Updated: Jun 15, 2021
Greetings to fellow members who are working hard daily with unwavering determination to establish the Cheon Il Guk amidst the apocalyptic phenomenon that is currently shaking the world. We pray for you and your family's good health! Here is my Paraguay report:
Spending True God's Day 2020 (Jan. 25) at the Paraguay factory
Starting last year, while we held memorial events for the late President & CEO Mr. Tateo Sato for Wonmo Marine Group who is my husband, I felt in my heart a thought that grew stronger day by day.
It was: "I must spend the True God's Day 2020 at the Chaco-i factory in Paraguay, the promised land that True Parents put their hopes on. I must come to a clear understanding of the mission left to us by our True Father once again. From the restoration of the nation of Paraguay which starts with the establishment of the Paraguay boat factory, restoration of the entire South American continent, to the establishment of a global Ocean Hobby Industry Providence, we must clearly understand it in line with the words of True Parents. Based on the business plan that Mr. Sato drafted back in 2007, we must draft a new business plan that is suitable for the year 2020."
The other thought was to meet everyone in the local pioneer team. Our young technicians ( the “Pioneer Team”) who are "heaven's precious treasures," continue to build the Good Go boats in spite of difficulties both internally and externally, despite the decrease in their ranks due to various circumstances. I wanted to meet them to share together in their time and space to start this important year of 2020. When I shared these thoughts with the current president Mr. Ogawa at Kaiyouheiwa Co, Inc. in Japan, he agreed with me wholeheartedly! I was really thankful.
This is how I decided to go to Paraguay during this time. The shareholders who heard about my intended travels sent me souvenirs to bring to Paraguay from afar and near. I can still clearly see in my mind’s eye the members who meticulously packed those gifts such as t-shirts, snacks, and various food into the suitcase for the local members. The bag of love was filled to the brim with the support they gathered for Paraguay.
No longer a “Pioneer Team,” but “Young Technicians
Mr. Sato repeatedly talked during his seminars about how True Father said on multiple occasions that "Geniuses will appear among the Blessed Children after a 70-year period after World War II." Anyone who attended one of those seminars might also remember that he often said, "because God had poured in his infinite creativity and science into the world's oceans that span 2/3 of the earth's surface, geniuses will appear among the Second Generations (and youth) who engage with the ocean."
When I observed the pioneer team at our Chaco-i factory this time around, I was amazed by their technical level! Their work reminded me of Mr. Henry Masters who designed the Good Go boats in the US under the guidance of True Father! The team has grown into a team that's worthy of being called the "young engineers"!
The "young technicians" start their day at 5 AM with an online Hoon Dok Hae that connects between the male and female dormitories. The person in charge rotates every day. They take turns reading for around 30 minutes and then each person talks about which words were most inspiring, impressions, and determination. They end the Hoon Dok Hae with a representative prayer followed by a bow to Heavenly Parent and True Parents. One thing I noted was that each of these youths' comments regarding that day's reading is truly amazing.
I can feel that True Father is spiritually nurturing each of them through these reading sessions! On many occasions, I was brought to tears thinking how both Heavenly Parent and True Parents are present at these meetings listening to their impressions and determinations, feeling comfort and hope. Sometimes I even cried out aloud, overwhelmed by such emotions. Interestingly, now I've gotten used to it (^^).
In the evening, they hold "coordination meetings" while eating dinner. They report the results of their day's work, discuss suggestions for improvement, and set up a plan for the next day. If some mistakes were made that day, Hiroyoshi Naruse, who is the production team leader summarizes the points of the meeting saying, "if we make sure to closely check, report, and contact the more experienced person at each stage, we have a higher chance of preventing failure. Let us double, triple check with each other."
Certainly, technical ability is the key to making a boat. It also is an accumulation of experience over time. If one doesn't have high technical ability, he/she cannot do a good job, win trust from customers, and make a profit.
I think that through a regrettable experience of failure, one can acquire more reliable and advanced technical skills while repeating organizational and technical training to minimize the repetition of failures. The young engineers clarify the cause of their failures and continue their studies while learning and understanding that such failures can lead to delays in order delivery and loss, even affecting the operation of the company. I felt that they are really the source of hope who inherited True Parents' spirit of "never surrender, never give up, and constant advancement."
Acuamundo, working hard towards becoming economically independent!
While aiming to achieve the 278 Good Go boat construction (to be sent to Japan, instruction from True Parents), the Acuamundo, centered on John, the chief engineer, is working hard to establish an economically self-sustaining company structure. Currently, we are engaging in boat sales, repair business, steel ship dismantling business (application is done, waiting for government approval), Torquido sales (electric engine and parts as sales agency in South America), Suzuki engine sales (as regional sales agency), and others. We are awaiting the growth of the local boat market as well as our sales team.
Construction is already underway for the bridge that connects Asuncion City and the new city center in Chaco-i from the Asuncion side with the aim to complete it by the year 2023. Along with that, the development of the coastal area along the Paraguay River will be fairly underway by 2023. There is no doubt that the demand for boats will increase with such development.
We are also being asked to design boats for use in this region. Although unstable, aluminum boats have been the mainstream until now. If we can overcome price competition, fiberglass boats, which are stronger and more stable, will become the mainstream.
Currently, Aucamundo's advanced boat designs are in the spotlight. The orders we receive are typically: "please design a boat for so-and-so purpose. If we like it, we will buy it." Price is always the problem, but if we can meet the clients' needs and the price is affordable, sales should start.
Currently, we have 7 Japanese technicians at the core and 3 growing local technicians. From now on, many youths (and youth at heart!) will come to gather at this company, Acuamundo.
Heaven's hope is for Acuamundo to become a company the Second, Third Generations (and youths at heart!) look to with aspiration. True Father had been praying at the boat factory in North Carolina to God that, "I have prepared the Ocean Providence for the Second and Third Generations."
In the future, geniuses will be raised through the Ocean Hobby Industry businesses that are established for the realization of the Kingdom of Heaven, and they will lead humanity to the realm of the Third Blessing. Heaven expects Acuamundo to promote the "Industrial Revolution of the Completed Testament Age" centered on our Heavenly Parent!
Improvements with Support from Japan
There is the male dormitory (called the Security House) near the factory. On my way, I saw the innocent-faced family of horses eating the grass in peace. There were also friendly dogs and even cats.
We have 3 rooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen at the male dormitory. We have electricity, water, and an internet service that stops occasionally, but there is no major inconvenience. We get bottled water delivered.
This male dormitory has suffered 6 floods since 2014. The walls were stained from those times, and I saw that the wooden doors and kitchen counters were swollen and battered-looking. They are painful scars left by the floods! However, this doesn't bother our young technicians at all. Their eyes were focused on something completely different.
They were not looking towards the rich with $1 billion but the 1 billion people in the world who suffer from hunger and the 25,000 who die every day of hunger! They live their daily lives being aware of the people who are suffering in the world. When I asked, "isn't it hard?" one answered, "There are people who suffer more than us. I would feel bad if I call this suffering. There are even Japanese investors back in Japan who struggle more than this."
I myself also only mostly lived in Japan and the USA where life is convenient and had just occasionally visited Paraguay, but through my extended stay this time around, I came to feel: "This simple life is the truth and the reality of the rest of the world. What feels normal in Japan is not the norm for the rest of the world. " My mindset is gradually going through a change.
At the male dormitory, we immediately put the special donation from Japan to use and repaired the doors, repainted the walls, and improved the bathrooms. Tamori took charge of this along with Martinez and Eusebio at the scene. The dormitory ended up looking completely different after the renovation. The bathrooms became beautiful enough for us to offer its services to the guests that visit our factory!
I was shocked when I visited the Auamundo company office in Asuncion. In January, this region was in the middle of summer with temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the office didn't even have an AC or even a refrigerator!? The only thing there was a standing fan stripped only to its spinning blades... They were using the fan by the window to capture some wind. How dangerous! They couldn’t even drink cold water. It seemed that they were trying to minimize their living costs to the limit (they told me that at one time, they were even saving costs for toilet paper...?!).
However, with the support funds from Japan, we finally were able to install an AC and a refrigerator in our office, just like a regular office! The love from Japan was brought here just in time to start up the new year of 2020. I offered gratitude to Heavenly Parent who works behind these proceedings.
2020 True Heavenly Parent’s Day Fishing
Fishing is what makes Heavenly Parent happy!
We decided to go out fishing on the day after True Heavenly Parents' Day. Where to fish! After some investigation, we found out that the water area just in front of Acuamundo is the best fishing spot. Info on the internet, friends, and locals all indicated the same thing.
In the end, all of us started casting on the riverbank in front of the Chaco-i factory. Of course, the eco-electric boat ET183 was taken out on the water for river fishing. Yoshika was the boat captain. Since “simmered fish” was a favorite of Mr. Yamasaka, who passed away here in the land of Paraguay during his mission, we were excited to try to catch fish to serve it on the 31st of January, his Seung Hwa Anniversary. All of us stayed out under the hot burning sun, fishing until the evening came.
Hiroyoshi Naruse caught the first catch of the day, a good size, which we released and offered to heaven as a tradition. Jeungmi was the winning fisherman of the day with the biggest fish, Pirajagua. It has incredible teeth and looked as though it came right out of the Paleozoic Era. The second place was Mugikura. He caught a Pico de Pato (duck's beak). Mori, Tamori, and John, and even I each caught other fish like Piranha and Boga.
All in all, fishing that day deepened our discussions on the remaining research topics such as the river flow, the weight of the lead, the hook size, the target fish and bait. The spot Jeungmi caught her catch was under the barge (where there is rich iron in the water). She aimed at the spot from a boat with a lure. Fish seem to bite there a lot.
In the afternoon, we picked up Mr. Julio, the local Boat Club Chairman, at Port Asuncion in a boat driven by Yoshika. Mr. Julio wanted to show me the Boat Club despite his busy schedule. He is an ex-military patriot. He is hoping to work with Acuamundo to launch the boat technical training school as fast as possible, and waiting for Acuamundo to begin the process. He also is hoping to change Paraguay’s meat-eating culture into a fish-eating culture.
According to Cham Bumo Gyong Book 10 where True Father talks about the Latin and South American Providence, he says, "Once North and South America unite, uniting all of Europe is no problem. After Europe becomes one, it will be possible for Judaism and Christianity to become one, and Christianity and Islam to become one. When that happens, Asia will also come into the realm of Christian culture. True Father has to unite the Christian realms of North and South America and connect it to Asia. I just have to unite Asia and North/South America. There is no life if this is not done."
The 2020 Goal for Paraguay team is to build the second temporary factory and the boat hotel
The late Mr. Sato took the words of True Father to heart which was: "Heavenly Kingdom will be accomplished in 3 to 5 years, and at the latest in 7 years (2020)," and aimed to restore the nation of Paraguay by the year 2020.
To that end, he had worked to implement plans such as the 2018 Ocean Family Festival 10,000 rally, constructions of Marine Center, and construction of Boat Hotel/2nd temp factory (on raised land to avoid future floods). However, in the end, we couldn't secure the necessary funds for these buildings, and the construction was frustrated midway.
The view was tragic knowing that the raising of the land was interrupted midway, visible to anyone who passes by along the river. I felt that it was clear that in such a state, we cannot testify to heaven or promote the Providence.
The local goal for Paraguay in the year 2020 has become clear to us: to continue on with the construction of the second factory/boat hotel. It is necessary to build the "factory that we can build boats with a peace of mind" that will not suffer flood damage. It is necessary in order to accomplish the construction of the remaining 265 boats to be sent to Japan, which was the wish of our True Parents.
If a corrupt continental culture such as casinos develops along the Paraguay River, the future of Paraguay, a youthful nation with the average age of 28, will be overshadowed. What will happen if the Heavenly Providence for Paraguay is further delayed? Paraguay, a technological virgin, must not be polluted with the fallen continental civilization. We must protect the Pantanal, the lungs of the earth, from the poisonous fangs of the fallen civilization, and build numerous Ocean Hobby Industry Model Bases (12 locations to start), following the plans of our True Parents.
I was keenly aware of the urgent need to create a model of a true ideal nation here in Paraguay.
(We'll update you with the progress in our next newsletter! Thank you so much for any amount!)
February 19th 1st Anniversary of the late Mr. Sato's Seung Hwa held at the Chaco-i factory
“On the foundation of the Sao Paulo Declaration, I will make a great move to the front line of South America. I have already announced that I am leaving North America, and will move to South America. I have downsized the organizations and agencies in North America, shifting the economic and human resources that were invested there to South America. It is time to build an ideal nation. We need to build an ideal house, an ideal city, and an ideal nation.” (268-131, 1995/03/31) (Chambumo Gyeong – Book 10, Chapter3, Section2)
Under the above providential circumstances, the late Mr. Sato was given his mission to "construct a boat factory in Paraguay." The Paraguay factory is to be the "starting point" for True Parents to transfer the realm of victory from North America into South America and further connect it to Japan, the Korean Peninsula, the Joon Won Cheon Ji (ancient Korean territory, currently in China, mentioned by True Father on numerous occasions), and finally to the world, in fulfilling the completion of the Three Great Blessings of Cheon Il Guk. Paraguay factory is a result of everyone who gained an understanding of this and at the risk of their lives continued to invest for its fruition.
Thanks to you, at this boat factory filled with the hopes of our True Parents, we were able to hold a small ceremony for the 1st year Seung Hwa anniversary for the late Mr. Sato on Heavenly Calendar 1/26 (solar 2/19/2020). I thank you deeply.
I would like to briefly look back on the history of our factory here in Paraguay.
On October 14, 2012, we invited President Koh (TF's fishing aide for the last decade of TF's life), Continental Director Shin, and various governmental and industry representatives such as the Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry, and some 1000 people from the local area and held the "Boat factory Groundbreaking Ceremony." On April 16, 2014, the first boat was completed and the "Good Go 288 Completion and Launching Ceremony" was held, inviting again five VIPs such as Presidential Aide and Minister of Labor Sosa.
Immediately after that, we received news that the Paraguayan President will likely visit and prepared for his visitation, but in actuality, the presidential aide, Minister of Labor Sosa, and 3 other VIPs visited the factory. We were able to land a future promise of cooperation in a friendly atmosphere.