My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Gospel for Asia, Inc., Wills Point, TX, USA
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.