Gospel For Asia, Inc.

Rating: 3.89 stars   106 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Religion

Address:

1116 St. Thomas Way Wills Point TX 75169-1187 USA

Mission:

Our mission in life is to be devout followers of Christ and fulfill the Great Commission among the unreached in Asia through training, sending and assisting qualified laborers in partnership with the Body of Christ.

Target demographics:

need men, women and children

Direct beneficiaries per year:

several million people throughout southeast Asia

Geographic areas served:

Southeast Asia

Programs:

clean water through bio-sand water filters and Jesus Wells, disaster relief, education, nutritious meals, medical care, health, hygiene, literacy and vocational training, useful gifts for the poor, Gospel films and radio broadcasts, Gospel literature distribution, ministry to lepers, widows, orphans and abandoned children, church building construction, Vacation Bible School, youth ministry, and women's fellowships.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Reviews for Gospel For Asia, Inc.

Rating: 1 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

"How I wish one little apology could fix the large-scale donor fraud and abuse of staff that GFA continues to commit! Even here David Carroll lied about a number of things, just as he stood by KP while KP lied to GFA staff saying he isn't on any boards or trusts in India (listen to KP adamantly declare it here, and see the documents that prove him a liar: http://bit.ly/1Y07wLR).

Public and Believers Church records show that KP controls virtually all of the entities there (http://bit.ly/1IYdsZn), which means KP lied to the staff, and David Carroll continues to perpetrate that lie here by saying that he and KP had no knowledge or control of the quarter-billion dollars in cash reserves that had been amassed in KP's own organizations.

Indian FC-6 forms only show 6M a year going to Bridge of Hope, not the 30M+ that Carroll claims and that GFA probably raises.

GFA is fraught with problems that reek of criminal activity, including illegally smuggling large amounts of cash in 18-year-olds' backpacks.

At the very least, an organization with that much cash in the bank that spends so much on schools and hospitals in wealthy Kerala, doesn't need your money and isn't effectively reaching the "most unreached." Donors be discerning and do your homework on GFA

But from public records it appears that around 80% of the money raised in the US for Bridge of Hope, Wells and other field designations is either missing, sitting in cash accounts, or was spent on very different things such as for-profit hospitals and universities serving the wealthy.
$20 million was also given by the "field" to the US HQ, in violation of their 100% to the field promise.

Either way it's fraud to claim that 100% of your $35 a month goes to support your child if it's only $8 a month or something like that,

Where $128 million of donated money that never even reached India is? See http://bit.ly/1IJz1C9. I think donors would also like to know why you think an unpredictable political climate justified donor fraud (not spending most donated money on what is was given for) and illegal cash smuggling of around a half million dollars "

What these individuals have perpetrated are serious criminal offences (in the name of the Lord) and should be charged and brought before the courts in the appropriate jurisdiction.
This is far, far worse than what Jim Baker and the PTL people did that sent them to jail.

 
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8 people found this review helpful

This is SHEEP FLEECING MONEY LAUNDERING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE.
BEWARE!!!!

 
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22 people found this review helpful

This travesty of an organization has, by my estimate, somewhere between 1/4 to 1/2 a Billion dollars missing. Those funds should have been wired to banks in India and reported to the Indian Government but never were. KP Yohannan has been caught lying to his staff about important details. Criminal complaints have been filed in two US states and in Canada. Three board members just resigned. One was quite clear that KP had lied to them and the ministry had failed all seven of the ECFA criteria for membership and had been terminated. Donor money intended for the poor and for evangelism have clearly instead been openly used to create businesses in KP's name. This is the largest scandal so far in church history considering GFA is the second largest missions organization in the World. For more details go to http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/category/gospel-for-asia/

 
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22 people found this review helpful

I was a donor to Gospel for Asia for several years. Unfortunately, over the past several months, I came to learn of much corruption and wrongdoing in this organization. This knowledge was attained through internet research, personal communication with those who formerly served on staff for GFA, and personal communication with a senior leader at GFA. While I expect no organization to be perfect and would not be surprised to learn of things done by charities/ministries with which I disagree, the overall amount of crookedness and the lengths GFA goes to deceive are very troublesome. This is why I stopped supporting this organization a couple of months ago.

There are many, many allegations, accusations, and questions of financial improprieties, potentially illegal activity, abuse of staff, deceptive behavior, and other wrongful practices of GFA. The existence of financial improprieties have been confirmed by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) who just very recently terminated GFA from membership for failure to comply with standards. GFA has done very little publicly in giving answers to all of these things up to this point. From their track record of behavior, I would expect them to start giving more explanations at some point that will amount to essentially PR spin and manipulation. Do not be fooled when you finally see their "answers". In my private communication I had with a senior GFA leader when I was still and donor and had asked about some of these issues, I learned soon afterwards that I had been deceived on some details. And on other details that either I or others or both had been lied to when given conflicting answers to the same questions.

If you desire to do your own research on this organization, please start by going to http://www.gfadiaspora.com/ . And then go to http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/ and http://michaelnewnham.com/ and do a search for Gospel for Asia.

And do not be deceived by the high overall rating that GFA gets in the reviews right here at GuideStar. That is just another aspect of GFA's deception. According to a former leader who recently left GFA, GFA is instructing their staff to come here and leave raving reviews of the organization. The extent to which Gospel for Asia will go in order to manipulate and artificially maintain their name and appearance has no bounds.

I am sure that GFA has done much good over the years. There have been and probably still are many good people on staff. Unfortunately, the fish rots from the head and senior leadership at GFA, most especially with the president who maintains ultimate control over all aspects and branches of the organization, have become very corrupt. If you are a current donor or potential donor to this organization, please beware.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I could not recommend this ministry more highly! I have known several staff members for more than a decade and am continually inspired by their integrity, humility, and faith. They truly desire to bring the message of Jesus to every corner of the world! The Lord is working through the people in this organization because they are so open to the Holy Spirit and constantly seeking God's will. I support home office staff as well as children through the Bridge of Hope program, and have no reservations about how the funds are raised and spent.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

GFA is the only organization that I will donate to without ear-marking funds, they are the only organization that I trust is seeking the Lord in their spending and I have complete trust in all the staff that make such decisions.

I have recently learned that there are a few disgruntled former staff members that are most likely not being very Godly about their feedback publicly and won't discuss their concerns with GFA staff and are now purposely trying to slander GFA, I recommend ignoring all the reviews that sound bitter and angry as they are probably posing as donors or volunteers. PRAY for them and don't let lies and slander hurt GFA, please!

(Notice, I am boldly using my name as my screen-name, you'll notice that negative reviewers here don't)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move them closer to an Urban center here in the US.

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24 people found this review helpful

I wanted to give 0 stars, but it wouldn't let me.

As a long-term supporter of GFA, I was dismayed to learn that so many of their claims were false, the most grievous being that "100%" of our money went to the field. We now know this is not true and want to know what happened to the millions of missing dollars. Also, the President has been abusive to his staff and misrepresented himself to churches for many years as a humble evangelical while parading around India in robes as the Metropolitan of the Believer's Church, a Presbyterian sect. DO NOT GIVE TO THIS SCAM!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have supported Gospel For Asia for about a decade and have had the pleasure to meet and get to know, several staff members. We also have visited their headquarters at their former location in Carrollton, TX and it's current location in Wills Point. They are a humble group of believers who serve the The Lord wholeheartedly . I believe that the staff of GFA are following God's lead in how they reach the lost.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

We have supported GFA for over twenty years. I could not recommend a more worthy organization on the planet. KP is the real deal. He has a heart and vision to reach the lost, and God has advanced and honored his faithfulness. What other organization can you give to - where 100% of the funds are reaching the field and not consumed by ministry overhead cost? The whole economic model for how it works makes so much sense. Native missionaries are the most effective way of advancing the Gospel period. I had the opportunity recently to spend some time with other donors and volunteers abroad in the field seeing the work up close and personal , and I could not have been more encouraged with what I observed. If there were a way to give them 10 stars instead of 5 on this review I would.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

After reading "Revolution In World Missions" and "No Longer a Slum Dog," my wife and I became sponsors of several Bridge of Hope children. When our church hosted a GFA speaker, our congregation immediately got on board, with most members supporting either GFA missionaries or Bridge of Hope children. Several of us went to their headquarters and talked to their leadership, and I was careful to study their doctrinal and mission statements. Our church has also supported the construction of a Believer's Church, and several Jesus Wells. I have just returned from a two week tour of GFA ministries from Deli to Calcutta, Bengal and Kerala. We visited Bridge of Hope centers, a medical center, a hospital, several Believers' Churches, leper colonies, Bible Colleges and a Seminary. I am convinced beyond a doubt that only the hand of God can accomplish what is being done through GFA. The Believers' Churches are alive and exciting, and the Bible Colleges are full of students who love Jesus and want to give their lives to serving him. Most importantly, the heart of GFA is to win the lost to Jesus Christ, and they are using every avenue of Christian service and love to do so. I am more confident than ever before that GFA is the best steward of my mission giving.

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