ne cold December day in Moscow in 2005 became the happiest day of my life: I received the title of Ambassador for Peace! This award came at our Peace Embassy where, on that day, people who care about the fate of our planet had gathered. These were politicians and businessmen, public figures and scholars. The founder of the Unification movement, Dr. Moon, had inspired us and united us all together.
I had first heard of this man ten years earlier. My husband and I had been invited to take part in a conference which took place in the outskirts of Ekaterinburg. We became acquainted with the life and activities of Dr. Moon; we learned many things about the principles of the construction of the universe, standards of moral values, the purpose of life, and the value of the human being through the philosophical teaching of the Divine Principle. I was amazed at Rev. Moon’s strength of will, sense of purpose, and perseverance toward achieving these goals.
The main goal of this extraordinary person is living for the benefit of others. For him, anything "personal" is of secondary importance; his first priority is to support and help people, families and children of all different nationalities. To uplift the family and place it on a pedestal, to exalt the wife and the mother, to protect the global community from war, terrorism, and any other sorts of conflicts, to give rebirth to the divine in each person—these are among the main tasks of Dr. Moon. The family is the basis of life, it is the foundation for a happy childhood, and the gateway of maturity for each person.
This conference stimulated me to create the Children’s International Charitable Center, which has now been in existence for five years. I see talent in each and every child, and I strive to develop this gift, and to assist the child in finding his own path toward a wonderful future.
The family of Dr. Moon can serve as a model for true relationships among parents, children, and grandchildren. Likewise, the most important things in my life are family and friends, whom I value for their kindness and responsiveness and for their willingness to be of assistance at any moment of difficulty. Somehow or other, I happened to see a television broadcast from Korea, where several hundred young couples were simultaneously joined in marriage in a stadium. This was truly an awe-inspiring sight! I felt such joy that these young people had decided to seal their bonds of wedlock in such a manner, by participating in the Holy Blessing ceremony. And may God grant them bliss!
The organizer of such a significant occasion was the Family Federation for World Peace, under the auspices of Dr. Moon. Upon this earth there should not be a single person who is lonely or forsaken. Creating a family, raising children and serving our Fatherland in the name of peace—are these simple tasks? So, the model for such a family is the family of Dr. Moon himself: his wonderful wife and their children, for whom the heartistic, tender relationships of mother and father, their mutual respect for one another, and the great love serve as the guideline for their own future families and relationships of mutual respect between spouses. Indeed, the example of Dr. Moon’s family can serve as an example for many people, especially in this day and age, when it is no simple matter at all to make a family and to preserve its sanctity in our home.
Another idea that resonates with me is that of international exchange marriages. It is really hard to see any good reason why people cannot love, understand and support one another in work and in leisure, in sorrow and in joy. Now it is twice harder, if these reasons for not joining together are those of skin color, shape of the nose, cooking recipes, or other customs. By accepting in marriage someone from another nationality, together with all his/her kinfolk—this already makes it impossible to harbor enmity toward that nation as a whole. And the children of international marriages even further strengthen these bonds of friendship and unity.
It is hard to even keep on living when we witness how much grief and agony families are made to suffer on account of alcohol and drugs, crime and terrorism on our planet. The structure and atmosphere of Dr. Moon’s family serve as a tuning fork that gives the key note for goodness and joy, happiness and service in the name of world peace. To preserve the warmth and comfort of the family hearth, to rear children to be good, and to lend a hand in raising one’s grandchildren is a costly and precious thing!
I wanted so much to enter into the inner realm of this family, to absorb this warmth, and to find out how to warm up all people, to help support them in their lifetime. May love and joy reign forever in this family. I wish health and long life to Dr. Moon!
May fortune accompany you wherever you go,
May the smiles of friends warm your heart,
Success and happiness in every moment
Shall be in each of the days of your life!