MFT (Mobile Fundraising Teams) and Fundraising

Fundraising: everybody did it, it was part of our spiritual training. Locally for a church center, organization or business; nationally. The National Mobile Fundraising Teams were the most intense embodiment of this training. Members traveled and sometimes lived in vans for weeks or months at a time, in groups of 5 to 8. Rev Moon’s teaching encouraged us to go beyond what we thought was possible. MFT pushed members to go beyond limitations of emotional, physical and spiritual endurance. All in search of the ‘breakthrough.’ The day was 12 to 16 hours long, the goals higher than you thought humanly possible. See all the amazing stories below.

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Moonish Glossary

Glossary of Moonish Terms Author's note: This is intended to be an informal guide to help people understand the jargon we - Unificationists, Moonies, family members - use as we tell our stories. It is not to be taken as authoritative, and it is definitely not an...

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Sam Harley, messy prayer

Have you ever had a messy prayer, a showdown prayer with God? Sam shares about resentment building against his MFT captain. He started to see his captain like he saw his own father, a good man but strict and...

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Group discussion, MFT, Fundraising and Washington Times

Keith and Katrin McCarthy, Sam Harley, and Caroline Cecile share stories about MFT fundraising and Jose Fregosa shares about being one of the first members to join the Washington Times staff working out of an empty warehouse. They would also fundraise selling Freddie...

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Before on MFT and now

by Sam Harley June 1, 2018 Just for fun I want to compare my life now with my fundraising days. I have several pairs of sneakers that are at least a year old. Most are still wearable. On MFT, the life expectancy of sneakers was three months. After that, holes in the...

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Spent several days in jail, foreigner past her visa

by Caroline Cecile February 25, 2018 Caroline shares how she was caught as a foreigner here past her visa of two weeks and went to jail. She share her stew with another jail mate and felt Father's heart. She was almost deported several times but remained to this day,...

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Sleeping under the stars

by Caroline Cecile February 25, 2018 Caroline shares how she was the only sister on a fundraising team so she slept in the van while the brothers slept in a motel room. But she felt special sleeping under the stars.

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Nice coat you have there

by Jose Fragosa February 25, 2018 Jose shares how he was sent to deliver something to Boston, but on arriving there, is told he is staying here and joining a fundraising team. He is told his stuff will be sent later, only to later see his former coat on a new...

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Selling frozen roses

by Sam Harley, Robert Brown, Caroline Cecile and Jose Fragosa February 25, 2018 The group discusses selling frozen roses out on flower stands, perhaps a new Olympic winter sport.

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Brother fundraising in rain while team goes to the movies

by Sam Harley February 25, 2018 Sam shares how one brother on MFT was left out fundraising in the rain while the team went to a movie. But he had a powerful experience with God, so when he was picked up he felt sorry for the members who saw a movie...

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Help young people live a life of faith in Christ

by Matthew Goldberg November 27, 2017   I decided to join the Unification Church in San Francisco, California. It was late summer of 1976, shortly after my 28th birthday. Within less than a year I found myself fundraising in Michigan with a Mobile Flower (sic)...

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Defends Japanese sister in bar

by Randall Lay Tin November 19, 2017 Night life meant going to pubs and restaurants selling flowers or whatever. At a restaurant, a guy didn’t like us and I asked why. “You’re all brainwashed on low protein diets.” I pulled out a spare chair at his table and said, “Oh...

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Crawling in a fancy Italian restaurant

by Gregory Davis November 11, 2017 There was no normal. When it came to the late night “blitz”. We were “commandos”. Brazen fearless. Whatever it took to “do” the place. I remember one “classy place” Italian I think, in Philadelphia. (all my best stories seem to come...

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Found a box to sleep in

Susan Felsenthal shares how her captain left her and a brother out all night though their pick up was 9pm. They each found a box to sleep in outside the Piggly Wiggly until the captain finally pulled up at 5am. He had fallen asleep.

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Selling laser prints

by Sam Harley Our church started a lot of businesses, some for lofty reasons, some just to make money. There were and are so many of that I can’t do them justice. If you were a part of any church business, would you be willing to record something about what it was,...

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Making granariums

by Robert Brown September 17, 2017 Robert tells how after getting a hairline fracture in one of his feet, his commander puts him in charge of a creating and leading a granarium factory with challenging members.

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Fire truck had to rescue me

by Robert Brown September 1, 2017 I was selling puppets, Freddie, Freida and Dolly duck in a small office building. I noticed a unmarked bathroom and went in. Soon the bathroom door opened and a woman came in and sat in the booth next to me. I scooted my feet over so...

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From MFT to IOWC

by Sam Harley August 25, 2017 Going from 5 years of MFT to an IOWC team was an abrupt transition. There were several things to get used to. First, fundraising (unless you were at a flower stand) involved a lot of physical activity. You were walking or running wherever...

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When you can’t fundraise, not today

by Sam Harley There are some things I am not proud of. What I now know about myself – I am an introvert, I need to talk things over with someone, need nature and quiet to recharge – I only sensed back then. Being around people was hard for me, it wears me out. I need...

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Heavenly Father set us up a great Thanksgiving feast

by Priscilla Joy Agari August 12, 2017 I remember one Thanksgiving I was fundraising in Mystic Connecticut with Daisy Joy Elizabeth and we wrapped up our flower stands and were instructed to go to a Diner for dinner. At a gas station, while in line to pay, I asked the...

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Chinese woman fed our whole team

by Maria Piperis August 12, 2017 Often people offered me food and drinks while I was fundraising. Some in Spanish speaking areas where I was invited to come in sit down and eat. Maybe the one Chinese woman who not only fed our whole Team of 4 but also opened her house...

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Hi Sam!

by Sam Harley August 12, 2017 We Were There theme of the week: People offering us food. People hardly ever invited me to lunch when I was fundraising, except for some Christians who gave me pizza so they could try to convert me (so many people thought that one bite of...

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Run barefoot in snow until every candy is gone

by Jeri Tamayo  Okay I was in Michigan and I was struggling cuz I wasn't making money I'm a very simple person. My team captain picks me up I pray I report and have almost nothing to count I'm crying cuz I feel bad that I didn't make any money. My Captain allows...

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I felt safe and solid on MFT

by Jeri Tamayo  I honestly never struggled on Christmas in my fund raising years. My team captains never had us fund raise on Christmas, we got to sleep in, at a nice hotel, and we would go out to an extra nice restaurant or we would be at the main center and then...

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I’m the #$%^& Constitution around here!

by Robert Gauper  The quote, “It’s sometimes easier to ask forgiveness than permission.” comes to mind. I led a two-man team that fundraised small towns throughout the Midwest and made a serious attempt to follow their fundraising rules. While trying to play by the...

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I felt like the court jester

by Gregory Davis Well, if you want to start with "shoulda, coulda, woulda, we might begin with "actual permits" with adherence to "actual legal guidelines" of same. As a one time "PR person" with the job of attending town council meetings and securing "permits"...

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So frozen that I could not zip my pants

by Priscilla Joy Agari I remember one frigid Christmas on Frank Harris's challenge team when the commander commanded him to have us sell roses instead of the clip-ons that we made high result with daily. We tried to unite. I don't know where we were. Everything around...

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Now you know what True Father went through

by Muracle De Goeij Samtjoe I don't have a Christmas fundraising story, but I remember doing a traffic stop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the 1980s with another sister, who was on the other side of the road. It was Valentine's Day and it wasn't a good day, so I went...

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Those were the days, my friend

by Eric Richardson  Remembering a Christmas Eve, around 10 degrees in Dallas! We'd been selling frozen carnations and on the way home the MFT van broke down. So there's our team hunkered down in the back of a pickup being driven back to our center by some kind sole....

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50 monchichis decorate Christmas tree

by Diana Berreman Davies My first 2 Christmases nobody went home, but we didn't fundraise either. I was very close to my home both years, but there had been a lot of kidnappings recently Also Father asked us to stay together and offer it up, as it was a providentially...

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Mr Kamiyama gave MFTers $100

by Robert Gauper A few times, Mr. Kamiyama gave us MFTers $100.00 to buy Christmas presents to send to our families. I would send $50.00 to my wife in New Zealand, which was a lot of money because of the weak NZ dollar at that time. My wife would then buy presents...

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Many bad MFT experiences came from one region

by Paul Carlson  I did 7 years on national MFT, the last two with OWP. We always went out on Christmas, not door to door though, and for a short day. I did not have any particular trouble making a goal. My memory is a bit fuzzy, I'd think we did celebrate one way or...

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Biggest gift was God’ heart

by Joy Irvine Garrat   My first Christmas on MFT was shocking when I found out I was not going home. Then I was dropped off door to door with tons of flower bouquets in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 9 am. OMG! 9 am on Christmas morning! I was on a mostly Japanese team who...

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