More than a Club, It’s a Lifetsyle
Here’s a student highlight story on Jinil Fleischman from CARP Las Vegas.
Meet Jinil, a dedicated young student who thrives on helping other people realize their potential in meeting God. This 23-year-old junior attending University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a founding member of CARP Las Vegas and a recent winner of the Wonmo Pyeongae Scholarship from CARP’s cofounder, Mother Moon.
Jinil was drawn to CARP Las Vegas from its inception as Akira and Makiko Watanabe pioneered the vision in the fall of 2014. Instead of enrolling in a local university in his home state of California, Jinil decided to join CARP Las Vegas in the role of President and helped shape the chapter into what it is today.
A Worthwhile Mission
Towards the end of high school, Jinil had a dwindling life of faith. Then, three years on Generation Peace Academy (GPA) gave him the opportunity to build up a relationship with God and to tap into his creativity in providing a space for other people to have a similar experience.
“GPA was a turnaround experience for me. I had one finger in the movement and then I discovered a deep relationship with God and True Parents.”
Jinil felt a sense of calling to do something for the world after his training on GPA. In his third year of GPA especially, Jinil experienced the freedom to create and collaborate on projects and then essentially witness to the 2nd generation GPA participants.
“It was such an enjoyable and uplifting experience.”
CARP Las Vegas offered the opportunity for Jinil to continue to grow in this freedom to create and share his faith with others. Witnessing and sharing to other young college students seemed to be the next natural progression from his mission on GPA.
A Day in the Life as President
As a first-year university student, Jinil started his career studies in Human Services and his duties as CARP President at the same time. This dynamic between his personal pursuits and his public responsibilities continues to be emotionally demanding but also extremely rewarding.
“I couldn’t think of anything more worthwhile as a student than to be part of the process of helping someone discover God.”
There are four core team members supporting the co-directors, Akira and Makiko, in CARP LV’s activities. As president, Jinil works alongside the core team and the co-directors on every level of preparing and executing activities and taking care of the membership.
“CARP is more than a club to me. It’s a lifestyle.”
Jinil and his team will reach out to other 2nd generation as well as newer 1st generation to take on more responsibility in CARP and through the experience, grow their own life of faith.
Currently, CARP LV has six Core-in-Training (CIT) staff, six new members, and a similar number of intermediate and beginner members, and then 20-30 students who regularly attend CARP LV events.
With varying levels of membership in CARP LV, the core team is trained to take care of each level of membership. Jinil is constantly working on maintaining relationships within the CARP community by having personal interactions with CARP members, talking about latest challenges in life.
CARP LV has two components through which it strives to help young people – an education component and a training component.
Learning with CARP Las Vegas
Jinil has helped to shape CARP LV’s vision to raise young people to embody a selfless culture through numerous education programs.
The education component consists of Divine Principle (DP) lectures on fundamental teachings, spiritual life hacks, and education around the purity movement (which stems from the ‘Pure Love Alliance’ tradition of CARP in the past).
Every month, CARP LV will hold a weekend DP workshop to regularly teach new and existing CARP members how to live a life for the sake of others. Then, at the end of each semester, there will always be a 7-day workshop for a more in-depth look into the teachings of the Unification Movement.
Recently, CARP LV implemented a new education program called Tribe Talk where members meet once a week for small group discussions around a specific spiritual topic based on excerpts from Father Moon’s speeches.
Taking Action with CARP Las Vegas
The training component of CARP LV, or what they call “actionizing training,’ provides members, who have received the education portion of the program, the opportunity to put their faith to the test. This includes activities such as fundraising once a week, DP lecture contests, summer and winter break 7-day workshops, and other fun outings.
CARP LV also often partners with other campus clubs to engage in service projects. In this way, CARP LV can grow its network and build up a reputation around the UNLV campus where they mainly operate.
With members at various stages of involvement, CARP LV tries to provide opportunities for every level of engagement from somewhat connected members to beginner and intermediate members.
An Excerpt from Witnessing
Once a week, Jinil or another staff member will give a DP lecture and facilitate discussions around the topic.
As Jinil was giving a lecture on the difference between the spiritual and physical body, one attendee in the audience at least was substantially impacted.
“I was just giving a lecture on something I heard all my life.”
This one audience member took away a new notion about life after death. As someone who always had a fearful concept about the afterlife, this lecture opened up this participant’s eyes to the idea that our existence in the spiritual world is not up to God’s judgement.
“I gained a deeper appreciation for the teachings I grew up with, the depth of truth that we have, and especially the hope it could bring to others. Witnessing is just about being very interested in another person’s life with an unconditional heart and attitude. It’s caring more about a person than they care about themselves. ”
Winning the Wonmo Prize
“I feel really supported by True Mother. She cares about the young people and raising young leaders in our movement. I’m very grateful to have received this scholarship.”
This Scholarship was awarded exclusively to students in accredited educational programs and only for educational purposes. Scholarship winners are encouraged to maintain a public lifestyle while also excelling in their studies.
CARP America is managing the follow-up program for scholarship recipients like Jinil in the following five areas:
- Practice a daily hoon dok hae tradition
- Work with a CARP staff to develop an individual plan for public service
- Submit 1-page written reports at the end of each semester (Spring and Fall 2017)
- Maintain and show proof of satisfactory academic progress
- Attend a life of faith workshop at least once during the next year (by Dec. 31, 2017)
With some scholarship money for tuition, Jinil feels grateful to be able to pay for his studies this semester as well as excited to focus on these five areas.
To see more photos and activities or to get in touch with CARP Las Vegas, please visit their Facebook page.