Indian Government Cracks Down on NGOs; Gospel for Asia India Changes Name to Ayana Charitable Trust

Earlier this week, the Indian press reported that 20,000 NGOs had been cancelled by Prime Minister Modi's crusade against corruption. According to those reports, only 13,000 NGOs remain as approved by the government.It is unclear if any of the NGOs connected to mission giant Gospel for Asia has been caught up in the crack down. The government's Home Ministry website provides lists of about 12,000 NGOs which are not now approved and none of the GFA organizations are listed. However, given the … [Read more...]

WAY-FM: Gospel for Asia “Passed Our Internal Review”

Looking around on Christian radio network WAY-FM's website, I saw this ad for Gospel for Asia.First, GFA isn't really giving very many animals to children. Most goat gifts end up in a fund which may or may not provide an actual animal to a family.Then, I wondered if perhaps WAY-FM was unaware of GFA's ethics and legal problems. Even K-LOVE told me at one point they no longer partner with GFA.  I wrote WAY-FM to find out.The response led to another question which has yet to be … [Read more...]

Indian Ruling Party Official: K.P. Yohannan Has No Claim to Rubber Plantation

Gospel for Asia founder and director K.P. Yohannan is getting opposition from the India's Peoples Party in his bid to sell a rubber plantation that the government says he doesn't own. Yohannan's Believers' Church purchased the working rubber plantation -- Cheruvally Estate -- from the Harrisons Malayalam Ltd company in 2005. According to the Times of India, a high ranking official in the party of Prime Minister Modi claims the church should not be repaid for the property since it was acquired … [Read more...]

#GivingTuesday: Donor Illusions

Although dated, I have found this 2009 article on donor illusions to be helpful.  The article was published on the blog of the Give Well organization, a donor support group. Give Well publishes a recommended charity list each year. Here is 2016's list.The Give Well description of donor illusions focuses on international charities but illusions can be found in domestic charities as well (e.g., today's post on coats for pledges at K-LOVE). As a result, international charities tend to create … [Read more...]

#GivingTuesday: Gospel for Asia’s Rubber Plantation in Jeopardy

It appears Gospel for Asia has experienced another setback. The local government wants to build an airport on part of the rubber plantation -- Cheruvally Estate -- owned by GFA. "There are many environmental issues at Laha. Based on a study , Cheruvalli estate was found suitable. I had talked to Archbishop KP Yohannan who owns the Cheruvalli estate two months ago and he had expressed his willingness to give land for the airport. I wrote to Vijayan and he acted quickly ," he said, adding that … [Read more...]

His Eminence The Most Reverend Dr. K.P. Yohannan Welcomes New Medical School Class

K.P. Yohannan once rejected materialism and ministry that wasn't Gospel focused. Now he is "His Eminence The Most Reverend" benefactor of a first rate medical college and hospital partly built with the donations of American donors who thought they were helping poor people in India.On October 5, Believers' Church Medical College held a ceremony commemorating the first class to attend the college ("Pioneer Batch").H.E. The Most Reverend Dr. is another Christian luminary who uses an … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia School of Discipleship Alum Reflects on Carrying Cash to India

Gospel for Asia's School of Discipleship has decreased over the past two years of scandal involving GFA's financial dealings. One alum recently addressed issues involving illegal cash carrying to India at the Donor Be Wise blog. In it, we learn that GFA encouraged students to keep the cash from customs agents and that GFA appears to be under federal investigation. Q: When you got ready for your trip to India, did you know you were going to be taking cash?A: Not at all. They didn’t tell us t … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia Spent Nearly $100,000 More on CEO K.P. Yohannan’s House Than Other Homes in GFA’s Complex

In 2014, when Gospel for Asia moved to the current Wills Point, TX location, staff were told they could pick out a plan to build a brand new home. Eventually, staff were charged a monthly fee to live in the complex after the homes were build. Without special permission, no deviations were allowed in the plan selected from the options offered by Altura Homes.Given K.P. Yohannan's teachings on frugal living, one might expect his home to be the most modest with very few alterations. However, in … [Read more...]