Meet the Intern, Yeol-Shim Bell

Welcome to the CARP Team, Yeol-Shim!

Welcome to the CARP Team, Yeol-Shim!

Lovely to imagine meeting you!

My name is Yeol-Shim (pronounced yol shim) and I’m CARP’s new intern. A little bit about me: I’m an 18-year old bibliophile from New Jersey. In case you didn’t know, a bibliophile is someone who loves (or, in my case, obsesses over) books.Though I have enjoyed devouring many novels, two of my favorite novelists are Tolkien and Brontë. I enjoy and am moderately good at frisbee, biking, playing the guitar, and speaking French.

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#TBT: Editorial from 1976 World Student Times

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Written by By Thomas Azar in the April 1976 Edition of the World Student Times

“The tradition of American youth should be the tradition to serve mankind with enthusiasm. America is the representative of Christian culture yet we are in no state to accomplish religious ideals. It was two hundred years ago that these ideals began centered on doing God’s will in America. Today these ideals have shrunk and are leaving people without hope.

To elevate and redirect our nation we need not only the faith of our Founding Fathers, but a greater determination to give ourselves to others.

The spirit of 1776 is too small to raise up America’s youth. They are angry and without direction. The individual, his family, and social order has broken and their thinking is just for their own desire. The purpose of life cannot be fulfilled by living for oneself. The youth of today are searching for a new tradition that is effective and unchanging. This tradition begins by pursuing the noble ideals that every man has always desired; secondly it seeks the love of God and a deeper love towards one’s neighbor; and finally this ideal and love are multiplied in a more stable and unified family structure.

Today youth must recreate themselves because only they can pass on a new tradition into the family. The future will collapse unless new love is expressed in an unselfish family relationship. Moreover, it is the young students who, in their purity, have the opportunity to learn the ideals and quickly fulfill them with passion and sincerity.

We need to ignite a spiritual revolution that will unify and give purpose to all in order to build one nation under God. We can afford only to advance forward. To believe just in our own self purpose will lead to the destruction of families and society. Man needs to recreate himself, go beyond himself and all limitations to build the ideal and live in peace. But in order for this conversion to take place and for America to enter her third century with hope and an unextinguishable light, a period of sacrifice is necessary. Without sacrifice, there is no growth, and to relax and expect others to do our work is a grave mistake.

All life and all history is aimed toward one goal and purpose- to raise up the dignity of mankind.

To attain this, religion, philosophy, and history gave the ideas and logic necessary for man to be fulfilled. But today, materialism has hampered our growth. There should be an honest look at ourselves, to change what is wrong and to act upon the new eternal goal. America must be the arena in which all religions, ideologies, resources, and personalities embrace in the spirit of cooperation to exemplify to the world the tradition of love and sacrifice. Upon this new and deeper foundation, the youth of today can once again take up the responsibility and leadership necessary to save mankind.”

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Reflections on my 2-Month Internship with CARP

Here is a reflection of Takanari Wakayama’s internship experience with CARP. You may remember him from ‘Meet CARP’s New Intern’ article back in April. 

From April 25 to June 13, I had the amazing opportunity to intern at CARP America in New York City. It has been a very enriching and empowering experience. I’ve always wanted to know what it was like to work with a team that has the same agenda – to make the world a better place. It was really inspiring and I enjoyed it a lot.

Working with the CARP America team. We decided to hold one of our meetings outside in Bryant Park.

The CARP team decided to hold one of our meetings outside in Bryant Park.

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CARP Albania Featured on National Television

In April, CARP Albania was invited to a national TV station “News 24” as part of a special program to talk about their recent national CARP workshop.

Tirana CARP leader, Majlinda Matraku, Albania CARP leader  Gani Rroshi, Universal Peace Academy graduate, Mica Camara, and CARP Kosovo coordinator, Bafti Krasniqi, spoke on the show.

The whole video is available with subtitles but here are a few excerpts:

Host: Why was your workshop named “Generation of Legends”?

Gani: We wanted to give the message that anyone can become a legendary person if they have big dreams and ambitions to do not only the things that they like but do things for a greater purpose, for the sake of the nation.

Host: “What does it mean for you to be a leader? What are the characteristics of being a leader?”

Bafti: What we need most today is a leadership that starts from character education, a leadership that comes from family values. We in CARP want to promote that kind of leadership that starts from the heart. CARP Albania had been preparing for this national workshop with great anticipation and investment.

Preparations began with the core staff members coming together through conference calls online to create a working plan. As progress was made, the core staff members from different regions in Albania all gathered in person to further discuss plans and details.

The first thing that was decided was the theme of the workshop, “The Generation Of Legends.” Why did we choose this theme? It stemmed from our desire to have all the participants appreciate and understand this legendary age that we are living in. The founders, Rev. and Mrs. Moon, have invested a lot in the future of the younger generation. They have encouraged Albania to train and raise up 2000 young people who can take responsibility for the moral prosperity of the nation. The founders, lovingly called True Parents because of the care and love that they have invested into the young people just like parents, have stated that, “At every turning point in history, young people were responsible for change.”

Thanks to the vested efforts of the core staff and members all over Albania, a surprisingly large number of people applied to participate in this workshop. 210 participants had applied but unfortunately, due to the limited capacity of our Training Center, only 180 of those applicants were accepted. The staff had the difficult task of limiting the number of participants but they have been keeping in touch with all those who could not make it this time. They have already invited them to participate in other upcoming workshops.

In order to create a family-like environment, participants were put into ‘families’ of about 20 people. These twenty people on your team becomes your family for the next two days and beyond. This creates an atmosphere conducive to friendly bonds and caring for each other. Lectures offered both good theoretical content and practical steps that can be taken to become better people. Some of the topics covered were: ‘My Value’, ‘Conflict and Solution’, ‘Team Work and Core Values’, ‘Friendship and Family’, ‘Communication’ and a presentation on CARP.

Lastly, a challenge game was organized in the beautiful nature, a usual treat that participants look forward to at these CARP workshops. Everyone really enjoyed it.

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Thank You Letter from Japan Exchange Trip Coordinator

In the course of just 10 days, student delegates of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) USA traveled throughout Japan to meet with their CARP Japan and CARP Korea peers, with whom they made pilgrimage to significant landmarks from True Father’s time as a student in Japan.

Having recently returned, the primary facilitator and organizer of the trip, Mrs. Naoko Hiraki of CARP Los Angeles, reflected in a letter on CARP USA’s brief but deeply meaningful time abroad.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you so much for your support and prayers. We came back from Japan after having wonderful experiences there. Everyone from America felt great love from our Heavenly Parent and True Parents. We especially felt True Mother’s heart in all that we did.

One of our young, first-generation Unificationists, Jermaine, said, “I thought that I had faith in God and True Parents before, but after coming to Japan and meeting Japanese CARP members, my faith became stronger and more real. Now, every day I feel that True Parents’ spirit is always with me.”

When Jermaine heard of True Mother’s address to Kumamoto Unificationists in the wake of the earthquakes that struck that region this past April, he shared with me: “True Mother has worked through so many difficulties. True Mother has experienced so much pain due to her position, but despite that, True Mother always returned grace and appreciation to God and True Father. She is my hero.”

Testifying about his experience in doing outreach, another CARP USA student reflected, “When I tried to speak about our faith in Japan, it felt like everybody refused to listen to me. Some people ran away before I could even say anything. But I continued to reach out and talk to people. Eventually two high school students stopped and responded to my questions, but they were busy so we could not speak together for long. Still, I determined to keep reaching out.

Then one man stopped and kindly spoke with me. I tried to speak in Japanese because I wanted to connect with him more deeply, but in the end I couldn’t. I was so disappointed in myself. That’s when I thought of the many missionaries who had come from Japan to America to share God’s word, even though they could not speak English. It must have been so hard, and I wonder how they must have felt at that time. Through these experiences, I have learned to appreciate the nation of Japan.”

Clearly, the American CARP members learned a lot about faith from the Japanese CARP members and the Japanese Unificationist elders who met with us, such as Mrs. Uchida and Rev. Otsuka.

Also J-CARP (CARP Japan) and even K-CARP (CARP Korea) members received a lot of hope, listening to the testimonies of CARP USA members at a J-CARP meeting for parents. At the meeting I introduced our group and explained why we had come to Japan, and my daughter, Hitoe, spoke about doing outreach together with me on her campus. She said, ”Even though we faced difficulties, we wanted to give back beauty to True Mother.”

Jermaine also said, “Through listening to Hyo Jin Moon’s music, I overcame my struggles and found faith in True Parents. I was looking for true love, but I almost gave up. At that time I met Naoko, and through reading Divine Principle, and especially through listening to Hyo Jin Moon’s music, I began to have a strong faith and hope for a true family. For me, even though we are from different countries, we are all brothers and sisters, because we are working for God and True Parents. No matter what struggles you face, don’t give up because someday you will meet someone like me who really needs to hear what you have to say about God. Never give up!”

Many Japanese parents and CARP members were crying, because they were so moved by his testimony. Many members of CARP USA became close friends during our stay in Japan, even students from different states. So we accomplished our mission. I put some pictures on the CARP Life Facebook page which we took at our meetings with J-CARP parents and with CARP Kyoto, as well as at our visit to Hyo Jin Moon’s studio and Waseda University together with J-CARP and K-CARP students. Thank you so much, Heavenly Parent and True Parents. I feel that we have been totally guided by God and True Parents. Thank you so much for your support.

God bless you!

Sincerely, Naoko Hiraki

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