The Holy Spirit draws a crowd during Memorial Day weekend
The Spiritual Renewal Conference 2001 was held at the Sarang
Community Church in Los Angeles May 25-27. The congregation
searched for spiritual renewal through this conference.
They prayed for spiritual revival, for the Korean Diaspora
(Koreans scattered all over the world), and for the Korean
churches. This conference was held over the Memorial Day
The Sarang Community Church invited Dr. David Yonggi Cho
to preach. While preparing for the conference, the church
was concerned about the attendance because of the long weekend
holiday. However, the Sarang Community Church was packed
with people. They looked forward to being spiritually renewed.
Dr. Cho preached on the faith of the Full
Gospel to the Presbyterian congregation. He introduced the
core of the Full Gospel -- the Fivefold Gospel and the Threefold
Blessing applied during his 44 years of pastoring. He delivered
God's Word including his vivid experience of life and death.
The congregation devoured every word in breathless suspense.
Dr. Cho said, "After I graduated from seminary, I started
a tent church in 1958. I pastored the poor in my tent church
on the outskirts of Seoul. One day I visited the home of
an alcoholic man named Mr. Yoo, to preach the Gospel. Mr.
Yoo had ten children. His wife was barely surviving with
heart disease and gastritis. His family was so poor that
12 family members slept under one quilt during the severe
winter. I told him that if you want to receive salvation,
believe in Jesus Christ. If you do not believe in Jesus
Christ, you will go to hell. His wife said, "This is
a living hell; where is hell? If God is living, show me
that God is living."
I could not say anything else
to them, but I prayed for them silently, "Heavenly
Father, how can I evangelize them?" When I read the
Bible and realized that Jesus gave us heaven and preached
about the kingdom of God, then I recognized the Fivefold
Gospel and the Threefold Blessing, "Dear friend, I
pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go
well with you, even as your soul is getting along well"
(3 John 1:2). Dr. Cho gave them a dream and hope that her
husband would be healed from his alcoholism and the whole
family would be freed from poverty. After that they began
to attend church. After three months he became a new man
and he worked for a lot of money and was able to buy a house.
Sometime later, three of his sons became pastors.
Motive of the threefold salvation realized
Dr. Cho preached from 2 Kings 7:1-8 and said, "To
solve the problems of your life, you must repent of your
sin. The Israelites did many evil deeds before God, so
God allowed the Arameans to lay siege. At that time the
high priest and people gave up hope. They could not solve
the problem and kept the attitude of unbelief.
But four lepers had great courage and hope as they went
to the camp of the Arameans. God worked with them. God
works for those with hope. God uses those who challenge
the impossible." Dr. Cho asked the people, "Who
can resolve the problems of sin, disease, poverty, the
curse and death?" He said, "Jesus is the answer."
Dr. Cho said, "We have already
been healed by Jesus Christ's crucifixion on the cross 2000
years ago. Satan occupies our bodies unlawfully. If we are
afraid of the impossible, we cannot accomplish anything.
Dr. Cho told the story about Pastor Abraham Alex Tanuseputra,
senior pastor who built the world' largest church building
in Indonesia. Dr. Cho said, "Tanuseputra has a church
which can accommodate 20,000 people. He had a young child
who was afflicted with cerebral palsy. He could not speak
or crawl. His condition could not be treated medically.
When Pastor Tanuseputra came to Korea, he was encouraged
after listening to my sermon. With a vision of a fully recovered
son, he started praying with hope. Every day for three years
Pastor Tanuseputra laid hands on his son and prayed, 'Please
heal my son."
Three years passed without any change and
Pastor Tanuseputra reached an anxious point. On the first
of January of the fourth year of praying, Pastor Tanuseputra
prayed with an unrestrained heart and afterwards when he
looked at his son the child cried out, 'Daddy' and smiled.
The child cried out 'Daddy' with a bright smile -- just
as the father had envisioned. The child was completely healed,
went to school, graduated from high school, college, the
Indonesian Military Academy and afterwards enrolled in seminary.
He became a pastor and now assists his father in his pastoral
duties. There would have been no miracle if Pastor Tanuseputra
had given up early. He prayed until his son was healed."
When Dr. Cho pastored a flock
of souls in 1958, there were many poor people in Korean
society. The poor got discouraged and had many difficulties.
Dr. Cho gave the poor courage and hope. He said, "God
uses those who challenge the impossible. Believe in Jesus
Christ as the lepers challenged the impossible."
The second day Dr. Cho preached from Matthew 27: 35-44,
"He saved others, but he can't save himself."
When Dr. Cho was 45 years old, his second son, an elementary
school boy, was taken to the hospital after he was poisoned
by eating pupas mixed with agricultural insecticide. His
son was dying; his limbs were shaking. Dr. Cho prayed desperately
for his son. Dr. Cho said, "Rise up in the name of
Jesus Christ." After praying for four hours, he felt
peace coming from heaven. Then his son stood up and vomited
After awhile his son said, "Father, I was in Jesus'
bosom and Jesus said, "My son! Go home. Your father
would not let you go. When Dr. Cho commanded, "Rise
up my son in the name of Jesus Christ," his son came
back to life!
Dr. Cho gave another testimony about Elder
Hyo Suk Park, president of Handok Cosmetics Corporation.
Elder Park has received many blessings from God. He developed
a new medicine to make hair grow and received an industrial
medal from the President. Elder Park used to manage a drug
store, but one day his pharmacy was burned down. He acquired
many debts. After he got into debt, he asked for Dr. Cho
to pray for him.
Dr. Cho prayed and proposed that
he begin manufacturing cosmetics. Elder Park produced cosmetics
and made a great profit. However, he again was faced with
difficulties during the economic crisis. Both Dr. Cho and
Elder Park prayed for Park' business for 100 days based
on Galatians 3:13. Then Dr. Cho got an idea about developing
a medicine that can make hair grow. That medicine was 70%
to 80% effective. Elder Park made a lot of profit and developed
a dietary medicine. His business quickly grew and he built
two factories in Japan and America. Dr. Cho emphasized that
if we trust the Lord, we can refuse poverty and the curse.
Dr. Cho told the story about a university student, Yoo Jung
Na. She was hopelessly dying with a brain tumor last year
in U.S.A. She returned to Korea for treatment and was admittted
to a hospital. She had been in the bed next to Pastor Bong
Jun Kim of Yoido Full Gospel Church.
Pastor Kim had a brain hemorrhage and was
on the verge of death. Dr. Cho prayed for Pastor Kim and
at her mother' earnest request, Dr. Cho prayed for Yoo Jung
Na, too. After that, she fully recovered. She attended Dr.
Cho's Los Angeles conference in good health.
He is always the same
The third day Dr. Cho preached from John 11:17-44, "Your
brother will rise again." He said, "Jesus Christ
expects us to confess our faith. We should confess our healing
and blessings now. We should remember that Jesus Christ
still heals our diseases and blesses us with Abraham' blessing."
Dr. Cho preached that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today, and forever.
Determined to spread the Holy
Dr. Cho participated in the19th Pentecostal World Conference
(PWC) held at the Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. He attended
the presidium meeting and a Korean Ministries Track on May
30. He preached that God uses those who challenge the impossible
and have an affirmative attitude. Dr. Cho attended the evening
rallies held at the Crenshaw Christian Center Faith Dome.
The Pentecostal World Conference is a fellowship of Pentecostal
believers from around the world, meeting triennially in
different parts of the world for the purpose of fellowship
and mutual edification. The next PWC will be held in Johannesburg,
South Africa in 2004.