November 16, 2006
Eight of the Ambassadors for Peace from the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) held 8 simultaneous Rallies of the Fourth World Peace Tour in Cameroon on November 12, 2006.
These great orators coming from different religions in America were unanimous in their vision for peace, and their support for the spread of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s peace message to the world. The burning message they have on their lips is titled “God’s Ideal Family and Peace Kingdom”, and their goal is the blessing of the family and nation.
Rev. Sharyn Bebeau in Douala
Speech read by Rev. Andre Wayne Jackson
The Cameroon chapter of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) organized a reception to honour these peacemakers at the Coastal Beach Hotel in the resort town of Limbe (South West Province) in the night of November 10, 2006. The local dignitaries of the town, many of them also ambassadors for peace, were on hand to receive them. These dignitaries included the Chancellor of Buea University, members of Parliament, the Imam of Muslim Community and other Muslim Leaders.
The African American Clergies at the reception were so touched to be back ‘at home’ in Africa. Carolyn Lincoln and Antonio Lowery sang the National Negro Anthem, saying that “the Spirit World knows no color.”
Reverend Andre Jackson was the principal spokesman at the main rally which took place at “Mess des Officiers” the main Hall of the Military, right at the centre of the Yaoundé Town. “I have come here to bring to you the Love of Father Moon and Mother Moon, the True Parents of Mankind," said Jackson, “I am his personal friend. I am his mouth piece. I am his ears. I am his eyes. If you want to know anything about Reverend Moon, come to me. As his friend, I will defend him to the end of my life.”
The joy of the crowd of over 300 was reflected in the words of Dr. Njiyang Charles Fuche, a lecturer at the University of Yaoundé “I am a Peace Ambassador too. Today the clergies are in the front line spreading the message of Reverend Moon, tomorrow will be my turn.”
In other cities, Reverend Carolyn Larabee of the Temple of Tucson Arizona University received a standing ovation from audience of the Presbyterian Church in Makai (Center Province). Reverend Antonio Lowery who read the speech at Sa’a (Center province) was so inspired by the quality of the audience that he pledged to bring his family in June 2007 to visit that community.
Reverend Sharyn Bebeau of Archetypal Boulder Colorado Academy went to Douala with 135 participants of the Pentecostal Church. All the pastors who attended the rally in Douala promised to spread the message of Reverend Moon in all their churches.
Rev. Antonio Lowery receiving flowers
Rev. Sharyn Bebeau and a new Ambassador for Peace
Rev. Tatalajski Betty Jeanne in Limbe
The Pentecostal pastor who hosted the Douala Rally place said: “A few months ago, when the Vice National President of UPF/ Cameroon, Mr. Siakam, insisted that I join him in this peace movement, I was reluctant because I do not like pressure. So I replied ‘my time has not yet come’. Today God has come in my house to call for me. I recognize and accept the call. Today my house is opened to establish Eternal Peace”.
Reverend Alain Leroy of the Berkeley Family Church in California gave great inspiration in a Christian Church at Edea (Littoral Province) to 325 participants. Reverend Betty Tatalajski of the Temple of Tucson University read the speech to 93 participants in Limbe (South West Province). Reverend Carolyn Lincoln gave the speech to students in the University of Buea (South West Province) while Reverend Web Price shared the speech to 53 participants of Buea Town.
All in all, the total number in attendance for 4th World Peace Tour in Cameroon was 1,283 participants. 38 new Peace Ambassadors were nominated.
Testimonies from the visiting AMERICAN CLERGYMEN AND WOMEN:
Rev. Dr. Andre W. Jackson
“I am the disciple of Jesus Christ. I have come here to bring to you the love of Father Moon and Mother Moon, the True Parents of mankind. I am the personal friend of Reverend Moon. I am his mouthpiece. I am his ears. I am his eyes. If you want to know anything about Reverend Moon, come to me. As his friend, I will defend him to the end of my life.”
Rev. Carolyn Larabee
“Go beyond what you could see with your physical eyes and consider the spiritual dimensions and benefits of what has happened in your lives this day.”
Mrs. Carolyn Lincoln
"As an officer of the American Navy, I devoted all my life to raising and taking care of my family. I made my husband what he is and helped my two children to become successful adults. I believe that the family is the base of the Kingdom of Heaven, and that is why I have come all the way here to discuss with the youths of Cameroon.
I really felt that with the effort made by Father Moon, the Black Americans can unite with the Africans, forget their painful past, and build a better Africa. I came here to Africa because of Rev. Moon. He is a great man with a great vision and mission. But up to now, some people still misunderstand him. My hope is that through this 4th world tour of 120 clergymen and women, including myself, all the doubts about the True Parents can be abolished in people's minds so that the main door to human happiness can be opened wide for all of us. I would want to come back to Cameroon as soon as possible."
Rev. Dr. Gilda Price
"I appreciate the work that Father and Mother Moon are doing around the world, even if they are being persecuted. They are succeeding through all the rallies carried out since 2005 in uniting the people of the three main religions, that is--Muslims, Christians and Jews. All of my life, with my husband, my three children and six grandchildren, is now dedicated to supporting the efforts of Father and Mother Moon. Despite being more than 70 years old, I just wish to keep going and testifying to Father and Mother Moon.
If the spirit of a man is not touched, he cannot acknowledge Rev. Moon's teachings or follow them. Once we are convinced, we should stand firm in our beliefs, regardless of the persecutions or rejections. Although it has not been easy for me to arrive here in Cameroon, what I know is that my presence here today is necessary. Rev. and Mrs. Moon are so precious to me, and, as a spiritualist, I think they are the real people we need now to heal the world."
Rev. Alain Leroy
"I am very happy to travel from America to enable the world to understand the True Parents of humankind. It is a duty which I must do. Without doing this we are passing our time in vain here on earth because no one has like Rev. and Mrs. Moon has ever existed. They have the “heavenly seal,” the secret of heaven and life. Without them, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. They have accomplished so many things that we cannot begin to describe. Even if people don’t accept or believe in them, the spirit world and God Himself can bear witness. I pray that the African countries in general, and the people of Cameroon in particular, can understand through this 4th world tour, the painful heart of God working daily through True Parents to bring real life to each one of us."
“I came from USA to proclaim the word of peace from the True Parents of humankind, who came to enable each of us to understand the real way of God. We cannot just live and preach aimlessly, without any substance. This day is ours, and we should keep it in our memory everywhere we go, thinking and meditating about Rev. and Mrs. Moon, in order for God and the spirit world to respond to our prayers. If you ask God sincerely, He will not hesitate to answer. They are the True Parents we have been waiting for. Their deeds are bearing witness to the truth. As it says in the Bible, "A good tree bears good fruit, and you will know it by its fruits."
Rev. Betty Jeanne Tatalajski
“I am very happy being here in Cameroon, although the climate is so hot. For the sake of heaven I came as one of the chosen clergymen and women to rally the world with True Parents' words of peace, especially this nation of Cameroon. I am offering this contribution to support True Parents' accomplishments in the world. I believe that with them, things can change. Change is already happening. You, too, are called to do the same in all the cities of this nation. You are blessed for coming here today to this rally."
Testimonies from AMBASSADORS FOR PEACE:
Dr. Njiyang Charles Fuche, lecturer at the University of Yaoundé
“I am an Ambassador for Peace. Today the clergymen and women are on the front line spreading the message of Reverend Moon; tomorrow it will be my turn to be on the front line.”
Rev. Biumla Gabriel Emmanuel
“I praise the Founder of UPF, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and his leaders for their perseverance, courage and determination to carry on this huge and difficult task. Nothing can ever prevent the accomplishment of God’s will. One can slow the process, but no one can stop it.”
Mr. Mbeleke Julius, retired prison superintendent
“I appreciate the introduction of the spiritual dimension of UPF to the UN; this will help the UN to realize its essence.”
Dr. and Mrs. Elad
“I congratulate the ACLC guests for bringing the good tidings to Cameroon. This nation, my husband, and I are blessed.”
Mr. Njoh Litumbe, politician
“I asked Reverend Moon to take heart and persevere in persecution because Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther went through the same course. The UPF will realize what democracy has failed to realize.”
Rev. Lenga, pastor of a Pentecostal church
“The deeds of Rev. Moon are above human understanding, and only people who come closer to him can easily comprehend his beginnings, mysterious life of sufferings, deeds and philosophy of peace. I think that this day—today—is mine, and I believe that Rev. Moon has something special for the world. I will never be a barrier to his work. The doors of my church are wide open to his thought so he can inspire my people to make changes for the better in their lives of faith. Everybody has its own time; and when that time is at hand one cannot even control it. I think that this is my time! As you have seen my people taking holy wine with joy, I devote, determine and commit myself to deeply collaborate with UPF to receive more spiritual nourishment for God’s children.”
Rev. Ngi Mboua Issac, pastor of a Presbyterian church
“I found in Rev. Moon’s teaching, a clear understanding of truth and God. I became an Ambassador for Peace, among the hundreds in Cameroon. Depending on me, the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon can immediately join in and rally behind Rev. Dr. Moon, who is to be the spiritual cornerstone of our time. November 12, 2006 is a great day for our church in Edea Town, Littoral Province. We have rejoiced together; and the lucky couples who have been here today have the chance to receive the holy blessing, inspired by God and initiated by Rev. Dr. Moon, to clean the past lives and start anew. May God continue to inspire this great man of our time, Rev. Moon.”