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              What many would consider their worst nightmare has become a reality for Christopher Yuan. While attending dental school, he began living promiscuously as a homosexual and experimenting with illicit drugs. Within a few years, he was expelled from dental school, imprisoned for drug dealing and discovered that he was HIV positive.

              But God has turned his nightmare into an exciting and inspiring story of redemption, grace and transformation. Christopher has an understanding heart for and a desire to minister to those working through issues of sexuality and to those living with HIV/AIDS. He speaks locally and internationally to youth, on college campuses, in churches and in prisons.

              Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary. He now teaches at Moody while continuing his speaking ministry which has reached four continents around the world. Christopher has spoken at both Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church in America and at many conferences including InterVarsity's Urbana and the Moody Pastors' Conference and Men's Conference. He is also featured in the award-winning documentary, "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS" and has co-authored with his mother, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope (forthcoming May 3, 2011 by WaterBrook Multnomah a division of Random House).

Monday, June 23, 2008

40 Days in Asia

I returned a week ago after 40 days in Asia where I spoke over 30 times. My father, mother and I first traveled to Hong Kong where we spoke at churches and universities. We spoke at different evangelical meetings, workshops and even a youth rally. It was a very fruitful time and we saw several hundred people give their life to Christ as a result of hearing of God's transforming power in our family.

From there my father returned home while my mother and I traveled to Macao and China for several days. We ministered with the local churches while recovering from our busy schedule in Hong Kong.

We then flew to Singapore and Malaysia where we joined the Moody Bible Institute's Women's Concert Choir for their international tour. I was a faculty chaperon but also shared my testimony during some of their concerts. In addition, I had made arrangements on my own to speak at different Singaporean churches.

The trip was quite tiring and with the tropical heat and frigid bus and venues, I got sick and even got thrush. I had a fever for about a week but tried to continue speaking. As our time in Singapore came to a close, I started to feel better. But my trip wasn't over yet!

My mother and I then went to Japan. We started in Okinawa where I spoke at a handful of churches and then flew to Tokyo. I spoke at a Celebrate Recovery Meeting and at the Biblical Church of Tokyo. It was an eye-opening experience to see the deep need for biblical training on the issue of sexuality in Japan. Like most Asian countries, sex is not a topic talked about in churches. But most pastors say, "Not in my church!"

Finally, my mother and I returned home to Chicago. My father was so glad to see us! I slowly recovered from jetlag and I am now preparing for several speaking engagements on the West Coast coming up these next few months. Please be in prayer with me for sweet times with the Lord as I prepare my heart for these messages. God bless you all!


Blogger FaithFull100 said...

Dear bro Chris, my pray for you, God's mercy be upon u, so everywhere u go and speak, many hearts won by God's love n power, surrender their heart, their will and their life to Jesus Christ, amin.

Bro, if u dont mind can i know your schedulle around the Asia? i really hope to attend n meet u if you may go to Hongkong, China, Singapore or Malaysia? maybe by the end of this year, since i live in Indonesia , thank u n God bless!

July 1, 2008 at 2:12 AM  
Blogger Christopher Yuan said...

Dear Faithful:

If you go to the left column under the heading "Contact", you can click on "Add to Email list" and you can send me a note with your email address. This way, I can keep you updated on when I will be back in Asia and put you on my email update list.

Have a great day in the Lord!

Christopher Yuan
1 Tim 1:16

July 1, 2008 at 12:25 PM  

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