Social Crusader and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan Waxes Eloquent about Charity in India

Yesterday, K.P. Yohannan, self-styled social crusader and Metropolitan of Believers' Church, published an article in the Indian online publication Bureaucracy Today on charity finances. Next issue, BT should invite Bernie Madoff to pen an article on business ethics. Some highlights: However, checks and balances in the NGO space, like in any other system are an integral part of this support mechanism.  Without effective and robust assessment machinery, it will become very difficult … [Read more...]

Plaintiff’s Lawyer in the Gospel for Asia Fraud Case: Show Us Where the Money Went

"There is a blogger that regularly blogs. I'm certain that there will be something about this hearing on his blog because he follows the PACER regularly in everything that comes out, and there are a group of people that are -- they -- it's a little bit of a family feud between these ex-employees and GFA." - Robert Mowrey, attorney for Gospel for Asia, May 16, 2017. On May 16, a hearing was held to set the calendar and procedures for the racketeering (RICO) lawsuit against Gospel for Asia … [Read more...]

Metropolitan of Believers’ Church K.P. Yohannan Will Face Jury in Fraud Case

This is the same news as I reported yesterday but with a twist. The organization which funnels money from all over the world to India -- Gospel for Asia -- is at the center of two racketeering and fraud lawsuits brought by former donors in Arkansas. The founder of GFA and Believers' Church in India (the main recipient of GFA's funds) -- K.P. Yohannan -- is a defendant in the lawsuits. So is his wife and son. One of those suits was cleared by a federal judge to proceed with discovery and to hold … [Read more...]

Federal Judge Sets 2019 Trial Date for Fraud Case Against Gospel for Asia

Today, a federal judge in Western Arkansas ruled that one of the fraud and racketeering cases against Gospel for Asia will go to trial in 2019. U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks set the date for a jury trial on April 15, 2019.Despite numerous legal maneuvers by GFA's lawyers, the Murphy RICO case will move ahead. This is a significant win for the plaintiffs since GFA has tried on multiple occasions to have this and another case thrown out. The earlier case involving another Arkansas couple, … [Read more...]

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...]