Hyojung's spirit and faith to relieve the suffering of Heavenly Parents goes beyond logic. People with a heart of filial piety act for a cause without expecting anything in return. This was characteristic of the early missionaries and members of our church.
True Parents sent the first official missionaries to the Western world 60 years ago. On January 2, 1959, Missionary Young-Woon Kim arrived in the United States. Less than five years later, True Father sent missionaries from the United States to Western Europe, and another five years later, in the late 1960s, missionaries were sent from Europe to all over the world.
Among these were the first European missionaries, Peter Koch and Paul Werner. Their work to plant our churches in Germany and Austria made it possible to send missionaries from these countries to other countries as early as in the late 1960's. Emi Steberl, who first went to Eastern Europe in the Soviet Union, was one of those missionaries. The series of events described in this book were triggered by this little woman.
True Parents faced the enemies of mankind through high-quality media, educational programs, conferences, and events supporting the value of the family. However, their legacy is rooted in a spiritual movement established through a journey of pain and dedication. And the missionaries and early family members, who were the two substitutes in the field of missionary work, risked their lives every day, walked the path of self-sacrifice, and established strong spiritual conditions for world change. On this path paved by the sacrifices of two generations, today, a new generation of family members and new ethnic messiahs can stand with their eyes on the future.
In this regard, I am very happy to see the early family members documenting their lives, whether in the East or the West. Such records will preserve their experiences and testimonies of True Parents' life and achievements for future generations. Through this book, I hope that many people will realize the special value of their lives and inspire them to leave such a record.