Gospel for Asia Tops India’s List of Foreign Donation Recipients for FY 2016

A March 20 article in the Times of India puts focus on just how much money pours into India via the mega mission organization Gospel for Asia. A companion piece on Believers' Church features K.P. Yohannan again saying he has no legal standing in any of his organizations. His own church Constitution seems to contradict this statement.According to the ToI article, Ayana Charitable Trust (Gospel for Asia's new name in India) took in $126,376,000 (Rs 8.26 billion). Much of that came from Ayana's … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia Founder K.P. Yohannan Gives the Gift of Worship on His Birthday; Hand Kissing Too

Happy Founders Day!Forgive the late wish for a happy Founder's Day. In the Believers' Church, K.P. Yohannan's birthday is considered a special day and singled out for celebration.Founder’s Day [March 8] This is the Birthday of our Metropolitan. On this day, the Church shall organize compassion ministries such as providing food for the poor and beggars, social work, gift distribution to the poor and downtrodden, etc. These activities fulfill the dream of our Metropolitan to love others a … [Read more...]

Why Christian Nationalism is a Problem – Exhibit A: India

Yesterday, Terry Mattingly at Get Religion blog began a post about the NYTs coverage of India and Compassion International like this: If you have followed news in India in recent years, you know that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party – commonly known as the BJP – has continued its efforts to promote "Hindutva," or Hindu-ness, which essentially argues that Hinduism is an essential component of what it means to be a citizen of India.Thus, it's goal is to defeat secular pluralism and the rec … [Read more...]

K.P. Yohannan Ordains 12 New Bishops Including Son and Gospel for Asia Board Member Daniel Punnoose

On March 2, Daniel Punnoose, the son of Gospel for Asia founder and Believers' Church Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan, was confirmed as a Bishop in the Believers' Church in India. This sets the stage for Yohannan to turn over the GFA empire to Punnoose when Yohannan decides to retire.Gospel for Asia is being sued by former donors who claim that GFA engaged in fraud and misuse of funds.Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan … [Read more...]

New RICO Suit Brought Against Gospel for Asia

I reported earlier this week that Garland and Phyllis Murphy, former Gospel for Asia donors filed a motion to join the RICO lawsuit initiated by Matthew and Jennifer Dickson. A separate suit was filed yesterday by the Murphys.Read the Murphys' complaint here.The complaint is similar to the one filed by the Dicksons but has a separate case number from Dickson's case and follows a motion to withdraw the earlier request to join the Dickson's case. Plaintiffs’ Motion to Withdraw P … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia Appeals the Denial of a Stay in the RICO Lawsuit

Gospel for Asia really doesn't want to enter discovery in their defense against allegations of corrupt financial practices and fraud.Last week, after the Western Arkansas District Court rejected GFA's request for a stay (pause in the case) while GFA's appeal is being heard, GFA promptly appealed that denial yesterday.Read GFA's appeal here.In the appeal, GFA "respectfully request[s] a stay under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 8 pending the outcome of this appeal." GFA wants the … [Read more...]

Former Donors Request to Join Gospel for Asia RICO Suit

On February 6, 2017, Garland D. Murphy, III, M.D. and his wife Phyllis A. Murphy filed a motion to join the RICO lawsuit agains Gospel for Asia. In the motion, the Murphy's allege that they were defrauded by Gospel for Asia and would not have donated had they known how GFA planned to use their donations.Specifically, the Murphys took the GFA promise to send 100% to mission work at face value and donated on that basis.From Exhibit A attached to the Motion: Plaintiffs-Intervenors Garland … [Read more...]

Federal Court Rejects Gospel for Asia’s Motion for a Stay; New Plaintiffs Request to Join Suit

On Wednesday, the Western Arkansas federal district court rejected Gospel for Asia's request for a stay of trial proceedings while an appeals court considers GFA's motion to dismiss the case. This will allow the case to proceed to discovery and trial.Read the judge's order at the link below. Some best hits from the order: The only foreseeable “harm” of discovery in this forum is that it might reveal that Defendants have, in fact, committed fraud against Plaintiffs and the purported class. Th … [Read more...]