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DR. JOHN WESLEY HURSTON : 

DR. JOHN WESLEY HURSTON July 28, 1922 to July 25, 2007

I was raised in a godly pastor’s home with three sisters : 

I was raised in a godly pastor’s home with three sisters

In 1939I graduated from Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, Georgia : 

In 1939I graduated from Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, Georgia

In July of 1942 I was licensed to preach by the Georgia District of the Assemblies of God : 

In July of 1942 I was licensed to preach by the Georgia District of the Assemblies of God

In 1943 I graduated from Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Missouri : 

In 1943 I graduated from Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Missouri

I preached at every opportunity possible, here at the West Florida AG camp in Marianna : 

I preached at every opportunity possible, here at the West Florida AG camp in Marianna

In 1943 I met sweet Maxine : 

In 1943 I met sweet Maxine

Among other things, Maxine (lower left) taught children’s church when in Bible school.The girl next to her is Jan Bethany, who later married Paul Crouch, and received the baptism in one of her children’s meetings. : 

Among other things, Maxine (lower left) taught children’s church when in Bible school.The girl next to her is Jan Bethany, who later married Paul Crouch, and received the baptism in one of her children’s meetings.

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Maxine and I married at Pensacola’s First Assembly on October 24, 1946

With family and friends in our wedding party : 

With family and friends in our wedding party

Our parents and in-laws : 

Our parents and in-laws The Hurstons The Postons

We were happily married : 

We were happily married

One of our many walks in the African jungles, 1948-1951 : 

One of our many walks in the African jungles, 1948-1951

Our first trip to the mission field, 1948 : 

Our first trip to the mission field, 1948 The maiden voyage of the “Ambassador,” an AG transatlantic mission plane

One of our mission flights : 

One of our mission flights into the jungle “bush” of Liberia

Our goal: : 

Our goal: to bring entire tribes to faith in our risen Lord

Sometimes there was adventure : 

Sometimes there was adventure

OUR SKITS: to raise funds for Africa : 

OUR SKITS: to raise funds for Africa …while on furlough in the States, 1951-4

Spending time with family before returning to the mission field : 

Spending time with family before returning to the mission field

In 1954 we returned to Liberia as a family : 

In 1954 we returned to Liberia as a family

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Our church in Monrovia, Liberia, 1954-8

Our church in Monrovia 1954-58Here I appointa new deacon : 

Our church in Monrovia 1954-58Here I appointa new deacon

Opening service of the1956 Liberian RevivalI lead the singing, with mike in hand at the front : 

Opening service of the1956 Liberian RevivalI lead the singing, with mike in hand at the front

Throngs of people came to three months of revival meetings… : 

Throngs of people came to three months of revival meetings…

…for prayer… : 

…for prayer…

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for the sick were many

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even the deaf came for prayer, and were healed

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We prayed for the sick in large crowds and in villages

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…declaring God’s Word with power…

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The “revivalist” team of the Liberian Revival

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traveled to hold major revivals in six major cities, requiring travel by air

Here I am with my mentor, Ralph Byrd, and our wives : 

Here I am with my mentor, Ralph Byrd, and our wives

Liberia’s President Tubman graciously conferred knighthood on mefor my part in the nation-wide revival : 

Liberia’s President Tubman graciously conferred knighthood on mefor my part in the nation-wide revival

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We held follow-up meetings and revivals in 1957,

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developing relationships as we taught and shared the Gospel

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traveling to places we had been before,

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with even more then saved and baptized in water,

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and churches continuing to grow

War in Korea had left its devastation when I journeyed there in 1958 : 

War in Korea had left its devastation when I journeyed there in 1958

Many Korean people lived in shacks : 

Many Korean people lived in shacks

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Poverty was everywhere

We came to pray for healingand deliverance, : 

We came to pray for healingand deliverance,

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to hold tent crusades

in six major cities in war-torn Korea : 

in six major cities in war-torn Korea

to proclaim God’s Word : 

to proclaim God’s Word

as we prayed for the sick : 

as we prayed for the sick

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Many were healed

And in several meetings,my interpreter was… : 

And in several meetings,my interpreter was…

The young Bible school student, Yonggi Cho, and John often talked between meetings. Cho’s most frequent questions were about divine healing. : 

The young Bible school student, Yonggi Cho, and John often talked between meetings. Cho’s most frequent questions were about divine healing.

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…a young Yonggi Cho— here we rejoice in an older woman’s healing during the 1958 tent revivals in Korea

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We went back to Korea 1960-64, to first serve with Yonggi Cho in this tent church

When Pastor Cho was drafted into the army,I pastored that church with Jashil Choi, and held a tent revival in a nearby marketplace : 

When Pastor Cho was drafted into the army,I pastored that church with Jashil Choi, and held a tent revival in a nearby marketplace

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We had a strong focus on the Holy Spirit; the tent church congregation doubled as a result

I oversaw the construction of what would become the second phase of that church, : 

I oversaw the construction of what would become the second phase of that church,

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…built in a central downtown area…

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preaching the dedication service on October 15, 1961

The crowds grew with every service… : 

The crowds grew with every service…

I first served as the senior pastor and the young Cho my associate;he did the bulk of preaching : 

I first served as the senior pastor and the young Cho my associate;he did the bulk of preaching

We often ministered together, even baptizing new converts in a nearby river : 

We often ministered together, even baptizing new converts in a nearby river

Sometimes traveling together to new ministry locations : 

Sometimes traveling together to new ministry locations

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After Pastor Cho was ordained in April of 1962, he became senior pastor of the West Gate Sodaemoon Full Gospel Church,

and I then became missionary advisor, supporting the young pastor however I could : 

and I then became missionary advisor, supporting the young pastor however I could

The church grew so large that we had to : 

The church grew so large that we had to add a balcony and a multiple story front

I often went to hold revivals : 

I often went to hold revivals and planted new churches in country areas in Korea

My precious Maxine always helped in any way she could : 

My precious Maxine always helped in any way she could

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Our second term in Korea, 1967 to 1970, the West Gate church continued to grow, reaching a membership of 10,000 people

The church welcomed us back; there was much work to be done : 

The church welcomed us back; there was much work to be done

In not long that building filled with three services on Sunday morning, and two on Sunday evening : 

In not long that building filled with three services on Sunday morning, and two on Sunday evening

We finally had to break ground for a new location in 1969, : 

We finally had to break ground for a new location in 1969, on the island in Seoul called “Yoido”

John and Pastor Cho prayed at the groundbreaking ceremony : 

John and Pastor Cho prayed at the groundbreaking ceremony

John continued to help Pastor Cho, sometimes in joint radio programs : 

John continued to help Pastor Cho, sometimes in joint radio programs

A family picture with the Cho and Choi families in 1970, shortly before they left for Vietnam : 

A family picture with the Cho and Choi families in 1970, shortly before they left for Vietnam

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John sometimes traveled to other countries, like this 1970 meeting in Indonesia,

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He declared God’s Word,

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and prayed for the sick

War brought an even worse devastation in Vietnam, where John served in oversight of that mission, 1970-75 : 

War brought an even worse devastation in Vietnam, where John served in oversight of that mission, 1970-75

The war destroyed homes and entire housing projects : 

The war destroyed homes and entire housing projects

Poverty forced many families to live in one small room, : 

Poverty forced many families to live in one small room, struggling to make a living.

John ministered the Gospel and hope in Jesus in worship services in Vietnam : 

John ministered the Gospel and hope in Jesus in worship services in Vietnam

He helped establish several churches, : 

He helped establish several churches,

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some even in refugee resettlement villages,

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baptizing new Vietnamese believers, even in the ocean

God gave John favor with the Vietnamese government, : 

God gave John favor with the Vietnamese government,

with the President’s wife, Madam Thieu, signing an agreement… : 

with the President’s wife, Madam Thieu, signing an agreement…

…for John and his mission to establish a drug rehabilitation center in Saigon : 

…for John and his mission to establish a drug rehabilitation center in Saigon

with the President’s wife, Madam Thieu, signing an agreement… : 

with the President’s wife, Madam Thieu, signing an agreement…

…for John and his mission to establish a drug rehabilitation center in Saigon : 

…for John and his mission to establish a drug rehabilitation center in Saigon

Soon they were reaching young drug addicts with the Gospel in their residential program, : 

Soon they were reaching young drug addicts with the Gospel in their residential program,

building their drug rehab center and church facilities, : 

building their drug rehab center and church facilities,

holding services for recovering drug addicts and their families, : 

holding services for recovering drug addicts and their families,

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and ordaining Bible school students into the ministry,

always praying for people to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit until the war forced Americans to leave in 1975 : 

always praying for people to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit until the war forced Americans to leave in 1975

Dr. Cho invited John to return to Korea from 1976 to 1981, to help him establish Church Growth International (CGI) : 

Dr. Cho invited John to return to Korea from 1976 to 1981, to help him establish Church Growth International (CGI)

In 1976 Southeastern College : 

In 1976 Southeastern College conferred an honorary doctorate on John

Dr. John’s acceptance speech, with Maxine by his side : 

Dr. John’s acceptance speech, with Maxine by his side

John held CGI seminars at Dr. Cho’s church for visiting pastors and leaders : 

John held CGI seminars at Dr. Cho’s church for visiting pastors and leaders

always with jubilant praise and worship, and solid church growth teaching : 

always with jubilant praise and worship, and solid church growth teaching

Even Ibu Fatmawati, the former President’s wife from Indonesia, awarded John for the impact that CGI had in her life : 

Even Ibu Fatmawati, the former President’s wife from Indonesia, awarded John for the impact that CGI had in her life

John also held CGI seminars and meetings abroad : 

John also held CGI seminars and meetings abroad

Traveling with Dr. Cho to different countries : 

Traveling with Dr. Cho to different countries

like Thailand, where they held daytime CGI seminars, : 

like Thailand, where they held daytime CGI seminars,

ministering in a team : 

ministering in a team

in large miracle crusades at night : 

in large miracle crusades at night

CGI also held several seminars in Europe, and the States, like this CGI seminar in Chicago : 

CGI also held several seminars in Europe, and the States, like this CGI seminar in Chicago

and continued to hold seminars at the church in Seoul, this one for French and Chinese pastors, : 

and continued to hold seminars at the church in Seoul, this one for French and Chinese pastors,

as well as for pastors and leaders in Asia : 

as well as for pastors and leaders in Asia

John always teaching practical church growth principles : 

John always teaching practical church growth principles

forming an advisory board of pastors of churches of 1,000 or more : 

forming an advisory board of pastors of churches of 1,000 or more

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John continued to minister with Dr. Cho, such as in this missions convention

and saw that church on Yoido grow from 40,000 to 200,000 members : 

and saw that church on Yoido grow from 40,000 to 200,000 members

In five years John held more than 100 CGI seminars : 

In five years John held more than 100 CGI seminars reaching more than 40,000 pastors and leaders

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Dr. Cho recognized and thanked him

In a surprise dinner Dr. Cho gave John in 1981, : 

In a surprise dinner Dr. Cho gave John in 1981,

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Dr. Cho made John a lifetime “honorary pastor” of his church

John still traveled and ministered, this time in a seminar in Russia : 

John still traveled and ministered, this time in a seminar in Russia

John has continued to pray for the sick, no matter what country or place he goes : 

John has continued to pray for the sick, no matter what country or place he goes

John as President of a school of theology, having conferred an honorary doctorate on Paul Crouch, 1982 : 

John as President of a school of theology, having conferred an honorary doctorate on Paul Crouch, 1982

October of 1996 John and his precious Maxine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary : 

October of 1996 John and his precious Maxine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

John’s recognition by a church in Cologne, Germany : 

John’s recognition by a church in Cologne, Germany

John’s 75th birthday, 1997 : 

John’s 75th birthday, 1997

The 40th anniversary ofDr. Cho’s church in 1998 : 

The 40th anniversary ofDr. Cho’s church in 1998

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Preaching again with Dr. Cho for that 40th anniversary

Dr. Cho presented John with this plaque of meritorious service, for his contributions to the growth of his church : 

Dr. Cho presented John with this plaque of meritorious service, for his contributions to the growth of his church

by then Dr. Cho’s church was a massive complex with more than 600,000 members : 

by then Dr. Cho’s church was a massive complex with more than 600,000 members

When John was near death from complications after open heart surgery in 2001, : 

When John was near death from complications after open heart surgery in 2001,

Dr. Cho and Rev. Park came to visit and pray for him in his ICU room : 

Dr. Cho and Rev. Park came to visit and pray for him in his ICU room

John then enjoyed six more years of life, and is now enjoying his eternal reward! : 

John then enjoyed six more years of life, and is now enjoying his eternal reward!

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