The Cheongpyeong Providence which began with the completion of the Original Sanctuary on July 12, 1971, followed True Parents’ will to build a base for cosmic restoration. During the first stage of the Cheongpyeong Providence, the Cheongpyeong training center was the primary training location for the interdenominational and interreligious providence, leadership training within the church, and Principle training and education of heart for the entire church membership. The training center supported True Parents’ work in this way for 24 years, from July 12, 1971 to January 19, 1995.
True Parents chose a site based on several years of offering prayers and devotions in the late 1960s, living in a tent in the Cheongpyeong area while climbing the neighboring mountains to pray, and offering devotion while fishing on Cheongpyeong Lake (Cheonshim Lake). When it was time to build the first training center, True Father broke ground with a pickaxe on June 17, 1971, signalling the start of construction. Under True Parents’ direct supervision, the construction
1971. True Parents talking to elders by Cheonshim Lake
1971. 6. 17. True Parents pickaxing the ground as they work on the foundation of the Original Sanctuary
“If we say the headquarters church in Cheongpa-dong was the foundation stage, the training center at Sutaek-ri would be the growth stage holy ground. Though you were not aware of it, I was going back and forth to Cheongpyeong every day. Whenever I had the time, I came here and offered devotions. It was here that I established a strategic plan for America, and I prayed with determination in front of heaven. Consequently, it is important that you understand the reason this place has become our most important location. In the future, Cheongpyeong will be the location of our global headquarters. You need to understand that this is true, because this is the final place that I have offered conditions of devotion here in Korea.” (68-267, 5 Aug 1973)
1971. True Parents offering fishing conditions on Cheonshim Lake
1971.7. True Parents inspecting the construction of the Original Sanctuary
1976. True Parents affectionately overlooking Cheonshim Lake from the Original Sanctuary
In this way, on July 12, 1971, Cheongpyeong came to be the completion stage holy ground, obtaining its position through True Parents’ many visits and offering of their blood and sweat to establish this place. Two years after the training center opened, True Parents achieved the Opening of the Gates of the Spiritual World by holding the first stage of Ancestor Liberation on the foundation of the devotions offered at the Cheongpyeong completion level Holy Ground. The Moon Clan Liberation Ceremony was held by True Parents at the Cheongpyeong Training Center on August 5, 1973. On May 1, 1975, the Ceremony of Total Liberation was held under the supervision of True Parents. The first Ceremony of Total Liberation was held at Cheongpyeong because it is the place that provides a base for the international providence, where fortune collects, and which offers resolutions for every important problem.(Jun. 16, 1975) Hence, on November 2, 1978, we held the Ceremony to Proclaim the Liberation of the Moon Tribe and the World Tribe.
1971.7.12. The Original Sanctuary of Cheongpyeong Training Center after completion
1971.8.12~18. The 1st Korean Church Leaders’ Workshop