New York Couple Prayed to Know True Mother’s Heart

 

Dr. Theodore Shimmyo and his wife, Sumie, of Irvington, New York, reached their Tribal Messiahship goal of blessing 430 couples on August 12, 2018.

They have been living with their daughter’s family in a three-generation home since their eldest grandson, Masaki, was born fourteen years ago. Along with their Tribal Messiahship activities, they care for their grandchildren, Masaki and Mie, before and after school, taking care of pick-ups and meals. After preparing an early dinner for the kids, they would go out to share the Blessing. As their grandparents left, the grandchildren would often offer a “good luck” or “see you later.”

It was True Mother’s extraordinary love and sacrifice for humanity that motivated the Shimmyo’s to complete their Tribal Messiahship at this time. “We quite seriously prayed to God to know more about True Mother’s internal and external situation and her desire. At that moment, we burst into tears and decided to do at least our Tribal Messiahship activities to help lighten her cross,” Dr. Shimmyo said.

For someone who is holding off on starting their Tribal Messiahship, Theodore and Sumie recommend two things: prayer and participating in the TRIBENET Zoom call on Tuesday nights. “From the TRIBENET calls you can receive much inspiration and encouragement—especially from Rev. Demian Dunkley, who I think is one of the best persons to convey True Mother’s heart,” Dr. Shimmyo said.

The Shimmyo’s learned their approach from Stephen and Hisae Child, a Las Vegas couple whom they heard on the TRIBENET call. “First my wife introduces herself with a nice, big smile, saying, ‘We are on a signature campaign to promote family values,”‘ Theodore said. “Then my turn comes as the husband. I explain about the importance of family values, given the problematic reality of family breakdown in America and the rest of the world as well.” Following the signatures, they offer the Blessing as appreciation.

Fear of rejection was a major hurdle in the beginning. They endured the same rejection they feared. “Our most challenging moment was when we were rejected continuously by a number of homes in a row during the hot summertime. We became discouraged and tired, physically as well as spiritually,” Theodore recalled. However, their fear dissolved when they focused on True Mother’s wish to bless all 7.6 billion people on earth.

Their happiest moments were experienced when they saw couples enjoying the chastening ceremony. Sometimes couples would even confess that their relationship suffered due to infidelity. “Couples who were struggling would say we visited their home at the right time and were so appreciative. They were so happy,” Dr. Shimmyo said. 

Tribal Messiahship has brought Dr. and Mrs. Shimmyo closer together as a team. “Because we as husband and wife worked together all the time for this effort, we now became even closer to each other, centering upon God. We feel we want to continue the work together for the rest of our lives,” Sumie said.

As a result of their blessing efforts Dr. and Mrs. Shimmyo also have felt closer to True Mother and True Father, as well as Family Federation’s leadership. Moving forward, they hope to educate newly blessed couples by visiting their homes and inviting them to events.

Before the Borneman family even began to go out and give the Marriage Blessing, they started doing conditions. Fasting, bowing, doing Hoon Dok Hwe and reading True Father’s “God’s Hope for America” speech were all part of the foundation they laid to build their tribe.

Ken and Sang Moo Borneman live in Las Vegas. Ken works full time, so it was up to Sang Moo to go out and give the Blessing. “In the beginning the biggest hurdle was overcoming the sense of going out alone,” Sang Moo said. But there was a lot of behind-the-scenes support from her husband. “He supported me by putting gas in my car every day before I went out and also helped me cook for our neighbors once a week.” This support initiated a deeper connection between the two. The couple’s children supported spiritually by offering prayers for her to reach her goal by July 4, 2017.

One hundred days is what it took Ken and Sang Moo Borneman to fulfill their goal of blessing 430 couples. “After hearing True Mother talk on Tribal Messiahship, I realized how important it was. Dr. Ki Hoon Kim [FFWPU continental chair for North America] also asked us to complete 430 by the time of the Madison Square Garden event in July 2017, so I decided to start a 100-day condition to fulfill my responsibility,” said Sang Moo.

Using a Spanish-language witnessing center in Las Vegas, Sang Moo started teaching Korean classes for up to 30 students, five days a week, four hours a day. She teaches the Korean alphabet, basic vocabulary and simple conversational Korean. These classes were how Sang Moo met many students and blessed them. She introduced the Blessing as a way to protect families from negative influences and a chance to unite their family under God.

The Bornemans stayed connected with families they have blessed by inviting them to their home, where they hosted Korean barbecues, gave out True Father’s autobiography, As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen, and took the children swimming.

Building relationships with people from various walks of life has changed Sang Moo’s heart. “Now I have the ability to love anybody: young, old, black, white. And now my husband and I are more involved in church activities and with the providence. My children even have had more success in finding spouses and receiving the Blessing.”

Throughout the 100 days of giving the Blessing Sang Moo admits there were very tough moments. “When people reject me, my heart is filled with sorrow that they cannot understand the value of the heavenly Blessing,” she said. However, those hard moments were made up for by the hundreds of couples who were genuinely overjoyed to receive the Blessing. “I photograph them before we part ways. They are so happy to receive the pictures later,” Sang Moo said.

Sang Moo feels that giving the Marriage Blessing has numerous benefits. “Fulfilling your tribal messiahship is the best way to safeguard your marriage, children, and your future generations by being the best ancestor possible,” she said.

Contributed by Katherine Anglin

Michael and Kikuno Allen of the San Francisco Bay Area in California completed their. Tribal Messiahship goal of giving the Marriage Blessing to 430 couples in May 2018. Since then they have been educating other Unificationist families to help them start tribes of their own.

Beginning by standing in front of grocery stores, the Allens quickly found that going door to door enabled them to re-contact people better. Reaching couples primarily door to door, the Allens built their Tribal Messiahship foundation.
Thinking back to what made them feel called to build their tribe, Michael said there is a lot of confusion in the world today and he wanted to show very clearly where he and his wife stood.

“True Parents needed my very personal loyalty, faith and support to accomplish Heavenly Parent’s Will, and I was ready to do anything that I could to make it happen,” he said. With this clear goal, the Allens set out to embody Heavenly Parent’s love for others and found many responsive couples who, they believe, may embrace the Unificationist teachings one day.

The Allens approached couples with an offer to pray for their family. “They begin to open up when you offer to pray for them,” Michael said. They asked couples to write their names on the Allens’ prayer list and then asked them to read the Pledge. If the couple agreed with the Pledge, the Allens then offered them Holy Wine and prayed over their love, life and lineage. Lastly, they gave a colorful pencil labeled with “Forgive, Love, Unite” and showed couples how to perform the forgiveness ceremony. Michael recalled that they told the couples, “Many times couples say or do things that hurt their spouse. With this you can make a new start.”

Through giving the Blessing together, the Allens noticed their own spiritual growth and greater connection in their marriage. “It is a joy to give the Blessing to families, and it stimulates our original minds and grows our spirit and power. Giving the Blessing showed us how much people need God’s True Love. In many cases, people would cry or laugh out of joy when receiving this Blessing.”

Michael and Kikuno are now helping other Unificationist families begin their Tribal Messiahship by demonstrating the basics at flea markets. In addition the Allens are reaching out to those whom they blessed to begin building a relationship with them. “We are currently developing a simple narrative as a loving way to introduce families to True Parents and the Divine Principle,” Michael said. “It is very rewarding to help others reconnect with Heaven. You will feel better about yourself and begin to understand how valuable you are as you help others to receive the Marriage Blessing, thus expanding God’s loving world.”

Contributed by Katherine Anglin

Our Large Family

Stephen and Hisae Child of Reno, Nevada felt called to build their tribe by fulfilling the blessing of 430 couples once they could deeply feel True Mother’s heart for each and every Unificationist couple. “Dr. Ki Hoon Kim (Regional Chairman, Family Federation North America) told us that True Mother had asked him not to let another Unificationist go to the spirit world without accomplishing the blessing of 430 couples.” Hearing this expression of deep love is when the Child’s got serious about their Tribal Messiahship. “This wasn’t about a directive from above or a technique to expand the Unification movement. It was about a mother crying at night, unable to sleep, worrying about her children who are in trouble. It was no longer out of a feeling of guilt or a burdensome sense of responsibility.”

The months leading up to the pivotal moment in which they determined to reach 430 blessings were not without some anxiety. Stephen admits being faced with fear and other negative emotions. “We were kind of internally desperate and kept trying to overcome our hesitation by watching Famicon 2017 videos of testimonies by the Willets, the Hoffmans and others for clues about how they had done it.”

Stephen and Hisae focused on True Mother’s words to empower them to go out to meet and bless couples. “True Mother said, ‘Every day, the walls of ignorance get higher and thicker, and the river of fallen nature gets wider and deeper. We can’t handle this ourselves, so we just have to go to God in prayer and miracles will happen.’ We still had some things to learn, but the key point was that now we possessed strong and positive motivation that actually energized us, instead of the negative feeling of pressure to take responsibility we had been feeling since coming to our hometown in 1992.”

It was the combination of True Mother’s words, the support and practical help they received from others and their own deep internal realizations that kick-started the Child’s journey. A chain of successful tribal messiahs trained and inspired the Child family to pursue the goal of 430 blessings. “The Willetts helped the Bornemans who helped the Seungs who helped us,” Stephen said. It was truly a team effort.

“I see now that a sense of responsibility alone was not enough this time to motivate us to build our tribe. It was love—the love of True Mother—that for the first time we could feel very personally, and that we just had to share with others,” Stephen said.

“Just go out. God wants to work through you. It doesn’t need to be perfect,” Hisae said. “Whenever we had a difficult experience, God was always waiting on the other side. There were times we would go, for example, from meeting a homewrecker in one home, to another from which clouds of marijuana fumes billowed out as the door opened and an infant wailed inside. We felt so much rejection, and at times it was so depressing, but then as soon as we crossed the street we were met with beautiful families and welcoming smiles.”

The entire process proved to be nourishing for the couple. “As spouses, our unity of purpose and common resolve was 100%. We were in this together, and we would either succeed together or fail together, but together we would be.” With a set end-date goal of June 12, the Childs began to treat one another differently, with more support and understanding. “Instead of just criticizing each other when we displayed our foibles and weaknesses—which had been so easy to do before—we instead tried to cover each other’s backs.” The common cause unified Stephen and Hisae in a way they had never expected.

Stephen’s and Hisae’s lives have been transformed through the experience. After having accomplished the blessing of 430 couples and establishing their tribe, they feel they have a large family to take care of and many relationships to develop. They continue to bless new couples, however they are more focused now on the couples they have already blessed and on bringing each one to the next step.

Contributed by Katherine Anglin

A Cool Way to Spend Your Evening

For Tyler and Hyeyong Hendricks, after committing to the direction True Parents gave to complete Tribal Messiahship, it was a process of finding the best method. Because of Hyeyong’s health, Tyler completed several Blessings on his own. “She went only a few times, but her spirit was always with me, and her encouragement and confident expectations of me were solid as a rock.”

Beginning to bless people didn’t come easy. “I knew that I was taking on a huge challenge and it was a hurdle to say ‘Yes, I’m going to try!’” Learning from Dr. and Mrs. Michael Jenkins’s style of parking lot Blessings, Tyler found the way that worked best for him. “Once I started going there was a self-reinforcing dynamic. It felt good. Every day, when you feel good and bring results toward a concrete goal that you’ve committed to, it’s easier to go out and do it again.”

Tyler believes these Blessings have opened the gate for him to become someone who can make a difference. “I really believe in our ideals and our goals, and I thought this would be a good step to take.” Although Tyler has been involved with several projects within our faith community throughout the years, these Blessings have had a profound impact on his faith. “Blessing people has helped me to focus my faith into a simple message with actionable steps that can render a substantial result,” Tyler continued. “Not all the dots are connected yet but fidelity within marriage and sexual abstinence before marriage, that’s it. That is the commandment God gave to Adam and Eve, and if the world can accomplish that, that’s Cheon Il Guk and that’s beyond religion.”

Tyler’s relationship with Heavenly Parent and True Parents fueled his passion for reaching people. “God wants to knock on these people’s doors and he doesn’t have a physical body. Every time I shared the Blessing invitation, even if the people weren’t interested, I felt that it was a good thing to do because I was proclaiming the truth to the spirit world, as well as to these people. It is just good to speak the truth for its own sake, and somebody is going to hear it somewhere.” Even though most of the Blessings took place in the evening after a long day, the activity created its own momentum. “I wouldn’t get tired at all, even after two or three hours of running around, because I would get so much energy from it.”

As for a happiest moment during his journey, Tyler didn’t have a single moment that stood out, but rather several happy moments just through meeting new people. “Many nights, you meet really good people,” Tyler mentions. “I met one man who has ten children and his wife is pregnant with number 11; he is just a virtuous guy. You meet such virtuous people. Usually if there are adult children and parents together, almost always if one of them would partake the other would do it automatically. To see the family unity was what made me happy, and to realize how many people agree with our ideals, even if they didn’t receive the holy juice.”

One piece of advice Tyler has is to begin a routine. After finding a process that worked, Tyler found that setting a daily routine helped him get into a spiritual rhythm. “Eventually, I didn’t have to think about it. It was a set commitment, and I felt like, hey, what else is there that I’d want to do? It’s just a cool way to spend your evening.”

Contributed by Katherine Anglin

What seemed like an impossible task has now become reality for Matthew and Marianne Goldberg of Crofton, Maryland, as they reached their Heavenly Tribal Messiah goal of giving the Marriage Blessing to 430 couples.

Support from the Maryland community played a major role in the Goldbergs’ accomplishment. “Our faith community formed a mutual support group led by Tomiko Duggan. Those brothers and sisters are truly wonderful in their support,” Matthew said.

Jim Boothby, pastor of the New Hope Family Church, the church that the Goldbergs attend, was also a source of support. Pastor Jim challenged himself to a 40-day Blessing condition in June 2018. Although some days the Blessings didn’t take place until late at night in a gas station parking lot, he knew God was behind him. “Pastor Jim Boothby is constant and affirming as he sets an example himself and encourages others through sermons and personal contact,” Matthew said.

Initially Matthew had little faith that this goal was even possible. But after hearing his wife express that she was serious about this goal, he knew he was going to support her. “I knew in my heart that this work needed to be done. I did not want to leave it to my descendants,” Marianne said.

Marianne completed several Blessings in which she met people at a shopping mall. “I carried an approach book and a little lunch bag with holy juice, an ice pack and holy water,” she said. Matthew showed his support by cooking and cleaning while his wife was out. But when Matthew did go out with Marianne, his efforts did not go unnoticed. “Sometimes Matt would come along and pray. Everything worked better at those times,” Marianne said.

Approaching, meeting and interacting with people from all walks of life showed the Goldbergs that outward appearances were not as significant as they imagined. “I think we see people from a more compassionate viewpoint now. We met so many different people, and some surprised us when they accepted the idea and the Blessing toast and prayer. It helped me at least to overcome [my habit of] judging people,” Matthew said.

At times when Marianne felt tired, she leaned on True Father’s words for support. “He once said, ‘When you try to accomplish something important, your life will be extended,’” Marianne said.

After attaining their goal of blessing 430 couples, the Goldbergs will continue to educate their tribe through various avenues such as Women’s Federation for World Peace, Universal Peace Federation, prayer breakfasts and meetings in their home.

Contributed by Katherine Anglin

Dennis and Mayuri Hoffman of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, greeted everyone they met during their journey to 430 Blessings with a big smile.

“We think smiling is very important to approach. They can open their heart with our smile,” Mayuri said. Whether they were in a church, going door to door, or meeting people at an event, the Hoffmans poured all their energy into giving a good first impression to everyone they met across their entire home state of South Dakota and beyond.

The Hoffmans have conducted Blessings on both sides of their families, including cousins. Mayuri’s parents joined the church in 1974, two years after she introduced the Divine Principle to them. The Hoffmans also visited the State Capitol of South Dakota and gave the Blessing in every office. The governor of South Dakota and the mayor of Sioux Falls have received the Blessing from them as well as a copy of As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen.

Dennis and Mayuri believe that this is the most important time in history and that it is time to restore the nation through Heavenly Tribal Messiahship. “True Parents are on the earth now. We have never had this opportunity before, and we won’t have it forever,” Mayuri said.


The Hoffmans did not limit themselves to their own neighborhood, city or even state. “We went to every city in South Dakota, and even parts of Iowa and Nebraska. We visited every church and gave the Blessing to ministers.” Among them, seven ministers attended the three-day Divine Principle workshop. Three of those couples did the three-day ceremony. The Hoffman’s completed their 430 in July of 2002.

Each time they approach a couple about the Blessing, Dennis and Mayuri introduce themselves as part of the One Million Family Blessing Campaign from the Family Federation for World Peace. They hand each couple a copy of the registration form which states the four vows.

When the couple agree to those points, the Hoffmans prepare Holy Wine for all and offer a toast to the family. Next, they offer a prayer and sprinkle Holy Water. Lastly, they introduce the chastening ceremony as a chance to forgive and move on from any emotional or physical abuse of love. They tell the couple: “This is an opportunity to cut from any physical abuse or misuse of love from the past. You may have hurt each other or been hurt by the other. Through this ceremony everything is forgiven.”
In addition, Mayuri said, “We offer origami, a song, and education about the meaning of the Blessing. Many people give us [presents in return:] hand-made pillows, jewelry, blankets. We have unforgettable relationships with each family to whom we gave the Blessing.”


Their experience with Heavenly Tribal Messiahship has given the Hoffmans a deeper desire to love Heavenly Parent, True Parents and people. They have dreams about True Parents that encourage them to love people every day. “Through Tribal Messiahship activity we practiced God’s words in our daily life. Our relationship became deeper and more wonderful,” Dennis said.

The Hoffmans’ main focus, moving forward, is to help other families fulfill their Heavenly Tribal Messiahship goals. They continue to visit churches and ministers’ homes, bringing the Divine Principle and the words of True Parents. Dennis and Mayuri have no plans to stop after reaching the goal of 430 couples. They hope to unite with True Parents’ vision and leave no one unblessed in the spiritual world.

Contributed by Katherine Anglin

A Testimony of HTM Victory in Iowa

When Michiko Menning heard the number 430, she was stunned and dismissed the goal right away. However, as the Tribal Messiahship providence began building and getting more serious, Michiko decided it was something she was going to tackle. “If I don’t do 430 now, when I go to spirit world, what am I going to tell God and True Parents?” she said. “I realized I had no excuse.”
Gerald and Michiko Menning reside in Waterloo, Iowa. Gerald supports the family, while Michiko works part time. This has allowed her time to reach people by going house to house and in apartment complexes. For one hour every day, or a little more on the weekends, Michiko visited people. Taking no more than 10 minutes, she had couples sign a petition to support family values, drink the Holy Wine and pray together with her. She also left her business card with everyone she met.

In these short meetings, she had experiences that she said could only have been inspired by God working together with True Parents. “Once I visited a lady in a humble apartment, and she said there was a big aura around me,” she said. Michiko believed it was True Mother’s spirit fully supporting her.

The Mennings have five children: Erika, Kenei, Tomosu, Michielu and Riki. “Without the help of my children, it would have been difficult for me to accomplish 430,” she said. “They supported me every day through different conditions for liberating our ancestors and giving Blessings.” Even in times of greatest difficulty, Michiko said, she felt the support of God and her family. “My happiest moment was on a hot summer day, when everyone was rejecting me,” she said. “Although no one was receiving the Blessing, I felt God’s presence very strongly. I know God and True Parents were truly with me,” she said. “Even though this was a small offering, I feel like I paid off a little debt. There are many things I haven’t been able to accomplish along the way since I joined the church.”

Recalling the start of her journey, Michiko remembers thinking and worrying. She hopes that others who are just starting their journey will not worry so much, because “a negative spirit will take over your heart and mind.” Her advice is: “Once you start blessing people, God will guide you all the way until you reach your goal.” The Menning’s completed their tribe on July 3, 2018.

Looking into the future, Michiko hopes to bring a witnessing spirit to her small community of Unificationists in Iowa. For Michiko, giving the Blessing is a great gesture that shows sincere gratitude to True Parents for everything they have done for humanity.

Contributed by Katherine Anglin

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Elma and Jeddie King, Co-Pastors at the King’s Home Church in Kissimmee, FL, along with their community, have completed a 40-day prayer commitment including a daily reading of True Mother’s words. Mrs. King reported, “We need to go out into the world so that True Parents can transform this world through you…Many people are waiting to see what happens rather than working to make things happen.”

The 40-day commitment began on April 1 with a celebration of Good Friday, the resurrection of Jesus. Throughout the days, the Kings spent hours on top of hours witnessing and blessing people everywhere possible, such as the grocery store, on the streets, at the movie theatre, and even when someone was helping them with a flat tire.

In the past, the Kings have faced hardship and persecution for their witnessing efforts, but have always responded with love instead of hate which resulted in quite a few miracles. On one occasion, Mrs. King received a call from her sister, who used to be opposed to anything related to the Unification Movement, and listened wholeheartedly to True Mother’s words. Another instance, among many others, was when Mr. King’s grandson reached out to learn the Divine Principle in order to leave a legacy of love for his children to remember him.

While the Kings were going door-to-door one day, they witnessed and blessed Kenneth Kelly who invited them into his home for a three-course dinner. Mr. Kelly talked about his time in the Korean War and his unconditional love for his late wife. Word about Mr. Kelly spread to Rev. Victorine and Emmauel Souck, Assistant Pastors at the King’s Home Church, who were so inspirited by his story that they invited him to speak at their Blessing Ceremony on May 12 where 41 couples and 99 singles received the Marriage Blessing.

The Kings have been working day and night to get the word out about the Only Begotten Daughter, True Mother. As True Mother said, “Fallen people cannot return to God on their own, but all must go through True Parents to be reborn.”

A Blessing in Yeosu

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On June 29, Family Federation International Vice President Dr. Ki Hoon Kim and his wife, Mrs. Tamme Kim held a Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony at Yeosu, South Korea, completing their Blessing of 430 couples.

In the Grand Ball of the Ocean Resort, 620 people from Bo-Eun, Mrs. Kim’s hometown, were in attendance to receive the Marriage Blessing. She was full of joy as she was able to help offer this gift to God along with so many who shared her roots.

Dr. Kim and Mrs. Kim also invited their relatives to receive the Marriage Blessing. For years, the couple have invested tremendously by making many devotional commitments in order for this Marriage Blessing to happen.

After Rev. Cheong Soo Kim, the emcee of the ceremony, gave a video presentation regarding the meaning of the Blessing, Dr. Kim delivered the main address, emphasizing that we can build happy families and one family under God through the greatest gift of True Parents: the Marriage Blessing.

Rev. Koo Yong Park gave a representative prayer following by the entrance of the officiator. Rev. Yoon Ho Ok and his wife were the officiators and after the Holy wine ceremony and holy water ceremony, all participants received the benediction and the Marriage Blessing was proclaimed.

Young Soo Cho, President of Ambassadors for Peace in Bo-Eun gave congratulatory remarks. Finally, over 600 people in the room joined together to share this great achievement with God through eog mansei (cheers for million years of victory).

Many Unificationist leaders from Korea, Japan, and America sent flowers to congratulate Dr. Kim and Mrs. Kim on completing the Blessing of 430 couples. The couple is determined to hold more Marriage Blessing ceremonies more in America, Korea, and other nations to fulfill their missions as tribal messiahs.