Oceania July 2017 Region Reports
2017 High School Blessed Children Winter Workshop
On the 10th -14th of July 2017 the high school blessed children winter workshop took place at Ingleside Scouts camp located on the edge of the rugged yet serene Kuringai Chase national park. It was a great turn out with 19 enthusiastic participants and 6 staff members from across 4 states gathering at the workshop. The workshop consisted of a combination of internal guidance, discussions, relationship building activities and outdoor recreational activities.
This workshop’s internal theme was “faith in life”. The education at the workshop was aimed at helping participants understand what it really means to live a life of faith. That is, faith should not be a standalone aspect of our life, separate from other areas of our life, but rather it should be integrated into almost every aspect of our lives. Participants were given practical guidance on how they can develop their faith including their connection with God and True Parents. Participants were also given opportunities to further their understanding of the guidance through frequent group discussions facilitated by the elder 2nd gen team leaders.
Participants were encouraged to develop genuine, caring, and supportive connections and friendships with one another through various sharing and team building activities. On the second day of the workshop the participants were involved in a challenge afternoon, which consisted of various tasks including a low ropes course, painting of mugs, hut building, tug of war and an intense physical challenge. Each task was carefully designed to test an aspect of the individual and team. Many participants attested to the lessons they were able to learn through partaking in such activities and the rich experiences that led them to feel both empowered as individuals, and connected to one another.
Another highlight of the workshop for many was the prayer evening, which began with a song session to set the mood and intention for the evening, followed by a pensive candle lit walk to the outdoor chapel located within the camp grounds where the participants gathered to pray as a group and in unison. Numerous participants shared that they had moving experiences during this evening in their workshop reflections.
In addition to quality education and moving experiences participants also had a lot of fun thanks to the fun sports sessions, the outdoor recreational activities such as hiking through the national park, mini games, singing, skit preparation, skit performing and ample free time to enjoy one another’s company.
It is safe to say that everyone involved in the workshop took something very meaningful and valuable from this fantastic workshop.
Thank you for all those individuals involved in organizing and running this meaningful event. Such a rich experience would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication, and cooperation of the workshop coordinator Rachel Ledesma, in addition to the team of auxiliary ASGI and workshop staff members and team leaders, who in their own way made a valuable contribution. Thank you to each one of the participants who all brought such a great attitude and of course let us appreciate the support of the ever present, ever supporting, ever loving heavenly parent.
Written by William Saver
Report of Ambassadors for Peace Bi-Monthly Meeting
The bi-monthly Ambassador for Peace meeting was held on Monday 3 July at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney. The program on this evening was in recognition of the UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June). The MC was a Youth Ambassador for Peace, Daniel Meadow. The Acknowledgement to People and Country was given by Aboriginal elder, Pearl Wymarra. Prior to the speakers there was a screening of a UPF introductory video.
Greg Stone, President of UPF Australia, spoke on “Drug Abuse: Focus on Prevention”. The guest speaker was Tony Wood, who spoke movingly from his first-hand experience after his daughter, Anita, died at 15 due to taking an ecstasy tablet at a Sydney dance party. Both Greg and Tony gave convincing reasons to oppose the legalisation of illicit drugs.
Some 40 Ambassadors for Peace, UPF supporters, members and guests from a wide range of cultural and religious backgrounds attended this informative and thought-provoking meeting. The evening concluded with a rendition of the song, “What a Wonderful World” and announcements. It was as usual an enjoyable event that included the sharing of food and good company.
Figure 1 Aboriginal elder Mrs Pearl Wymarra gave an acknowledgement of thanks to the traditional owners of the land in the form of a beautiful prayer.
Figure 2 UPF Australia President, Greg Stone, spoke about “Drug Abuse: Focus on Prevention”
Figure 3 The emcee for the evening was Youth Ambassador for Peace, Mr Daniel Meadows
Figure 4 An audience of around 40 Ambassadors for Peace and UPF supporters attended
Figure 5 Mr Tony Wood, from Drug Free Australia, gave a moving and informative talk on the dangers of illicit drugs and the current situation in Australia
Figure 6 Robert Kaforau and Chihiro Midorikawa presented a beautiful song "What a Wonderful World"
Sunday Service Report
Antoine Bellavance & Pierre Moreau reported the experience of the Special youth workshop in Thailand.
Antoine reported overview of the workshop and Pierre pointed out the core subjects & many different topics which was presented by the international guests.
It was a precious and great opportunity for the Oceania Second generations to attend for the International event.
Mica Camara was the leader & speaker, Ahjeong from Sydney, Antoine & Pierre from Melbourne, and Watanabe & Sawada from NZ.
We thank you for your prayer and support,
Giulia reported ‘donation box’ of WFWP activity in town and church hall.
Victoria Council changing Ceremony
Rev Arai expressed deep thanks to the previous Victoria Councils (July 2016 - June 2017) and presented an appreciation Gift.
Welcome! New (The 4th) Victoria Councils,
We thank new VC team and they will serve from July 2017 to end of June 2018.
We thank your love and prayer, and hope we can work together to build the Kingdom on earth from Victoria.
Sunday Service Report
Rev Arai gave a sermon titled “Be Fruitful’
Did you received the wards’ Be fruitful’ directly from God?
We had received lots of encouragement from our parent, ‘
‘Be good person’ ‘Be grow and to be mature ‘ ‘Be happy and successful ‘,,,
But sometimes we did not consider deeply,,,
Who had received the wards ‘Be fruitful’?
Yes, Adam& Eve, and Moses,,,
Moses had offered twice 40 days prayer and fasting, then He had received twice ‘Ten Commandments’ and He received the wards ‘Be fruitful’ from Angel or God.
Adam did not talk about the ‘Be fruitful’ God has been keeping the words in his heart and told Moses,,,,,,
Now we are challenging to realise God’s historical blessing through
Our daily life,,,
Mrs Arai cerebrated her 70 years birthday ,and expressed her deep gratitude for the elder, Australian Brothers & Sisters for her past 39 years spiritual life in this country,
Sunday Service report
Mary gave a Sermon about her life in the unification movement.
She joined 1980 in USA, and received blessing in1982, however her husband left church, she had been waiting the blessing in 1995 with Douglas.
She has been 23 years USA and backed Australia in 2003, and she started take care her parent in King Island.
The parent had attended her blessing in USA 1982 and Korea 1995, and Mother passed away when Mary & Douglas was in Africa for adapting Carlos in 2008, and father died 2010.
Mary told her story only parts, and we know her many Stories which how she loved her family and kept faith in difficult time.
We welcomed Melanie, Keanu, Cassandra and Carlos from Winter workshop in Sydney.
Busy Bee for ‘Tribal Messiah Workshop’
New drain, laid gravel in front of cabins & New curtains in Cabins.
Cleaning the Cabin & Drying the all blankets,,,
Cleaning the ground and ‘Welcome All “
Bestowing of the Four Great Holy Items in Perth
Three blessed families in Perth invited Rev Lim from 14-16 July to conduct the education and bestowing ceremony for the four great holy items of Cheon Il Guk. We met on 15 July from 2 pm at the Stapleton family’s home on the day and started with education regarding the significance of the four great holy items. All blessed children could attend the education session together. After the educational, we conducted Holy Wine Ceremony for the three families. All three families expressed their gratitude to Heavenly Parent and True Parents for the special grace they received. The following day on Sunday, there was an outing planned where families gathered at the City beach for BBQ and relaxing.
Special thanks to the Stapleton for hosting the ceremony at their home. The Wilitts family welcome Rev Lim to stay at their home during the duration of his visit.
The Stapleton family The Ong family
The Willitts family