France 11 Feb 2014 11:12
A former American GI turned pastor has been in France for more than 10 years, and in that time, managed to cultivate a massive following, with five daughter churches, and more than 50 sister churches created in the last five years around the world. Pastor Lesley Joseph, who had his revelation on the Okinawa military base in Japan, is an unusual and valuable partner for the community, whom he has brought in with what he calls his "spiritual third world," an awakening of love and unity. His churches are diverse, with people coming from all walks of life through his doors to hear his sermons.
The charismatic missionary preaches with simplicity and humor, and focuses on the street impact, touring the city of Paris, appealing to all: the homeless, poor, old, young, gypsies, bourgeois, Africans, Catholics, Christians and Muslims. His success lies with his open-to-all policy, a stark and welcome contrast to other religious institutions.