The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), EA Adeboye, has mourned the death of Korean Pastor David Yonggi. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, September 14, Pastor Adeboye said his first encounter with the man who had the biggest church in the world was several years ago.
He revealed that when he discovered that his church could it half a million people at the same time, he asked God when will the same feat be possible in his ministry. Years after, Pastor Adeboye and David met and the latter told him he has heard so much about his ministry. A part of his Facebook tribute to the man of God read: “Till we meet again on the resurrection morning, Rest in God’s presence Pastor Dr. David Yonggi Cho.”
In a post shared; Several years ago, I visited South Korea because I heard of a man who had the largest Church in the world, he had a congregation of half a million people, by the time I visited him, he had an auditorium that could take approximately fifty thousand people, he was having seven services on Sundays. I heard him say in the service that we attended telling the members who came one Sunday to please not come back next Sunday so that those who couldn’t come last Sunday can come next Sunday.
I said God, so you can do this?
Some years ago, I returned to South Korea, I had a meeting with the same man. The first time I was there, people like me could not come near the office but this time around, I went to his office at his invitation, when we met he said I have heard of you, will you please pray for me? Till we meet again on the resurrection morning, Rest in God’s presence Pastor Dr. David Yonggi
Biography of Pastor David Yonggi Cho
Pastor David Yonggi Cho (born February 14, 1936, South Kyŏngsang province, Korea), Korean religious leader and Christian evangelist who founded (1958) the Yoido Full Gospel Church (YFGC) in Seoul. He presided over the megachurch until 2008.
Cho was raised Buddhist. When he was 17, he became gravely ill from tuberculosis. He subsequently recovered, and, attributing his healing to the God of Christianity, he became a Christian. In 1958 he graduated from Seoul’s Full Gospel Theological Seminary (now Hansei University), which was operated by the Pentecostal Assemblies of God denomination, and opened a tent church on a hillside outside the city. At that time many Koreans were homeless and jobless as a consequence of the Korean War. Cho’s hopeful message and reports that he had performed faith healings attracted many of the unfortunate to his church
As the congregation grew, Cho moved his church first to downtown Seoul and then in 1973 to a new sanctuary on the city’s Yoido Island. Cho, fluent in English and Japanese, preached the Gospel in sermons that were broadcast on television and radio in South Korea, the United States, Japan, and elsewhere. By 1981 Yoido Full Gospel Church included about 200,000 people, and by the first decade of the 21st century it claimed some 1,000,000 worshippers and had sent more than 700 missionaries to hundreds of churches throughout the world.
Cho founded a newspaper, the Kook-min Daily, in 1988. The church operated its own television station (Full Gospel Television), a publishing house, and a Web site. It also undertook many social programs, including a welfare centre in Seoul that provided care for senior citizens who had no supporting families and vocational training to poverty-stricken young adults, a recycling drive to raise money for children in need of open-heart surgery, and “Bread of Love,” a program providing food to the poor and hungry. Cho served as chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship between 1992 and 2000.
In 2008 Cho stepped down as senior pastor of YFGC. Six years later he was convicted of embezzling $12 million (U.S.) from the church. He was given a suspended sentence of three years and was fined nearly $5 million. One of his sons was also convicted and was handed a three-year sentence.
Below are some of the reactions from people to Pastor E.A Adeboye’s post:
Goodnews Thomas said: “Rest in peace a great revivalist. I remember coming across your Christian literature title Church Growth.You were a blessing to millions of soul all over the world…”
Friday Apeh said: “To God be the Glory. Thank you for living a life of tremendous generational impact. Father, give me grace to impact my generation according to your purpose for my life in Jesus Name! Rest on in God’s presence Sir.” Nneoma Marvelous said: “Great men are going home,who will replace them! Rip sir.”
Ifechukwu Emeka said: “I don’t move by how many members he had then but how many soul he won for God is the important part of all, my your soul rest in peace.”
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