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.
Absolutely an amazing ministry! I've been giving to them for years and I'm continually encouraged with their approach to see the Love of Christ displayed. One of the best organizations I've ever seen.
We have supported GFA for nearly 30 years, and are so glad the Lord gave us the privilege to touch the lost through them
One of the main reasons why I whole-heartedly endorse supporting Gospel for Asia (GFA) is that they are committed to building up the church. GFA workers in Asia aren’t just interested in getting people to say a prayer of salvation, but also in seeing these people grow in their understanding of the truth. And in America, GFA produces many kinds of materials that are designed to encourage and challenge believers here to walk in closer relationship with the Lord. What a privilege to be part of building God’s world-wide kingdom!
I have been a financial supporter of the ministry of GFA for over 10 years. This organization is doing amazing work to see the gospel go forward in Asia. I give them the highest recommendation, GFA is faithful with donor designations, your investment will go far for God's Kingdom.
I first heard of Gospel for Asia in 2005 when someone handed me a free copy of the book "Revolution in World Missions" and told me "This book changed my life more than any other book but the Bible." I was intrigued, and read the book, and I can honestly make the same statement now myself--what a change this ministry has made in my life! I was living the American dream, and then my eyes were opened to the more than 2 billion people who have never heard the gospel. Through Gospel for Asia (GFA), my family began sponsoring national missionaries who are taking the good news of Christ to areas where no missionary has ever been, and people have often never heard the name of Jesus. Several of the missionaries we have sponsored have been so successful in church planting that they are now self-supporting, and GFA offered us the opportunity to sponsor others in their place. What an incredible impact in the kingdom of God GFA has allowed my family to be part of. My kids have grown up praying for the missionaries we sponsor, and the children we sponsor through GFA's "Bridge of Hope" child development program. We even got to meet one of the children we sponsor, when we took a trip to Asia recently--the attached picture is of my wife with one of the girls we sponsor. This girl is from the very poorest class of society, and lost her father at age 11, yet through Bridge of Hope she is healthy, happy, excelling in her studies, and even writing us beautiful hand-written letters in English, thanking Jesus for all He has done in her life.
My family also loves GFA's Christmas Catalog program, where we have the ability to "order" gifts from a catalog of income-generating gifts for the poor and tools for missionaries. This has become a Christmas tradition in our family for more than 5 years, that has forever changed the way our children view Christmas. My two youngest daughters were so excited about the Christmas catalog, that last Christmas they saved up all their money for weeks so that they could purchase things from the Christmas catalog, to give to those in need. I attached a candid picture I caught of them perusing the catalog and deciding what they were going to give to. GFA has forever changed the focus and outlook of my entire family, and enabled us to make a greater impact for God's kingdom than we ever imagined.
The Holy Spirit prompted me to do some research on GFA, and I was very disappointed with what I read has been going on with them. The red flag for us was that over the last few years we received very few letters from our sponsored dalit child through GFA's Bridge of Hope program, even after we would call or email inquiring about this. We were told that the staff would contact the program center and encourage the child to write to us. Upon looking back at our file of letters, at one point we did not receive any letters from the sponsored child for over a year. At the start of the sponsorship, we were informed that the child would be writing to us two to three times per year, but this did not happen. We can only hope and pray that all of this as well as everyone's donations were not in vain.
After giving over 100,000 dollars to this ministry over the course of 11 years, I must retract everything I held dear about them. Please Google Warren Throckmorton's blog to see what they have done to us - their big donors and volunteers. They have lied to Evangelicals to get their money. I was a volunteer for 9 years, and went to India with them, and have met KP twice. I ignored what I saw in India and wish I hadn't. I saw the best of intentions. Well now I realize the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I regret all the friends I dragged into this ministry. They may have started off with the Gospel being the focus, but now it is a way for KP to build his empire.
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
This is SHEEP FLEECING MONEY LAUNDERING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE.
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 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
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.
We have supported GFA for over twenty years. I could not recommend a more worthy organization on the planet. KP is the real deal. He has a heart and vision to reach the lost, and God has advanced and honored his faithfulness. What other organization can you give to - where 100% of the funds are reaching the field and not consumed by ministry overhead cost? The whole economic model for how it works makes so much sense. Native missionaries are the most effective way of advancing the Gospel period. I had the opportunity recently to spend some time with other donors and volunteers abroad in the field seeing the work up close and personal , and I could not have been more encouraged with what I observed. If there were a way to give them 10 stars instead of 5 on this review I would.
After reading "Revolution In World Missions" and "No Longer a Slum Dog," my wife and I became sponsors of several Bridge of Hope children. When our church hosted a GFA speaker, our congregation immediately got on board, with most members supporting either GFA missionaries or Bridge of Hope children. Several of us went to their headquarters and talked to their leadership, and I was careful to study their doctrinal and mission statements. Our church has also supported the construction of a Believer's Church, and several Jesus Wells. I have just returned from a two week tour of GFA ministries from Deli to Calcutta, Bengal and Kerala. We visited Bridge of Hope centers, a medical center, a hospital, several Believers' Churches, leper colonies, Bible Colleges and a Seminary. I am convinced beyond a doubt that only the hand of God can accomplish what is being done through GFA. The Believers' Churches are alive and exciting, and the Bible Colleges are full of students who love Jesus and want to give their lives to serving him. Most importantly, the heart of GFA is to win the lost to Jesus Christ, and they are using every avenue of Christian service and love to do so. I am more confident than ever before that GFA is the best steward of my mission giving.
I first heard about Gospel for Asia when a family member gave me K.P.'s book "Revolution in World Missions". It is amazing what God is doing through this ministry! I had the privilege of traveling over to India on a pastor's tour, and my respect for this ministry is greater than ever. It was wonderful to see the missionary pastors, and love for people and their devotion to the gospel. I pray that my church here in the states can grab hold of the Great Commission in the way that Gospel for Asia does.