Seattle, Washington: Family Peace Association’s Jr. Leadership Task Force (Jr. LTF) in the United States completed a successful five-day fundraising campaign on July 17. Participants came out inspired, moved and even more determined to contribute to the world as sons and daughters of God.
Here is what Jr. LTF had to say about their fundraising opportunity.
Every morning Jr. LTF study internal guidance with their fundraising partner to spiritually prepare for the day
“It’s not really in my character to speak out to people I don’t know, so I definitely know the mental challenge of fundraising. We talked about challenges throughout the week, but it’s only through challenge that we grow. In one sense, I’d like to believe that overcoming challenge during the fundraising allowed me to see the people and the area I live in from a new perspective. When you’re out there, you’re conveying your beliefs to complete strangers. When you’re talking to people you have to explain your beliefs and values. Opportunities like that, bottom line, are good chances to grow. It helps affirm your beliefs, conviction, motivation and faith. Fundraising is definitely a spiritual, internal exercise. Through challenges you’re able to learn and grow and figure out where you stand and be honest with yourself.” —Piljin
“My internal goal was to view things from God’s perspective and to have a positive attitude and motivation to be able to live for the sake of others… I realized that by having humility and gratitude all the time, and by serving others with true love, I was able to accomplish my goal. So, motivation of heart is so important.” —Sumika
“The last day, I invested a lot but I wasn’t making a lot of money. I was always asking ‘Why, God?’ Later, after the last run, I had sort of given up. At first I was in denial saying to myself that it was impossible. But I went on to push myself four more hours past the last run and actually finished my goal. I learned to never give up, even to the very end.” —Taejin
Sunny shares her testimony at the end of a long day of fundraising
“It was challenging but I realized that these conditions and jungsung actually has to be done for there to be blessing. And not 100%, but 110% has to be made.” —Sunny
“We thanked God before knocking at every door and felt extremely thankful even if they only opened the door. It was a truly amazing experience… We went to every door in the apartment, not wasting any time, and continued working extremely hard. I felt extremely thankful to God that everything turned out well in the end. The realization is that you really have to try your best in every person and keep a good attitude and then fortune will come.” —Pilsung
“We were there fundraising as a representative of God, not just as a person raising money for some workshop. For God, every single one of the people we met today are the children of God, and He must have invested so much into their lives, so for God, He would really, really want to talk to them. If we are able to do that for Him, that’s just the best reason to go up to them and talk to them. That put me into perspective.” —Ohnshim
Jr. LTF takes to the streets to tell people about upcoming projects and fundraise for the latest service opportunity
“We were told in the last run to make it count, to set all 100% of our internal mind on God. I felt like that was a really important part, and I tried my best with it, and I realized that the external part of making money is not as important as the internal part, because if the internal part is right, then the external naturally follows.” —Hyangbok
“I tried my best, thinking that whenever I saw someone, I wanted to go to as many people as I could as a representative of God. Because everyone is a child of God, I wanted to somehow— even if they reject me— at least maybe I could help them have some kind of impact through me. I was hoping that impact could spread.” —Masaya
“My internal goal was to not be fearful and not hesitate but my overall goal for this whole fundraising was to stay focused and positive. When I finally took that final step and really tried to give it my all, that was when I was able to get results and proof that I was working hard. It shows how consistent attitude really helps a lot when you’re trying to accomplish something.” —Pilchul
Seattle, Washington: Ten middle and high school students demonstrated their passion for God-centered leadership today at the kickoff for a fundraising campaign as part of Junior Leadership Task Force (Jr. LTF).
Kenshu Aoki talks about spiritual growth and leadership
As a leadership training program, Jr. LTF is a Family Peace Association platform that incorporates cognitive, experiential and spiritual education while encouraging candidates to apply those lessons to their daily life.
Kenshu Aoki introduced the theme of the fundraising project, “Taking Ownership over my Leadership Training.” He emphasized the importance of challenge to personal growth, explaining how fundraising not only contributes a great service to those in need, but also provides an opportunity to set jungsung, a sincere heart to live for the sake of others.
Fundraising also provides individuals with a unique opportunity for self-discovery. “You can grow your character through fundraising” said Kenshu. “For example, You might find yourself getting frustrated at your partner for some reason. In that moment, you can either get upset or see it as an opportunity to grow your love and patience for others. It teaches you lessons for life.”
Jr. LTF prepares for a week of fundraising with handmade boxes
In preparation for the fundraising campaign, Jr. LTF practiced by role-playing with their teammates. Partners worked together to carefully assembled products and portfolios before a quick fundraising run to kick-off the campaign.
Jr. LTF USA fundraisers will spend a week raising money to support villages in Indonesia. FPA will partner with organizations that combine solar technology with clean water solutions, education, income generation and public-private partnerships to improve the overall quality of life in impoverished communities.
Jr. LTF members from around the world will join the full ten-day program in Indonesia starting on July 30.
Koichi Mito explains fundraising goals