Jossy Chacko is the Founder and President of Empart, a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. Empart’s primary goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030.
Jossy left South India at the age of 17, with $20 in his pocket, a one way ticket to Australia and a big dream to become a business success. Life in Australia started in total disaster with no job, no money and no friends or family. Depressed and at the brink of suicide, Jossy had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Soon after, he became part of a small logistics company which later grew to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Busy climbing the business ladder and chasing success, Jossy’s plan was for early retirement on a hobby farm. This dream was changed forever by an encounter with an eight year old homeless boy while honeymooning in North India with his Australian wife, Jenni. This encounter was the catalyst for Jossy to begin developing some deep, life-changing convictions:
“The only reason for any Christian to exist is to fulfill the Great Commission” and “The greatest injustice in the world is while some people can choose to hear about Jesus anytime, others can’t – even if they want to.”
His experiences and convictions culminated in the establishment of Empart in 1998.
Jossy’s book, Madness!, describes this and other critical encounters in his journey – from being a ridiculed boy, with a mentally ill Dad, to becoming a financial success and then surrendering it all for the cause of the poor and lost. The book is available in paperback and audio formats at www.empart.org
Under Jossy’s visionary leadership, Empart grew from the spare bedroom of the Chacko’s home to become a prolific and leading community transformation movement, bringing both spiritual and social transformation to lives and communities. Empart’s community transformation initiatives now impact about 6.5 million people each month. With more than 6,500 full-time workers and offices in seven countries, Empart is well positioned, and on track, to achieve its objectives.
Jossy’s conviction that “none should perish” compels him to many nations, inspiring business and spiritual leaders to capture a God-vision. Over the years he has invested into significant leaders with great results, particularly across Europe and Asia. He also serves on the board of several business and non-profit organizations.
Jossy is a gifted communicator – his story telling abilities, combined with insight and humor, serves to challenge, inspire, confront and convict the listeners. God’s favor is evident in his life and ministry and doors continue to open for him with political, business and religious leaders around the world.
Jossy and Jenni do not receive a salary from Empart, choosing to joyfully serve the Lord by faith, knowing God will provide all their needs. They live in Melbourne, Australia, with their four children and two dogs.