COSTA RICA! ENTERING OUR FINAL MONTH...

¡Hola! Here are some highlights of how we have been spending time with our brothers and sisters in Costa Rica these past two weeks!

On Tuesday (April/17) evening, Andrea arrived at the CARP Center to begin her 21 days! For three weeks, she will be staying at the CARP Center to focus on her life of faith. Our American team will be supporting Andrea in her growth during her time at the CARP Center!

 Andrea being welcomed by the missionaries and members of CARP Costa Rica!

Andrea being welcomed by the missionaries and members of CARP Costa Rica!

On Wednesday, Maria, a guest that Fuyu has inherited from last year’s American CIG missionaries, came to visit and spend time at the CARP Center. Though her heart was closed off at first, it eventually opened with the love she experienced. She was able to come to the  Divine Principle Workshop later at the end of the week.

On Thursday, we celebrated the birthday of Fabiola, a member who had recently joined CARP. Later in the evening, she was able to invite her mom to the CARP Center. It was a great experience sharing about CARP with Fabiola’s mom.

 sharing about the vision of Carp with our guests mom

sharing about the vision of Carp with our guests mom

On Saturday evening and Sunday morning, our American CIG family had the special opportunity of spending time and connecting with the local second-generation members in Costa Rica! On Sunday,, we had a special Sunday service held just for the second-generation youth and young adults. Each of our American CIG missionaries shared a personal testimony about growing up and being in the movement. It was such a precious experience for all of us!

 Our American CIG family with the local 2nd generation youth and young adults!

Our American CIG family with the local 2nd generation youth and young adults!

On Wednesday afternoon, we had the special opportunity to perform a dance with our guest Felipe and his friend, Valeria, at the local university! We danced Sōran Bushi, a traditional Japanese song and dance performed by fishermen. We performed at the University and were grateful for the chance to share a little of love and joy with the students.

 performing with our Guests at the unveristy

performing with our Guests at the unveristy

On Friday and Saturday, several of our guests came to participate in our 2-day Divine Principle Workshop. Two of our guests were returning guests who had previously participated in a 1 day workshop and had already started studying the Divine Principle together with our missionaries. During the two day workshop our guests received lectures from the Principles of creation, The Fall of Man and Jesus and the second coming. We hope that we can continue to love and support them on their journey of growing their life of faith!

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As we enter May and the season changes into spring in the northern hemisphere, we have spent a few days in the last week of April to give our CARP Center in Costa Rica a fresh look! It took a whole lot of time and effort, but with the help of all missionaries, including our Costa Rican brothers and sisters, we were able to get the job done! We are grateful to have been part of the painting efforts with our brothers and sisters, and we are sure that the CARP Center will be looking bright and colorful for a while!

Our Last month in the Dominican Republic!

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INAGURATION

We as the CIG USA missionary team have  only one month left in our mission country before we head back to the U.S. so every day we have left is even more precious and we are filled with determination to support this CARP chapter and this nation.
One big event that was held a couple days ago was the official inaguration and opening of the CARP center. Though CARP has been gathering, conducting events and growing here in the Dominican Republic since 2001, they never officially opened and registered a center before. Numerous renovations had also been made with long the past few months so this was overall a very momentous occasion and our team was able to support this event in many ways; we served as the MC, Decorating committee, helped out with cooking and did anything else that was needed to make the event happen.
The leaders were invited to this opening to bless our center and share a few words to commemorate its official opening. After the ceremony we all shared a meal, spent time getting to know each other, and ended the night dancing. It was truly a loving and joyful new beginning for our CARP family here. We are certain the center will prosper and it’s progress will only continue from this point moving forward

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ACTIVITIES DURING THE WEEK SINCE THE INAGURATION

Witnessing at the center has been going well for our team! We are continuing to work with the Dominican CARP members, Japanese missionaries and all the other support we are receiving here.
Even with their tests and homework, guests continue to visit the center regularly to receive the lectures, many of them connecting deeply with the message of deeper purpose and value that the principle shares. 
We’ve also had many new members join our CARP Life program which gives them the opportunity to spend 7, 21, or 40 day time intervals to experience living at our center. It’s a really beneficial program because it allows its participants to surround themselves in a more supportive environment with peers who are also seeking to grow internally. They are given a daily schedule of goal oriented education and activities, while also being encouraged to experience spiritual practices such as prayer, reading God’s words and setting internal goals to determine themselves at every moment. Being able to support the participants has helped us grow a lot as well! 
We are continuing to understand that witnessing really is a lifestyle and attitude, not just an activity. We’re discovering the heart of love that can be shared at every moment!!!

SATURDAY MOVIE NIGHT

On Saturday we held a movie night for all guests and members to attend. The film we watched is titled Wonder. It's about a boy with a facial deformity, his friends and family, and how they overcome the obstacles that arise with the beginning of new school year. It's an English movie, but we watched it dubbed in Spanish. Everyone really enjoyed it. There was popcorn, drinks, and homemade pizza! At the end their was a brief discussion about the film. But before we closed the night, everyone stood up to introduce themselves one by one, and each person was welcomed with a warm round of applause. Even though it was some of the guests 1st time, everyone is treated as family. Also one of the members mother's attended as well and was very happy to see the environment we've created here with CARP.

 Kana and her guests Ashley and Sugeidy

Kana and her guests Ashley and Sugeidy

 The kitchen crew having fun with one another!

The kitchen crew having fun with one another!

SUNDAY SERVICE / TONGIL MOO DO

On the weekend of April 14th-15th a Tribal Messiahship workshop was being held for all couples at la Finca, which gave us as CARP the opportunity to coordinate the Sunday Program that Sunday.
We The sermon was given by the Leader of CARP here in the DR, Mr. Jake Laviña and the title of his talk was "Let us comfort God's heart". A lot of young people assisted, so it was a good message saying how we can comfort God's heart by growing ourselves first and creating ideal families in the future.

 Every Sunday after service we have Tongil Moo Do classes, which is a Martial Arts developed based on the application of mind body unity, circular forms, and other points from the Divine Principle. Tongil Moo Do in Korean means the Unification of all Martial Arts. During the class this Sunday many new students participated and enjoyed the practice while challenging their limitations internally and externally.

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SUNDAY UASD CHARACTER EDUCATION

On the same day, one missionary from our team helped out a 1 day character education seminar. This seminary was held at UASD in the education department and over 180 soon to be high school teachers(in 3 months) attended to learn about the importance of character education; especially in a school environment.
The quality of education has been and continues to be an unresolved problem in Dominican Republic. The hatchling high school teachers are certified to teach chemistry, math or history etc. But they haven’t received how to teach characteristic behaviors like respect, honesty and kindness to students. This is one issue in the Dominican Republic where most of the youth are unable to receive this kind of training. Women’s federation saw this crisis and sent Sr. Regalado to give guidances on how to translate good characteristics to behavior. 

Many students were attentive and asking many question. The women’s federation hopes to continue these seminars for the youths in the Dominican Republic.

 The lecturer was the president of UPF here in the DR, Mr. Cesar Regalado.

The lecturer was the president of UPF here in the DR, Mr. Cesar Regalado.

COSTA RICA!

Its been a crazy past couple of weeks here in Costa Rica! as we are entering our final month here in this beautiful country we have also been working hard to connect the guests that we have to the higher vision of CARP. The vision of working together to continually grow and becoming people that can create families and a society that God can be a part of.

in the past two weeks we've spent our time meeting with guests, giving Divine Principle lectures and having events. we even held our final American Melting pot event!

For our final event, we focused on the theme of “Living for the Sake of Others”. Though often we may think of living for the sake of others as a burden or as sacrifice of our own time, energy, or things, it is a way to express true love and experience true happiness with others. There is beauty and love when we can overcome our own selfish desires for the sake of our friends, family, communities, and the world. We wanted to help others understand the value of living for the sake of the greater good.

for our last event we had about 30 people come to participate. a few had to leave a bit early before our final picture but all had a great time regardless. we enjoyed activities together as well as deep connection of heart through discussion.

 our Final American melting pot event!

our Final American melting pot event!

 studying Divine Principle together with one of our guests

studying Divine Principle together with one of our guests

 Fuyu Fujioka giving a lecture on Original Value

Fuyu Fujioka giving a lecture on Original Value

 Gabriel Marchitelli giving a Lecture on The Purpose of Creation

Gabriel Marchitelli giving a Lecture on The Purpose of Creation

Mobilizing and Reflection Workshop in Vienna! (STF, UPA, and MEYE)

Final Week here in Czech Republic:

In the beginning of the week we got to go to Vienna for a couple days to help out with the "PEACE STARTS WITH ME" event and meeting STF, UPA, and MEYE. Then we spent the last days in Prague with the new STF witnessing team, passing on what we know and helping them to get to know our guests. Even with the short time we spent with them, it felt as if we’ve known them for a long time. We have full confidence that they will continue to thrive in Czech Republic! We are glad to be able to help them out even for a couple days on their new journey to experiencing God in their life.

Czech Republic: 5 Day Seminar "Revolution Of Heart"

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 Revolution of Heart! Our theme for our recent 5 day Divine Principle intended to ignite the hearts of guests with new inspiration and passion with the power of Principle. Our lecturer, William Haines, explained the Divine Principle in a unique and relatable way that dramatically changed the way participants thought of the Bible. Throughout the workshop, those attending participated in fun, team building activities as well as a testimony night on the last day in order to share their personal defining moments of workshop and how they can apply what they learned to their daily lives. After attending the workshop, many were interested in coming to the upcoming event in Vienna titled, “Peace Starts with Me.”

Revolution of Heart! Our theme for our recent 5 day Divine Principle intended to ignite the hearts of guests with new inspiration and passion with the power of Principle. Our lecturer, William Haines, explained the Divine Principle in a unique and relatable way that dramatically changed the way participants thought of the Bible. Throughout the workshop, those attending participated in fun, team building activities as well as a testimony night on the last day in order to share their personal defining moments of workshop and how they can apply what they learned to their daily lives. After attending the workshop, many were interested in coming to the upcoming event in Vienna titled, “Peace Starts with Me.”

 Asad Ali:   Coming to this 5-day workshop was a really special experience, from the lectures to the activities it was always something different coming our way. Meeting Uncle William and listening to his lectures made me analyze things from a completely new perspective, especially in ways I never even thought it was possible to be analyzed. This whole time span was a great lesson in life in which we were learning new things, making new friends and most importantly co-existing peacefully despite having different backgrounds. There were many special moments during the workshop, in fact every moment I spent there was so special for me and if I started listing the experiences this would probably never end but I would like to narrate a thing I felt which was so special that it would be a crime to not mention it ….. and here it is –   It was the last day of the workshop, we were having lunch and it was time to pack up things after it.       As everyone was gathered around the tables eating together, I was just observing from the sidelines seeing that around the tables we had Czechs, Indians, Americans, Vietnamese, Japanese, Koreans, Austrians and may be even more nationalities present there but all of them regardless of their nationalities, faiths, beliefs or any other forms of considerations were just sitting there happily enjoying the food and each other’s presence and it made me realize in that moment we achieved world peace in that room as each of us had our world confined to that room and even in our own personal worlds I could see a moment of true peace and seeing this made me strongly believe if it’s doable in that room then one day this room would be the entire planet and we would achieve the goal of peaceful co-existence.  I came in with zero expectations and I am going away with so much that words cannot define it and all I can say is a BIG THANK YOU/DEKUJU/KAMSAHAMNIDA/ARIGATO for everything, it was a wonderful experience and I am already looking forward to seeing you guys again!   

Asad Ali: 

Coming to this 5-day workshop was a really special experience, from the lectures to the activities it was always something different coming our way. Meeting Uncle William and listening to his lectures made me analyze things from a completely new perspective, especially in ways I never even thought it was possible to be analyzed. This whole time span was a great lesson in life in which we were learning new things, making new friends and most importantly co-existing peacefully despite having different backgrounds.
There were many special moments during the workshop, in fact every moment I spent there was so special for me and if I started listing the experiences this would probably never end but I would like to narrate a thing I felt which was so special that it would be a crime to not mention it ….. and here it is –   It was the last day of the workshop, we were having lunch and it was time to pack up things after it.       As everyone was gathered around the tables eating together, I was just observing from the sidelines seeing that around the tables we had Czechs, Indians, Americans, Vietnamese, Japanese, Koreans, Austrians and may be even more nationalities present there but all of them regardless of their nationalities, faiths, beliefs or any other forms of considerations were just sitting there happily enjoying the food and each other’s presence and it made me realize in that moment we achieved world peace in that room as each of us had our world confined to that room and even in our own personal worlds I could see a moment of true peace and seeing this made me strongly believe if it’s doable in that room then one day this room would be the entire planet and we would achieve the goal of peaceful co-existence. 
I came in with zero expectations and I am going away with so much that words cannot define it and all I can say is a BIG THANK YOU/DEKUJU/KAMSAHAMNIDA/ARIGATO for everything, it was a wonderful experience and I am already looking forward to seeing you guys again!

 

 Suyash Kashyap:  Hi, I am Suyash Kashyap from New Delhi, India. I am 19 years old and I am studying bachelors in mechanical engineering at Czech Technical University in Prague. I came in contact with YSP-CZ around one month ago when I was invited to one of their Peace Talks which was a really good experience for me. After going to four of their Peace Talks, I was invited for the 5 day seminar ‘Revolution of Heart’ at their headquarters in Žerotínova. Although I couldn’t attend the 1st day of the seminar due to my classes I came to the headquarters in the evening and stayed there only for next 4 days. The next day we started with reading the autobiography of the founder Reverend Moon which was really inspiring and motivating for me. And then the breakfast with all other people on a single table was really a good opportunity o connect with each other. And then the first lecture about the Three Great Blessings and Adam & Eve was given by Uncle William from England. After a short break we started again with the lecture about the role of stories in our life. And then for the next 3 days we all were told stories from Bible by Uncle William with his own modern touch. The stories were mostly from Bible like Adam, Eve & Lucifer, Abraham & Sarai, Noah and his family, Jacob and his family, Joseph and his brothers and some more. I knew some of the stories but I didn’t know the complete stories about them. We got to know about the mistakes the characters in these stories made and how those mistakes affected their life and how with each new story the characters were becoming better. These stories were kinda eye-opening to me as I could relate my own life to some of the stories, so, now I am going to see these stories with a new perspective and that will help me become a better person. But the best thing about the seminar was meeting new people from around the world and most of them became so close friends now. I will better say that most of them have become my siblings now! And all the discussions I had with these amazing people really inspired me a lot. And having meals with all of them on a single table every time irrespective of our nationalities and beliefs showed that we had achieved world peace in that single room! And all the fun activities we did were so amazing like playing a football match, playing card games, singing songs together and the team challenge on the 4th day. Especially the team challenge was the best activity for me as we all worked together as a team and completed different challenges most of which were doing some activities with random strangers! Then on the last day we got to know about the inspiring life of Reverend Moon and how he overcame all hardships and became a great source of inspiration for the whole world! I received a hard copy of his autobiography which will surely inspire me further in my life. And on the last day I also got to have Korean food the first time in my life! But when everyone was leaving there was a big emotional moment as we were all living together in the same building for last 5 days! To conclude I will say that this 5 day seminar was a life-changing unforgettable experience for me! And I am looking forward to more upcoming events in future! And in the end I will like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone in the seminar for making the whole experience so amazing!

Suyash Kashyap:

Hi, I am Suyash Kashyap from New Delhi, India. I am 19 years old and I am studying bachelors in mechanical engineering at Czech Technical University in Prague. I came in contact with YSP-CZ around one month ago when I was invited to one of their Peace Talks which was a really good experience for me. After going to four of their Peace Talks, I was invited for the 5 day seminar ‘Revolution of Heart’ at their headquarters in Žerotínova. Although I couldn’t attend the 1st day of the seminar due to my classes I came to the headquarters in the evening and stayed there only for next 4 days. The next day we started with reading the autobiography of the founder Reverend Moon which was really inspiring and motivating for me. And then the breakfast with all other people on a single table was really a good opportunity o connect with each other. And then the first lecture about the Three Great Blessings and Adam & Eve was given by Uncle William from England. After a short break we started again with the lecture about the role of stories in our life. And then for the next 3 days we all were told stories from Bible by Uncle William with his own modern touch. The stories were mostly from Bible like Adam, Eve & Lucifer, Abraham & Sarai, Noah and his family, Jacob and his family, Joseph and his brothers and some more. I knew some of the stories but I didn’t know the complete stories about them. We got to know about the mistakes the characters in these stories made and how those mistakes affected their life and how with each new story the characters were becoming better. These stories were kinda eye-opening to me as I could relate my own life to some of the stories, so, now I am going to see these stories with a new perspective and that will help me become a better person. But the best thing about the seminar was meeting new people from around the world and most of them became so close friends now. I will better say that most of them have become my siblings now! And all the discussions I had with these amazing people really inspired me a lot. And having meals with all of them on a single table every time irrespective of our nationalities and beliefs showed that we had achieved world peace in that single room! And all the fun activities we did were so amazing like playing a football match, playing card games, singing songs together and the team challenge on the 4th day. Especially the team challenge was the best activity for me as we all worked together as a team and completed different challenges most of which were doing some activities with random strangers! Then on the last day we got to know about the inspiring life of Reverend Moon and how he overcame all hardships and became a great source of inspiration for the whole world! I received a hard copy of his autobiography which will surely inspire me further in my life. And on the last day I also got to have Korean food the first time in my life! But when everyone was leaving there was a big emotional moment as we were all living together in the same building for last 5 days!
To conclude I will say that this 5 day seminar was a life-changing unforgettable experience for me! And I am looking forward to more upcoming events in future! And in the end I will like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone in the seminar for making the whole experience so amazing!

A Busy Holy Week in the DR!

Last week we had an exciting Easter! 
The Dominican Republic is a very Catholic country so they take the entire week to celebrate. This week is known as the Holy Week. Many people are given time off of work and students are given a break from school. For them, the Holy Week is a very special week meant for spiritual practices, celebration and events. It's like any major holiday in the U.S. because people go on outings or back to their hometowns and take the weekend to spend time with the family 😊

 Bright and warm smiles here in the Dominican Republic!

Bright and warm smiles here in the Dominican Republic!

Our CARP family spent time together in a very special way as well! We held a 4 day Workshop from Thursday March 29th to Sunday April 1st in the countryside of Bonao in the Dominican Republic at a beautiful workshop site known as La Finca. This seminar consisted of two different workshop groups receiving different education ; one group being members who were newer to CARP and still receiving the lectures, and the other group was of more active or full time CARP members as well as younger members of the Family Federation. 

Our USA CIG team helped this retreat as STAFF to make the experience for everyone the best they could have.

 All the staff, leaders, and participants on the first day on the workshop after arriving to La Finca.

All the staff, leaders, and participants on the first day on the workshop after arriving to La Finca.

HYO JEONG WORKSHOP


Hyo Jeong, by definition, is the heart of filial piety that a child develops toward their parent, so it is definitely a powerful core aspect in one’s life of faith which is why it was chosen as the theme for the four day workshop our CARP team held in La Finca here in the DR. 
The Hyo Jeong participants (around 20 of them) were able to receive education on the life course of our founders, Rev and Hak Ja Han Moon, a talk on having a heart of filial piety, blessing education and other important topics that would help them more deeply expand their relationship with God. 
They were also guided to find steps to apply what they learned through the guidances and activities moving forward in the future. 
The workshop was  and encouraging to help those attending to further understand their value as a children of God and feel empowered to offer something through the lives they lead. 
It was a message our team was grateful to also receive and support our brothers and sisters to receive as well.

 One of our many amazing speakers, Mr. Regalado, sharing a lecture to the Hyo Jeong workshop participants.

One of our many amazing speakers, Mr. Regalado, sharing a lecture to the Hyo Jeong workshop participants.

DIVINE PRINCIPLE WORKSHOP

The other workshop was the Divine Principle workshop, consisting of 18 participants, ranging from the ages 12-30 years 44. For many of them, this was the first time to receive / listened to the Divine Principle lectures for first time. On the first day of the workshop many of the participants were shy. Not just that but it was their first time for them, to be in a workshop environment such as this; to receive Divine Principle lectures, sing holy songs, put in a place where they were encouraged to be themselves. 

 Diana, the MC of the DP group, introducing Mr. Tony who has prepared the Divine principle lecture.

Diana, the MC of the DP group, introducing Mr. Tony who has prepared the Divine principle lecture.

But day by day as they received divine principle lectures they had  fun doing many activities and interacting with each other, which allowed them to open up a little by little.

By the end of this 4 day workshop, the change in the group was obvious. Looking at the progress from beginning to the end, we started as strangers but could become so much closer, like a family.

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ACTIVITIES

We were able to participate in a lot of activities through out the workshop. There was a skit competition, Tongil Moo do practice (Martial Arts), an adventure hike, swimming in the river and many fun games in between! There was also another activity where each team had to create a short, one shot video centered a topic from the workshop, which was pretty fun. Some teams chose the theme of “happiness”, “Love” and “filial piety”. 

 Every morning all participants participated in Tongil Moo Do practice before breakfast.

Every morning all participants participated in Tongil Moo Do practice before breakfast.


One of the programs that stood out the most was a letter writing activity we had on the last night of the workshop. We started with a short meditation/reflection about how we see ourselves. Often times we put ourselves down for the mistakes that we make and forget that God doesn't see us that way. So we wrote 4 letters: the first being an encouraging letter to ourselves, the next to our parents, third, a letter of confession, and lastly, a letter of determination for moving forward, especially after what we’ve learned through the workshop. From the beginning of the activity to the end, sniffles could be heard throughout the room. It was a deep and valuable opportunity to reflect on where we're at in our life and who had helped us get there, while also letting go of our past mistakes, and most importantly challenge ourselves to make a fresh start. At the end we went up the mountain to where a huge bonfire was set up. We shared in teams our experiences in the workshop, but also about our lives at home as well. As we burned our confessions in the fire, a sense of peace could be felt among the participants. It was a heartfelt and way to end the overall workshop experience.

 Enjoying the breathtaking view at the top of the mountain after a challenging hike up. It was so worth it!

Enjoying the breathtaking view at the top of the mountain after a challenging hike up. It was so worth it!

 We gathered around a huge bonfire on the last night, sharing experiences and offering a group prayer to conclude the workshop.

We gathered around a huge bonfire on the last night, sharing experiences and offering a group prayer to conclude the workshop.

Even though for many people this culture was new, they were able to feel welcomed into the family environment we created all together.
For the near future, our team hopes to prepare a workshop, where we can learn the Principle and grow ourselves even more in our relationship with God and True Parents.

 Cheers of Mansei for a victorious workshop!

Cheers of Mansei for a victorious workshop!

HAPPY HOLY WEEK COSTA RICA!

¡Feliz Semana Santa! Happy Holy Week! Holy Week is a very big and special holiday here in Costa Rica. the whole week is dedicated to celebrating the life of Jesus Christ, and on the last 3 days of the week the whole country basically shuts down, even most of the public transportation stopped running! During the week the students got some time off from classes to celebrate this special time with family, and offer prayers and devotions to Jesus Christ. Although we didn’t get to go to campus this week, we still had plenty of things to keep us busy!

On Tuesday, the Japanese missionaries held their monthly Japanese Culture Event! Our American team supported the in putting on the event, and one of our guests, who was met by Jeff and Gabriel in late January, was able to come to a CARP event for the first time to the Japanese Culture Event. He really enjoyed his time at the event and even decided to stay afterwards for soccer! He shared that it was a beautiful and different experience coming to CARP!

 After Our Carp Japanese culture event 

After Our Carp Japanese culture event 

As an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with God and True Parents and deepen our conviction and understanding of principle, on Thursday afternoon we decided to read and prepare lectures from the section Principle of Creation of the Divine Principle. and later that day we practiced giving lectures to each other! With both our internal guidances and Divine Principle lecture practice, it’s inspiring to see each one of us becoming owners in our life of faith and being able to share it with others! We hope to continue to grow and deepen our understanding of God and True Parents and the DP through these activities!

 Jeff giving his DP lecture to the rest of the team

Jeff giving his DP lecture to the rest of the team

On Friday and Saturday, a two-day Divine Principle Workshop was held at the CARP Center. Three of the five guests that came were invited by our American CIG family, one of those was the guest that had come earlier in the week to the Japanese culture event! They were able to attend a portion of the workshop and out of the guests that we invited, two were able to become official CARP members!

 Jeff(left with glasses) and Taishi(right with glasses) with their guests during the 2 day Divine Principle workshop.

Jeff(left with glasses) and Taishi(right with glasses) with their guests during the 2 day Divine Principle workshop.

COSTA RICA!!

¡Hola! Our American CIG family have completed our second American Culture Event in Costa Rica!.

On Saturday, we held our second American Culture Event in Costa Rica! Together as missionaries from Korean, Japan, and America, we were able to have 15 guests come to our event with five of them attending a CARP event for the first time!

For our event, we focused on sharing the theme of original value. For our event, we wanted to help others understand that we are all unique individuals and that it is the qualities within us such as our character, selflessness, honesty, sincerity, integrity, humor, and ultimately, our hearts, which make us who we are. It’s important for all of us to have a positive attitude within ourselves.

 We began our American Culture Event with introducing ourselves and playing “Barcos y Marineros”, or in English, “Ships and Sailors”! It was a great way to lighten up the environment, and everyone enjoyed playing the game!

We began our American Culture Event with introducing ourselves and playing “Barcos y Marineros”, or in English, “Ships and Sailors”! It was a great way to lighten up the environment, and everyone enjoyed playing the game!

 our team prepared a dance to help open the hearts of the guests and prepare them for what came next!

our team prepared a dance to help open the hearts of the guests and prepare them for what came next!

We began our American Culture Event with introducing ourselves and playing “Barcos y Marineros”, or in English, “Ships and Sailors”! It was a great way to lighten up the environment, and everyone enjoyed playing the game!

 towards the end of the event we broke into our small little families and created the space for one another to share openly and honestly about our topic of "Original Value" and discuss over some deeper and more personal questions that we had prepared.

towards the end of the event we broke into our small little families and created the space for one another to share openly and honestly about our topic of "Original Value" and discuss over some deeper and more personal questions that we had prepared.

 All of us gathering for a group picture at the end of our event! We look forward to our next one!

All of us gathering for a group picture at the end of our event! We look forward to our next one!

Additionally, on Wednesday evening, we participated and listened to a round table discussion on the topic of homosexuality, an issue that has been prevalent in the recent presidential election in Costa Rica. We listened to the opinions and thoughts of CARP members as they shared about homosexuality. Our CARP Costa Rica President, Sr. Manho, shared about scientific research and statistics on living a homosexual lifestyle, and Sra. Daisy shared about homosexuality from the viewpoint of God and Divine Principle.

 

 although the topic of homosexuality can sometimes be tough to share openly about, we as a CARP family were able to create a space where the guests and current CARP members could feel free to share about their opinions knowing that they were in an environment of love and support,

although the topic of homosexuality can sometimes be tough to share openly about, we as a CARP family were able to create a space where the guests and current CARP members could feel free to share about their opinions knowing that they were in an environment of love and support,

Here's an Update From the DR!

27 Charcos


On March 2nd, our team joined the GPA group on an outing to the 27 Charcos. Charcos literally translates to puddle, but it is quite the misnomer. It's actually a system of connected waterfalls, pools, and creeks. Our objective was to pass through all of them. We got our gear and began our hike to the top. It was quite long but really beautiful. 

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It was quite long but really beautiful. At the top they explained that we didn't have to jump all the falls if we didn't want to and a couple of people were thinking about only doing what they were comfortable with. But we began, everyone decided to do the first one, then the next and the next. We all pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones. 

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There was one waterfall that was 8m high (25ft). It was really scary even for the most adventurous of us. But by this time, we all felt like it was something we had to do. Every person decided to go and at the bottom was all the others waiting to embrace them. It was actually a very moving experience. As a group, we felt so accomplished at the end.

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Servcio juvenil con GPA


On the 3rd we experienced our first youth service as missionaries working with GPA and CARP here in the DR! With the help of CARP members and the community we were able to invite youth to this special event with the theme being original value! 

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Young-joo Scharf a 2nd year on GPA gave a hopeful sermon on original value asking questions such as “where do you get your value from?”. Everyone could relate with the challenges to feel that you are valued in this changing society, where many times people base their value on things like the clothes they wear, the accomplishments they’ve achieved and how people see them. Then what’s something that’s absolutely unchanging? We asked ourselves this throughout the day. 

 Young-Joo Scharf a 2nd year of GPA.

Young-Joo Scharf a 2nd year of GPA.

Jinka Kawasaki, Rosanna miller, and kensei Suzuki each gave a testimony about their very own experience on finding value in through Experiencing God’s love. 

 Jinka Kawasaki a 2nd year participant.

Jinka Kawasaki a 2nd year participant.

 Rosana Miller a 1st year participant of GPA.

Rosana Miller a 1st year participant of GPA.

 Kensei Suzuki is a 1st year participant.

Kensei Suzuki is a 1st year participant.

Then the day continued with more team building activities where we had fun and spent time getting to know more about each other. 

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This day was another opportunity for GPA, CARP and our team of USA CIG missionaries to work together like a family to create something positive and hopeful that can ultimately give back to this community.

One Day Divine Principle Seminar 

On Saturday, March 10th, our team was able to support a one day DP seminar hosted by the GPA group. Though much of the preparation was left up to GPA, since it was a workshop they requested to design and execute, we as missionaries, alongside CARP, pitched in to make the experience really worthwhile. We were able to bring several new guests and others who had been frequently visiting the center.

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The seminar included four Divine Principle lectures in total; Introduction, Principles of Creation, Fall of Man, and Restoration, given by two extraordinary leaders here in the DR, Rev. Pascuale and Sr.Tony. 

 Rev. Pascuale gave the lectures on introduction and Principles of Creation.

Rev. Pascuale gave the lectures on introduction and Principles of Creation.

 This is Sr. Tony he was able to give Fall of man and Restoration.

This is Sr. Tony he was able to give Fall of man and Restoration.


Everyone enjoyed spending time getting to know each other through fun activities, group discussions, and taking pictures at a photo booth. 

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 Kana and one of her guest Ashley.

Kana and one of her guest Ashley.


For our CIG missionary team, it was basically our first experience planning and supporting a DP seminar, so we could gain and redetermine a lot from the day. There are so many different ways to witness and bring people closer to understanding God as well as experience an environment of love and we could experience that on this day.

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Thank you for reading! 

 

Festive Week!

Find God’s Voice

Recently I’ve been staying up after my condition to pray and just talk to God, but one night in particular stuck out for me. It wasn’t a very eventful day, there were no profound experiences or surges of emotions, it was a relatively simple day (as simple as witnessing could be). 

I just kept saying, “God I just want to stop. I want to quit, I’m not enough to love these people, I’m not enough for You to use as a vessel.” And I was praying and I heard, it’s okay then, stop, I know it’s hard. 
Then I was like, “nice.”
But I felt like a tug on my heart, like someone tied a rope to my heart and yanked really hard. And I looked up to True Parents. And I thought of Jesus and they must’ve felt the same way at some point. 
So it wasn’t God saying it’s okay. It was Satan. I was praying and I felt they were all there. God, Jesus, True Parents, and Satan, they were all there. And then I felt really frustrated, telling desperately to Satan ,”leave me alone, let me love, let me feel love.” Then I felt bad for Satan because he’s so alone. And these people I meet, sometimes they’re so alone, and I feel Satan is there, preventing them from being able to love. Because in the end, I think the reason Satan prevents us from loving, is so he’s not lonely either. So other people can experience his heart too, but it’s a selfish heart. We all want someone who can understand our hearts to its fullest degree, this includes God, True Parents, Jesus and even Satan. 
With this, my first thought was to love Satan, but then I didn’t really like that idea. So I thought that I can show Satan how to love by loving other people. And he can try to influence me all he wants, but he would see that love for another person is stronger than love for yourself. 
That was the ideal situation.

Turns out it’s still hard to love. Or even move away from my old habits and to love these people the best I could. At the same time I felt so much love that God was able to trust me to be here. That has been a major reason I haven’t completely given up yet and why I’m still investing into the guests when I don’t feel so much love or when it’s hard to find some sort of give and take.

-Micheal Cordero

"Witnessing is something that we should do everyday in our life. It's not only choosing people and inspiring them to go and learn the Principle with us. I know that we are finding people who really want to learn the truth 100%. But it's also really important to talk to everyone without a difference. Sharing the truth with them and asking them what they think about the principle is really meaningful even though they're not ready to follow yet.  When you go with your partner to witness,  try to see the atmosphere around you,  it's so much fun to witness with someone. Don't forget to pray as well! A small prayer will always make your witness brighter.  God bless.

-Kate (Guest)

 Sushi Night!

Sushi Night!

 Peace Talk #4

Peace Talk #4

 Fundraising with colorful Easter Eggs!

Fundraising with colorful Easter Eggs!

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Today we had the opportunity to be able to help out with HARP students in there fundraising experience. It was very inspiring to be able to see the youth wanting to take ownership to fundraise for their trip to Vienna to see Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon and her event for "Peace Starts With Me." We had a fundraiser with some beautiful handcrafted eggs for the Easter Holiday! When coming back from the center after going out, we had a sharing with everyone to hear their deep experiences. It was filled with many challenges and overcoming ourselves to be able to bring joy to all of Gods children in Czech Republic.

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Salto el Limon


Here in the Dominican Republic, as always the weather changes very drastically from sunny to rainy to windy back to sunny again... and it wasn't an exception for the trip we had on the 27th to the waterfall Salto El Limon.

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The day started really well, full of excitment to go out with the CARP members, invited guests and GPA volunteers. It was a long drive but through singing, talking to those around us, and reflecting, the time passed quickly and, before we knew it, we'd arrived to our destination, or so we thought.

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Soon we realized that we had to walk another 30 minutes to get to the waterfall, and not even 10 minutes into the hike it started to rain very very hard! The path was filled with mud and rocks mixed in with horse droppings. Everyone cautiously made their way through the rocky, muddy path.

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It was definitely an unforgettable, challenging, and ultimately worthwhile experience for everyone.
When we finally arrived to the waterfall, we could feel God blessing us for overcoming the difficulties because, right when we arrived, it became very sunny. We all enjoyed ourselves in God's natural and powerful beauty through the waterfalls and lakes.

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Within the group,  2 guests invited by our CIG USA missionary team had joined our trip. They enjoyed it a lot and it was an amazing opportunity for them to get to know our movement, our CARP/GPA family even more. 

 This is Winifer and Marileydi invited by Monica!

This is Winifer and Marileydi invited by Monica!

 Nataly, one of the CARP members, said "This was an exciting trip, with a lot of rain, mud and poop but bonding with other young people and enjoying the nature that God created was definitely fun."

Nataly, one of the CARP members, said "This was an exciting trip, with a lot of rain, mud and poop but bonding with other young people and enjoying the nature that God created was definitely fun."

On the way back it started raining again... towards the end we almost didn't feel the rain at all because we wanted to finish this experience with joy and most importantly, with God.
Thank you Heavenly Parent and True Parents for giving us this opportunity to get to know the members and the guests even more!

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Weekly Update in Prague

We've been at the Czech Technical University, reaching out to students, for the past 2 months now. It has been such an interesting and learning experience. There are many people that are open to share and we're learning that the people in Czech republic are very deep and conscientious. Everyday is a day of a mixture of excitement, nervousness and maybe sometimes it feels repetitive but we're grateful that we get to talk to and get to know many students.The anticipation to share the principle with others and the excitement to meet someone that will respond, is what keeps us going everyday.

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One Day Divine Principle Workshop:
We had another one day workshop with even more of our CIG team giving lectures! Along with Marek Samec, a local Czech Republic member, we presented the principle with relatable examples on how the Divine Principle can apply to their lives. It was an important opportunity to practice giving Divine Principle lectures, and to revitalize ourselves. We worked hard to understand more about the sections we were lecturing, and in order to do that we had to make sure the principle made sense to ourselves. It was a significant workshop for us in our life of faith to take the chance and share what we know about principle to an audience. One guest especially liked hearing the lecture on Restoration and she had positive give and take with the lecturer. We had the opportunity to sing songs with the guests and create an atmosphere of love.

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"This 1 day workshop we were able to have 2 guests come and attend. One of these guests is a sister that I have been able to be with since the beginning. So her coming and attending this workshop was really special. I have been able to study Divine Principle with her for the past month and half and it has really been an amazing experience for the both of us. We have gone through all of the Principles of Creation. For me, I have learned so much more about the Principle through doing my best to teach it to her. She has connected to many of the principles that we learn from the 1st chapter such as the 3 great blessings and the growing periods. It is so beautiful to see how open she is to read the principle and attend the workshop and listen to lectures on the principle. One reason why she says she comes back to the witnessing center every time is because she feels love from us. She genuinely feels a family atmosphere when she comes to study. We are learning that witnessing is not all about sharing just the principle but it is embodying it and creating that heavenly culture of true love."         - Elissa DiLorenzo

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A NEW MONTH BEGINS ( COSTA RICA AND NICARAGUA)

¡Hola! It’s hard to believe that we have completed our eighth week as your American CIG family in Costa Rica! We are nearing the halfway point of our experience as missionaries! It has been an exciting week.

On Monday we had 3 of the 5 Japanese missionaries return to their homes after many months of lots of Hard work, love and investments here in Costa Rica.

From Tuesday through Thursday we had to head out of Costa Rica in order to renew our Visas. We visited our Nicaragua Family Federation community and were inspired to see the love and investments that were being made. Not very long ago Nicaragua was a country being torn apart by war, but even in the most difficult of times ours members there held their hopes high and continued the fight for peace and to bring Gods love to their country and the world.

Throughout the rest of the week, we have been spending time witnessing, providing guest care, and completing Divine Principle studies! Not only are we doing our best to invest into brothers and sisters who we meet at the Universidad de Costa Rica, but we have also inherited guests from past missionaries to Costa Rica. Through caring for them, we have been continually realizing how these are not just our guests alone, but these are guests belonging to God and True Parents!

 Fuyu, and one of her guests, Maria, make kimbap for lunch at the Korean Culture Event on Friday!

Fuyu, and one of her guests, Maria, make kimbap for lunch at the Korean Culture Event on Friday!

 Sasha, her spiritual daughter, Andrea, and spiritual granddaughter Kimberly, read and discuss the Divine Principle together!

Sasha, her spiritual daughter, Andrea, and spiritual granddaughter Kimberly, read and discuss the Divine Principle together!

 Gabriel and Felipe reading Divine Principle!

Gabriel and Felipe reading Divine Principle!

 Jeff and Harold (center) met on Friday evening to share about their experiences and the value of CARP with Harold’s friend, Cristian (right)!

Jeff and Harold (center) met on Friday evening to share about their experiences and the value of CARP with Harold’s friend, Cristian (right)!

Another Week in the Beautiful City of Prague!

Sightseeing in Czech Republic!

University:
On Tuesday we attended another special lecture at the esteemed Charles University, this time on the topic of, “Near Death Experiences.” The lecturer discussed various feeling of what it means to have a “near death experience” and also presented testimonies from around the world. Afterwards, the audience was able to share their own, or another’s experiences on this topic. We also learned more on how our physical actions can affect our spiritual bodies as explained through the Divine Principle. It was an enlightening lecture and broadened our minds to the world around and inside us.

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Peace Talk:
We were able to end our week with Peace Talk! There were 4 guests that came and attended the event. The topic was, "How can I overcome conflict in my relationships?" Know matter who you are, this is a question we ask ourselves in our life. The universal principle that answered this question was, "True love requires taking responsibility in our relationships to love those who acted against us." We all could agree that we have to take responsibility in our relationships to be vulnerable and honest. This is how we can overcome conflict and become closer to one another.

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THE LAST OF FEBRUARY

On Sunday Feb-18th In the afternoon, Héroes, a service project-oriented group that is part of CARP Costa Rica, held a workshop entitled “Why We Do Volunteering”. The workshop was an opportunity for members and guests to share about the past and upcoming activities of Héroes and to identify and discuss about important issues in Costa Rica and how we as the youth can play a role in solving these issues. We finished the workshop inspired and ready to go as we discussed and shared about the value and importance of volunteering.

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On Tuesday (2/20), we had the opportunity to spend some time together as an American CIG family as well as with Mama Concha, Eduardo(local CARP vice president), and Sra. Daisy(CARP Divine Principle workshop Lecturer).  We had the blessing of going to Charrarra, a natural park and enjoying the refreshing beauty of Gods creation.           

We were absorbed into Charrarra’s natural beauty of mountains, trees, grass, flowers, and its lake, Lago Cachí. We enjoyed horseback riding through the natural landscape and had lunch in the field of a coffee farm during a little break. For many of us, it was our first time going horseback riding! It was truly an amazing experience in which we could feel God’s love through nature and riding on the horses. Afterwards on our way back to the CARP center we had the chance to connect with Costa Ricas Catholic roots as we stopped by a famous Catholic cathedral and learned the story its origin.

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On Wednesday (2/21), The missionaries and CARP Costa Rica leaders organized an outing to a nearby trampoline park as an opportunity to thank the CARP members and guests for all of their hard work and investments into making Costa Rica a truly amazing country. We enjoyed the opportunity to spend time connecting and having fun with each other. In total, there were over 30 of us that went.

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Earlier in the week, we were inspired to hear Mama Concha share her life testimony about her experiences joining the movement and the lessons that she had learned. We gave her a send-off on Thursday as she returned to the United States. We appreciate Mama Concha’s love and motherly heart for everyone in CARP Costa Rica!

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On Friday and Saturday (2/23 – 2/24), we held a 2-day Divine Principle workshop at the CARP center covering Introduction to the Second Coming. There were 6 guests total that came and that signed up to be a part of CARPs growing family. Our guest shared that he felt really connected with CARP and that he could feel the love and family culture with the brothers and sisters around him at the CARP Center. It was inspiring to hear that he could feel grateful for learning the Divine Principle and understanding more about God. We hope to continue to invest and share love with the guests that we invite to CARP Costa Rica!

 Felipe Joined CARP after hearing Divine Principle during the 2 day workshop

Felipe Joined CARP after hearing Divine Principle during the 2 day workshop

On Tuesday Feb-27th the fifth anniversary of Foundation Day was celebrated here in Costa Rica! We gathered at the local church, and we watched the live broadcast of the event directly from Korea. Afterwards, each of CARP Costa Rica’s missionary groups—Korean, Japanese, and American—CARP Costa Rica’s own tico and tica members, and the second generation members, offered song and dance performances for everyone that had gathered.

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Our American CIG missionary coordinator, Kenzo Tanaka, visited us this past week, and we went on a two day retreat! On Wednesday and Thursday, we were in La Fortuna, and visited several locations including the Ecological Reserve Fortuna Waterfall, a hot springs, and the Arenal Volcano National Park.

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Hola! From Your DR CIG Sisters

GPA’s arrival


Hola brothers and sisters! 
Recently it’s been raining a lot here in the Dominican Republic, often in the afternoon spontaneously in short time intervals. In the midst of the weather and busy CARP activities, 19 participants from Generation Peace Academy finally arrived to Santo Domingo on the 21st of February. For the next 21 days they will be investing into service projects, community outreach, and of course immersing themselves in the Dominican Republic culture. 

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Prior to the trip they have been preparing for their projects through fundraising and learning about the country. They have come with open hearts determined not just to serve this country but, most importantly, experience God’s love through their time here. 

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As CIG missionaries we have already been here for about 5 weeks and with this foundation we hope to be the best support we can be for these brothers and sisters so that they are able to have an exciting and growth filled experience.

Sports Festival

On the 24th, CARP held a “sports festival event” to welcome the GPA participants and help them connect to the CARP members and missionaries. 
We played volleyball, soccer, and basketball and since it was our first time playing sports all together it was a fun way to come together. 

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It was definitely a bonding experience for everyone. 
The CARP members invested so much effort into getting to know the GPA members. 
Regardless of any differences or language barriers they were able to open up to each other through simply enjoying sports and time together. 

After lunch, it began to rain very hard to the point where no other than our group remained playing on any of the courts.
We chose to enjoy the rain too, and embrace it as just another challenge in the game. 
Eventually, we were all out in the rain, enjoying our time together. We could learn from each other and, more importantly, grow closer through this experience. 

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It was just the beginning for our different groups to come together and create the culture and environment that makes everyone feel welcome.

GPA's First Day of Witnessing

On the second day following their  arrival, the GPA group joined us for the day at our CARP center to receive an orientation to witnessing here in the Dom Republic. 

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They were provided a guidance by our center leader Jake Lavina, and heard testimonies from Sor, a Dominican sister and Alyse, a brother from Haiti (both are currently living as full time members at the CARP center) who shared their profound experiences with studying the Divine Principle and seeing the positive change CARP has helped them make in their lives.  
After the orientation we as missionaries and the Dominican CARP members assisted the 19 members in their first witnessing run here in the DR.

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It was exciting for them to meet many open hearted and seeking university students through their outreach and it was wonderful for us to experience sharing the Dominican Republic with our brothers and sisters. 

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We were able to invite many new people to check out the CARP center and meet the members there. 
In addition to the witnessing on Friday the GPA group returned to the campus on Monday and also did a small service and outreach project, allowing them to invest even more love into the students and school. CARP members and missionaries supported the group in picking up trash and interacting with the students.

Starting the New Month off Strong!

1 day Divine Principle Seminar:
This Saturday we were able to hold a half day Divine Principle Seminar. This was an opportunity for new people to hear and overview of what is in the Divine Principle. There were 4 lectures given and one lecture was given by our very own Micheal Cordero. He shared about the Principles of Creation very confidently and enthusiastically and made very relatable examples. As Youth and Students for Peace we were able to bring 3 guests to this seminar. One guest shared, "That lecture really changed my views on many things. I liked the talk about oneness of all people in the world irrespective of their religion or race!"

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International dinner:
“Food is love.” Nothing brings people together more than food, so we invited guests to bring signature dishes from their countries! It was a great turn out and we were challenged to learn something new about different cultures. After the dinner, we had a chance to share what we were able to learn from one another. It was a great chance to see that, at the end of the day, we’re all God’s children, hoping to make a better world.

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Prague's Weekly Update!

 

Trip to Germany:
At the beginning of the week we had the opportunity to go to Dresden, Germany. We received guidance on witnessing and life of faith habits from one of our staff members from the USA. While in Germany we also went to a museum and many cathedrals. Through visiting these different places we could understand more of the history of Europe and Germany. Because there is a lot of pain and dark history in Europe we as CIG missionaries are here to share God's love to the people.

 

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Public Lecture:
“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” Many times in our lives we look to the past with no hope to change it. But on Thursday we became acquainted with a psychiatric technique called Life-Mapping! A method in which we can write out or draw certain aspects of our lives in order to understand ourselves and how to make our present and future better. The lecturer was accompanied by a patient who had also gone through the process and wanted to share her story. Many people were able to attend and we even had the opportunity to create our own mini life map consisting of negative thoughts that often come up.

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Peace Talk:
This week for Peace Talk we discussed the question, “Are we inherently selfish?” Guests were able to open up and freely talk with one another about the times in their lives where they’ve instinctively wanted to do good. In the end we learned from the principle, “The essence of our true nature is to care for others before ourselves.” It was something that we could all agree to and at the same time, promise to actively live for the sake of others.

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Cleaning Up Prague: 

This Saturday we gathered as a small group and went on a walk to a lake. On the way we had our gloves on and our bags ready to pick up trash. It was definitely very nice to go out on the weekend and serve the city in a small way. We are here to serve and love Prague in any way we can!

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The First Of Many More To Come!!

¡Hola! It’s your American CIG family in Costa Rica! It has been an incredibly busy week as we prepared, organized, and held our first American culture event in Costa Rica! We were also able to achieve victory when we were able to invite and bring one of our witnessing contacts to a 1-Day Divine Principle Workshop and become our first guest to become an official CARP member! They were both the first of many more to come, more events and many more young and inspired youth wanting to make a change!

 FINALLY we had our first American culture event on Friday feb/16/2018! For some it may be difficult to determine exactly what the American culture is, so our hope was to help others recognize and understand that the United States is a unique country of all cultures and nations of the world coming together. This is the beauty of America, so our theme for the event was “The Melting Pot”. By knowing that America is a country that transcends race and nationality, we can help others understand that we are one global family.

We kicked off our event first off with some introductions! We introduced ourselves and the different parts of America that we came from followed by some games and activities for us all to get to know eachother a little better. After opening up the hearts of the participants and having a good time with the activities we began to shift to the more internal aspects of the event.

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We shared about the founding of America. Not just how it was externally founded but also the heart, attitude and values that America was founded with. We shared about the selflessness of the pilgrims that had first arrived and their dedication to God and to the establish a good future for their new home. We shared about the vision that America had first began with and the original beauty that burned within our Country.  

For Lunch we prepared a home cooked meal for all of the participants of our event and then afterwards performed a dance for them choreographed by our very own missionary Taishi Minosoko. After the dance we split in to little groups which we called our families and had a few more activities together followed by a discussion centered on several quotes about the importance and value of family from different famous figures of history.

 performing our dance for our Guests at the Melting Pot event!!

performing our dance for our Guests at the Melting Pot event!!

Afterwards we took time to introduce CARP and the vision of establishing one worldwide family under God and our Costa Rican community service group called Heroes. To conclude the event we all came together to enjoy some root beer floats and each guest shared about what had impacted them the most about the event and what new things they may have learned. Many people shared their gratitude and were moved to hear about how America had truly began. Selfless and with God.

 each person shared about their experience and gratitude toward the event that we held! 

each person shared about their experience and gratitude toward the event that we held! 

 On Saturday feb/17/18, CARP Costa Rica hosted its second 1-Day Divine Principle Workshop in the month of February. We covered from the Introduction up to the end of the Fall of Man. At the end of the workshop we offered a song to the guests and then gave them the opportunity to sign up to become official members of CARP. In Concluding the Workshop we had two new official members of our CARP Costa Rica Family, One being brought by our very own American Missionary team!

 Here is the first new CARP member (on the right) of many more to come with the missionary that invited  Him (Gabriel Marchitelli)       

Here is the first new CARP member (on the right) of many more to come with the missionary that invited  Him (Gabriel Marchitelli)       

 Our American Melting Pot event!! the first of many more to come :)

Our American Melting Pot event!! the first of many more to come :)

DR: Welcome to this Month's Update

Hola! Wow time has been going by so fast since we arrived here in this beautiful country in January! We are making our way into February and are already experiencing so much. Here is how it has been going so far:

WOMEN’S FEDERATION ANNUAL MEETING

The month of February started with a wonderful opportunity to support the annual Women’s Federation for World Peace meeting held on February 4th! In this meeting we were able to see the fruit of the community’s efforts toward creating a deeper culture of heart in the family, community, nation and the world in order to achieve genuine and sustainable world peace under God. 

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Some of their accomplishments in the past year included a Pure Love Rally, numerous character education talks, conferences on creating the ideal family, and the start up of a new program involving volunteers reading educational books to kindergarten kids. 
It was amazing to see the heart and teamwork of the Women’s Federation members in their determination to invest into every opportunity this year. The meeting concluded with the declarations, hopes, and re-determinations for this new year. 

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We as the USA CIG missionaries collaborated with 5 active CARP members to offer a song for the event, singing “How Far I’ll Go” in both English and Spanish. 

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It was a wonderful experience and we were happy to be in an environment of strong men and women passionate for World Peace. 
“History is calling for reconciliation, compassion, love, service and sacrifice. Today’s problems cannot be solved by the logic of power... Our present problems can only be solved by the logic of love.” - Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon

LA FINCA IN BONAO

On the 7th we visited a farm owned by the Family Federation in the mountains. It's a beautiful property of 57 acres filled with trees, a flowing river and many animals as well. They are developing a training center  where people can take some time for a workshop or seminar and focus solely on their growth and studying God's words with other brothers and sisters. We took a tour with Rev. Dae Hee Hong, special emissary of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who is leading the planning, and we could really see the potential and progress of this project.

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The highlight of this outing was a guidance from Rev. Hong. He shared a personal testimony on what it means to have a mission. He really emphasized that this mission isn't just to help and serve others, which is so important, but God is really giving us a precious opportunity to cultivate our own hearts. What we're gaining here is for the sake of our future and the people we impact later on in our course. We were all deeply inspired by his words and it helped us to redetermine ourselves.

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“FESTIVAL INTERRELIGIOSO DE LA PAZ PARA LA BENEDICIÓN Y BENEDICIÓN MATEIMONIAL”

This past Saturday, on February 17th, we had the opportunity to support an inter-religious blessing event sponsored by the Family Federation and American Clergy Leadership Conference. 
The event took place in a conference hall in La Romana, which is located in the countryside of the DR. 

Numerous talks were given at the event such as a presentation on “Building the Model couple and family for a Better Country” by Dr.Melén Trinidad Moralez and the keynote address given by Sr.Regelado, president of the Family Federation in Santo Domingo, which was about “The Ideal Model of a Pair and Family under Universal Principles”. 
All the statements shared throughout these presentations came together to emphasize the value of developing a stronger God-centered marriage which, in turn would act as the solid core for a better family, better society, better nation, and ultimately a better world. 

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32 couples were in attendance, and the environment was created for them to more deeply understand the value of their relationship and also recommit to one another. The event was a success in that God was really opening the hearts of all those in attendance, helping us all understand the depth and beauty of inviting God into our lives through offering our most precious relationships to Him. 

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“We are living in a society deprived and lacking of true love. To bring true love back you need to have a Divine Principled way of loving.” 
-Pastor Levi M.B. Daugherty 

This has been a precious growing experience for us thus far. We’re really grateful to be able to take on this mission and moving forward, we are determined to make the most of this opportunity and leave a plus.

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