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.
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.
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
A typical day at work begins with single origin coffee in the break room, laughter with friends and an upbeat start to the work day. Then it's off to work for this amazing non-profit, and it's not hard to say that working at Gospel for Asia has been one of the best decisions of my life.
I started out on the web team doing writing & social media, and over the years have learned web graphic design, web development (with HTML, CSS, Python and Django), advertising on Facebook and Google Adwords, and video shooting & post-production. I've had the opportunity to manage teams and develop social media strategies.
The people I've worked with are not perfect, and they've made their fair share of mistakes, just like me (and you). But they work with humility, openness, striving for good communication, grace and synergy to get the job done.
And it's not just about the job—what I do here is a joy and it's part of a bigger purpose to make a difference in the lives of real, unique people who are precious to their Maker.
I've grown spiritually by working at this ministry and being involved in the regular prayer meetings. Prayer really is the backbone of this ministry. I've seen the management here openly acknowledge their dependence on God and that the reason for all that they do is to serve Him.
I've seen the leadership and the staff family walk through some difficult accusations and not-so-pretty seasons, but I've seen time and time again the attitude of repentance, humility, learning from mistakes, and rectifying wrongs. I believe that we're better as a ministry and organization because of it, and I've definitely become a stronger and more grateful person.
The GFA campus is a great place for families and provides opportunities for community activities, beyond just a normal 9-5 work day.
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.
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.
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'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 went on the 2014 pastors tour and it was amazing to see God working through Gospel for Asia.
The Bridge of Hope ministry was awesome as it helps children in their studies, feeds them one life meal a day, and shares the message of Jesus Christ with them.
The Jesus Well provides clean water for families to drink and a chance to also receive living water.
Bible colleges and seminaries are training future pastors and ministers to fulfill the Great Commission. The vision is dynamic and the work of the Holy Spirit is evident. What a great ministry to partner with.
I am a missionary with another organization and a friend who supports GFA invited me to come to enhance my study of church planting movements. I am not a member of GFA or a volunteer but was blessed to have the opportunity to visit many locations across India. I was impressed with their sincere humility and desire to reach the unreached in this part of the world. They are getting the job done! People are being saved, rescued from their lifestyles, and churches are being established that seem to be reaching the communities. The organization was run efficiently. The number of churches, bridge of hope centers, Jesus wells dug and seminaries dedicated to training pastors and leaders was overwhelming. This is truly a church planting movement that is making a difference. I have encouraged friends to support this effort but I have not been able to start yet. Bro. K P is such a personable guy with a great tenacity to see things through for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. His book Revolution of World Missions has inspired me to be open to God's call on my own life and invest more in missions even now to the point of taking my family to a foreign land.. For anyone that might have questions about the organization, they just need to ask. Everything was open and no question seemed off limits to us. Our guide was excellent. It was amazing to see what can be done when there is enough money to do it. My only concern is how are the nationals able to duplicate this program if the American dollar is ever to dry up. I could see they are working on ways to fund this ministry from inside the country but this, like many mission works will be very hard to reproduce by those whom are receiving the benefits. To me this was a new definition of indigenous work. They almost only use nationals to run the ministry in country, but most of those nationals are supported from without, not from the church they pastor. So we just continue to trust the Lord that he will supply the funds until HE returns. I pray that God will continue to use GFA and I am blessed to have had opportunity to see this ministry and meet the leaders and some of those who are being blessed by the mission.
My wife and I have been involved with the ministry of Gospel For Asia for over 10 years. First as donors, then as volunteers, & now as full time staff. I strive to be a good steward in all things and especially concerning the Lord's work. I've carefully examined this ministry through the years and in doing so I've come to the conclusion this work is driven by the mighty hand of God with the utmost of integrity!
Time and time again I have been blown away by examples of Godliness and Integrity at every level. Most especially through the leadership here stateside and from our time on the field. Praise the Lord for a quality ministry such as Gospel For Asia!
This is Dr John Dayal, Member, National Integration council, Government of India, a former National President of the All India catholic Union and Secy Gen of the All India Christian Council. Much of my current work is in the justice, relief and rehab processes in the Tribal and Dalit-dominted Kandhamal District of Orissa. India. Kandhamal saw much violence against the Christian community in 2007 and 2008 in which more than 100 Christians were killed, 6000 of their houses demolished in 400 villages, and 56,000 people rendered homeless. While the catholic church helped rebuild 4000 houses, Believers Church, headed by its Metropolitan Bishop K P Yohannan, came second, building 1,000 churches and assisting in relief and rehab of the victims. The remaining houses were build by other denominational churches. Considering that the government was not keen to help the Christian victims, this was fantastic work done by the church in rebuilding lives. God bless them.
If you're looking to make a HUGE impact in global missions & want to know your money is being used to change lives, invest in Gospel for Asia programs. Each person working with GFA has a heart for Christ and a heart for others. This was displayed so obviously in the multiple ministry areas I saw on my recent trip to India. I wanted to meet a couple of Bridge of Hope kids that my husband & I could sponsor, and GFA went above & beyond to make it happen. What a blessing! After meeting the recipients of GFA's work and hearing their stories about how God has worked in their lives through GFA, I can confidently endorse this group to others.
As a Christian journalist, I was privileged to join a group visiting ministries in India sponsored by Gospel for Asia. I saw firsthand where contributions are being used to transform people's lives both spiritually and physically. The GFA personnel on every level are Christ-committed disciples serving with grace and perseverence. Their devotion to God through prayer and fasting has made a lasting impact on my life.
My review about Gospel for Asia is rebutted by some loyal friend's of GFA (maybe their covert agents ) and they said that I was reprimanded by the govt. etc. That is a pure lie. Let me ask these agents some questions. How did Mr. Yohannan became the Archbishop. I understand that he is a graduate of Criswell college in Dallas and he is supposed to be a baptist. Do baptists make Archbishops? Do you know how he became Archbishop? A Church of north India bishop anointed him so. What is his interest in a baptist Yohannan? Money, huge sum of money....... Is this not what called Simony? Paying money to get a religious position.
We in India know that the people and the churches with him are all bought not by the blood of Christ, but the money he mints from the US. We understand that "Church Buying" is a very profitable business in India and K P Yohannan leads the market. He is one of the worst crook the evangelical world in India has ever seen and the people who work with him are pawns in his hand. We all admit that he is extremely able and has wide influence and he has bribed all the political parties in India. May the Lord have mercy on him, his followers and all who support him.
I am minister of the Lord Jesus Christ in India and personally know the work of Gospel for Asia. When we say something against them usually many write us off as people who are envious of GFA. But my question is why do they do things which might cause envy and grief in the hearts of other Christians in India? Do you know that they own 2300 acres of Rubber plantation in Kerala which is worth millions of dollars. They claim that every penny send to them is directly send to the workers. If so where did they find millions and millions of dollars to spend on land, infra-structure, rubber plantations etc. They are liars and they lie at every turn of the way and we Christians in India are very weary of them. I will never recommend any one supporting them in the name of the gospel.
I believe this review is part of a campaign of cyber-attacks that was uncovered by the Indian government to attempt to malign the ministry of Gospel for Asia. Please read these articles in the Indian Express and Business Standard to verify this: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hc-notice-to-google-facebook-on-churchs-plea/1037044/ http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/hc-notice-to-google-facebookchurchs-plea/84729/