make them understand DP through practice.
Special Cheon Il Guk Owners Strategic Meeting 2016
14-15th October 2016
1) Name: Special Cheon Il Guk Owners Strategic Meeting 2016
2) Date: 9.14 - 9.15 by the Heavenly Calendar (14-15 Oct 2016), 4th Year of Cheon Il Guk
3) Venue: Oceania Peace Embassy
In line with True Parents’ earnest desire to establish foundation for Cheon Il Guk in each nation by 2020 and as a follow-up of the four years plan for Australia previously distributed, this meeting was convened to strategise for the future. For further perusal and development of the national plan (even beyond four years), we set priorities and discussed strategies, and to dealt with other related matters we are facing including management and governance issues. The meeting focused on each state, clarified Australia’s role in Oceania, and made action steps for the future.
5) Invited Participants
14 Oct 2016
Staff of Regional and National HQs; State Leaders / Representatives (FFWPU)
Directors of Blessed Family Dept, Witnessing Dept, and Youth Dept in each State
15 Oct 2016
Leadership Group members and church members
To set clear priorities, goals and strategies that stimulate growth for the next four years and beyond
To make clear plans for each state, for Australia, and on how we can support Oceania Region
To lay the groundworks for formulating the new FFWPU constitution
To clarify strategy in dealing with social issue confronting the nation
In the opening remarks, Rev Jong Deug Yoo, Oceania Regional President, welcome and encouraged participants to discuss any relevant topics that concern members. We can share our situations openly in the two-day meeting. He also advised us to make practical steps to deal with issues and develop our current foundation.
National Leader’s Presentation
Rev Soon Teck Lim gave a presentation entitled, “4-Year Strategic Plan.” He highlighted the importance of clear mission, leadership, and teamwork in producing the desired result. After the ascension of True Father, True Mother has been emphasizing and encouraging blessed families to testify to True Parents. This should be FFWPU’s mission. We must be a movement that witness and testify to True Parents. Secondly, we need to continue to develop our leadership. He encouraged leaders to have conviction to make results and work with others as a team. We have strong opinions and differences. However, the way to overcome our differences in a team is love one another.
He then focused on how and where we want to go in the year 2020. He presented 5 top priorities for the next two years. There was agreement to focus on these priorities. Rev Yoo emphasized to put 2nd Gen. development as Australia and New Zealand’s top priority. The five top priorities are listed below in the order of priority:
Blessed Families upholding True Parents’ Teachings
Raising young CIG owners (2nd Gen. development)
Witnessing & Church Growth
Investing in Social Contributions Through FFWPU, UPF, & WFWP Initiatives
Good Management and Governance
Actions steps for each of these priorities were presented. Also, FFWPU Australia will focus on four projects. They are listed below:
Exhibition of Sun Myung Moon – A way to testify to True Parents
Leadership Program for Raising Young CIG Owners
True Family Project
Interstate Leaders’ Presentations
State Leader of Victoria, Rev Yoshiyuki Arai, gave an overview of Melbourne Church activities and development this year. He presented the development of Victorian Council from 2014 to the present. He expressed confidence in the current council. In recent time, Victorian community has been working to support 2nd Gen. development. They had just held the inaugural national Sports Festival and is preparing for the upcoming Summer Camp 2017. The community has also looked into the possibility of witnessing activities.
State Reports from Queensland were given by Kim Raymond and Steve Evans. Kim highlighted the importance of good communication and working together in the community. He emphasized the importance of shared spiritual experience. Steve emphasized the importance of owning our identity and be able to lead others to True Parents. We must be clear of who we are. We are first and foremost an educational movement. We are to move people’s heart with truth and love.
Penny Amaral, representative from Tasmania, gave a short presentation on the significance of following True Parents’ call to fulfill heavenly tribal messiahship, completing the 430 couples blessing ceremony. Two Hobart blessed couples have been working to prepare previously-married couples to receive the Blessing. In addition, she hopes to find a new pastor to lead the community in Hobart.
Raising Young CIG Owners
Rev Lim gave a brief presentation on 2nd Gen. development in Australia. He highlighted that older second gen. started the Australian Second Generation Initiative in June this year. This initiative is a successful joint effort of parent representatives, older youth, and FFWPU leaders coming together to formulate plans for the future. ASGI has since organized the Winter Workshop in Sydney and held the successful inaugural Sports Festival in Melbourne.
Witnessing & Tribal Messiahship
Rev Lim gave a brief presentation on the witnessing activities in Sydney. In particular, he shared the recently-concluded Exhibition of Sun Myung Moon as a model for testifying to True Parents. Over 100 people, including members, attended the 3-day exhibition. Most guests expressed that they do not know about True Parents. The exhibition has helped to inform and educate the public about the life and teachings of True Parents.
Rev Lim shared a short presentation on tribal messiah and the Blessing activity in his hometown over the years. Based on this presentation, he led a discussion on how blessed couples can fulfill the heavenly tribal messiahship mission. Rev Yoo emphasized the need to guide previously-married couples to become members, rather than campaign-mode Blessing movement. All agreed and are inspired to create a platform for tribal messiah activities.
Regional President’s Speech
Rev Yoo gave a speech regarding Oceania and how Australian members can support the island nations. Main points of Rev Yoo’s Speech:
We recently held a conference in Solomon Islands on New Village Movement. Around 60 leaders gathered together
We have entered the CIG era. We do not just focus on conditional activities. We need practical and substantial foundation
Since 2013, we have 7 active mission nations in Oceania, with national leaders working in the field: Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, Fiji, and Samoa
Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are experiencing early church spirit and are growing in membership. Marshall Islands, Fiji, and Samoa have smaller membership
Australia and New Zealand should focus on 2nd Gen. education and development as top priority. Without 2nd Gen. involvement, we cannot keep our future
The rest of the mission nations should focus on witnessing to new members
Solomon Islands is experiencing membership growth. They witness to their own tribe. Currently, they have 15 participants in 21-day DP workshop. 16 fulltime members in the centre and over 150 Sunday Service members in attendance. They have a good choir team performing during the Sunday Service
Rev Yoo supports the idea of having Australian members visiting island nations, particularly the 2nd Gen community, for centre experience, social services and tour
Rev Yoo proposes having sisterhood relationship between Australian communities and island nations. However, any members or communities are free to express and give their support to any nations.
2-Day DP Workshop Report
29-30th October 2016
We had 3 guests for this workshop; Rodney from Manly, Manuel who lives locally and Nao from Japan. Peter had upgraded his slides with new pictures and some more content.
Our missionary sisters had worked very hard to rush new study manuals to the board- room in time for the start of the workshop. Sachina had been constantly practicing the guitar in order to help with her emcee mission.
The workshop got off to a good start and at the first break we could have interesting and stimulating questions concerning the Principles of Creation. We broke for lunch and could enjoy the meal (and meals) prepared by Yukie and Kaori.
Takae coordinated the activities very efficiently and was very exact in her time keeping. After lunch on the first day we had a great game of cards with the winners trying to grab spoons – it was a lot of fun.
Throughout the day Peter’s lectures were very interesting and well presented and discussion time was lively. Reflecting on the first day we all felt up-lifted. I had the chance to talk deeply with Nao about the ‘fall of man’ and we were both happy with this discussion.
The second day only Rodney attended the Sunday Service and Manuel came as the lectures were about to begin. Again everything went smoothly and the lectures were very good.
Graduation was attended by Hitomi and the three children and was followed by photographs (please ask missionaries sisters for copies they are out at the moment). Everyone without exception was happy with the result and the sisters especially gained confidence to do even more for next time. In the reflection the guest said they especially enjoyed Q & A and discussion time.
Report by Rev Greg Hanson
100-day Special Activities for a Successful 4th Anniversary of Foundation Day and Kick-Off for the Second Half Course of Vision 2020
The 100-day Special Activities and Kick-off for the 2nd Half Course Ceremony was held on Sunday, 30 Oct, 2016 at the National HQ Church in Sydney. As a community, we made a declaration of resolve and determine to accomplish our responsibilities.
Declaration of Resolve
We, the blessed families and members, will offer a special devotion and activity period until the fourth anniversary of Foundation Day, for the fulfilment of Vision 2020 and thereby to become lights of the world. We will join in offering our utmost devotion and become one under True Parents. The following are the goals of the 100-day activity devotion and kick-off ceremony:
1. To establish the eternal tradition of faith of the Unification Movement – the tradition of absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience – centered on True Parents.
2. To develop the substantial foundation through Vision 2020 for the firm settlement of Cheon Il Guk.
3. To establish the foundation for national restoration by supporting our Oceania island nations through our sisterhood support groups.
4. To form the foundation for the firm settlement of Cheon Il Guk by each family witnessing to at least one guest/blessing candidate by the fourth anniversary of Foundation Day through Heavenly Tribal Messiah activities.
5. To establish a tradition of the culture of heart centered on Hyo Jeong (heart of filial piety).
The 57th True Children’s Day and 29th Foundation Day for the Unified Nation of Heaven and Earth Celebration
The joint Holy Days were celebrated on Monday, 31 Oct on Heavenly Calendar (1 Oct), 2016 at the National HQ Church in Sydney. Offering table was prepared by blessed wives and centre members. Rev Soon Teck Lim gave the main address and encouraged all presence to recognise the value of being the True Children of Heavenly Parent and True Parents. On this occasion, he illustrated on True Parents’ victorious foundation of unifying the communist and the free worlds through the 1988 Olympic Games.
The Bankstown Children Festival Parade
Children Festival Bankstown was held on Saturday, 29 Oct 2016 at Paul Keating Park in Sydney. OLT members and some high school youth participated as volunteers. Also, our youth and young children joined in the parade showcasing different organisations and diverse cultural backgrounds. We truly appreciate their efforts.
Welcomed Missionaries & Mobilizing
17th October - 5th November
Welcoming Japanese Missionaries & mobilizing activity for WFWP event ‘Dignity Forum’ in Dandenong City on 5th November.
4 Missionaries arrived on 17th October 2016.
They started distribute ‘The Event Flyers’ in Dandenong City
Visited Steve Abi & Khan ( AP) & enjoyed lunch.
The second day on 19th Oct, Kaori contacted and invited to the Event.
They visited Dandenong City on 18th & 19th Oct two days and distributed many flyers,
The morning time was cold but they enjoyed lots.
They speak broken English but show their warm heart and beautiful smile,
They visited Springvale aria on 21st Friday morning, and in the afternoon they sent flyers & program to their contacted persons via Internet. They backed Sydney on 22nd Saturday.
We thank Daniela, Elise, Jacinta D, Tazuko, and ye-young preparing accommodation for the missionaries.
Also we thank Darbishire, Babb and Moreau Families who welcomed to their home. We truly thank Takae, Sachina, Yukie and Kaori, for their 4-day mission in Melbourne.
Best Regards / Pastor
National Parent Matching Convocation
The Australian Blessed Family Department organized a one-day Parent’s Matching Convocation at the Belgrave church in Melbourne on Saturday, October 29th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Jynene gave presentations on the process of Parent’s Matching as well as spiritual guidance specifically to understand ‘the Blessed Children’ and ‘Treasures of Heaven’ children.
Jynene and Beth Treacy both provided explanations on how to use each of the two the online matching websites.
True Mother established the Blessed Family Department(BFD) in International Headquarters. After that, Jynene attended the BFD meeting in Korea where she received up to date information. Thus, she conducted the Parents’ Matching Convocation in Melbourne.
23 members attended (majority were First Generation). She demonstrated how to register and use the websites, understand the Blessed children, and had a Question & Answer time. It was a precious time for the Families and second generation who are looking for the Blessing sooner or later.
We give special thanks to Jynene for her dedicated heart and her effort for this mission.
Reverend Arai, Pastor/ state Leader of Victoria
Beth Treacy /BFD Victoria
Holy Day Report
We held two Holy Day cerebration ( True Children’s Day and Foundation day for the Unified Nation of Heaven and Earth)on 31st October at Belgrave Church 7:00pm.
We reflected ‘what is the true Children?’ and ‘what is the core contents of True Children?
It will be ‘true repentance’, ‘true forgiveness’ and stand on the Principle with God.
True father showed his Parental heart when Seoul Olympic Game was held on 1988, where 159 nations were attended.
TF called all missionaries to Korea to serve for the many participants from Communists block and troubled African nation, while the most of Korean leaders and people are focusing to get the Gold medals.
TF was standing on principle with Heavenly Parent heart.
We express our deepest gratitude for this holy day,
Uniform Sewing Workshop
Uniform Sewing Workshop, October 2016 ( By Ann-Maree Saver)
Over an extended weekend of Friday 23rd – Monday 26th an intensive sewing training workshop was conducted in Honiara, Solomon Islands with eight local women. The workshop focused on the acquisition and development of both technical sewing skills and clothing production enterprise concepts. The 40-hour workshop built upon the skills gained during last year’s introductory sewing program. attended by some thirty local women, and made possible by the generous donation of numerous refurbished sewing machines by Robert Dickinson and their shipment to Honiara by WFWP Brisbane. Since the initial introductory program, the local Honiara WFWP chapter carried out multiple practice classes and practice sewing projects to continue developing their skills over the last year. From this group, the most committed to further their technical skills and learn bulk production level processes, attended the most recent sewing workshop with the goal to learn how to produce 100 sets of children’s uniform as a group by the end of this year. During the workshop the women managed to completed multiple boy’s shirts and dresses and learn to work economically as a team.
The Solomon’s WFWP see these sewing projects as the beginning of a long term vison of how they can foster, women’s economic empowerment in their region. One part of this vision is to establish a sewing centre where they can bring women together and to learn and volunteer their sewing skills as a vocational pathway and outreach program. The second half of the vision is to build an employment space where they can establish clothing production businesses where women can work for a wage as an employee or as subcontractors for self-employed women. This vision, also in line with one of UN’s goals for women, and has gained a lot of interest from the broader community which strengthens the WFWP Solomon’s drive to implement this vision. They seek to become one of the first locally initiated social enterprises that not only aims to make a profit but also to seeks to uplift the wellbeing of the nation’s women whilst doing so.