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Date Posted: 02:54:38 08/18/04 Wed
Subject: Re: Conference preparation....
In reply to:
's message, "Re: I was a wreck too" on 17:51:28 08/17/04 Tue
All the conference signs had to be just the right size and shape, there always had to be a podium with a logo and a title banner, programs had to last a certain precise amount of time, and be in such an such an order, until everything was all changed around again.
It was similar here in Europe, with the difference that the whole preparation was overturned whenever Samuel Lee came. He changed everything, the whole preparation, in the last minute. Particularly, he often cancelled all the messages that had been prepared so diligently for weeks, and let the messengers rehearse his own messages over night. This was called "message training." I never understood why during the conferences, nearly nobody of the staff slept, everybody was busy preparing messages and other stuff, though these things had already been prepared for weeks in advance.
Also, I really was amazed how the Koreans made such a fuzz about the logo, the podium, the microphone, the banner with the conference title. Here in Heidelberg we used to have conferences at a Christian recreation home in the forest. They had a nice meeting room for lectures and worship services. In front of the meeting room, a wooden cross was hanging on the wall. The whole roome was tastefully decorated. But the first thing the UBF Koreans would do was removing the cross from the wall and putting it in the broom closet. Then they put the conference title at the place where the cross had been. I always felt the symbolic meaning of putting the cross away, and I now understand that it was really a symbol for what is happening in UBF. Once I came to the conference with the "advance party," those who had to prepare the meeting room, because I wanted to prevent the usual cross removal. I arranged the title in a way, that it was in harmony with the wooden cross. Later, when the first missionaries came, the first thing they did was to remove the cross and the title again, and rearrange everything. (Every letter had to be glued separately, it was always a lot of work. They like to keep people busy with this kind of stupid work so they won't start to think.) When, at the conference, they sang about how they "cherish the old rugged cross," I again felt the whole hypocrisy going on in UBF.
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