Cheon Il Guk Missionaries in America began in the 1970s, and today, the Cheon Il Guk Missionary group is trained and sent out through the gap year program, Generation Peace Academy (GPA). This year is the third year of the GPA Cheon Il Guk Missionaries program!

In the GPA year of 2015-16, a group of seven Cheon Il Guk Missionaries consisted went to the Philippines, staying on a small island called Bohol. They witnessed about their faith through service and teaching for three months, steadily building new, and lasting connections to the people and the culture there.

The second group of Cheon Il Guk Missionaries consisted of eight people. After training in Las Vegas and Los Angeles for a month, they raised the necessary funds not only for their mission trip, but also for their mission activities and projects overseas. When they went to their mission country of Costa Rica, they witnessed there and held workshops for their guests over a period of three months. Over the course of their stay, they created many wonderful experiences not only for themselves, but for the people they met, and grew close to as well.

It’s almost unfair to think I can live knowing I am loved, knowing I am rooted for, knowing I am needed while so many people wonder why they exist. It’s crazier to think God needs me to alleviate people of this invisible burden.
— Yasunari Sakuma (Missionary for Costa Rica)
Only when my path and God’s path become one and the same can I be truly happy. I know that is a really strong statement, but it has proved to me time and time again that once I went back to this point, the path that once was foggy became clear and purposeful.
— Erika Gordon (Missionary for Costa Rica)