Christian Lepelletier

Christian and his wife Hiroko are serving as missionaries with the Unification Movement in Sao Paulo, Brazil, they are working with the small groups ministry - cell - home church - inter-faith harmony, Culture of Peace and Family Values, they were blessed in Holy Marriage by the Rev. and Mrs Moon in 1982, Seoul, Korea. Their son and daughter in law are serving the youth ministry in Brazil and their daughter and son in law are serving the youth ministry in Los Angeles.

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Born in France in 1951, met the Unification Movement in 1976, spent three years in he US until 79. Attended the Holy Blessing Ceremony of Marriage in Korea, in 1982, with Hiroko from Japan. Lived and worked in Taiwan thirteen years (1981-94). Now living in Brazil since 1998.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Brazil: 3000 Welcome MoonSao Paulo, BrazilJuly 30, 2006

Mother Moon and her daughters Yeon Jin and Jeung Jin arrived late morning at the Sao Paulo International Airport in Brazil and were guided directly to the Unification Movement's large headquarters building near the central region of Sao Paolo. The headquarters building has originally 5 floors, and in addition to many offices, meeting rooms, and guest rooms, the 6 th floor has been built on the roof to make a suite for True Parents.

A very large temple has been built on the side and was specially decorated with golden curtains and huge back stage picture reproducing the Cheon Jeong Gung Museum Palace, the entrance corridor and walkway leading to the stage was set with a long red carpet, spot lights, decorated with flowers and plants to welcome Mother Moon for the World Peace Tour.

The event took place in that main auditorium with 1200 in attendance including "12 overflow rooms," in the neighbour building that was specially equipped with a cable TV network, large screens, loudspeakers and rented chairs to allow extra 1200 people to attend. Others were watching through in the internet, on the same night another event was taking place in the next building´s auditorium and quite many guests could not find parking place nearby were driving around and unfortunately could not make it to our event.

The audience included representatives of the Peace Police and Peace Army with uniforms, eight major religious leaders, Archbishop Athanasios Greek Orthodox, Bishop Edson da Silva Brazilian Catholic Church, both of were called on the stage to offer the invocation, Sheik Armando Saleh Muslim, Father Juberli Varela, João Francisco de Osun, Mother Rita de Cassias leaders from the Afro-Brazilian traditions, Elianildo Nascimento URI (United Religion Initiative) coordinator, Flavio Rassekh Bahai Faith Community, Father Rodrigo Romano represented Archbishop Dom Fares Maakaroum Melkite Orthodox, and several Pastors and members from the christian churches and afro-brazilian groups.

Nelson Marquezelli, a Federal Congressman read a congratulatory letter in the name of the National Congress welcoming Mother Moon: "...During the last 17 years, I had many oportunities to admire and respect the couple Moon, they practice the true moral and spiritual values, continously they persevere defending these ideals, promoting the growth of the Unification Movement around the world. I feel very honored to participate in this event, a unique historical oportunity to hear the words of Rev. And Mrs Moon, building peace in Brazil and around the world."

Rosmary Corrêa spoke congratulatory remarks at the end, Mario Kunigo, local councilers, cabinet members and many candidates for the upcoming elections, civic leaders and Ambassadors for Peace, etc. Around 8:00 pm, the local MC, Simão Ferraboli, National Leader of the FFWPU, called the three representatives couples on the stage and introduced Dr Thomas Walsh for the Holy Wine Ceremony, the kits containing the Holy Scarf, a small plastic bottle, cup and speech magazine were already available on each chair.

Then Dr Wash read the speech of the UPF World President in english, the guests could listen the portuguese translation through a small radio. For the second time on this tour, Yeon Jin Moon read the Founder's Address, "God's Ideal Family and the Kingdom of the Peaceful Ideal World." She is a graduate of New York University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and economics. Born in 1981 in New York, Yeon Jin is the twelfth child of the Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon.

Her presentation was polished and clear, and her attractive presence, youthful spirit and brightness was a natural draw for the audience, and allowed the sometimes weighty truths she communicated to be taken in with gratitude... The video presentation of the UPF was shown on two large screens on both side of the stage, then came the moment to introduce the co-founder, everybody rose and applauded when the sound of the trumpet announced the majestic entrance for Mother Moon. She read the keynote address.

The pulpit was move on the side, twelve representatives couples came up and were aligned on the stage, the MC announced the climax ot the evening program, the Blessing Ceremony representing the engrafting onto the tree of life, God´s lineage. True Mother and Yeon Jin Nim entered again and officiated the Blessing together, consisting of the sprinkling of the Holy Water, the reading of the three questions pledges that everybody responded by shouting: "Sim!!", Mother´s prayer in Korean and the proclamation of the Blessing. The newly blessed couples line up, with Mother Moon and Yeon Jin for the picture, a large plaque from the National Congress was offered by Deputy Marquezelli, then the three traditional Ok Mansei concluded the official event. Following the main event there was a VIP reception for about 200 people, in an adjacent hall."


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