David Yonggi Cho, pastor of the world’s largest megachurch, died Tuesday morning, his church said in a press release. He was 85.
Cho is the founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea and spent decades spreading the gospel in that country.
At the time of his death, Cho had been receiving medical treatment for a brain hemorrhage he suffered from in 2020.
Cho was born in 1936 to a Buddhist family and lived during the Korean War. He converted to Christianity at 17 when doctors told him he would die from a serious case of tuberculosis. Cho credits God for his “miraculous” recovery from the disease.
Prophet Joshua Iginla who confirmed the demise of the South Korean pastor via a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday, referred to Younggi Cho as his spiritual father.
Iginla, who expressed sadness over the death of Yonggi Cho, described the deceased as a “generational icon, trailblazer, pathfinder and a man wrapped in the immortality of God”.
He wrote, “Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity for your warm embrace as a true father who gave me wings to fly limitlessly.
“A South Korean yet spiritually available to father me regardless of tribe, distance, and country. Your wisdom, teaching, and instructions will abide with me forever.
“One may think with the millions of congregation under your care you may not be available for mentorship but that was never the case with you Dear Father, you could identify the few chosen among the thousands that were called and you mentored through every available means. Oh father my heart bleeds but I know someday we will meet and not part again at the feet of our Heavenly Father.
“In the channels of Divinity, mankind is a creature of Divine appointment (Job 7:1). Yet, men wrapped in the immortality of God don’t die, they only transit to another realm of GLORY. On this day, my spiritual father, a generational icon, trailblazer, pathfinder, and a man wrapped in the immortality of God, in the person of PASTOR PAUL YONGI CHO has answered to his GLORIOUS HOME CALL.
“I will forever miss you Daddy, the world can never recover from the supernatural handwritings of your Divine impact and impartation. Myself and the entire family of CHAMPIONS ROYAL ASSEMBLY celebrate your life well lived to the Glory of God.
“You have fought a good fight and will forever be in my heart. REST IN PEACE DAVID YOUNGGI CHO,” Iginla stated.
Cho became one of the most influential Christian leaders in his country. He wrote several books, founded a Christian daily newspaper, and established a humanitarian organization, said the church release.
Newsonspot blog gathered Cho’s wife died in February this year. They are survived by their three sons.