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.