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The Story of Satan’s Natural Surrender: Nabileque and Salobra

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

“For Korea and Japan, the Pantanal is at the other end of the pole. The Pantanal is at the end of the earth. But the Original Holy Ground, Root Holy Ground, and Holy Ground of Victory can all be found there. This is something tremendous. The Original Holy Ground is set up in our hotel in the Pantanal. (Rev. Sun Myung Moon 304-110, 1999.9.10)”

The "Original Holy Ground" is at the Hotel Americano located in Nabileque, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (On Google Map:

The Salobra property (1,064 hectares) is located in Miranda, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (On Google Map:

There is a story in Pantanal, of a historical meeting between God and Lucifer. It is the story of the Second Coming who opened the gates of hell through endless love and forgiveness and completed the Providence of Restoration by the culmination of Satan’s natural surrender in 1999.

It is a story that must be told by our Brazilian brother, Peter Paulo Alves Pinheiro, who was the main witness of the historical meeting of God, True Father and Lucifer on May 14th, 1999 in room 14 of the Hotel Americano in Nabileque and of the events at Salobra that led to this meeting.

Paulo had met True Father as a young boat captain at the age of 21 at Salobra Hotel, the first property that True Father purchased in the Pantanal wetlands. Paulo was the boat captain that served True Father for all of the fishing trips in Pantanal. Although he was not a church member at first and was not educated in Divine Principle, Paulo saw and experienced the actual spiritual activities of True Father in Pantanal. He was the main witness appointed by True Father. In 1998, True Father blessed him and his wife, Marcia Cristina Alves Prado Pinheiro, as the first of the 360 million couples.

Through Paulo’s testimony, we can understand why True Father called these undeveloped wetlands the Original Holy Ground, Root Holy Ground, and Victorious Holy Ground. We receive immeasurable blessing in forms of ancestral liberation and blessing with very little indemnity paid in Korea, but we must also understand why we are able to receive such blessing. It was because True Father opened the Gates of Hell in these holy grounds and had shortened our indemnity course of 1,000 years to cleanse our lineage.

OHS 2021.6.4

(Notes of the editor/translator: The original testimony was recorded by audio in May~June of 2021 and transcribed in Portuguese, then translated to English with the approval of the author of the audio.)

Testimony of Peter Paulo Alves Pinheiro, regarding "the Importance of Nabileque and Salobra Holy Grounds"


Salobra was purchased in 1996. However, True Father originally tried to buy it in 1995, when I first met with True Father. In 1995, the land was on sale, but when True Father tried to buy it, it had already been sold to another buyer.

In 1996, True Father asked Dr. Yoon Sang Kim (the former president of the Jardim Project) to go and find a piece of land that could be purchased in the wetlands of Pantanal. President Kim, accompanied by a real estate agent named Luis Ribas, was returning from an unfruitful search of such land one day. On the way back, they lost their way home. Actually, President Kim was sleeping and his driver entered the Salobra hotel to have lunch there. While having lunch at the hotel’s restaurant, they learned that the Salobra land and the hotel were being sold again. It had been sold before to another person, but it was recovered in court because the previous buyer went bankrupt and could not complete the payment. President Kim found that the owner, Claudio, once again put the property up for sale.

President Kim returned to the New Hope Farm in Jardim and reported to True Father that he did not find any farm on sale in the wetlands. But when he mentioned that Salobra was on sale again, True Father reacted quickly and instructed him to purchase it. Then, President Kim said, “but Salobra is not a wetland, there are rocks.” True Father said, “If it is Salobra, you can buy it. Buy it.”

On the same night, President Kim asked Luis Ribas to call Claudio, who immediately traveled from Miranda to Jardim, approximately 200 km, on the next day. Within 2 days, they agreed on the sale. That was between August 4th and 5th of 1996.

On the 8th, True Father arrived at the Salobra land between 8 and 9 in the morning. When He got there He said: “Wow, this is very beautiful.”

True Father actually had already packed His suitcases and was ready to go to Africa if President Kim did not find a property in the wetlands. True Father told me directly on three separate occasions that He had intended to go to Africa if the Salobra farm was not found. Salobra is geographically located within the Pantanal wetlands. The farm itself has wetlands.

This is how True Father purchased the Salobra farm. He moved to live on the land with True Mother, some of His children and grandchildren.


When True Father purchased Salobra, I worked at Salobra as a boat captain for tourists. Although I was not yet a member of the church, True Father was searching for the best captain in the area, and so I was selected to drive the boat for True Father for fishing. In the beginning, when True Father first started spending His time at the farm, He appeared to me like a tourist who is there to research and study nature. He was calm but with a sense of depth to His demeanor. His day to day fishing activities appeared quite normal.

One day, we introduced the Salobra River for the first time to True Father. We were not catching fish in the Miranda River, which was muddy. The Salobra River was clean and appropriate for tourism, so we suggested going there. Until then, True Father did not know about the fish called pacu because He was focused only on dorado, a golden fish, until that time. When we started to fish in the Salobra River for pacus, we could not catch any. Then True Father started to investigate how to catch pacus. We went further up the river because He wanted to know more about the region.

Then we brought True Father to Bahia Preta (Preta Bay), which is a place we used to go with tourists, located past a forest. We saw all kinds of animals like deers and alligators that day. True Father saw the animals and the landscape and said: “Wow, it is very similar to Africa. But there is a difference that no one understands.”

This was how the first period of True Father’s stay finished and He suddenly left Salobra. At the time, I did not know where He went.


One day, True Father came back to Salobra. He told me that he was coming from Kodiak and said: “I am going to stay here for 3 days. I came to look for a sign. I need to find this sign. If I don’t find this sign, I am leaving for Africa.” One person was translating this to me. As I listened to the translator, I was facing the translator. However, True Father put his hands on my face and turned my face so I could see True Father directly in His eyes. True Father was sitting very close to me, and He reached to touch my shoulders and I felt Him expressing how important my responsibility was during this 3-day period. I did not understand it at the time.

Because True Father told me He will leave for Africa if he does not find the sign, I really felt that He will go away and will never come back to Salobra.

I saw that there were many people who followed and respected Him, but when He told me about the sign, I felt that it would be my fault if He did not find any signs and had to leave South America. Actually, the atmosphere of the surrounding people who were listening to this conversation seemed very clear that it was my responsibility for Him to stay or not. So my friends, the co-workers and the boat captains also started to help look for this sign. But no one understood what this sign was. The 3 days felt very, very heavy. On the third day, True Father caught a pacu. I understood that this pacu represented the sign that True Father was looking for.