Donated for years, disappointed to find out my funds went to fiance a building in the US, rather than go to India. I'll invest my charitable dollars elsewhere.
I support the ministry of Gospel for Asia, because the ministry has a singular focus of getting the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost of Southeast Asia. Through the ministry I can invest in the gospel and help widows and orphans, support native missionaries, and help educate, as well as, share the gospel of Christ with children in the Bridge of Hope ministry. I have supported the ministry of Gospel for Asia since 2006, and I will continue to support the ministry because of their passion to get the gospel of Jesus to those who do not know Christ. I support and encourage anyone to support the ministry of Gospel for Asia.
I have donated to GFA for about 6 years now. I believe in the mission and know they are making an impact in the lives or women and children who suffer greatly in these impoverished areas by not only providing the holy gospel but water, education and care for the leper colony through the sisters of compassion. It is the most hardest to reach areas and GFA is doing a great deed to ensure these brothers and sisters know god has a plan for them and loves them.
The staff who calls me with updates and calls to pray for me are so precious. You can tell they love what they do. Very thankful to partner with them to spread the good news of Jesus.
Longtime donor, volunteer and now staff. GFA is helping the poor and improving lives in Asia. Water wells, sewing machines, free medical clinics etc. The structure that they have on the field is so beneficial & important as they continue to do ministry. My experience with the leadership is that they live very simple lives, are God honoring and focused. If you have any questions, just ask.
The Holy Spirit prompted me to do some research on GFA, and I was very disappointed with what I read has been going on with them. The red flag for us was that over the last few years we received very few letters from our sponsored dalit child through GFA's Bridge of Hope program, even after we would call or email inquiring about this. We were told that the staff would contact the program center and encourage the child to write to us. Upon looking back at our file of letters, at one point we did not receive any letters from the sponsored child for over a year. At the start of the sponsorship, we were informed that the child would be writing to us two to three times per year, but this did not happen.
As former staff, watching GFA go through the last several years in denial of systemic problems in the ministry that have been there for decades, I can not recommend this ministry as a place either to work/serve or as a safe place to donate money.
They have just this week settled out of court a lawsuit alleging their misuse of funds for $37 million. While they technically were not found guilty of these accusations, they were also not exonerated.
For more information please visit GFADIASPORA.COM. There you will find evidence and stories from former staff that highlight the problems at GFA.
And also please visit Believers Eastern Church’s website to see what the ministry has built in India. Most of the donor base would be quite shocked to learn of the high church direction with one head (the Metropolitan named KP Yohannan) that the churches in India have taken. These aren’t simple little village churches. KP solicited funds from non-denominational churches to build his own new denomination: https://www.bec.org
My brother, Chris Brewer, has worked for Gospel for Asia for many years. I have personally seen the good work that GFA does. They work hard spreading God's word and setting hearts on fire for Jesus Christ! They do this through fundraising, training and sending missionaries to South Asia to care for and educate the poor. This is truly God's work.
My experience with GFA began with reading the free book Revolution in World Missions. This book changed my life! I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about missions and especially mission work in the 10/40 window.
My husband and I began sponsoring a native missionary in 2003. At that time, we were receiving personal letters from our sponsored missionary. At this point, the work on the field has expanded to the extent that these personal letters are no longer available. and we understand that a native missionary has better things to do than writing letters to us!
In 2013, I had the opportunity to visit India and see some of the ministry first hand. We visited Bridge of Hope centers; churches; a boys' home; the site of a girls' home; a leper treatment center; a cobbler making specialty shoes for patients; the sites of several Jesus wells and biosand water filters; a center where widows are taught to read, write, and use a sewing machine; a radio and TV station; and a seminary. We met some of the missionaries who serve selflessly and some of the church members who were eager to show us their churches. We saw slums where thousands of people live with not enough income to provide their families a handful of rice each day.
God is using the little that we give toward this work in a big way. New churches are being started every day. Those who only know of vengeful gods are hearing for the first time about a loving God who sent His Son Jesus to die on a cross for their sins. I pray that all of these dear people will hear the message before it is eternally too late.
For 14 years, I've produced various radio and television projects for Gospel for Asia. I've met with many leaders of GFA and found them to be consistently humble and passionate about their work. And the work they do is changing tens of thousands of lives.
I took a Vision Tour of India and got to see first hand the schools they set up for the so-called "Untouchables"--giving kids a way out of poverty. Although their work is faith-based, they welcome all kids regardless of their faith. I've seen GFA's work in the slums, setting up water wells, providing food, and most of all, providing practical hope.
To help break the cycle of poverty, GFA donates water buffaloes, goats, and chickens to families, which provides not only sources of food and also ways of earning income. GFA also helps women break the vicious cycle of human trafficking by providing them sewing machines. This empowers women to earn a living.
I appreciate the people and the work of GFA--and I've seen first-hand how they genuinely help people break of poverty and share a very beautiful and practical hope.
My wife and I have been involved with GFA for over 10 years. We have and continue to sponsor missionaries and Bridge of Hope children. We routinely get updates on both regularly. We have also sponsored the building of churches and drilling of wells for clean water.
We have been impressed with how well they communicate with their supporters and the diligence they place on good stewardship, seeing to it that the vast majority of monies donated go to ministry with minimal administrative expenses.
This is a very well run organization that matches its promises with actions and results.
We couldn't be happier with how are investment is being managed.
My husband and I have been supporters of Gospel for Asia for years. We were able to make a sizable donation after we sold our business. I appreciated the follow up and accountability GFA gave to our donation. This organization truly cares for the people it helps and makes it easy to give to the exact cause or area of concern that touches your heart!
I have known about gospel for Asia for almost 20 years, when K.P. Yohannan can to speak at my church about supporting national missionaries as the share God's love with their own people in Asia. I was intrigued about supporting missionaries in Asia that did not have the typical barriers of western missionaries such as language, life style, customs and a history of oppression and subjugation between our countries.
I have been a supporter of the ministry since that time, sponsoring both missionaries, Bridge of Hope children and donating towards Jesus Wells, church building, gospel literature, sewing machines and many other way GFA helps impoverished families in Asia.
I have been working for GFA for the last 5 years, and being on staff I have realized the scope of the ministry is more vast that I had any idea of! I have been to Asia and met many of the missionaries and staff that work on the field. My admiration for the organization has only grown through the years. I count it a privilege to work here.
I have had family members on staff with Gospel for Asia for more than a decade. This has allowed me to visit their ministry headquarters on several occasions. The GFA staff are both loving and professional. Their love for Jesus is evident in all that they do. They graciously act as his hands and feet as they serve others.
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.
We have been donating to this group for decades. They have done a great job getting water wells put in, schools put in and missions done by the "a little each month goes a long way" type of program. It is hard to imagine a place that a water well makes a huge difference, but they do exist and GFA is providing water wells to communities through donations from here in the US and other countries. With a name like Gospel For Asia it is clear this is a christian organization that does good work to also spread the word about Christ. Go to the website and see where you can participate.
I have been involved with GFA for over 10 years. My knowledge of GFA started with a friend that works for them. After getting a personal account of all the lives that are touched around the world, I had to get involved. I have been very pleased to see their frugalness to insure as much money as possible goes to the ones in need.
Gospel for Asia is lead by an insightful and loving group of people. Their passion is unparalleled and their mission clear.
This ministry is doing such important work among people who are poor and suffering. So many lives have been changed through their involvement with widows, orphans, and others who live under dire conditions, lack of water, food, and education. The staff are motivated by their love for Jesus and others and I am honored to support them in any way that I can.
This is a great organization!! I feel blessed to support the work they do and to be a part of it. Hundreds of thousands have experienced the love of Jesus for the first time through GFA. Very effective ministry!!
Having many close relatives currently working for GFA, I have been provided with a front row seat to the mission of GFA and its grounds in Texas. Right away I noticed what a well-functioning organization this is, and how clear their mission is to spread the Gospel in any way possible. Every day I hear and learn about the different initiatives, plans, and progress GFA has made and I am constantly blown away. Being raised in the church and involved in many different missionary programs and volunteer opportunities has given me a rather good sense of fulfillment and purpose; However, I have never felt as fulfilled and excited with the work done through GFA. What this mission has accomplished and plans to accomplish in Asia is honestly amazing, and I cannot wait to see what God holds in store for GFA in the future.
Gospel for Asia is a reality check to a dark world - a world determined to run headlong into perdition. Gospel for Asia is a bright light, a citadel in the midst of some of the most unreached places on the planet.
As a staff member and donor, I have learned to appreciate the world-wide body of Christ as we pool our resources together to minister God's love to the lost, the needy and the hurting and along the journey, get a glimpse of God's mercy and glory. It doesn't get better than this.
I've worked with Gospel for Asia as full-time staff for almost ten years. Prior to joining staff in 2008, I volunteered at the administrative headquarters in Texas for five years. You could say I've closely observed Gospel for Asia since 2001. What a phenomenal non-profit organization!
I've learn alot, not only in my department and area of expertise, but also regarding the value of how a healthy Christian organization functions. I've seen through the years how graciously department leaders and upper management work together. They handle conflict from within, and persecution and false accusations from without; returning not with fear and malice, but instead with Christ-like humility, maturity, and steadfastness in truth. What a great group of believers to work with.
I've been on four tours through India. I've seen exponential growth of the work and was able ask many, many questions, all of which were promptly and transparently answered. Whether building a school for children, providing food for widows, creating literacy programs for women, or digging water wells for outcast communities; by God's provision, GFA is doing it all. I'm humbled and thankful to work here.
If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or joining staff, I recommend GFA without reserve.
I have been to see the work of Gospel for Asia and the scope of what they are doing is amazing. The Christmas catalog program has given over 1.6 million families significant items such as goats, chickens,sewing machines and other things. What impressed me the most is the attitude of the staff and their sacrificial service.
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.
Absolutely an amazing ministry! I've been giving to them for years and I'm continually encouraged with their approach to see the Love of Christ displayed. One of the best organizations I've ever seen.
I found out about GFA 11-12 years ago, and I have worked on staff at GFA for about five years. I am incredibly grateful for the work I get to be part of in Asia and for the staff I get to work alongside.
On three different trips to Asia, I’ve gotten to witness the work of GFA-supported missionaries, and each time it’s blown me away how God is using these men and women to humbly and faithfully serve God by serving the people in their communities—whether it’s children, widows, people living in slums, or people of different religious backgrounds.
Working here in the US office, I’ve seen the staff and leadership’s commitment to excellence. While no one is perfect and, just as at any organization, people fail at times, I have seen how the leaders here work tirelessly and how they respect and listen to the staff under them. I also find my co-workers to be committed and hard-working but also open-minded and incredibly supportive.
We have supported GFA for nearly 30 years, and are so glad the Lord gave us the privilege to touch the lost through them
One of the main reasons why I whole-heartedly endorse supporting Gospel for Asia (GFA) is that they are committed to building up the church. GFA workers in Asia aren’t just interested in getting people to say a prayer of salvation, but also in seeing these people grow in their understanding of the truth. And in America, GFA produces many kinds of materials that are designed to encourage and challenge believers here to walk in closer relationship with the Lord. What a privilege to be part of building God’s world-wide kingdom!
I have been a financial supporter of the ministry of GFA for over 10 years. This organization is doing amazing work to see the gospel go forward in Asia. I give them the highest recommendation, GFA is faithful with donor designations, your investment will go far for God's Kingdom.
I first heard of Gospel for Asia in 2005 when someone handed me a free copy of the book "Revolution in World Missions" and told me "This book changed my life more than any other book but the Bible." I was intrigued, and read the book, and I can honestly make the same statement now myself--what a change this ministry has made in my life! I was living the American dream, and then my eyes were opened to the more than 2 billion people who have never heard the gospel. Through Gospel for Asia (GFA), my family began sponsoring national missionaries who are taking the good news of Christ to areas where no missionary has ever been, and people have often never heard the name of Jesus. Several of the missionaries we have sponsored have been so successful in church planting that they are now self-supporting, and GFA offered us the opportunity to sponsor others in their place. What an incredible impact in the kingdom of God GFA has allowed my family to be part of. My kids have grown up praying for the missionaries we sponsor, and the children we sponsor through GFA's "Bridge of Hope" child development program. We even got to meet one of the children we sponsor, when we took a trip to Asia recently--the attached picture is of my wife with one of the girls we sponsor. This girl is from the very poorest class of society, and lost her father at age 11, yet through Bridge of Hope she is healthy, happy, excelling in her studies, and even writing us beautiful hand-written letters in English, thanking Jesus for all He has done in her life.
My family also loves GFA's Christmas Catalog program, where we have the ability to "order" gifts from a catalog of income-generating gifts for the poor and tools for missionaries. This has become a Christmas tradition in our family for more than 5 years, that has forever changed the way our children view Christmas. My two youngest daughters were so excited about the Christmas catalog, that last Christmas they saved up all their money for weeks so that they could purchase things from the Christmas catalog, to give to those in need. I attached a candid picture I caught of them perusing the catalog and deciding what they were going to give to. GFA has forever changed the focus and outlook of my entire family, and enabled us to make a greater impact for God's kingdom than we ever imagined.
Gospel for Asia has the best work environment that I've ever experienced during my working career. I’ve worked for a number of companies and organizations over the years (decades) and GFA is the best! I love the freedom and responsibility that go hand in hand in my area of ministry and responsibility. The leaders and supervisors here are doing a great job. They are Jesus style leaders! It’s wonderful to work alongside other committed and growing Christians who have a passion for the Lord and seeing His kingdom grow. I'm not perfect and no one else on staff is. But I've had many supervisors and coworkers come up to me to apologize for something the felt they might have done that impacted me. Most of the time I didn’t even perceive a problem and was not offended. That rarely happens in the secular world. The community of Christ is amazing here! The support and love for one another is awesome. When you are down or struggling, or going through a trial there is someone who notice and pray for you and help in any way possible. You won't find safe rooms or pacifiers for crybabies here. If you are looking for perfection and are easily offended, don't come. You will spoil the work environment for the rest of us. Frankly if you are easily offended and can’t take constructive criticism I have no idea where you will find a place to serve the Lord. What you will find here at Gospel for Asia are real authentic Christians who are investing their talents and abilities in the Kingdom. We work together for a cause that’s well worth it. And don’t believe all the fake news, lies and gossip that’s floating around. Come visit and see the real ministry.
I LOVE this ministry! I've been serving with Gospel for Asia for 8 years, and I can honestly say I'm so thankful the Lord lead me here and has kept me here. Through this ministry, I feel like the Lord has helped me understand more of His heart for the lost world. I've grown more in my understanding of who He is through the teachings we have here, through fellowship with my fellow brothers and sisters here, and through the various seasons of life I've experienced while serving here.
The ministry has gone through a tumultuous season for the past few years as disgruntled former staff seek to gossip and slander a part of Christ's Body. I'm shocked they didn't learn anything about the Lord and His heart for unity and love while here because that's one message that has been taught by the leaders over and over again.
Throughout this trial and despite the ridiculous actions taken by people who claim to know Christ, I've seen the leaders of Gospel for Asia choose the way of the Lord. They consistently choose to love and forgive and walk in grace toward those who made it their cause to try to destroy them and the work the Lord is doing through GFA. I know we wrestle not against flesh and blood, and I'm so thankful for the example of Christ the leaders have exemplified and how they have chosen to bring glory to God's name through their actions instead of defaming it.
I praise the Lord for this ministry and the people involved in it, from GFA staff all around the world to sponsors and donors to our field partners! It's such an INCREDILBLE body of believers who seek to put the Lord first and make Him known among the nations.
Some AMAZING things are happening in Asia through this ministry. AMAZING. God is at work, and nothing will stop Him!
I've been able to meet some of the family in Christ on the field, and each one has in some way or another left a mark on my heart. Faithful men and women who simply and purely love God and love others. I'm still in awe that the Lord has given me the privilege to take part in this work and to be united with His people all across the world. Wow!
Gospel for Asia is a powerful and unique nonprofit, serving in a unique way that connects people in the West with needs that exist in Asia.
Being a person of Indian-origin, having spent significant amounts of time with GFA staff and leadership, I remain impressed and humbled by the integrity and magnitude of the work happening in Asia through Gospel for Asia. It's astounding what is being accomplished now and in the past.
The integrity with which the staff approach their work and the prayer that goes into every decision is something to be admired. Staff prayer times throughout each day, plus staff prayer meetings on Tuesday nights and some Friday nights, keeps the vision of GFA and culture front and center, helping staff not wavering from serving to minister to the oppressed across Asia.
Their office is Texas is worth a visit.
Over my years with GFA, I've seen people raise concerns about the work and leadership of GFA. Those negative reports and rumors do not line up with the culture or my experience with GFA.
I've been able to serve with GFA for nearly 10 years and have confidence in what GFA is doing in Asia and how they handle themselves in the West. This is an organization worth investing in through prayer, volunteerism and donations.
Review from Guidestar
I've been involved with Gospel for Asia in numerous professional ways, and have had to make a personal determination whether GFA is a good organization with a black eye, or a bad organization with a black eye. In the end, I've looked at all the facts and claims against them, and despite the many negative stories that can be read on the internet, I’ve concluded that Gospel for Asia is as authentic of an organization as they come. Their sponsorship and humanitarian work going on in Asia is remarkable. Their financial accountability is unquestionable. The staff are as hard working and sacrificial as any I've known, and Dr. KP Yohannan is rock solid in his commitment to help those in need.
Gospel for Asia has many critics who actively seek its demise: disgruntled former staffers; militant Hindus opposed to Christianity; toxic bloggers who love to criticize; misinformed donors, and sketchy media sources who don't fact check their stories. GFA has been accused of so much nonsense, IT VALIDATES their ORGANIZATION. If they weren't having such an impact in the world, no one would care. Because they ARE having such an impact in the world, they face scathing and vitriolic criticism almost weekly. Those who oppose them start rumors online all the time.
Rumors they have been started online about GFA include the following:
> GFA uses microwave technology to perform mind control on passerbys at their offices in Kerala, India;
> KP Yohannan drives a classic, foreign sports sedan (it's a 1960's VW Beetle w/o AC);
> KP lives in marble palace in India;
> KP was arrested in his marble palace with tons of cash (that story appeared online when he was speaking at a conference in CA);
> There is an outstanding arrest warrant for KP Yohannan in the state of Texas (that news source comes from India ... as if the Indian press really know what's happening in Texas);
> KP Yohannan and his wife Gisela are divorced (lies);
> GFA is part of the Illuminati - a secret society conspiring to control world affairs;
> KP Yohannan requires new Bishops in the Believers Church to kiss his ring in order to be consecrated (based on a sketchy photo someone cooked up this fictitious story);
> KP is funneling money from his denomination into his personal coffers (As its Metropolitan, KP Yohannan in the spiritual head of the Believers Church, not the CFO);
> CBS 11 news in Dallas even ran a story about GFA featuring accusations by former employees that GFA is a cult;
> GFA invests money in water-front condominiums; and on and on.
The bottom line is when I looked into the SOURCES of all these inaccurate stories I came to the clear conclusion that they are created by are people who are looking to ASSASSINATE the BRANDS of Gospel for Asia and KP Yohannan. They are actively doing this by speculating about their motives, dragging down their reputations, propagating falsehoods about their finances, and stirring up all kinds of heresay against them, either because they have a grudge, or are bitter about something, or jealous, or are getting paid to spread rumors and gossip.
In the end, the negative nonsense you find online is simply that: toxicity intended to sway the public into pulling away their support from GFA so as to cause the demise of the organization, in order to reduce its impact around the world. It’s shameful, really, that anyone would stoop to such low levels to propagate lies about an FBO online, but that is the power we give unscrupulous people today to spread falsehoods across the internet.
An open-minded donor will pick up the phone and reach out to GFA, talk with their staff about these issues, and have a honest dialogue which hears their side of the story, before making one-sided conclusions about them based on illegitimate internet propaganda.
After giving over 100,000 dollars to this ministry over the course of 11 years, I must retract everything I held dear about them. Please Google Warren Throckmorton's blog to see what they have done to us - their big donors and volunteers. They have lied to Evangelicals to get their money. I was a volunteer for 9 years, and went to India with them, and have met KP twice. I ignored what I saw in India and wish I hadn't. I saw the best of intentions. Well now I realize the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I regret all the friends I dragged into this ministry. They may have started off with the Gospel being the focus, but now it is a way for KP to build his empire.
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.
Gospel For Asia, time has been under heavy attack from the enemy. The recent lawsuit, the allegations and blogs, etc., have caused a lot of churches including our own to become weary and skeptical. We have lost a lot of support in our area making it hard to share about the work of GFA, but despite this setback, God is still at work through this wonderful movement. Besides doing our own personal investigation into this mess, I had contacted many friends with questions for peace of mind and we decided not to hear from any one left from GFA but still decided to continue in this storm. Their words of faith and convictions encouraged us more than words can describe.
It wasn't long after that similar allegations were made against so many other ministries including Voice of the Martyrs . Proof that the enemy is trying to destroy these ministries from the inside. As with all ministries, I encourage you to stand with these ministries in prayer. We are still proactive in the work of both of these ministries and we stand with them. We encourage people to be careful with what they read or hear about on the internet and other sources until it's been investigated. We live in desperate times, and the enemy is hard at work in trying to stop the Great Commission through division in the Church.
I love the commitment of those serving with Gospel for Asia to the Lord Jesus. I have witnessed their love for Him firsthand in the staff, the leaders, and many missionaries on the field that I spent some time with. There's no doubt in my mind that my time and resources invested with GFA are bringing hope in Christ to those in Asia. As one missionary said, "it is not we who are doing ministry, but it is God who is doing ministry. All praise goes to Him!
I wrote a glowing report of this ministry a few years back when I was a student here (at the request of my leaders who were hoping to boost their ranking), but now I have to retract my words and say that I am just so saddened, disillusioned, and done with GFA. I really encourage donors to not just take my word or any of the other reviewer's words but to research this organization for themselves. Read the articles coming out from Christianity Today, talk to the former staff - almost half of the staff have left since I was a student in 2012. There is spiritual abuse, manipulation, and distortion of the truth going on at headquarters and unfortunately I left there having many skewed ideas of what godly spiritual leadership is, what true ministry looks like, transparency among believers, godly submission, etc, and I'm having to relearn and be retaught the whole context of certain scriptures that were taken out of context and used to manipulate staff and students alike. As missions director of my church, it has been difficult to not view Christian organizations with an exorbitant amount of skepticism and distrust after my two years with GFA. Thankfully, there are honest trustworthy organizations out there that arent perfect but definitely are doing more for the kingdom of God than this one.
many reputed christian organizations across US do not have affiliation with ECFA, yet they continue to build trust among their donors by the work that they are doing. i find GFA as one such organization which can continue to do God's work because of the inroads that it is making in the mission fields in India and across asian countries. I never knew anything about ECFA when I began my support
no matter who said what, I had my personal encounter with few staff and found the reasons for not spending a portion of amount or the balance accumulated since few years. I have all reasons to believe what I heard from them is true and I recommit to continue my support. Some reasons are absolutely true to believe as major part of the monie went to a difficult country like India and situation in India since year 2000 was not fair to implement many of their major project including church buildings. I prayerfully recommend all to pray and stay with GFA/Bridge of Hope
In terms of accountability ... if you are OK with a continued messaging of urgent financial need coming from GFA, yet at the same time GFA India (or Believers Church) not using significant portions of stockpiled millions of dollars of donor money for what it was given towards - say over the years 2010-2015, and you are OK with the ends justify the means ideology - than by all means, turn a blind eye to a little thing called integrity within christian ministry and continue to do whatever you want with your cash, after all - it really is God's money. And if you are OK with equipping numerous young students with $4500 in cash to take to India and not report the cash to either the US + India (or staff), yet the total cash per trip exceeded $10k per trip (over a two year period of doing this), and you're OK with transferring $19 million from India to US - to finish a US campus, then carry on. Yet if you care about accountability and integrity, you may want to weigh and pray about where you give to. It has been heartbreaking to to see the reality of all that has gone down with GFA - from termination from the ECFA, and the truth former board member Gayle Erwin revealed, it's a sad time for those who dedicated their lives to the work, especially after serving there over a decade. Over 50+ staff left in 2015, let that sink in. An article from Christianity Today sums up alot: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/december-web-only/report-details-why-gospel-for-asia-lost-ecfa-membership.html
Recommendation - pray for current staff.
in spite of all mess happening around, I had the privilege to talk to many field staff and visited few mission fields of GFA/BC/Bridge of Hopes and realized that my accountability to God and commitment need to be more stronger than what I read and hear. I found a group of sincere and hard working men and women of God need my prayer as well as support. I recommend with all my conscience.
If you are considering financially supporting Gospel for Asia or joining staff, DON'T DO IT. As of February 8, 2016, there has been a class action lawsuit filed against Gospel for Asia, KP (founder and leader), and several others in leadership at the ministry. There are multitudes of good reasons to avoid GFA, including the misuse of donors funds and emotional and spiritual abuse of the staff. Follow these links for more information:
I had to retract my previous glowing review of this ministry, as I no longer believe Gospel for Asia to be an effective ministry, if they are even to be considered a ministry at this point. I had volunteered with Gospel for Asia as a representative for over 10 years and had believed the Lord was using the ministry bring about salvation and to make many disciples of Christ. Unfortunately, I now know that I was deceived and in turn was used by the leaders of this ministry to deceive others through speaking on behalf of them and leading others to become donors, volunteers and staff.
It has been heart breaking to find out the truth of lies, frauds that have been perpetuated over the years by the GFA leaders. The name Gospel for Asia is certainly a lie and extremely misleading now with so many facts brought to light. ECFA has booted them and there has been much written and brought to light by former staff and others such as Warren Throckmorton. As it stands now, this is a for profit business that cares only for enlarging its business ventures and wealth. I'm writing this to warn others away from being deceived. Please stay away from Gospel for Asia. I would not be a good steward by staying involved with them and I would warn others from donating or volunteering. This is not a godly organization as it stands currently. I would encourage everyone with the means to get in touch with the leaders to call on KP Yohannan and the rest of the leaders to repent of their sins against God and His people. The lies and deceptions need to stop.
More information can be found here:
This is SHEEP FLEECING MONEY LAUNDERING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE.
After serving for 12 years we had to move on. This organization is displaying cult like behavior. I would steer clear until they show repentance, and fix the many problems in leadership, spend down the millions they are holding in foreign accounts and have a board without family members on it.
Gospel for Asia now faces claims of abuse and deceit by more than 100 former staff. Now the ECFA has terminated their membership due to violations of 5 of their 7 areas of integrity, including truthfulness in communications.
Gospel for Asia leader KP Yohannan has been caught in many bold-faced lies, including saying he is not on any boards or trusts in India and has no legal control of entities there, when numberous public records show that he has full legal authority over Believers' Church, its assets, and other entities there.
See Warren Throckmorton's blog for more info, or the GFA Diaspora website.
(Photo attached shows ordained Believers' Church Father David Carroll sprinkling water on the cornerstone at the Texas campus dedication.)
Review from Guidestar
Before considering this charity, one should note that the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability voted to terminate GFA's membership due to violation of nearly all standards. Three pastor board members have resigned over the violations. Not recommended.
Review from Guidestar
Their lack of accountability and transparency in financial matters is of great concern! They have yet to deal with recent allegations and their loss of EFCA status! Donor beware!
Review from Guidestar
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/
Review from Guidestar
I cannot recommend GFA as a reputable mission organization. As a former staff member, I believed wholeheartedly in the mission of GFA and served for 5 years. During my time on staff I noticed an increased amount of control being placed on individuals and families. More than once husbands were taught (in prayer meetings on Tuesday nights) that they must place ministry above their families and hold nothing back. The breaking point for me was when several staff were let go supposedly due to financial reasons but were not given any notice and were treated very poorly--immediately cut off from the ministry and staff. The lies were obvious for those who had personal relationships with the terminated staff. I also had concerns regarding the integrity of GFA in claiming 100% goes to the field and designations being honored. I made calls to thank donors for giving and more than a few times I was confronted by a donor with a discrepancy. One person who purchased a Jesus Well had requested information on where the well was placed. She received a photo and information. She donated again the following year and was sent the same exact picture and story when she asked about the location of the second well. My own church in Texas gave for Jesus Wells every year. GFA would send the church a report every now and then to share with the church. During one of these presentations, a photograph of a well was shown and a blurb about the island where it is located was read. The only problem is that I had previously visited that exact Well during my trip to India a year before. Any time I asked about the problems with these reports and the seeming false information being given, I was brushed off. If staff members who have questions can't get straight answers, who can? It was a known fact amongst those in marketing positions that Jesus Wells and bicycles were continually used as fundraising tools even though there was way more money sitting in those "accounts" than could be used in the upcoming years. I believe KP began the ministry with a great heart but got lost along the way. He refuses to repent for his unbiblical behavior and has brought along many of his top leaders with him. Find another organization to support.
We were a part of this organization for 7 years, and over that time noticed changes developing with which we were uncomfortable, such as focus on money instead of praying for the work on the field, elevating the importance of the ministry over the family, teaching to "not listen to an evil report" which meant not to talk to former staff and constant manipulative messages to "stay in the battle". The focus was seemingly on the Lord, but only because following Him was equated with staying at GFA.
Now I know many of my small pieces of the puzzle were only a fraction of the big picture of a ministry gone wrong, with many of the same destructive patterns of undue influence displayed by other manipulative groups.
I post this because I want to warn others away from coming to GFA, especially those students considering it. This is an UNHEALTHY SPIRITUAL ENVIRONMENT. To read more see www.gfadiaspora.com. Also read articles from Christianity Today, World Magazine and Patheos for details and concerns.
Sadly, I cannot in clear conscience recommend this charity any longer. Abuse of authority, shunning and lying to name a few reasons, start at the top. God can use all things for His purpose so I don't consider my time there wasted. They have lost their way and now worship a man named KP.
Gospel for Asia has sadly strayed far from their humble beginnings. Do you research, and do not give to this organization! GFA has recently had their membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Acountibility (ECFA) revoked, and over 100 former staff members are reporting cult-like abusive behavior by GFA leadership.
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.
Review from Guidestar
Unfortunately this organization has fallen far from its original purpose and calling. They still put on a good front, but as the dramatic action by the ECFA to drop GFA after over 30 years due to violating six different standards shows, there are significant issues within the organization that can only lead to the conclusion that they should not be trusted with donors' hard earned dollars.
Review from Guidestar
The ECFA has *dropped* GFA from member list due to several points of financial issues, etc. Ministry Watch has also put out a donor warning today to not give to GFA.
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.
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)
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!!!
Review from Guidestar
CHRISTIAN NEWS MAGAZINE FOR KERALA MALAYALEE CHRISTIANS FROM INDIA AROUND THE WORLD
INDIAN CHURCH DISMISSES TWO BISHOPS FOR PART IN PENTECOSTAL CEREMONY
The consecration of Yohannan as a bishop took place in February 2003 at a service led by Bishop K. J. Samuel, moderator of the Church of South India, and attended by two other bishops from the church as well as the two bishops from North India. Samuel has since failed to win the support of his church synod for re-election as moderator. The Church of South India synod declared Yohannan's consecration to be "invalid" and said neither Samuel nor the other bishops had authorisation from the church to take part in the ceremony.
Transparency and Accountability in Ecumenical Relations
Discussions in Indian/Asian Contexts -Gnana Robinson
... Accountability in Ecumenical Relations Discussions in Indian/Asian Contexts. Gnana Robinson .... Corruption in Churches was the subject of our discussion.
The latest Episcopal scandal in the Church of South India and the Church of North India was the consecration of K.P. Yohanan, a lay man, an evangelical preacher with a foreign wife, who formed his own church and called it the Believers’ Church. He has many supporters in U.S.A. and Australia. He draws huge amounts from overseas. One year the Government announced in newspapers the list of those non-governmental organizations which received large sums of money from overseas, and K.P. Yohanan topped the list. That year he had received Rs. 780 million from overseas. He was consecrated as bishop by the then CSI moderator K.J. Samuel with the accompaniment of the present moderator and one other bishop from the CSI and two bishops from the CNI, without any prior theological discussion on the faith issues involved and without any formal decision of the CSI Synod or its Executive Committee. The CNI viewed the matter very seriously and conducted an enquiry. In the enquiry, one of the participants, Bp. Nayak of the Phulbani Diocese of the CNI, had admitted that he participated in that function because “he was assured of some financial assistance by Mr. K.P. Yohannan.” (CSI Life, Feb.-Mar ’04, p.5) The CNI took this to be enough evidence for both its bishops taking money for participating in the consecration and laying hand on K.P. Yohanan, and dismissed both of them from being bishops. (The North India Church Review, February, 2004). The drastic action taken by the CNI frightened the Moderator and the two bishops of the CSI who conducted that illegal consecration. A period of suspense and fear continued among them when lobbying and bargaining were going on. The matter was somehow silenced. Full insight into the proceedings has yet to be gained.
This time, he has linked to the writings of a Canadian pastor who has stopped giving to GFA and tells us why in a devastating 13 page report/letter. http://michaelnewnham.com/?p=22436
Gospel for Asia Canada Gets C- From Canadian Charity Watchdog Organization http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/08/13/gospel-for-asia-gets-c-from-canadian-charity-watchdog-organization/
Review from Guidestar
As late at the end of 2014 we fully supported this organization. Since 2015 we have learned GFA is not what its leaders have claimed. For more information look at Believers Church in India http://www.believerschurch.com. Why Believers Church? Take a look and you will see KP Yohannan Metropolitan Bishop. Or read about the latest at www.gfadisapora.com to see what former staff has to say about abuse and lies.
I am a grateful former staff at Gospel for Asia and I can remember what huge honor is was that I found mission organization of the caliber of Gospel for Asia that would allow me to join their organization even though I did not have any Bible School training or very much college. If you are looking to financially support GFA, I encourage you to do so as unto the Lord! If you are looking at joining staff, join because God calls you and don't expect a cake walk! GFA was willing to take me as I was; unlearned but willing to work. The leadership and staff allowed me to learn what I needed to be an effecting worker, helping reach millions with the Gospel. I am so blessed that was able to make that impact.
I was compelled by the Lord to join GFA about 20 years ago. I was motivated by their goal to send out 100,000 missionaries into the unreached part of Asia. I felt like I was joining the Marine Corp of Missions! When you join staff at GFA, I encourage you to look at it like you are joining the military. I will be difficult and you will have good times and bad times but you will impact Asia and you will help send thousands of foot soldiers to preach the Gospel. This was the privilege our family had when we served faithfully for 9 good years! We didn't join because we were looking for some missions utopia that would make our lives wonderful, we joined because we wanted to reach Asia! GFA gives willing servants a huge opportunity to impact the world. I can remember the ad I saw 20 years ago in the "SEND" magazine that GFA published; "Is your life worth a million souls?" That question rang in my heart! God called to me, no one else. GFA recognized that call and invited us to join. We built lifelong friendships that we will have for the rest of our lives and into eternity. Brother KP wasn't the easiest person in the world to serve but he challenged me to be serious about my work and made me a better person. Brother KP is and was and still is one of the hardest working people I know and the leadership at GFA both in India and the United States followed his example. The leadership demanded alot of me but gave me the grace to fail and continue to try. I consider the GFA leaders I worked for to be some of the best friends I have even though we had arguments but we forgave one another and kept serving. When I left GFA, I was called to serve in a different ministry and Brother KP and the GFA leadership team gave me the grace to leave and with their heartfelt blessing. I am a better person from my service at GFA! If you are praying about joining GFA, I encourage you to expect challenges, it is not a mission utopia but a spiritual booth camp that will allow you to impact the world.
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.