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.

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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.

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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.

We’re all looking for ways to share the Marriage Blessing with friends, family and for the sake of building our tribe. Pastor Heather Thalheimer of the Faith Fusion chapter in New Hampshire explains how her need to do just that brought about the creation of More Than Marriage: Love as God Intended, a small but powerful book about the meaning and value of love between a man and a woman. It explains in plain language the intention of creating love as God intended through the Holy Marriage Blessing.

What made you write this book?

I was sitting in my office one day when the phone rang. The caller had found our website www.nhfaithfusion.com and wanted to know if I performed marriages for people who did not belong to our church community. I told the bride-to-be that I could perform a marriage ceremony and asked what she was looking for. Was she a person of faith, or was she looking for a more secular ceremony? (I explained we didn’t have stained-glass windows, and, if that was important to her, I could put her in touch with a pastor who does.)

After some discussion I offered her three options:

  1. A beautiful, more secular ceremony through which the couple could dedicate their love to each other
  2. A traditional Christian ceremony through which they could pledge their love to each other in the presence of God and commit until “death do us part,” or
  3. (My personal favorite) a Unificationist Holy Marriage Blessing through which, in the presence of our Heavenly Parent, they could pledge eternal love to each other.

Without hesitation, she declared, “I want the last one!” And so began our journey together. I met with the couple several times to provide guidance and education. On one occasion, she brought her mother along. Her mother listened intently, then turned to her daughter and said, “Your brother needs to hear this.”

At one point the bride-to-be asked, “Do you have anything written that we could read at home?” I paused and replied, “Oh, yes. I’ll bring it next week,” and feverishly started planning how I could write it all down by the following Saturday.

At the same time, we had a new member who was ready to receive the Blessing. She had been attending Faith Fusion with her children every week for eighteen months, in addition to participating in every workshop we put on, but her husband had serious medical issues and couldn’t easily leave the house. She told me that her husband had asked if there was anything he could read that would explain the Blessing. “I’ll bring you something next week,” I told her.

 

Pushed to action

Although I had been planning to write something for some time, these two couples stimulated me to action! I wanted to write a booklet that didn’t require a biblical background, as many of the people I witness to do not connect to the Bible. Some are Muslim, while others describe themselves as “spiritual” but don’t subscribe to a particular doctrine. I felt the booklet must appeal to a broad audience and allow people to be convinced because it resonates for them—their own original mind tells them it is true.

The couples in question found the explanation very helpful. Although the book doesn’t describe the chastening ceremony, in the rehearsal I explained the ceremony in an easy-to-understand way and they chose to participate.

What was really inspiring to me was that on the day of their Blessing, the couples brought family and friends. For the bride who called me at my office, this was her big wedding. I gave a little message about the meaning of the Holy Marriage Blessing, and her guests were literally on the edge of their seats, filming and audio-recording. Everyone thought it was so beautiful.

I spoke to the parents of the bride and groom and explained that because I was marrying them, I would always be there for their couple. Inevitably, couples will go through ups and downs, and I would always be available to them. The parents knew the truth of that and were deeply grateful for my commitment.

Some Unificationist-born young adults who have become engaged or have married outside our church community have found the book helpful in explaining the Holy Marriage Blessing to their partner. It has served as a bridge to our community and traditions.

 

How else have you used the book?

I have offered to mixed audiences, including Christian pastors, workshops that delivered the same content but in a bit more detail. To tell you the truth, I was a little intimidated to offer the content to Christian pastors, as I recognized that my presentation is not very biblically based. I suggested to the local pastor that instead she should invite a pastor from the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) to present the content to these guests. The local pastor asked me to make the presentation anyway, and so I did. The Christian pastors ate it up. I think the simple explanation and realness resonated for them. In their congregations they are leading people who are all over the map and need practical support. The pastors asked me for the PowerPoint so that they could show it to their congregations. Now we just have to get them blessed. 

I also was able to give the Holy Wine to a Muslim friend with whom I am collaborating. He was getting married and, knowing that I am a pastor, asked me to give a Blessing on their marriage as part of their wedding day celebrations that were officiated by an imam. They received the Holy Juice and prayer, and I was able to speak briefly with the guests. It was useful to have the book as a follow-up. I am trying to support this friend’s spiritual journey, and I recently gave him True Father’s autobiography. What we have to offer is so beautiful and big. I firmly believe that the Blessing takes you to a higher place.

 

What is the premise of the book?

By understanding the nature of God’s love, we can unfold our own true potential for loving relationships. We can discover the source and value of the qualities that allow us to create the kind of love we hope for, which is unchanging, absolute, eternal and unique – qualities that reflect the nature of our Heavenly Parent. Marriage takes on new meaning and depth when we understand the sacredness of the bond between a man and a woman, in relationship with God.

 

How do we create a love that lasts?

More Than Marriage addresses important questions, such as “How do we define love?” The book probes our greatest uncertainty: Is lasting love even possible?

Here is an excerpt from the book:

Everyone’s greatest desire in life is to love and be loved. You don’t have to think about it to know this is true. It’s a natural and universal longing. But knowing what you want, by itself, is not enough to accomplish your goals when it comes to love.

All kinds of love exist in the world today, but that doesn’t mean they are all good or true. We know this because some love relationships can end up hurting, degrading or limiting you. These and other negative outcomes are not part of the original love that your mind and heart desire. Instead, people find themselves in relationships that don’t bring out the best in themselves or their partner. However, we intuitively know we deserve a deeper, richer love.

Our highest ideals originate in God, the author of love. It is interesting that the love that we all long for, regardless of our cultural background or upbringing, reflects God’s nature and heart, which is unchanging, absolute, eternal and unique.

However, when we look around us, we don’t see love as God intended. The problem with broken love is not a new one. History is full of tragic stories of corrupted love. If you decide to pursue the ideal of love, it helps to understand why love can go wrong and, more importantly, how to help it go right. To fully comprehend difficulty, you must get to the root or origin of a particular problem. When you trace problems in families, you inevitably go back in time and uncover lineal threads that hold secrets and unhealthy patterns of behavior.

More Than Marriage explores the origins of the breakdown in human relationships. It reveals how what we have learned through spiritual traditions intersects with new scientific understanding and points humanity to a place of growth and healing.

Additionally, More Than Marriage asks familiar questions such as: “Why does it make a difference to include God in your relationship?”

 

A new perspective on love

More Than Marriage seeks to offer new perspectives on age-old questions about love. The book offers insights based on the wisdom of Rev. and Mrs. Moon, our True Parents, who have spent their lives in search of God’s heart and a way to bridge the gap between God and humanity. The Holy Marriage Blessing is offered as a framework to purify the corrupted love that steals people’s lives and to re-establish the foundation to receive God’s original love. Rev. and Mrs. Moon believe that the ultimate purpose of spirituality, religion and faith traditions, as well as the motivation of people of conscience, is to restore truly loving men and women, emotionally and spiritually healthy families, and, by extension, a peaceful world.

To learn more, go to loveasgodintended.org. You can download the book for free or order a hard copy to share with family and friends. I’d love to hear your thoughts and to learn how you’ve used the book in your personal ministry. Feel free to contact me at author@loveasgodinteneded.org

God bless your efforts to share the Holy Marriage Blessing.

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.

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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.”

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Ayako and Jorg Heller, a Unificationist couple living in New York City, recently completed the Holy Wine Ceremony for over 430 couples. Their efforts to reach this goal spanned four decades.

It wasn’t easy at first. Cultural barriers made it difficult for Ayako, who is Japanese, and her husband, who is Caucasian, to witness in their Harlem neighborhood. Most of the residents at the time were black or Hispanic, and they were often suspicious of the Hellers. Still, the couple persisted for years and slowly, the momentum began to build. Jorg became known as the newspaper-deliveryman and grew to be a familiar face in the community. “I was delivering The New York City Tribune for seven years in my neighborhood,” he explained. “So I kept meeting a lot of people.”

To witness, they invited families into their own home. “When a seminary graduate came to Harlem for the first time, our home served as a church center,” explains Ayako. “After you’re Blessed and sharing home church, we have common ground. We are basically neighbors. So we’re not really approaching strangers.” Ayako added that it was easy to make friends because the building often had problems and Jorg was quite the handyman. “Jorg has different talents, so we ended up doing what’s called natural witnessing,” she explained.

Through the years of witnessing, the couple had ups and downs. True Parents kept them inspired through it all. “True Parents started from prison. In their victory and release from prison, I also felt liberated,” says Ayako. “I realized that in order to successfully reach out to the nation, we need a tribal foundation. Without this foundation, we are not effective. That was my conclusion when it came to national messiahs. It was serious for me to break through and become a tribal messiah. So I told myself, ‘I will become a successful tribal messiah.’”

Sometimes, tragedy united neighbors and made witnessing easier. “There was a fire on the other side of our building a few years ago,” explains Ayako. “Through that disaster, the tenants of the building kind of came together. I could feel the love of True Parents in this incident.”

Today, the Hellers are reaching out to many of the people they have Blessed through the years. Although some are still in the area, many have moved and there are even couples as far away as Japan and Quebec. It hasn’t been easy to get back in contact with everyone. Luckily, they had help from other Blessed families, and, as Jorg explained, “I kept very good records of the Blessings we had done together.”

Although the couple has shared the Blessing with so many, they remain humble in their desire to continue working for God and True Parents. “We never feel we’ve done enough,” says Jorg. The Hellers, who raised six children together, plan to continue witnessing as often as they can.

Since February 18, tribal messiahs from all around the world have gathered at the Cheongah Camp in Korea for the Heavenly Tribal Messiah Academy workshop. The workshop has been an opportunity for tribal messiahs to connect beyond the national level, while reminding them about the essence of tribal messiahship: blessing 430 couples is just the beginning, and the work of the tribal messiah does not stop until the entire world is freed from suffering. Click here to read about the first two days of the workshop.

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Day 3 – Pilgrimage and Closing Ceremony

On the third day of the workshop, the tribal messiahs started off by learning how to manage one’s tribe, and how to excel at reading True Parents’ words as a foundation for home church activities. Tribal messiah representatives from different nations each spoke on their experience learning how to do foster tribal messiah activities. Marina and Jhon Acevedo, a very active couple from America, gave their personal testimony about building a tribe in America as opposed to the Philippines, where they previously lived. As they adapted their witnessing to Americans, they realized many things that helped them in their journey. “Treat others the way true Parents treat us as children,” they advised.

Claudette Kambara, another American tribal messiah, spoke about how she deeply appreciated the entire workshop. She has blessed 430 but was wondering how to move forward to the next level as a Tribal Messiah. Through the presentations and networking with the international tribal messiahs, she was given more guidance about how to grow further in her tribal messiahship. She also felt so much love and grace from True Mother in being invited to Cheon Jeong Gung and to the birthday pledge service.

Daniele Cohen was an up-and-coming tribal messiah who shared vulnerably about her determination to become a tribal messiah : to build her relationship with God and break down barriers in her relationship with God. She felt that this motivation is selfish but she also sees no other way to become as close to God as possible. Tribal messiahship, she explained, brings her face to face with what she needs to overcome in herself to truly know God.

Amy Yang, who recently organized the Chinese 4-day at the International Peace Education Center (IPEC) echoed Claudette’s gratitude. She was so grateful that her son could be here for the workshop (his name is Takayoshi Miyamoto, gave a testimony at the monthly meeting this month). She mentioned her son as a key part of her experience: “having a successor,” the 1st and 2nd gen working together was a theme that came up: the importance of our families united as the basis/foundation for Tribal Messiahship.

Although these four experiences were completely different, they nonetheless captured the heart of being a Tribal Messiah: finding your way forward step by step, however long it takes; learning from the experiences of others/networking building bonds as a global family; stepping up as an owner of one’s life, faith, relationship with God, community; raising up one’s family to create a tradition of Tribal Messiahship together.

To close the day, the tribal messiahs made their way to the Cheon Jeong Gung. After a short tour, the Unificatoinists offered prayers in the main prayer hall, and each received a special postcard with quotes from True Parents’ teachings on them. “They are all unique, so it was like each card was personalized for us,” said Miyoung Eaton, a second-generation Unificationist. “It was a really nice touch and ending to the program–to visit True Parents’ home and offer prayers for the next stretch of time in our Tribal Messiah activities.”