Myung-hee Kim talks about Hyo-won Eu
Myung-hee Kim in the 1950s
Notes from a testimony she gave in the 1980s.
The fall of 1953
My aunt’s cousin was President Hyo-won Eu. My aunt told me he was a genius. In Pusan I visited Pres. Eu’s brother’s [small] factory. [Hyo-won Eu’s brother was Hyo-young Eu.] Pres. Eu was copying Father’s notes on the Principle. I also copied them.
I had met Rev Moon in Seoul previously. I’d heard rumors about him, but I was impressed by an intelligent man like President Eu enthusing about him. That was in the fall. The next year, in January 1954, on the 7th, I joined the Unification Church.
Pres. Eu had a bright white face. When I met him with Father, Pres. Eu was like a young boy, very happy.
I had seen Rev Moon in visions already. (For three years before meeting him I had visions.) I knew he was a good leader for young people, for the religious world, etc. I knew Father would even help politics. I stopped young people demonstrating and I said, “If God is angry at young people, there is no hope for the future.”
I attended a 21 day workshop. I wanted to know if Rev Moon was the coming messiah. Pres. Eu’s brother [Hyo-young Eu] also came. He didn’t get revelations. I got many revelations to help him. He joined earlier than me.
Father, Mrs Kang and I went to Taegu from Pusan. Father told me to continue at university. In early March, Father told Pres. Eu to come to Seoul to help to organize the church.
Father taught us at night. He encouraged Mr Eu to give lectures. There was a 10 o’clock curfew. There were communists around. Father’s talks went on until after 10 o’clock. Detectives came and arrested Father.
The first President was Mr Lee. He was not Christian. He would have left if he hadn’t been made a Christian. He couldn’t mix with people.
With Mr Eu, we felt he was our brother. [In July 1954] We were all taken to NanDaeMun police station. [Ewha sex scandal, link below] We were separated into different rooms. Father was like a lamb. I felt “really this is the Second Coming of Christ.” Father asked me my revelations. I was clever at that time. I said: “Tomorrow morning before 12 we will be free.” We were very united. They asked many different things, but we didn’t make a mistake. Ten minutes before 12 we were freed.
Mr Eu was so pure in heart. He used to be very sad because he could not find anyone he could respect. Father was the first person he could meet. He cried while reading the Principle before meeting Father.
We had to move twice because the landlords didn’t want us. Old house, not original shape. Mrs Yang, my aunt’s sister who was a professor at Yonsei University, joined. She had a house. I lived with her. It was near our centre. Father used to lecture in her living room. Most guests were students or professors.
During the first year, 1954, there were no new members. Buddhists and famous fortune tellers came. They came and prophesied about Father’s position. They said Father was like the “sun”. One Buddhist lady was told to prepare best clothes because she was going to meet the best man. Invited Father to a dinner party (?). It was difficult for Father to go since he had no good clothes.
Father was very kind to Pres. Eu. He gave him a special meal, he took him someplace. Father treated him like a master. Sometimes Father was strict, because he needed indemnity. Suddenly Pres. Eu felt shocked. I watched as he overcame this. Sometimes Father read his mind, and told him his problems. It was difficult for Pres. Eu to overcome, but he was very strong so he could overcome. After that he became a very good lecturer. He lectured and reorganized the Principle.
Myself, I also a very difficult time at that time – everyone had difficult times.
From September we were getting an increase in membership. Many people came. Many members stayed together and listened to the lectures.
When Mrs Sa [probably Gil Ja Sa who was later married to Pre Eu] came, mostly Pres. Eu was lecturing. She thought he was Rev Moon.
Pres. Eu was a one-way person. This was a good point, but also a weak point. He was older than Father, about 39 or so.
He was really a genius. He had suffered very much. He could read people internally. He was the best man to make a foundation for the church. In Father’s original Principle he’d written that he would accomplish the foundation with a person who was a patient – with physical environment – so God hit him.
Pres. Eu’s native home was very close to Father’s. He had also studied science [medicine], and then afterwards he had studied religion and philosophy.
He was a very trustworthy and able disciple. First intellectually and otherwise. He was very interested in the spirit world. He knew Father’s situation, his ancestors and family situation.
I was 22 at that time. He always listened carefully to me when I explained about my family and ancestors.
I was weak. I had a physical problem from when I was a baby and this made me more serious with Heavenly Father. My father was a minister, but I had problems with ministers. I was despairing about them. I said: “In the future I will never go to church, but please trust me, don’t think that I am not Christian. I am still convinced.” I visited a tea-room and heard the messiah. I cried, and I felt that this was better than going to a church. I had a lot of problems internally. During the three months after meeting Father and joining the church, I had a most difficult time – three months of indemnity. I almost died, much indemnity.
If you have suffered outside the church, it is very helpful for life inside the church.
I had experienced death already, so it was no problem to overcome church life. It was rather exciting.
People come to me and ask about problems. I’ve not had such problems, so it is strange for me to answer.
Father said that the Koreans’ greatest asset was that they have suffered. They are not educated like westerners…”
Confirmation of some of the above details from a church website:
In the meantime, Mrs. Yun-young Yang became musical director for the Pan-National University Students’ Summer Camp held at Yonsei University.
The resultant opportunities for discussion provided the momentum to open the door to witnessing in the universities. Her home at 377-60 Chunghyun-dong, Sungdong-gu, was used as the venue for giving Principle lectures to guests from October 18 1954 until the headquarters moved to 241-44 Heungin-dong, Jung-gu on January 17, 1955. At this time, many intellectuals were joining the church. [Her home was between Ewha and Yonsei universities in Seoul.]
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