Francis Chan, Pastor and author moving to Asia

Created on: 11th November 2019

Pastor and best-selling Christian author Francis Chan announced this week he and his family are moving to Asia in February to become international missionaries.

Chan shared the revelation while speaking at Azusa Pacific University during a weekly chapel gathering on the California campus. The “Crazy Love” author said he and his wife, Lisa, whom he marred in 1994, made the bold decision after visiting Myanmar a few months ago, where they traveled from hut to hut with a translator explaining to natives who Jesus is and what it means to be a Christian.

“These people had never even heard of him,” Chan said. “And the eagerness, the way they listened, seeing people get baptized — it was just like, ‘Wow, what do we do on a normal day that even compares to this?’”

On the airplane ride back to the U.S., Chan recalled, he told his wife he believed it was time for them to move out of the country because he’s been “fishing in the same pond my whole life and now there’s, like, thousands of other fishermen at the same pond, and our lines are getting tangled and everyone’s fighting over stupid things.”

Chan caused quite a stir in 2010, when he announced to the congregation at Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley he was resigning his post as lead pastor of the church he and his wife founded the same year they were married.

They then founded the house church movement called We Are Church, which is based in Northern California, where Chan moved his family in 2013. There are more than a dozen churches today with anywhere from 10 to 20 congregants and about 30 pastors (two per home), all of whom serve bi-vocationally, meaning they aren’t financially compensated for their ministry work.

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