Leader Chen founded the group at Pei-pu,
Taiwan, claiming that it was the one place on earth where "the inexhaustible
light of the Grand Way" could flow from heaven.
1995: Chen and 140
members immigrate from Taiwan to San Dimas, California. Whether other
members remained in Taiwan is unknown.
Mid - 1997: The group
relocates to Garland, Texas, due to messages that Chen reportedly received
from God and because, according to Chen, it is the site where God chose
to descend and create human beings nine million years ago.
March, 1998: Chen gives several
conferences announcing that God will come to Garland by the end of
March, 1998 to save us all. This prophecy fails and some members
return to Taiwan.
May, 1998: Half of
the members return to Taiwan due to problems with their visa. The
other half relocates to Olcott, New York.
March, 1999: Only 30
members have remained with Chen in Olcott, New York.