BIG BREAKING NEWS – PASTOR YONGGI CHO GONE TO BE WITH THE LORD: Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) [February 14, 1936 – September 14, 2021] [#YonggiCho]

BIG BREAKING NEWS – PASTOR YONGGI CHO GONE TO BE WITH THE LORD: Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) [February 14, 1936 – September 14, 2021] [#YonggiCho]

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Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho), the founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea died Tuesday, September 2021.

Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) was 85.

The pastor emeritus of the world’s largest congregation passed away at 7:13 AM local time at a Seoul hospital.

Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) had been under medical treatment suffering a cerebral hemorrhage since last year.

In 1936 in the southeastern rural county of Ulju, Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) was born to a family with Buddhist belief.

The family of Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) moved to the southern port city of Busan after the 1950-53 Korean War broke out.

Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) is known to have come to believe in God after being diagnosed with fatal phthisis when he was 17 years old.

In 1956, Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) entered a Full Gospel college in Seoul to study theology.

While there, Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) met Choi Ja-shil, who later became his mother-in-law and a close religious associate.

After graduating in 1958, Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) opened a tent church in northwestern Seoul, which later moved to Yeouido, a financial district in the capital, and became Yoido Full Gospel Church with more than 700,000 members.

Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) engaged in many social activities other than religious pastorship at the church.

Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) established newspaper Kookmin Daily in 1988 and set up Good People, an international non-government development organization for human rights, environment and child welfare.

Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) stepped down as a senior pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church in 2008.

Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) later was convicted of causing some 13 billion won ($12 million) worth of losses to the church by instructing church officials to buy unlisted stocks at prices over two times higher than market value, and the top court confirmed the charges in 2017.

The funeral of Rev. Cho Yong-gi (Paul Yungi Cho / David Yonggi Cho) will be held Saturday at the grand hall of Yoido Full Gospel Church in central Seoul, South Korea after days of mourning

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