of life and death
- Los Angeles Conference -
Spiritual Renewal Conference 2001 was held at Sarang Community
Church May 25-27 in Los Angeles. Dr. Cho was invited to
speak. He was touched by the congregation who packed the
Sarang Community Church during the Memorial Day weekend
in California. The fervent prayer and enthusiastic praise
of the congregation also moved him.
Dr. Cho delivered God's Word including vivid experiences
of life and death. This conference was quite different
from any of his other conferences in that he testified
about God' blessings experienced in his family. The congregation
devoured Dr. Cho's preaching with breathless suspense.
When he introduced the core of the Full Gospel experienced
during his 44 years of pastoral ministry, they were moved
|Dr. Cho told about Ju Ahm Huh,
a senior deaconess of Yoido Full Gospel Church. She was
involved in a traffic accident in 1978. As a result of the
accident, one of her legs was broken. Therefore a metal
bar had been set in her ankle, and her broken leg was shorter
than her other leg. She put up with the inconvenience of
her broken leg, but she had no time to rest because she
went out witnessing every day.
day when she read the Bible, she recognized that God heals.
So she prayed for her broken leg saying, "My leg will
grow longer. My leg will grow longer again." She prayed
for her leg for five years. But most people sneered at her
and said, "How can a leg with a metal bar in the ankle
grow longer?" Dr. Cho urged her to draw a self-portrait
with a healed leg. He also emphasized that she should have
an affirmative attitude toward life. After nine years, Dr.
Cho had almost forgotten about her. One day
after he finished preaching in the Sunday service, he prayed
for the sick. Then he said, "Today someone who has
a short leg is healed." Senior Deaconess Huh was completely
healed from Satan's curse.
|Dr. Cho emphasized that the will of God is
performed when we have a vision. He testified about seeing
a vision as he worshipped in his home. He said, "When
I praised the Lord one day in my home, I missed family worship
because of the strong presence of God at the time. I saw
Jesus standing at Calvary. Then the soldiers knelt in front
of Him and mocked Him."
Dr. Cho saw the Jews who crucified Jesus Christ. Then he
heard praise. Dr. Cho made some notes on paper and gave
his wife the words of a song. He heard a melody, but did
not remember it. One day he saw his wife was sobbing while
composing a song. His wife heard the same melody that Dr.
Cho heard in his vision, so she composed the
Cho testified about the salvation of his family and how
they came to believe in Jesus Christ. He said, "After
I was healed by the grace of God, I came to Seoul from Pusan.
As soon as I came to Seoul, my father went bankrupt. He
was convinced that the bankruptcy was because of my believing
in Jesus Christ. Our family believed in Buddha in the beginning.
But after God healed me of tuberculosis, I believed in Jesus
Christ as my Savior; I no longer believed in Buddha as my
savior. I had just begun to believe in Jesus Christ when
my father was convinced his bankruptcy was due to my false
|While I was in Bible College my father said
to me, "I came to Seoul with suicidal intent."
Then I discussed with Jasil Choi, my future mother-in-law,
what I should do. Deaconess Choi said, "I will help
you. I will dissuade your father from committing suicide."
So she met with my father and proposed that she help him
with his business. One day after that my father attended
the Sunday worship service. Whenever a foreigner preached,
I interpreted. I was very anxious while I was interpreting
because my father was there in the service. After the worship
service, my father began to cry. When I saw him crying,
I was really anxious; I wondered what happened to him. I
concerned about the meaning of his crying. Were his tears
due to his own poor life or were they tears of repentance?
Suddenly my father said to me, "My son, you are my
shepherd." My father's tears meant repentance. He believed
in Jesus Christ.
next day my father went to Pusan to evangelize my family.
I thought that my father's pride would be hurt because he
abused me after I believed in Jesus Christ as my Savior.
But after my father went to Pusan, he explained to our family
that he believed in Jesus Christ. Our family was surprised
at this fact. But they decided to believe in Jesus Christ
After awhile I received a telegram from my father asking
me to go down to Pusan. My family needed a preacher for
their home service, so they asked me to preach. My father
is now 89 years old, and he is very 'Well.' Dr. Cho thanked
God for the salvation of his family. After Dr. Cho finished
preaching, he prayed for many sick people in Sarang Community
Church. Many were healed from various diseases such as a
brain tumor, a thyroid problem, hemorrhoids, dermatitis,
diabetes, and athlete' foot. The next day on the website
of Sarang Community Church, it was reported that there were
many responses from the conference participants.