Immediately following the "We Will Stand" event on the 10th
in North Dakota preparations began in South Dakota for a program that
would be held in less than 5 days.
It would be a resurrection of both spirit and body.
Mrs. Betsy Orman and Mrs. Mayuri Hoffman worked on the program.
Mr. Frank LaGrotteria and Mr. Dennis Hoffman worked on the hotel
and venue preparation while Mrs. Phyllis Kim oversaw the hospitality.
The organizing committee volunteers performed miracle after miracle
as they had in Fargo.
The message of strengthening American families drew 400 invitedreligious
leaders and supporters from across the local area and nation to
the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Easter Sunday evening.
Earlier the same day, a sunrise service was held in Boise almost
1,000 miles away.
The beauty of all the invested love and care helped make the atmosphere
tingle with the love of God.
A Japanese missionary choir moved the hearts of all with their
rendition of Christian hymms on this sacred Easter evening.
In response to a skeptical reporter he stated:
"He (Father Moon) is not bringing us down, but calling us
up, asking us to open our eyes and ears, to look at and hear what
is happening. His is an important message that we're spreading."
The Sudanese community played a big part in this event and many
of their ministers participated in the program. One testified how
Father Moon through his words and teaching had saved his marriage.
After his introduction, 81-year-young Father Sun Myung Moon addressed
With Mr. Peter Kim giving translation, he spoke of the soaring
divorce rates that have fractured the lives of children and spurred
the breakdown of our family-centered society.
He explained that fidelity and a commitment to lasting marriages
are essential inrebuilding the family and renewing the nation
Rounds of applause and cheers of reassuring "Amens" were
"We have to restore God's love, life and lineage!" he
shouted near the close of his loving and often animated presentation.
"Man alone cannot produce. He needs a wife. Lineage is the
most important factor to continuing God's plan."
It was an unforgettable Easter service.
Awards were given to some local area ministers and flowers were
presented as is customary.
Afterwards, Reverend James Gavin of the Family Federation for World
Peace and Unification of Minneapolis travelling with the tour stated
to the press:
"We've got to bring Mom and Dad back into the family, bring
purityback to our children,"
"This is about a spiritual movement that will bring people
back to where God wants them to be."