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
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.
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.
I have had personal experience for over 8 years of being connected to Gospel for Asia. I am a pastor of a church that has supported both their native missionaries and their Bridge of Hope Schools. We have also sent teams to the field to check out their ministries. We came back very impressed with what we examined. In fact I have personally been on the field and met with them in different counties in South Asia. Along with that I have had first hand experience with their staff and with their School of Discipleship program. With each of them I have witnessed an unparalleled commitment to reach the lost in southeast Asia with the message of the Gospel of Jesus and a willing to to this with a single minded focus.
I served on staff for 8 years-part of that time as a Sr. leader. Although I believe they started off well in the early years they now have become a "ministry" controlled by a leader (President) who has lost his way. His desire for power and funds have severely diminished his capacity to lead effectively and GFA in my opinion has morphed into a spiritually abusive cult. In 2015 alone around 60 staff have left and more are trying to leave. There are now coming to light serious questions about the financial integrity of GFA. Even on this site, I was instructed to recruit good reviews in 2014 so GFA could make the level of "Top Charity" for 2014. I now regret doing so because I no longer believe they are worthy of trusting funds with. GFA is not a ministry of grace and love but instead manipulation and deceit. I would rate zero stars if able but 1 star is lowest it allows.
I've been privileged to work closely with Gospel For Asia in a variety of ways, as a vendor, supporter and even inside the offices. The heart of the organization is that of servitude and a passion for reaching the lost world with the Gospel. I have never felt so proud of working with such a group of people who display such a high value of integrity and dedication to prayer. God bless the work and ministry of GFA, they are truly doing the Lord's work in a way i've never seen any other organization do it!
I have had the opportunity to see the work of Gospel for Asia and meet many of the workers in South Asia. They are among the most Godly people I have ever met. They serve tirelessly and sacrifice much to share the Love of Jesus. I have also met the staff at the US headquarters. They are not living in a cult or cult like atmosphere. Gospel for Asia's track record over many years demonstrates God's favor.
It saddens me to see former, disgruntled staff, spreading rumors, falsehoods and unsubstantiated claims. The enemy of Christ is skilled at attacking God's work and even well meaning people need to be vigilant.
I have met leaders from many national Christian organizations and have found KP Yohannan to be among the most passionate, humble servants of God.
I served with Gospel for Asia for 10 years, during which I believed that I was the most privileged person on earth to give my life away for the sake of the lost and serve under leadership so completely sold out to the Lord, in touch His heart, and full of integrity. The last several years I was on staff, I saw more and more from leadership that was unbiblical, teaching became opinion over Scripture, and control was suffocating. In spite of confusion and believing submission to leadership had become an idol over serving Christ Himself, I steadfastly stood by the integrity of leadership, however they had gone astray. I have since seen more instances of outright lies, deceit, and manipulation than I could believe previously or can even count and have lost every iota of respect for leadership or belief in any integrity whatsoever. I am very sad to say that I cannot in good conscience recommend spending a single penny with this organization, as I am no longer convinced that much of the income even reaches the intended recipients. I am not bitter, just extremely grieved to see spiritual pride and sin reigning where Jesus alone desires and deserves to be!
Review from Guidestar
Please listen to what former staff are saying about this organization. They have lived it!! And some would call it a cult, with its authoritarian culture that leads to spiritual abuse and broken families and now it's episcopalian structure that you won't see until you go to India where KP is known as His Emminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Bishop, revered and bowed down to. Donors and sponsors have a right to know these things but they have purposefully lied and hidden these realities. Over 100 staff that have left the ministry over the last few years have been pleading for greater accountability and transparency. www.gfadiaspora.com
Donors are being fed on books like Revolution in World Missions but although it started out well it has now become a money making machine. I served for many years and valued much of what I saw being accomplished through national missionaries. But in the end I had to leave because of the lack of integrity of the leadership itself.
You need to ask hard questions to find out where the money is really going. "100 percent goes to the mission field" is the claim, but what does that really mean?? I can tell you - once it's gone overseas they do whatever they want with it!! Do your research...GFA is not what it appears.
This organization is hoarding more than a hundred million dollars overseas in cash, and has diverted large amounts of donor funds to hospitals in already-wealthy areas in contradiction to its mission to help the "poorest of the poor." More info here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/category/gospel-for-asia/
Review from Guidestar