About 100,000 congregation members of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (Chairman Lee Man Hee, Shincheonji Church of Jesus) simultaneously performed volunteer work in 40 cities around the country at the same time, on the same day. Shincheonji had time to communicate with residents through this special volunteering event.
The theme of this volunteering event is “LIKE & DREAM(the pronunciation 'dream' also means 'donation' in Korean)”, which means that we give it to you because it makes us feel better and also in a deep sense means that the joy of sharing and serving grows not only my dreams but also the dreams of my neighbors.
On April 7, with above title 'Volunteer Day of All Congregation' was organized for the purpose that Shincheonji Church of Jesus performs its responsibilities as a member of the local community.
Members of Shincheonji Church of Jesus in S. Seoul & Gyeonggi part cleaned up the areas around Hong-ik University and Itaewon which are suffering from litter during the every weekend. They also engaged in clean-up efforts at Gwacheon Seoul Grand Park, Ilsan Lake Park, Seoul Jungnangcheon, and Woojang Mountain, where spring festivals attract many visitors.
Also, there were operations to collect old trash, such as abandoned biille bags, empty bottles, and thrown away plastic goods to protect environment in GyeongpoDae, Mangsang beach, Wonju creek, cherryblossom road of Yeongrang lake of Sokcho in Gangwon area, trails of Mountain Ap in Daegu, Gap creek, Yoodeung creek, Daejeon creek in Daejeon.
In particular, on the same day, 'The 1st Nation Unification Peace Marathon' was held in Gwangju hosted by Shincheonji Church of Jesus to wish for the success of the inter-Korean summit. Shincheonji then conducted a traffic campaign under the slogan “Making healthy Jeonju city without worrying about fine dust” at the intersection of Sports complex and Garyeon Square in Jeonju city, North Jeolla Province. In addition, over two thousand young people of Shinchoenji Church of Jesus cleaned the stream and its surroundings in mountainous areas and even every nook and corner of Cheongpyeong area in Gapyeong town of Gyeonggi province, walking around Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyung-gun, Gyeonggi Province.
An official at the Gwanganri substation under the Busan Maritime Police Station said after observing the event of 'Volunteer Day of All Congregation' “There was a great deal of garbage around the water park but it is pleased to see the volunteers clean up there” and expressed his gratitude.
Mr. Lee Jae Jin (42, Suseong Gu), who climbed Mountain Ap in Deagu city, told “I am grateful to Shincheonji Volunteer Group for cleaning up the old garbage, and for reminding me to protect and love nature more.” Shincheonji Church of Jesus internally judged that this event was a significant one that helped spread the culture of sharing and reminded them of their responsibilities as a member of the community and also revealed its plan to promote a variety of social contribution activities and have more interaction with the local community.
** The article is published at the DongA Daily - http://news.donga.com/3/all/20180423/89752180/1