Finding Strength Through CARP

We present an alumnus and woman warrior, Malinda Vogel, on today’s Throwback Thursday ‘Meet the Alumni’ series.

10942430_10203710179531888_8730076230652638695_n“I was assigned to CARP by True Father, or Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, when he visited Oakland, California in the spring of 1979. I have heard that he would say that the spring is a good time to change your mission and it was a big change. The Oakland church was large, crowded, and nourishing. It was like a big family with huge turnouts for weekend workshops and lots of love-bombing, hugs, good food and counseling.

CARP was very different then. I was assigned to a small center in LA in a ranch style house. We went to the campus each day and set up a table and had discussions with anyone who came by. I was young, shy, soft-spoken, and found it hard to express my beliefs. Boy, did that change.

I worked with my first Japanese brother and sister and was schooled on how to respond when spoken to, was taught by trial and error on how to talk with Christian students, with leftist students, with agnostics, with Muslim students.

I went to smaller workshops and heard the Divine Principle and was taught different ways to express my opinions, to stand up for myself, to be myself. The workshops weren’t nearly as big as Oakland’s two-day workshops, but were still very exciting and interesting.

During my time in CARP, I was able to work at different California campuses – CAL Northridge, Berkeley, San Diego. It was the same situation with a book table, sometimes a white board for giving a lecture, but different students dropping by. I was able to take classes, ask questions, make friends out of enemies. I had the chance to work with Tiger Park, Hyo Jin Nim, and Dr. Seuk.

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Protesting On Campuses

I was at a book table and the same young man came by each day to give me a hard time. I just listened and would get a word or two in before he got impatient and left. Eventually he ran out of steam and vitriol and would listen to me more.

We became friends.

About that time, El Salvador became a huge issue and we were staging a counterprotest to Communism and the Sandinistas. We got there early, front and center. Just as things started heating up we jumped up, unfurled our sign to a sudden hush and then a large outcry! We were surrounded by livid protesters with no way out.

My friend (who used to give me a hard time) suddenly recognized me.

Malinda, what are you doing here? He rightly asked. I could only smile sheepishly. He and some of his friends linked arms and kept us from bodily harm until the park police came and escorted us out of the fray.

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Rock of Tears, S. Korea CARP delegation to World CARP, Nov. 1984

I also remember doing a protest at UC Berkeley with Janne Sawada’s parents, the Reids, who had come all the way from New Zealand to visit. They insisted on standing arm and arm with us on the steps and getting spat on right alongside us. I got my first death threat there, but the fierce love and solidarity from her parents carried me through.

How precious to be understood and supported in the midst of a protest like that.

Moving Through Stages in CARP

I was able to move from membership to assistant leader or mother figure as they were called at that time. Christine Froehlich, Janne Sawada, Jacinta Krefft, Carole Durnan Silva, Pat Detlefson were and still are my mother figures, sisters, mentors and friends. 

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In 1982, I was able to be blessed to my recently ascended husband, Steven Vogel, and then joined him in New York to start our family. We have been blessed with a son, Nicholas, who is my company, support and source of pride.

Nicholas was born while I was an IW, or counselor for CARP MFT, and then editor for the World Student Times, and then Frontline, CARP’s magazine at the time. This was one of my favorite missions. I learned editing, graphic arts, layout and loved it.

We lived in the New Yorker Hotel and I got to be part of the Headquarters staff working directly with Dr. Seuk. What a long way for a timid girl from Minnesota.

Just after Nicholas was born, the Russian Providence began. I was unable to travel there and participate, but when Steve moved us back to his hometown, Nicholas and I flew to San Francisco for a last hurrah – 40 days of witnessing with Russian students for me and 40 days in a CARP daycare for him.

We cried in our separate beds many nights, but found God in many ways during our 40 days. Nicholas began to walk and I began to find my strength separate from him and my husband.

After we moved to my husband’s hometown, I continued to stay in touch with my CARP sisters, friends, leaders and mentors. 

Unforgettable Lessons from CARP

Since moving to Louisville, I have found myself less nervous to stand up in front of groups of people. I led my son’s Sunday School class where I was the “fun” teacher because shouldn’t those students be allowed to speak up, too?

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Nicholas and Malinda, 2017

For someone who would get panic attacks at being asked to stand up and speak to a room of people, I faced crowds of screaming students at different campuses, read Father’s words at several WFWP events in Kentucky, and even at a community meeting in Seoul, Korea.

I was also able to lead Head Start parent meetings and to teach in a Head Start classroom and take turns at giving Sunday Service. I was able to use my skills at work, in the community and in my own church.

My CARP training gave me the courage and patience to sit through my husband’s chemo, radiation, surgery and therapy drawing on years of faith, the love and example of our True Parents and an irresistible sense of duty. God, Steve and Nicholas needed me – weak or strong, ready or not, I was it.

My training in CARP has been an amazing way to find myself, to find my strength, to test my faith and my leadership skills, to overcome my fear of public speaking, to shore me up through my husband’s battle with cancer, ascension and this path of grief.  

What a blessing from our True Parents to find ourselves useful, growing in faith and strength, falling but getting up again and again. There is a dual benefit of self-growth and that of helping the world at large. I thank God and True Parents and all of you for continuing the tradition, mission and community of CARP.”

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A Supporter’s Perspective on Endorsing CARP

We asked one of CARP’s most enthusiastic fans why he believes in CARP activities.

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CARP is a student organization dedicated to inspire and empower students to be global citizens by engaging them in the study and application of Unification Principles. Through hosting annual impact programs such as Momentum, assisting local chapters with their needs, and hosting opportunities like the International Exchange Trip to Japan and Korea, CARP is about building authentic relationships with a community that will support your personal growth. 

A Blast to the Past

When I think back to CARP in the old days, its reputation was widely known even in the early days of anti-communism work in Japan and Europe. The exploits of “Tiger” Park as an early CARP leader were also widely known.

I didn’t have much involvement in CARP until 1991 except for being a Mobile Fundraising Team (MFT) captain for many CARP members from time to time throughout the ’70s.

In 1991, I had the great fortune to participate in a CARP-run program in the former Soviet Union called the International Leadership Seminars or ILS.

From that experience I gained great respect for CARP –  the leadership and its members.  Dr. Seuk, the President of CARP at the time, was the first Korean leader I had the opportunity to work directly with and I was very inspired by his methods. He was strict but loving, very sacrificial, and highly regarded by his staff.

He inspired great loyalty in his staff and in turn he trusted them with great responsibility, just as he had been given a great responsibility from True Father to lead the entire effort in the Soviet Union, including the ILS program.            

I’m sure he was under great pressure but he “led by love.”  He gave a lot of freedom to the American leadership to create the actual programs and strategies that were used with great success in that time.

CARP Activities Now

Today, CARP is creating programs and activities that will inspire students on campuses to reach their potential.

In following CARP’s news and social media posts today, it looks like the new leadership and an invigorated vision of what is possible has maintained an emphasis on “campus culture” and developing practical skills for “life education” which includes the study of Divine Principle. I believe the time for “the [principled] education” has come.

My hope for CARP is that the organization can develop a community of spiritually alive and relevant campus leaders who more and more become advocates and moral leaders to drive issues and solutions for today’s needs. The Divine Principle is a powerful teaching that can and does address every aspect of life and is much more than a “religious teaching” but is actually more like a “manual for life” and purpose.

I try to support CARP by paying attention to their communications on social media and the CARP website. Through my commentary and engagement, I hope to encourage CARP to continue to grow and thrive. 

Choosing to Support CARP

I support CARP because I see it as a necessary and valuable organization that has been infused with new hope and vision to embrace the diverse populations of our college campuses across the country. It is tragic the type of environment that now exists on college campuses and the kind of sexual politics that is being played there.

There are significant numbers of students who, given a natural and sincere approach, would be extremely receptive to CARP’s education and a spiritual community provided by our CARP chapters. 

Young people are, more than ever, looking for options in building meaningful relationships and finding solutions for much of the “confusion” that prevails in academia today.  CARP has an important role in being one of those options.

I would encourage others to join me in supporting this student-led organization. CARP has a history of being “campus warriors,” taking on a variety of “issues of the day” in its founding era and beyond. It’s important to encourage our young people with that “warrior heart” to continue the fight with relevance to today’s concerns and utilizing all the technological developments available.  

I believe they can make a significant impact!

Share below in the comments why you support CARP!

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An Interview with Yasu Ozawa

Here’s an interview with a returning participant of the International Exchange Trip to Japan and Korea.

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you are currently doing, including your involvement with CARP or youth activities.

I am a second generation Unificationist from Nutley, NJ. I attend the Clifton Family Church and am the youth pastor there. I am also a full-time student at Rutgers State University in Newark, NJ, and I am studying accounting.

At Rutgers, we don’t have CARP chapter but right across the street is NJIT (another university) and they have a CARP chapter. Every Monday, I go over to the NJIT campus and help out with the witnessing activity CARP NJIT does. Unfortunately due to my schedule, I cannot attend the CARP meetings, but I try my best to attend the bigger events they host.

2. What inspired you to join last year’s trip?

What inspired me to go last year was just the fact that I would be able to go to Japan. When I got there I took time to figure out my intention and goal in joining this trip.

3. What were 3 highlights of your trip to Japan last year?

Getting the opportunity to travel to Japan (after 14 years since my last visit), meeting new people across the nation who are also involved with CARP and making friends, and meeting with Japanese and Korean CARP members and listening to their stories.

4. Were you able to implement or apply some of the things that you learned either in your personal life or as part of your CARP chapter’s strategy?

Just like the Japanese CARP students, I also started to witness to students.

5. Did you learn something new/ gain a new perspective after the trip?

I learned how dedicated the Japanese and Korean CARP members are towards True Parents. It’s something that left me thinking how I can improve my own relationship with God and True Parents.

6. Why did you decide  to go again this year?

Since I’ve become more active with CARP this year, I want to learn more on what other CARP chapters in the US, Japan, and Korea are doing to reach out to many people.  I would like to bring some ideas back to NJ and see if we can implement some effective strategies.

7. What are you most looking forward to on this year’s trip?

I’m especially looking forward to meeting more people from all over the place and spending time with them and I’m just as excited to go back to these countries.

8. Would you recommend this trip to your friends? If yes, why?

Yes. If you are a current CARP member, I think this trip can ignite a fire in every person’s spirit of wanting to do more for the club and make it bigger and better. If you aren’t a CARP member, it’s a great way to gain insight on what CARP is all about and see how CARP can change people’s lives. Either way you get to travel overseas with a lot of amazing people!

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Nina Talks International Travel

Here’s an interview with CARP’s International Liaison, Nina Urbonya, on her college experience, international travel, and what it means to be a global citizen.

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Tell us more about your college experience.

College was daunting especially in the beginning where many times, I found myself being the only foreign face in a classroom full of Korean students. It challenged me to see myself in a new way and to open up to a new culture and way of living. I had thought that Korean students were only interested in academics and that they were almost robotic in their studying but I discovered students with passions, dreams and a drive to use their talents to make their nation proud.

Throughout my time in college, I found that the conversations I had with my friends outside of the classroom were as insightful as those within the walls of the classroom. My three closest friends on campus were non-Unificationists and that allowed me the space to learn to articulate my beliefs and thoughts on various social aspects. They respectfully listened and I gladly listened to their thoughts. Our conversations would go on for hours, and we would sometimes agree and many times disagree on certain things, but because of the trust and respect, these conversations broadened our minds and allowed us to see from a different point of view. 

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What was your involvement with CARP before your current role and what was your experience?

My first two years of college, I stayed at a local CARP center where students from various colleges lived together. Being away from home in a foreign country, CARP helped me feel grounded and connected.

On campus, we met up once or twice a semester. The seniors or grad students would take us out to dinner and share many stories about what CARP was like in the past. 

During my college years, CARP Korea also hosted annual World CARP conventions and I would help emcee the events thanks to my knowledge of Korean, Japanese, and English. It was at one of those CARP conventions in 2013 that I first met Naokimi and Teresa from CARP America.

In 2015, I attended the Global Top Gun Workshop in Korea where I got to meet amazing people from all over the world. We made so many global connections through the workshop, it would have been a pity not to keep them going. That is why I was hired by CARP America to develop those relationships and keep the network growing.

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What do you do as International Liaison? Share with us some of your work and achievements since you started.

I connect CARP America to other CARP chapters around the world. With my knowledge of several languages, I am also able to facilitate communication between CARP leaders of various nations and help to organize and host international events/workshops such as the Global Top Gun Youth.

Since I started in 2015, I have connected with 86 countries around the world and have traveled to Europe and Asia to introduce and share our programs as well as understand how we can support each other in tangible ways.

I’ve also been able to support CARP Los Angeles on their annual Japan trip where we organize and host a CARP conference for students from America, Japan and Korea to share best practices and get to know each other better. It’s always very rewarding to see students gain new perspectives and understandings through these experiences and connections.

I also want people to know that they are not alone. So I try to connect communities and people as much as possible. Sometimes, starting out a CARP chapter alone might be daunting but there are other people out there who have gone through the same thing from whom we can learn. And most importantly, I want people to know that there are people all around the world who have the same vision and working towards the same goals. 

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What do you think it means to be a global citizen?

I think a global citizen is someone who has a big heart and mind, who can embrace the world. One who uses their talents to make a contribution to the world.

True Father said, “Think of the world as your stage in setting your goal.”

Start with your family, your school and your community but don’t stop there.

We’re lucky in America, we have the opportunity to meet many international friends without travelling very far. Get to know someone from another culture, cook them one of your favorite meals and invite them over or go out to their favorite ethnic restaurant. Experiences with people who grew up from a different background than us help us to see things in new ways. And it makes for very interesting conversations!

As a global citizen, we should be able to put our feet into the shoes of everyone around the world and try to feel and understand their perspectives.

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How many countries have you been to? What is your favorite thing about traveling to new places?

17 countries so far. One of my favorite things to do is exploring local places like the market and observing the different things being sold and the way of life of the people. It’s fascinating to me when I discover things that might seem very strange to us but is considered normal in those countries. It really helps to push me beyond my small thoughts.

I also like to explore and admire the various landscapes; landscape in Austria is so different from that of Indonesia. I love trying out fruits and local delicacies that I’ve never seen before!

I’ve been lucky to have local friends in most of the countries I’ve travelled to. They have been very patient with my curiosity and told me many stories upon request.

Traveling can also help you to feel grateful for what you have back home. I visited several places last year where I stayed at very humble homes. Some houses had only cold showers, no AC despite the sweltering heat, some rooms had cockroaches crawling up and down the walls and some places used no toilet paper. Living in America, it’s easy to take things for granted. These humbling experiences helped me to be more grateful. 

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What advice would you give to students thinking about studying or traveling abroad?

I would highly recommend doing a home-stay (preferably with a family you know or have some connection with) even if it’s just for a few days. It will help you to learn the cultures and manners of the country in a very natural way. The family can also let you know when you do something that may be seen negatively in that culture and save you from embarrassing yourself or worse, offending others. 

I’ve seen foreign students who come to Korea to study and only hang out with other foreign friends who speak English. They end up going home without really experiencing the culture or language! One way that I made some Korean friends in the beginning was by joining a table tennis club on campus. There is nothing better than sweating it out together and having fun to make new friends. So if you get the chance, join a club on campus.

If you’re going just to travel abroad, try to find out the stories behind certain landmarks or lifestyles, preferably from locals. They usually have many fun stories to share.

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An Interview with Sarah Takhar

Here’s an interview with a returning participant of the International Exchange Trip to Japan and Korea.

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you are currently doing, including your involvement with CARP or youth activities.

I am a full time student at Pasadena City College studying Early Childhood Development to become an Elementary School Teacher. I work as a tutor part time at a middle school.

I am also a Board member for the PCC Chapter of CARP. My position on the board is one of the event coordinators. I help to create events for the members to learn and practice the seven principles. Every month as CARP we try to do one fundraising, social, and community service event. 

2. What were 3 highlights of your trip to Japan last year?

Learning about how CARP was started and its purpose was very impactful for me. It’s easy as a local chapter that just started off to think of CARP as what is being created in the community. I remember thinking that I and the other board members were creating CARP. When in reality CARP has existed and had a purpose for a lot longer than our local chapter. Learning the history helped me to see a bigger picture and connect PCC to that picture.

Being able to connect to CARP students from Japan, Korea, and even other parts of America was a really great experience. It showed me that even though we are all doing the same thing we have very unique ways of getting to our goal. Also that even though we are all different and far apart we are all trying to achieve the same thing and we’re all working together. I loved the brotherhood/sisterhood ceremony we did because it really made this point clear to me.

Lastly, being put into groups of Japanese, Korean, and American CARP students and going out to get to know each other was so much fun! We were in groups of about seven people and got to choose what activity we wanted to do all together and afterwards we stayed at a CARP house and had dinner. It was a great experience because we got to be in small groups and really grow closer. 

3. Did you learn something new/ gain a new perspective after the trip?

I gained a greater perspective on the importance of CARP. Before the trip I thought it was something to do because it was the thing that was being done. I did not really see the significance or value of it. Through this trip I saw how valuable CARP is for myself and my community. This is the place that I can learn about and practice living in God’s family. CARP teaches me how to be a better person and how to care for others. I also saw how valuable it is to give God’s word to people who have never heard it, how it can make such a big improvement to someone’s life and turn it around. 

4. Were you able to implement or apply some of the things that you learned either in your personal life or as part of your CARP chapter’s strategy?

I was able to apply my new perspective into what I do in my local CARP Chapter. Now when we plan events or meetings or strategy, I don’t think of just PCC CARP. I try to think about Japan, about Korea, and how what we do here connects to them – how we can work with them, too. 

5. Why did you decide  to go again this year?

Last year I went because I was invited and CARP LA was planning it. I was able to gain a lot still, but not make really good use of my trip there. This time I want to go to really learn about the other CARP groups and inherit from them so I can share that with PCC CARP.  

6. What are you most looking forward to on this year’s trip?

I’m looking forward to seeing people from last year, meeting new people, and really experiencing the spirit of CARP.

7. Would you recommend this trip to your friends? If yes, why?

Yes, because it is a great way to learn and to grow. True Mother shares often about the need for CARP, the need for educated youth. This trip is a way to understand more deeply her heart as well as start to go on the way she is asking university students and youth to go. Even if you are not in CARP I see it as a great way to be educated and connect to True Mother’s heart. 

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