Reverend Moon lived a long and full life, and during the course of it there were many special and meaningful days. January 27th should be remembered as one of those. For it was on this day in 1951 that he finally arrived in Pusan, South Korea after an arduous and life-threatening flight from the north during the height of the Korean War.
During the period 1946 to 48, Reverend Moon built a strong church of several hundred members in Pyung Yang, the capital of North Korea. This was at a time when the communist authorities were looking for all ways possible to suppress and finally stamp out Christianity, which although under severe persecution, was characterized by fervent faith and worship. But ironically, it was Christian leaders themselves, jealous and suspicious of his ministry's success, who instigated the government to take action against Reverend Moon. He ultimately was condemned to a long sentence at a death labor camp in the eastern coastal city of Heung Nam. There prisoners were fed starvation diets and worked until they dropped and died from exhaustion.
Miraculously though, while most prisoners died within a year, Reverend Moon was able to survive for more than two years there. Near the end of that time the Korean War broke out. By the latter part of 1950 United Nations forces were pushing back the North Korean military and started to attack Heung Nam. The order was given to execute the prisoners, but the night before Sun Myung Moon's scheduled execution, an all-out aerial attack (led by future US Secretary of State, Alexander Haig) also struck the prison, forcing the guards to flee and allowing the prisoners still remaining to escape.
After Reverend Moon had made his way back to Pyeong Yang, he eventually headed on foot towards the south with a few other members. Often with the Chinese Army close behind them, this trek took them almost the entire length of the Korean penisula to where all were headed, Pusan. Pusan is a port city at the southeastern corner of Korea. And during the Korean War, it was the center of a small enclave of land that the North Korean and Chinese forces never were capable of taking.
For the Unification Movement then, and for God's providence, January 27th became the day that allowed the relaunching Reverend Moon's ministry. He was penniless at that time, and initially had to beg for money. But his conviction and spirit were stronger than ever before. Even in the most extreme of adverse conditions and in complete poverty, God sent him special prepared individuals who would become the first members and the foundation for a steady expansion throughout South Korea, despite severe persecution.