Francis Chan, well-known Bible teacher and author of the multimillion-selling “Crazy Love,” announced Wednesday during a chapel sermon at Azusa Pacific University that he will be moving to Asia in February to be a missionary.
Though his message made it seem like he was moving to Myanmar and it was originally reported that way, Chan announced on Twitter and his Crazy Love website Friday that he is actually moving to Hong Kong.
In his Wednesday message, recounting how he and his family were recently in Myanmar going “from hut to hut” with a translator telling people about Jesus, Chan told of the “eagerness” of the people there to hear and embrace the Christian message. Remarking to his wife on the plane ride home, “What do we do on a normal day that even compares to this?” Chan said he made the decision that it was time to move to Asia.
From his message:
I describe it like this: I feel like I’ve 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, and one guy tries some new lure and we go, “Oh he caught a fish, let’s all try his method!” And it just feels like, what are we all doing here?
What if I heard of a lake that’s like a five-mile hike away, and no one’s fishing it. And they’re saying, “Man, the fish are biting — just throw a hook in there and they’ll go for it!” Man, I’ll make that five mile hike if I love fishing.
What would keep me at that same pond? I’ll tell you what would keep me at the pond, is I built a house on the pond, and all my friends have houses on the pond. And we don’t even fish that much, we just go out, and we hang out, and we talk, and we play, and I don’t want to leave my friends.
But if my calling is to go fish, and there’s no one fishing over there, why wouldn’t I go?
The full sermon can be viewed below. Comments highlighted above are at the very beginning.