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.
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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
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.