WMSCOG, First Church Invited in UN Conference
In United Nations (UN) Headquarters Economic and Social Council meeting room in New York, U.S.A., the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) caught attention of the world, as its General Pastor gave speech on 13(Local time) during the 71th United Nations (UN) general assembly meeting entitled Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is a high-level conference held every end of the year lasting three hours from 10A.M. to 1P.M.
“It is the first time that a religious man attended in CERF high-level conference,” said the surprised Lisa Doughten, the representative of CERF. Because of this surprising event, attendees such as: the UN Secretary-General, Ban-ki-moon, who did the opening address; Steven O’Brien, the Director of United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who lead the meeting; the Uganda UN Resident Coordinator, Rosa Malango, who attended as Designated Discussant; Filippo Grandi, Minister of Development and Cooperation of Denmark and UNHCR High Commissioner; Sam Kutesa, Foreign Minister of Uganda; and representatives of UN members and observers, UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), foundations and the private sector etc.. which amounted to around 200 people, opened their ears to the speech of the General Pastor, Kim Joo-Cheol.
Kim Joo-Cheol Introduced WMSCOG
In the presence of all the representatives of each country and the United Nations (UN) officers, Pastor Kim Joo-Cheol introduced, “The Church of God believes in God the Father and God the Mother in the Bible, and keeps the truth of the new covenant which Jesus Christ Himself established.” and explained that “The Church of God has 2.5 million members in 175 countries and did clean up campaigns, food aid, and through the Emergency Response Team, did many kinds of relief activity. And all these humanitarian activities came from the heart of ‘Mother.'” As CERF and UN Support Groups care for the world with the same mind as Church of God, the Pastor promised to support and cooperate even in the future.
WMSCOG Recognized by the World
An invitation from the United Nations requires exceptional charity and volunteer activities, which the Church of God willingly and consistently did in the past years. They gave donations for the victims of earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and in Nepal in 2015. In 2015, they also held Charity Concerts for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Because of these, the United Nations praise and highly view the Church of God. On November 27, the Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, in regards to ‘Charity Orchestra Concert to Help the Victims of Haiti Hurricane‘ held by the Church of God in Denver, U.S.A., said, “I truly give thanks to Church of God for their constant efforts to spread the fact that we are all friends and one although we are different country, human race, religion, position through the Disaster recovery, and volunteer activities.”
The World Mission Society Church of God was established in 1964 in South Korea. Now counting at 2500 churches in 175 countries, it spread to the whole world in a short period of time. They not only practice the teachings of God in the Bible such as the Sabbath, the Passover, etc. Moreover, they also practice love for their neighbors in various ways. Due to their consistent efforts for neighbors and community, they were awarded ‘The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service‘ with the title ‘Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, (MBE)‘ from Queen Elizabeth II of UK, numerous U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award from former President Barack Obama, and Korean Presidential Citation, and until now, they received around 2000 awards from the government of each countries, municipality, and public organizations.
(Here is the full documentation of the conference: http://webtv.un.org/watch/cerf-hig-level-conference/5246416342001)
Speech of the General Pastor in UN Conference
“Dear UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and distinguished members. [I am] Kim Joo-Cheol, the General Pastor of the World Mission Society Church of God. The Church of God believes in God the Father and God the Mother in the Bible and keeps the New Covenant Truth established by Jesus Christ.
The world is now experiencing the devastating effects of wars, famines, earthquakes and climate change. Although much has been done, we now need to do even more. Our church would like to applaud the continued efforts of the CERF and the supporting entities of the UN. These disasters are not isolated to just one country. Therefore the Church of God regards all 7 billion people in the global community as family and cares about them.
Saving one soul is to save the world. Thus we must love one another. [Elohim God who created the earth already knew of this kind of concern.]
The Church of God which has 2.5 million members in 175 countries has actively responded to various relief efforts around the world through environmental clean-up, food aid and emergency disaster response teams.
[Even the United States and Korean President honored these activities of the Church of God with awards]. And in this year, the Queen’s Voluntary Service Award, along with the title of MBE from the Queen of UK.
All these Church of God humanitarian activities [actually] originated from the heart of a mother. We believe that the United Nations also takes care of the whole world with the heart of a mother. For this reason the Church of God would like to continue to support the CERF and looks forward to working with other entities of the United Nations in the future to help all those in need.
Thank you very much.
God bless the UN.”