WILLS POINT, TX – Former California megachurch pastor and bestselling author Francis Chan — who has moved to Asia to serve the poor — has revealed how his view of “true” faith was turned upside down by founder of Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) and mission pioneer Dr. K.P. Yohannan.
Chan says his dramatic shift from well-known pastor in affluent Southern California to “anonymous” ministry in the slums of Hong Kong was inspired by Yohannan’s modest lifestyle and humble faith, described in Yohannan’s new book, Never Give Up: The Story of a Broken Man Impacting A Generation (www.nevergiveupbook.org).
“I’ve learned more about a true walk with Jesus and what leadership should look like from (Yohannan’s) life,” said 53-year-old Chan in a recent video conversation with the 70-year-old missionary statesman whom Chan referred to as his mentor. “My life has been totally shaped by (him).”
Chan — founder of Cornerstone Community Church in California’s Simi Valley and author of Crazy Love — said Yohannan’s “passion for getting the gospel to the ends of the earth” challenged him to live a life serving the poor and marginalized without fanfare. He’s currently living in one of Hong Kong’s poorest neighborhoods.
Chan said he was “very excited” about the release of Never Give Up – one of the latest books by Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) and author of Revolution in World Missions with more than four million copies in print.
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