The Words of the Jenkins Family
Greetings from Lebanon - Fourth International World Tour
November 16, 2006
Our Ambassadors for Peace arrived in Lebanon and were greeted with a VIP welcome at the airport by Dr. Nicholas Birak. Here based on the work of Dr. Lee, David Fraser Harris and Mr. Thomas Schellen over 40 Lebanese Ambassadors for Peace have prepared the way for the Message of Peace.
Shia and Sunni Muslim, Druze and many denominations of Christians make up the Ambassador for Peace Movement here. This means we are able to touch every corner of society with the spirit of love and message of Peace.
At the welcoming banquet last night journalists, members of parliament, religious leaders and NGO leaders came to welcome our delegations. Several official Lebanese Ambassadors gave us such a warm welcome. Imam Elahi from Iran (now from Detroit) gave a beautiful message about the power of love. Mr. Haitham Bundakji, Board member of the Islamic Center of Orange County and Mr. Jodeh of the Colorado Muslim society are with us. They bring so much leadership and understanding because of their extensive work for peace in the Middle East with UPF. Many were quite amazed that an American delegation would have such a spirit, calling for an end of war and the unity of all faiths. They need so desparately to see the heart of America that brings humanity aid and spiritual encouragement. Imam Salahuddin who has traveled with Father Moon throughout America gave a beautiful prayer of love and peace at our banquet. Through this effort peoples hearts can open once again to America and America can awaken to its true role to be the Elder Son to lead the nations into reconciliation and harmony. The people of Lebanon realize that Father Moon is showing the true spirit of America through this world peace tour.
As we go from country to country we are amazed at the diversity and character of the Ambassadors for Peace. Truly people of influence they are from every profession and highly educated people who are looking for a different approach that compliments already existing peace efforts. The Universal Peace Federation brings something very unique - it brings the unity of religious leaders and people of faith lifting up the idea that we can unite when we realize that there is only one God of us all. Although this is not simple, when we bring this message in word and deed it is amazing to see the people change and begin to step forward.
We are being welcomed by some of the key Shiekhs of Lebanon as we go forth to give the Message of Peace in churches, Mosques, civic centers and homes. Just moments ago I said goodbye to Rev. Dorsey and Mr. Jodeh as they go forth south of the Litani River to deliver the message in the city hall of one of the Shia cities hardest hit by the last war. Mr. Jodeh will deliver the message in Arabic. Our delegation is about half Muslim and half Christian. God is working.
Shiekh Muhammad Kanaan, one of the most prominent Sunni Muslim clerics of Lebanon requested that a Christian speak in his home. Rev. Jesse Edwards was chosen for this historic moment. Dr. Yang and I will go with the Ambassadors for Peace to visit our close friends at the Parliament today.
Tomorrow we all journey to the south.
At the same time our Ambassadors for Peace are now in many countries in Africa. We bring True Parents love and respect for all people to the World.
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