The leader of one of North America’s largest faith-based organizations reveals how his own faith in God and spiritual journey carried him through a “forest fire of grief and pain” in a “brutally honest” new book released on April 28.
Global missionary statesman, Dr. K.P. Yohannan, founder of the Canadian-based missions organization, GFA World, recalls how God led him through “the most difficult and loneliest time of my life” in a classic new book titled Never Give Up: The Story of a Broken Man Impacting a Generation.
The book release came at a time when nearly half of North Americans say they believe COVID-19 is a “wake-up call” to turn back to God and that the biblical “last days” are coming, according to a new poll by The Joshua Fund.
We must reevaluate our priorities and become the people who will have the strength to stand.
- Dr. K.P. Yohannan
"My heart for this book is to strengthen the people of God for these last days,” said Yohannan, whose mission has helped the extreme poor for four decades. “The closer we get to our Lord’s return, the more uphill the journey will become.”
The veteran leader -- considered one of the most influential missionary figures of the past half-century -- said: “We must reevaluate our priorities and become the people who will have the strength to stand. I hope and believe this book will help people to do that with new-found resolve.”
Yohannan’s previous books include Revolution in World Missions, which launched a groundbreaking movement of supporting national workers and has more than four million copies in print.
In Never Give Up, 70-year-old Yohannan openly discusses a grueling four-year legal battle and how it drove him to the depths of despair. Yohannan describes how great trials produce perseverance and how he emerged from his brokenness inspired to show God’s love to a new generation.
“The choice not to give up is mine -- and it is also yours,” says Yohannan in Never Give Up. “I am certain you, too, have gone through, or are even now going through, your own Gethsemane,” Yohannan says, referring to the garden where Jesus agonized before his death. “Please believe me, the sun will rise. Hold on. Let us not forget God’s unchanging promise, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5, NKJV).
Calling Yohannan a leader with “a pure heart, great passion and vision,” George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization (OM) International, described Never Give Up as a “history-making” account that will inspire and help others during troubled times in their lives.
“Without question, GFA is one of the greatest works of God in our generation,” said Verwer.
Calling Never Give Up “brutally honest and refreshingly candid,” Skip Heitzig, senior pastor of Calvary Albuquerque, said: “I’ve known K.P. Yohannan for three decades. I’ve seen him in great triumph, and I watched him endure in great pain. His passion for untold millions of people is undeniable, and his passion for honouring Christ is equally so.”
Like the lion, Aslan, a “Christ figure” in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, God shows up to encourage people during their most desperate moments, Yohannan says in Never Give Up.
“When you walk through grief and pain, you will see the Invisible One, and He will see you through,” said India-born Yohannan, whose ambitious vision is to bring physical and spiritual hope to 500,000 of the world’s poorest children.
“One of the most encouraging things the Lord has said to me is: ‘At the end of your journey, I am going to be there, and you are going to meet Me’,” Yohannan said.
Published by GFA Books, Never Give Up can be ordered at www.nevergiveupbook.ca.
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