Washington, D.C., September 18, 2015 – As an
Ambassador for peace, a recognition bestowed by the Universal Peace Federation
and Rev. Moon in 2005, Dr. Mike Ghouse was invited to welcome Matsuo Machida at
the Washington Monument and speak as a Muslim part of the interfaith gathering.
Mr. Matsuo Machida left San Francisco on June 25 and walked the 3000 miles
distance and reached the Washington Monument today at 11:30 AM. His mission is
to raise awareness for world peace and redemption.
“Matsuo Machida, a 65-year-old taxi driver from
Nagano, Japan, never made it further in his education than the ninth grade in
Japan, according to a press release. He found his calling at 20-years-old as a
missionary in the Unification Church founded by Reverend Sun Myung Moon.
Machida has a wife and two sons living in Japan.” – Universal Peace
Dr. Ghouse was introduced as the Executive Director of American Muslim
Institution, and he spoke, “The highest tribute one can pay to Rev. Moon is to
follow his message of peace and reconciliation through forgiveness, and it
resonates with me. God in Quran lays
emphasis on forgiveness; it releases both the forgiver and the forgive one. The
dearest person to God is the one who forgives, for forgiveness washes ill-will
and brings harmony among fellow beings. God loves his creation to live in
harmony and function effectively for common good. God bless Mr. Machida for his
walk for peace and a reminder that we have to learn to forgive and forgive often.
Report is carried in different news media, here is the one from Family Federation News
Machida completes 3000 Miles Journey, welcomed at Washington Memorial
Mike Ghouse is Executive Director
of the American Muslim Institution, a proactive voice for American Muslims. He
is a thinker, writer and a speaker and is committed to offer pluralistic
solutions to issues of the day.