Sometimes ministries are under spiritual attack, other times ministries use the words spiritual attack as a cover for financial shenanigans. After serving at this ministry longer than I care to mention, and doing my own investigations into financial allegations and misappropriations of donor money, I finally saw the light and realized something fishy was going on. What a fool I was, and to think I brought my wife and all my kids along for this ride. God forgive me. I was like a frog in the frying pan, never realizing how things were becoming around me.
My information while on staff about Gospel for Asia financial issues came from Christian news reports and agencies like the ECFA. Some things also came up at a few staff meetings, I prayed about all this and found out more with what pastors had seen who had been to the field and former volunteers.
Take a look at some of the reports, do your homework, read the financial numbers of how much in cash reserves is in India under Believers Church and kp’s control.
from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Report 2015:
-Excessive cash balances held in partner field accounts.
Allegations were made that GFA had upwards of $150 million in partner field accounts, far more than necessary to provide appropriate operating reserves. During our visit on June 3, ECFA was informed that GFA field partner cash reserves were approximately $7 million. After ECFA requested detailed documentation of cash balances held by foreign field offices, on June 29, we discovered that GFA’s field partners had $259,437,098 on hand at March 31, 2014 and approximately $186 million in June 2015.
-Use of funds restricted for the field for other purposes.
On June 3, ECFA discussed GFA’s claim that 100 percent of field funds are sent and used in the field. GFA staff confirmed that this was accurate. On August 24, ECFA was informed that GFA India made a gift to GFA of $19,778,613 in 2013 to complete GFA’s new office.
On August 27, GFA’s staff confirmed that the funds relating to this donation were originally received by GFA as gifts restricted for the field and GFA transferred to field partners to fulfill donor restrictions.
Christianity Today article:
-GFA delayed sending nearly $50 million in donations to its overseas partners in 2014. The funds were not transferred overseas until the end of the year. GFA also delayed sending $28 million in donations overseas in 2015.
-GFA failed to keep track of how it spends designated funds for specific projects.
GFA’s leader, kp, repeatedly withheld information about the ministry’s finances from its -board of directors.
-$29 million dollars in donations was moved to the Hong Kong bank account of GFA's India affiliate without disclosing that transfer to the Indian government. GFA also hid financial transactions from both the Indian government and US officials.
-GFA failed to exercise control over millions of dollars in donations sent to its overseas affiliates.
Along with these reports there have been well over 60-70 staff and families that have left since 2015. Things have gotten paranoid inside the Wills Point campus. Leaders trying to listen in on conversations, a continual uncomfortable watchful eye. It’s become a locked and gated little world on the 300 acre campus in Wills Point, TX. All the empty campus houses are such a waste, of donor money. Staff who remain are either young with no place to go or just have been born into the ministry with no other view, and there are those who just don’t question KP and believe everything he says.
Things started to really make me wonder when an Indian staff person that I had known for years came to visit the office. They acted very strange when they were here and didn’t talk to staff, something was off.
Staff from other offices beyond the US have left, the leaders from the New Zealand office and also Bishops and many missionaries in India have left the ministry. No one will say anything about the real reasons the German office went away, it wasn’t just their age. God knows it wasn’t me leaving because of my age.
After all the many years it slowly changed and kp became the leader who was not to be questioned, who could question him when he spent half the time in India speaking his native tongue. No one from the US knew what was really going on as he built his high church and appointed himself Metropolitan. Some senior leaders at the US office have taken a vow to kp, for Believers Church. This small group does not question kp. You think they are going to spill the beans on how all the money has been handled, especially the $285,000 that somehow made it over to India in cash.
Don’t confuse the persecution of the church with the questions about how GFA has handled donor money. Donor, do your homework on who you give to.
I have been to india and seen their operation on the ground, to say I was beyond amazed at the heart, professionalism, lean operation, efficiency and sheer dedication to creating churches in the most remote villages that you could ever imagine. My heart was full of compassion to see these images from a magazine lived out in the real world.
I have had personal experience for over 8 years of being connected to Gospel for Asia. I am a pastor of a church that has supported both their native missionaries and their Bridge of Hope Schools. We have also sent teams to the field to check out their ministries. We came back very impressed with what we examined. In fact I have personally been on the field and met with them in different counties in South Asia. Along with that I have had first hand experience with their staff and with their School of Discipleship program. With each of them I have witnessed an unparalleled commitment to reach the lost in southeast Asia with the message of the Gospel of Jesus and a willing to to this with a single minded focus.
I've been privileged to work closely with Gospel For Asia in a variety of ways, as a vendor, supporter and even inside the offices. The heart of the organization is that of servitude and a passion for reaching the lost world with the Gospel. I have never felt so proud of working with such a group of people who display such a high value of integrity and dedication to prayer. God bless the work and ministry of GFA, they are truly doing the Lord's work in a way i've never seen any other organization do it!
I have had the opportunity to see the work of Gospel for Asia and meet many of the workers in South Asia. They are among the most Godly people I have ever met. They serve tirelessly and sacrifice much to share the Love of Jesus. I have also met the staff at the US headquarters. They are not living in a cult or cult like atmosphere. Gospel for Asia's track record over many years demonstrates God's favor.
It saddens me to see former, disgruntled staff, spreading rumors, falsehoods and unsubstantiated claims. The enemy of Christ is skilled at attacking God's work and even well meaning people need to be vigilant.
I have met leaders from many national Christian organizations and have found KP Yohannan to be among the most passionate, humble servants of God.
I went on the 2014 pastors tour and it was amazing to see God working through Gospel for Asia.
The Bridge of Hope ministry was awesome as it helps children in their studies, feeds them one life meal a day, and shares the message of Jesus Christ with them.
The Jesus Well provides clean water for families to drink and a chance to also receive living water.
Bible colleges and seminaries are training future pastors and ministers to fulfill the Great Commission. The vision is dynamic and the work of the Holy Spirit is evident. What a great ministry to partner with.
I am a missionary with another organization and a friend who supports GFA invited me to come to enhance my study of church planting movements. I am not a member of GFA or a volunteer but was blessed to have the opportunity to visit many locations across India. I was impressed with their sincere humility and desire to reach the unreached in this part of the world. They are getting the job done! People are being saved, rescued from their lifestyles, and churches are being established that seem to be reaching the communities. The organization was run efficiently. The number of churches, bridge of hope centers, Jesus wells dug and seminaries dedicated to training pastors and leaders was overwhelming. This is truly a church planting movement that is making a difference. I have encouraged friends to support this effort but I have not been able to start yet. Bro. K P is such a personable guy with a great tenacity to see things through for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. His book Revolution of World Missions has inspired me to be open to God's call on my own life and invest more in missions even now to the point of taking my family to a foreign land.. For anyone that might have questions about the organization, they just need to ask. Everything was open and no question seemed off limits to us. Our guide was excellent. It was amazing to see what can be done when there is enough money to do it. My only concern is how are the nationals able to duplicate this program if the American dollar is ever to dry up. I could see they are working on ways to fund this ministry from inside the country but this, like many mission works will be very hard to reproduce by those whom are receiving the benefits. To me this was a new definition of indigenous work. They almost only use nationals to run the ministry in country, but most of those nationals are supported from without, not from the church they pastor. So we just continue to trust the Lord that he will supply the funds until HE returns. I pray that God will continue to use GFA and I am blessed to have had opportunity to see this ministry and meet the leaders and some of those who are being blessed by the mission.
My wife and I have been involved with the ministry of Gospel For Asia for over 10 years. First as donors, then as volunteers, & now as full time staff. I strive to be a good steward in all things and especially concerning the Lord's work. I've carefully examined this ministry through the years and in doing so I've come to the conclusion this work is driven by the mighty hand of God with the utmost of integrity!
Time and time again I have been blown away by examples of Godliness and Integrity at every level. Most especially through the leadership here stateside and from our time on the field. Praise the Lord for a quality ministry such as Gospel For Asia!
This is Dr John Dayal, Member, National Integration council, Government of India, a former National President of the All India catholic Union and Secy Gen of the All India Christian Council. Much of my current work is in the justice, relief and rehab processes in the Tribal and Dalit-dominted Kandhamal District of Orissa. India. Kandhamal saw much violence against the Christian community in 2007 and 2008 in which more than 100 Christians were killed, 6000 of their houses demolished in 400 villages, and 56,000 people rendered homeless. While the catholic church helped rebuild 4000 houses, Believers Church, headed by its Metropolitan Bishop K P Yohannan, came second, building 1,000 churches and assisting in relief and rehab of the victims. The remaining houses were build by other denominational churches. Considering that the government was not keen to help the Christian victims, this was fantastic work done by the church in rebuilding lives. God bless them.
If you're looking to make a HUGE impact in global missions & want to know your money is being used to change lives, invest in Gospel for Asia programs. Each person working with GFA has a heart for Christ and a heart for others. This was displayed so obviously in the multiple ministry areas I saw on my recent trip to India. I wanted to meet a couple of Bridge of Hope kids that my husband & I could sponsor, and GFA went above & beyond to make it happen. What a blessing! After meeting the recipients of GFA's work and hearing their stories about how God has worked in their lives through GFA, I can confidently endorse this group to others.