French pastor Marcellin Tanain’s last race

I leant this morning the passing away of Pastor Marcellin Tanain.

Born in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, Marcellin came to France for his studies before joining in the 80s the pastoral team of the Assemblies of God in Clermont-Ferrand.

I sent him a card recently and was thinking of phoning him soon.

I last saw Marcellin exactly 30 years ago during a Summer Evangelistic Outreach in Marseille. I was 15 years old. Marcellin is probably the man who got me going into Gospel preaching. He had the right words to encouraged me to become an evangelist.

I always thought he was one of the best evangelist in France. Few preachers knew how to speak with such grace and eloquence. We could invite anyone from outside to hear him preach God’s Word.
He truly captivated his audience.

Along with my father and a few other WEC missionaries, Marcelin launched ‘Jeunesse en Action’ (Youth in Action), an international team that brought the gospel to thousands on the streets and town squares in various parts of France. My brother and I were privileged to be part of such a ministry.

Marcellin’s sense of humour, his bright smile , his diplomatic skills and his gift with playing the saxophone helped open many doors.

Pastor Tanain died from a heart attack as he was out jogging. It was his last race. Today a man of God has crossed the finishing line. He has joined the great athletes of faith.

His wife, their children and the Full Gospel Church in Nice have lost a precious servant of God.

Timothée Paton

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