According to the Stephen Tong International Evangelistic Association web announcement, Rev. Stephen Tong was initially scheduled to undergo a heart surgery on August 3rd, but it was postponed. The association is requesting for everyone’s prayers for Rev. Tong.
Rev. Tong, a native of Fulkien, China, is considered by many as one of the most influential and effective Chinese evangelists today. He now resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he is the founder and president of Reformed Evangelical Seminary. He is also founder and president of the Reformed Institute for Christianity and the 21st Century, located in Washington, D.C.
Since graduating from Nusantara Bible Seminary in Malang, Indonesia, he has preached from church to church while serving as an associate professor in Nusantara Bible Seminary. To date, his ministry has lasted for more than forty years, and he continues to travel extensively to preach and spread the truth that is in the word of God.
Being an evangelist and a theological lecturer, Rev. Tong has developed a unique approach in preaching. He challenges the audience with the truth and in response, people are always inspired and convinced to learn the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Peter Tang, a former famous actor in Southeast Asia who left the entertainment business for church ministry, testified about Rev Stephen Tong, “When I was 16, Rev. Stephen Tong came to my hometown in Sibu, Sarawak in Malaysia and held three days of open-air evangelistic meetings. It has opened my eyes to realize that this pastor was very extraordinary. Although I wanted to share the gospel with people, I was always afraid that I would dishonor God’s name. Therefore, I hesitated to pursue ministry. However, when I saw Rev. Tong from the choir loft from where I was sitting, I made a promise to the Lord, “Lord, if You want to use me, make me just like Rev. Tong – who’s a great influential evangelist!””