True Parents’ Birthday Celebration in Sydney, Australia
The birthday celebration of True Parents was held on 1.2 on the Heavenly calendar (20 Feb 2015) at the Oceania Peace Embassy. The gathering was well attended by blessed families, local youth, and the Ambassadors for Peace. The purpose of the celebration was to express our gratitude and joy for the birth of True Parents.
Throughout True Parents’ lives, they live for the sake of liberating God. They taught us that God is our Heavenly Parent and we are the children. However, due to the Fall, our relationship with God has been severed. As a result, God lost His children and we lost God as our Heaven Parent. Consequently, we lost each other as brothers and sisters. Division, barriers, and conflicts were established in the world. Today, we are divided by the walls of language, culture, religion, and nationality.
We believe that Heaven has sent True Parents in order to bring humankind back to Heavenly Parent under the vision of One Family under God. In order to realize this vision, True Parents sacrifice their lives day and night. Their lives have been dedicated to the unselfish giving and unconditional love to humankind, even to their enemies. In all, True Father experienced six imprisonments and overcame tremendous suffering in his native land of Korea and in the United States.
The evening began with a brief introduction by Mark Burfield regarding the significance of the celebration. This was followed by the singing of Cheon Il Guk anthem. Jynene Helland gave the opening prayer. Two second-generation members presented bouquets of flowers to True Parents. After that, the Ambassadors for Peace joined the representative couple to cut the celebratory cake for True Parents. This was followed by a presentation of video about True Parents entitled, “A Peace-loving Global Citizen.” Rev Soon Teck Lim, president of the Unification movement in Australia, delivered a speech to the audience.
After the main address, a well-prepared dinner was served. This was followed by the musical performances and concluded with a closing remark by the masters of ceremony. Participants could experience the grace and love of True Parents through this celebration.