In an unprecedented season of global despair, people around the world are searching for relief anywhere they can find it. For Christians throughout the last 2000 years and beyond, relief and healing have been granted through the calm reassurance of the church – positively impacting both congregations and the communities they reside in throughout the world.
Even scientists agree that weekly church attendance boosts your immune system and decreases blood pressure. A Mayo Clinic Study in 2001 described this association: “Most studies have shown that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes, including greater longevity, coping skills, and health-related quality of life (even during terminal illness) and less anxiety, depression, and suicide. Several studies have shown that addressing the spiritual needs of the patient may enhance recovery from illness.” Additionally, the church has provided infinite essential services to the public through charitable organizations including but not limited to: food bank and food distribution services, health affiliated services, mental health services, family support services, and many more.
Ché Ahn, the founder of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, has made it his life’s mission to bring light and joy to the masses for more than 40 years. In 1994, Ché Ahn, his wife Sue, and their four children moved to Los Angeles from Maryland and began prayer meetings in their home. In less than one year, their personal community of prayer partners grew to 300 members. When Harvest Rock Church was officially launched April 4, 1994 – renewal meetings began were an astounding 2,000 people turned out. Meetings were held five nights a week at Mott Auditorium on the William Carey International University Campus until 1998, where thousands of lives were radically transformed and healed by the glory of God. Pastor Ché and Sue were building both at home and in the community, and their four children became part of the foundation and framework of the church. With a miracle-like force, HRC soon merged with three additional churches and in 1996, Harvest International Ministry was created – uniting HRC with fourteen other churches to form a network dedicated to spreading the word of Jesus Christ.
In 2004, HRC relocated to the magnificent Ambassador Auditorium situated on the historic Ambassador College in Pasadena, California, welcoming the congregation to a home-town setting dedicated to their needs. A year later, Revival Alliance was formed out of a covenant relationship between Pastors Ché and Sue Ahn, along with other respected global leaders to bind what is now revered as an International Apostolistic network. Harvest Rock Church participated in the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Revival at the Coliseum in LA in 2016. With such rapid growth, Pastor Ché Ahn was filled with great hope as he recalled his original vision to come to California for a Great Harvest. Watching his family grow and evolve, he recalls, “We pray together every day,” he says of his wife Sue, “and my children, who grew up in the church, have all found their calling in the glory of God.”
Now, more than ever, Pastor Ché Ahn and the Harvest Rock Church have sought to offer relief to their congregation and community. Whether through online Youtube sermons, or youth group Zoom meetings, individual prayer and personal counselling calls, and even through monetary and in-kind donations, the Pastor and his wife, lovingly called “Papa Ché and Mama Sue,” have dedicated their resources to supporting the struggling community members both within the congregation and the city of Pasadena at large. “What we’re picking up,” says Pastor Ché, “ is that a lot of our church members have lost their jobs and they are really hurting. When the 2008 recession hit, the people we saw hurt the most were the poor – especially single mothers, and we are seeing that happen all over again (with Covid-19.)”
Throughout the years, Papa Ché and Mama Sue, have earned deep respect from all facets of their network as leaders and humanitarians. They believe that the highest purpose is to serve others and live by the example of Jesus Christ by empowering and equipping revivalists into their destinies to fulfill the Great Commission through consistent and unfailing outreach. While the city of Pasadena, the congregation of the Harvest Rock Church, and the world at large continues to seek relief for suffering – both from medical ailment and the undeniable pains of restriction from social interaction, engagement, and brotherhood -Papa Ché and Mama Sue and the Harvest Rock Church will continue to do everything necessary to comfort and provide emotional and spiritual relief for their community. “We have shared the gospel with a hundred and eighteen thousand people that went through our doors who were not our direct church members and we are very grateful for what God has done. We give Him all the glory and praise.”