Dawn of a New Era

Young Unificationists Respond to God’s Call

This book contains the recollections of 31 young members of the Unification Movement, who, in 1975, volunteered to go to foreign countries as pioneers of their faith.

From the preface:

The missionaries describe their experiences in a frank and personal way. They do not gloss over anything to show how God helped them and how they could be His instruments in an uncertain situation and an unknown world. Their growth parallels the development of their mission, stirs the reader’s heart, and fosters the understanding of a living, loving God.

During their youth, many had not been to another country nor been exposed to other cultures or languages. Every testimony bears witness to how our missionaries found themselves in situations they could not have mastered without God’s guidance.

Despite many obstacles, they had to find a way to fulfil their mission. And they wanted to achieve it – they persevered and developed amazing creativity.

Thus, the testimonies of our missionaries show the complexity between human weakness and the power of our Heavenly Parent. They bear witness to a historic endeavor that laid the worldwide foundation for developing and disseminating God’s message for our time to establish a peaceful world.

“These stories are not solely our own, but those of our mission countries and their first Unificationist members. For the benefit of our worldwide membership and the general public, we saw the need to present our testimonies in English. We formed a small working team and revised each story with the author. It is our deep-felt desire to let readers from different backgrounds ‘walk in our footsteps’ and ‘see through our eyes’ the world we experienced many years ago as we struggled to share God’s Heart of love for His children. Consequently, the testimonies articulate our experiences individually – as we are unique and have walked a unique path. The result is the book you are holding in your hands.”

Greetings from Kando Publishers,

We are delighted to announce the publication of a precious historical document: the intense testimonies of 31 members of the Unification Movement, who, in 1975, volunteered to follow True Parents’ call to go to foreign countries as pioneers of our movement. Many stayed abroad for years and even decades, often in more than just one country.

On the last page of the book, they write:

*May our testimonies build bridges into the future and contribute*

*to the reconciliation of all cultures and religions*

*to realize a peaceful world family*

*in harmony with all creation.*

The book can be ordered online from KANDO: Go to the order page.

or order by email: orders@kando-verlag.de

Extract pages of the book can be viewed here.

On behalf of the 31 authors, we would like to wish you much inspiration with this new publication.




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