"At the beginning the prayer meeting was attended by only 40-50 people, but it gradually became a gathering where the average citizen could meet, and several hundred attended. The enraged authorities could do nothing but sit back with no way to suppress such a large gathering. The influence of this prayer meeting was felt throughout Korean society. The force which was unleashed through these services was, in a sense, large enough to change the course of history. I missed the first few services, but later nothing could prevent me from attending. At first I only spoke from feelings of sadness I wanted to share with the sufferings of the families, but then I realized that it was this gathering which could become a focal point of the Nonviolent struggle, and that it should be guided in that direction. At every opportunity I relate my thoughts to people and strive to get them to cooperate. There has not been a time in my whole life that I have prayed so fervently as I have in these last two years. Despite all the sorrow, I give thanks to the Light of Life that is still burning in this old body."
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