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Expansion Activity in Brooklyn, New York
Geographically, Brooklyn is the second largest of New York City's five boroughs and is home to 2.5 million residents. Sukyo Mahikari members in Brooklyn have the strong prayer to spread the Light in our borough and this year have been holding expansion activities in Brooklyn parks.
On Sunday, September 2, members, together with their families and friends, went to Popieluszko Square in an area of Brooklyn where at one time the New York center was located. In this section of Brooklyn with a large Polish population, the square is named for Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a priest who lived in Poland from 1947-1984 and stood up earnestly for the Polish people's rights and for their independence during Soviet occupancy.
We gave out pamphlets, with special enthusiasm by one of the members' daughters and her friend, and asked people to receive Light. Although many people would receive the pamphlets, for a while no one came up to us to receive Light. Some of the members started to request to move to nearby McCarren Park.
Just then a woman came up to us and enthusiastically asked to receive Light. We happily gave Light to her and decided to persevere in the square.
Then a steady stream of people began coming to us to receive Light, and at the end of the day, when we concluded our activity, we had been able to give Light to 15 people. Some of the visitors had wonderful experiences. One person said that after receiving Light she could see clearly without her glasses.
We had planned to conclude this activity at 4:00, but at 10 minutes to 4:00, the woman who had received Light first came back, bringing four of her friends. We gave them all fifty minutes of Light.
Overall, the activity was very exciting and inspiring, and we will continue planning opportunities to give Light in Brooklyn.

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