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.
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!
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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/
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I knew Gospel For Asia and Believers Church and found if that the hands of God was always with them.No ministry in India could reach to this place with in 35 years of service. Without any doubt I will say it is God who sustain. No other ministries ever had to face such a massive attack from all direction ( Government, people who profess to be spiritual, people with spiritual languages, people who are born to become the accuser of brethren and people who had wrong motive etc) but I could see always God is standing with them and fighting for them. They have high grade of financial integrity and absolute trustworthiness of all money people send. They are a history makers for sure . I have high regard for it's metropolitan and leaders, they are simple people but honest and committed. As an outsider I watched them so carefully and stand in awe of God. As an Indian it's very hard to praise someone but I have high regard for them. I always pray that they may stay blessed for to be a blessings for millions to find hope and love
One of the things that most impacted me was the missionaries' dependence on the Lord. They pray about all things and trust in the Lord. It was so neat to see how the Lord answered their prayers. Also, seeing their work among the poorest living in the slums was impactful. There are committed missionaries living in the slum, sharing the love of Jesus with those around them. I don't think I could do that so I'm grateful to be a part of sending them.
Iam thankful to the Lord for GFA and the way God has been using the organization. In spite of every attack by enemies of all sorts and negative reports I saw this organization is growing more than ever before. I had privilage to closely watch it's growth and saw and realized that the hands of God is always with them .I know quite number of their leaders and they all are amazing people with humble spirit of service. I trust and recommend this organization
The Lord is working through many individuals and organizations around the world, however I am blown away by how He is using Gospel for Asia. I want to encourage you to look into this yourself and seek the Lord; but if you want to store treasure in heaven start praying, supporting and or volunteering with these brothers and sisters. Prayer is at the heart of this ministry. I've been to the field to see the work and words can not describe how grateful I am to the Lord to allow me to be a part of this ministry. Only in heaven will I see the great reward! Pray about this...we're not guaranteed tomorrow. Share Jesus to the millions who are lost through GFA.
it was one of my great privilage to visit Believers Church works in Rajasthan and found awesome and overwhelming experience to see how deeply their missionaries involve with their works in developing different typical remote villages in Rajasthan. I saw underprivilaged children are getting education, water fecilities provided, women being literally educated and so on. my trip was so refreashing one. I encourage all to take a trip first to some of their fields before you make some commitment ,if you do so I challenge that your commitment would be reshaped and you would do more than you thought to do. Never believe any negative stuff people trying to attack them with as they have so many opponents from all levels. your all questions would be answered if you directly talk to them or visit them. God bless
I never saw any other organization in India being badly attacked by all than GFA ande Believers Church, including political parties, dark world, oppononets of Gopsel, people with bad intensions. But God stood by this Organization in all level, which proof His word that nothing would stand against His church. God with all angel in heaven would protect anything which God himself initiated. People are working with this entities are genuine, committed, faithful and loyal. I have high respect for it's founder Bishop. K.P as a loyal visionorary leader hardly can find in any other organizations in India. His lie is the proof that after having everything a person still can become comitted and devoted to the Lord. Thank God for a leader like him. He is a choosen vesel by the Lord for this generation for sure.
Various media allegation forced the State of kerala to order an enquiry aganist K P Yohannan. He collected money especially United States, Europe and American countries for the rehabilitation and welfare of orphans, leprosy patients, widows, drinking water and community development. But the church officials are cooking accounts and deverting this blood money for making their personal assets like buying rubber estates in Cheruvally Pathanamthitta, Cardamom Plantation in Munnar and investing huge money in the real estate sector and construction of shopping malls. Recently kerala government issued a notification Belivers Church and K P Yohannan could not buy single inch of land in Kerala. As per the government this trust has recieved some Rs 1048 crores as foreign donations for charity but used that money for obtaining personal gains. Request to conduct an enquiry on your side as well. more details can be found on wikipedia under the section controversies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._P._Yohannan http://bishopkpyohannan.blog.com/ http://bishopkpyohannan.wordpress.com/ http://bishopkpyohannan.blogspot.com/
My family and I have been involved with GFA for about 3 years now and we are amased at the difference these people are making in their communities and beyond. They are 100% committed to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and go ot of their way to serve God and fellow man. They work beyond religious boundaries to reach out to people everywhere. The people serving in GFA are true servants expecting nothing in return. Earthly possessions are of least importance to them and they spend their resources wisely. We had opportunity to visit their Bridge of Hope centre and various campuses. We could witness an organisation of excellence focussed on being true to God's calling for them.
If you wanted to see what God can do through sincere but committed simple people, no need to go back to history or the life of 12 disciples ( unschooled) just go to GFA works. You will fall into your knee and worship Him as our God is still in works through simple people like GFA guys.I personally experienced God and His awesome deeds in India by visiting their ministry sites. I appreciate all of you to take a mission trip to India with GFA.
Believers church and GFA always remain my ever favourate church in India as I love their system, leadership, programs and vision for the future works and how they further to see those dreams getting fulfilled
Having recently travelled to India, visiting several Gospel for Asia ministries, I came back impressed and inspired. The heart of Gospel for Asia was so clear; to honour God and to reach the lost through the love of Jesus. Examples of this shone through the leaders and missionaries in the Bridge of Hope schools, the Boys Home, the Bible Colleges, and in the distribution of gift catalogue items. We were treated like honoured guests when I felt the honour should be going to those in the field. I was touched by the mentally challenged boy in the Boys Home that was saved from the streets to be sheltered, trained and loved. His bright smile was priceless. The women whose hands were deformed by leprosy that broke down in tears telling her testimony of how God's love reached her through Gospel for Asia workers. God is at work in Asia through the faithful work of Gospel for Asia.
I recently traveled to India & was honoured to visit a few different projects Gospel For Asia funds in different regions of India. Prior to the trip I knew very little about GFA but since my travels have been given an in depth look into how GFA is structured & operates. I am incredibly impressed with the sincerity, quality and integrity of all Gospel For Asia staff members and the organization as whole. I was happy to hear all money donated to Gospel For Asia is donated to the mission field. We had many opportunities to ask questions to local staff, to hear about the multitude of ways GFA is meeting the needs in Asia and to tour their different projects. We were also blessed to spend an afternoon with K.P. Yohannan, where no question was off limit. After visiting the different projects including, Bridge of Hope, Bible Colleges, Widow Ministries, Gift Catalogue recipients and hearing the first hand testimonies I can confirm the difference Gospel For Asia is making in the name of Jesus. Lives are being changed and people are learning about Jesus because of the work they are doing in Asia. GFA has a pure, humble heart and what you see is what you get. Every aspect of my trip was handled with precision and efficiently. I would recommend volunteering with &/or donating to Gospel For Asia. Thank you for for allowing me to be apart of this ministry.
I had the privilege and honor to travel with GFA to India recently. It was an incredible trip. We were well taken care of and lead with professionalism. Travel arrangements were handled efficiently. I am a member of the media, and have traveled with different organizations. GFA and their staff on the ground will take great care in making sure the accommodations and arrangements are excellent. The ministry itself of the leadership of the Metropolitan K. P. Yohannon. They honor God with their lives, and evangelism is priority. The many parts of the ministry work together like a well-oiled machine, that compliments each other, to bring people to Christ. That is a true testimony of team work when God adds to your numbers like the new Testament Church. Against a lot of odds, the team doesn't rely on themselves, but on the faithful and ever-present help of God. Each department is vital, and works fervently to give hope. It's one thing to talk about hope, and it's another thing to see hope in action. I saw GFA giving hope in hopeless situations. It was life-changing.
I am not a member of GFA or a volunteer but was given the opportunity to visit several of their locations in India. I was so impressed with their sincere humility and desire to reach the unreached in this part of the world. 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 organization is doing more with their resources than any organization I have ever seen. I would encourage anyone to support this effort. For anyone that might have questions about the organization, I would say for them to simply ask. Everything was open and no question was off limits to us.
I am praying that God will continue to use GFA and I am glad to have had the opportunity to see this ministry first hand.
no amount of words can distingush the work which God has established through GFA as they foud favour from the Lord. God has added few more pages in the History of Christianity in India and Asia through their complete surrender to serve the Lord. From the TOP to bottom, you can find honesty, dedication and faithfulness. What more God is looking forward to bless a ministry. This is what GFA. I recommend