|True Parents’ Victory Celebration for Africa Summit 2018 - Special Report, Thomas Walsh
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The Eye of the Storm
Conference work during Africa Summit 2018
This is a
transcript of a presentation at Africa Summit 2018 in Dakar, Senegal on January
18 at CICAD,
By Thomas Walsh
brothers and sisters, this is the morning of a true victory celebration, not
just in name alone, but what we have been participating in is more than a
church gathering or some denominational group, but this is a world shaking,
world transforming moment in history centering on our Heavenly Parent and our True
Mother. The new Africa! It is amazing that we’ve heard True Mother, True
Parents talk, and often guide us about the history of God’s providence, the
Creation, the Fall and restoration, the movement of civilizations as God works
to realize the ultimate ideal through ancient civilizations on through the
development of the Christian and Atlantic Civilization and then the move to the
Pacific Civilization. But when I heard True Mother speak on this stage here,
for the first time for me, within that grand, providential narrative of God’s
work through history, we see clearly the role of Africa. The highway of
providential history has come to Africa at a critical moment so that God’s
providential power and energy is present here. Beginning with our True Mother’s
presence, Africa will be renewed and reborn.
They say a day is like a thousand years. I
kept feeling each day was truly like a thousand years. It was a whirlwind in a
hurricane, but in the midst of this whirlwind and this hurricane, there was a
certain eye or center point, where somehow God worked. The program of this
Africa Summit was truly blessed by God.
True Mother’s arrival
True Mother was
welcomed like a head of state at the private airport, with the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs sending a delegation. The next day, True Mother had a private
meeting in the Presidential Palace with President Macky Sall. True Mother does
not engage in, let’s say, ordinary chit chat, but just speaks directly the
truth and speaks in a way that is not the evangelical fervor style. It is just
clear, and straight and firm and in some ways simple and yet contains these
nuggets of golden, diamond-like truths that are on the one hand somewhat
shocking but delivered so gracefully.
The president listened for thirty or forty
minutes and responded so graciously and warmly. You all saw the opening plenary
the next morning; it was truly magnificent on this stage. And this venue, we
felt, Rev. Camara, Mrs. Rigney, we felt almost as if this venue and this Radisson
Hotel and the road here from the airport, and the airport itself were created
for our True Mother’s visit. Truly amazing!
True Mother’s message was the highlight and
throughout the remainder of the conference, every speaker that got up paid
respect, of course, to President Macky Sall, of course, to [ex-] President
Niasse but to Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, to our True Mother and to her message, again
and again and again from every speaker.
Essential conference efforts
This was not a
conference of just theoretical ideas. This was a conference of action. We
covered a lot of ground in a short time. We had programs that addressed the New
Village Movement, the Sae Maul movement from Korea. We had Sakena Yacoobi, a
laureate of the Sun Hak Peace Prize who developed schools in Afghanistan for
women and girls speaking as a Sun Hak Peace Prize laureate and with a moving
video about the Sun Hak Peace Prize that introduced her. We had a
representative of the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences
talking about Climate Change and how to address the impact of changing climate
realities and their effect on air quality, water quality and food security.
These issues are increasingly effecting humanity. We had speakers talking about
the International Peace Highway, this concept that True Parents have been
promoting since 1981 of an international network, a global Silk Road, not just
for trade or commerce but for bringing the whole human family together as one
family under God.
We had speakers talking about Hyo Jeong
Education and Dr. Kittell’s Character Education program. We had the IAPP
meeting centering on the president of the National Assembly, who took direct
responsibility for the IAPP session. Right, Sheikh Mansour? We sat in his
office with Sheikh Mansour Diouf. Please stand up and be recognized. This is
the man who led the Steering Committee and as you know, when you work for God
with all your heart and soul and you work for True Parents, it’s the greatest blessing in the world, but
also we meet challenges. Sheikh Mansour also had to navigate very, very
carefully—so many dynamics involved to make this possible, working with all
sectors of society. He’s a brilliant man of God but also a brilliant navigator
of the complex territory of life and reality as we seek to build the kingdom of
God on earth. Sheikh Mansour Diouf!
We had a session with religious
leaders. True Mother, Archbishop Ndanga spoke. He got up there and he started
teaching, Creation, Fall, Restoration. He taught about the Fall and the four
fallen natures that resulted. It was just straight from the Divine Principle.
He was like True Father at the blackboard teaching God’s word. We had to cut it
short for this session; everybody had only about five minutes to speak and
everybody wanted to speak. Archbishop Ndanga, Thank you. You really brought
God’s word to this conference.
We had a breakfast meeting with about fifty
government ministers, representatives of nations, particularly from education
and agriculture ministries. When True Mother asked through the international
headquarters for us to create MOUs to sign at that breakfast, we thought, Well,
we’ll try but you know that’s not an easy thing to ask government ministers to sign
MOUs on the spot. They will say politely and carefully, Well, I’ll take this
back to our country and we’ll discuss it and let you know. I think out of that
breakfast we came away with fifty MOUs. These are partnerships. We also
distributed the International Peace Highway MOU, but we had to do it late in
the day and I don’t yet have the results. I believe we will find we had many
MOUs related to the Peace Road development.
This was a magnificent conference. I wish I
could cover it more. I wish I could show you the pictures. I would just say to all
of you, and to our young brothers and sisters here, that you are part of the
most exciting, the most challenging, the most powerful, world-transforming
movement that the world has seen. And who do we behold here on this stage? She
is leading us forward in a most mighty and powerful way.
We are much bigger than we seem at times and
this was one taste of that. From this Africa Summit—and I think the leaders can
testify—every spare moment, people were coming to me, to Mrs. Rigney, to Sheikh
Mansour Diouf, to Rev. Camara—asking, How can we do this in our country? We
need to develop IAPP in our country. We need to develop the religious leaders,
the chiefs association, Hyo Jeong Education, Peace Road and on and on—the New
Village Movement, coffee farming. All of this potential is there. So we need
all of you and a hundred times more from each of you to take positions that
develop as we are multiplying in these different areas.
The last thing I want to say is that these are
not just separate pieces. Even, you could see, the Little Angels were brought
here. This is all part of Heaven’s way, Heaven’s strategy, Heaven’s principle.
The Peace Highway, Peace Road, bringing the world together on a macrocosmic
level so that we are all interconnected from the tribal messiahship and the Interfaith
Blessing, these are all part of one integrated, holistic, comprehensive system
that the pieces and parts are coming together in a sphere of peace that centers
on our True Mother at this time while she is alive and on earth. We devote
ourselves and we will change Senegal, Africa and the world.
Dr. Walsh is the international president of the Universal Peace