Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Reviewing Gospel for Asia

This morning Christian Today's Mark Woods reports that the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is reviewing Gospel for Asia.Woods takes note of the controversy surrounding GFA and says that the review is expected to last until October. At that time, GFA will provide answers to "outstanding questions."Woods and Christian Today have provided some good coverage of this matter while everybody else appears to be sitting on their hands. Perhaps they are waiting for the review … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia’s 2014 Audit is Late

Member organizations with of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability with are supposed to file renewal documents each year. When those documents are due depends on when the fiscal year ends. The renewal information is due by January 31 if your fiscal year ended on April 1 through September 30.The renewal information is due by July 31 if your fiscal year ended on October 1 through March 31. Gospel for Asia in the U.S. operates on a calendar year schedule so their renewal was … [Read more...]

How Does Gospel for Asia Exercise Discretion and Control of U.S. Tax-Exempt Contributions Given to Asia?

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Other than to operate the School of Discipleship, Gospel for Asia in Texas appears to exist to collect donations and send them to various countries in Asia where locals carry out various charitable and religious activities. The foreign donations are wired (or smuggled) to NGOs in India and other nations in Asia. According to GFA's 2013 audit financial statement nearly $60.1 million dollars were wired to five GFA related parties in India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. See … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia’s Auditor Retains Attorney for Some Reason

This is getting interesting.On Tuesday afternoon, I contacted Bland Garvey, the accounting firm which did Gospel for Asia's 2013 audit. I wanted to know if BG had been retained to do GFA's 2014 audit and perhaps learn why the audit is not out yet. As I understand it, GFA has to turn in an audited financial statement by July 31 to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability as a part of the requirements for membership. GFA is a charter member of ECFA. GFA has been referring to the … [Read more...]

C’mon Gospel for Asia, Let’s Talk

On May 7, 2015 Gospel for Asia's Chief Operating Officer David Carroll told me he would no longer answer any more of my questions. Leading up to that email was my question about why funds given and reported outside of India didn't show up in Indian records. Specifically at that time, I asked about the funds (15 million Canadian dollars) declared in Canada as being sent to India in 2013 but never reported as being contributed from a foreign source as required by Indian law (I later wrote about … [Read more...]

Will the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Hold Gospel for Asia Accountable?

I am not betting on it.The Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors Conference ended yesterday with no public statements from anyone within the Calvary Chapel movement about Gospel for Asia. GFA exhibited at the conference but left their table unmanned much of the time according to sources there. Several pastors, speaking on condition of anonymity, told me that their church would soon drop support for GFA due to GFA's public silence about various financial, personnel and leadership concerns.Several … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia Reveals Financial Information on Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Page

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In a major departure from past practice, Gospel for Asia changed their ECFA page to include their U.S. financial information. Citing security concerns, GFA has declined to reveal this information on the web, but instead required interested parties to request it by mail. Up until now, the ECFA has allowed charter member GFA to be exempt from usual practice.Now the page looks like this: In a prior post, I noted that GFA sent $58 million to India but the FC-6 forms there … [Read more...]

ECFA Will Not Release Faith Christian Church Investigation Results

This post is a follow up to the resignation of Faith Christian Church from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. I reported early in April that FCC resigned from the ECFA. FCC was being investigated by the ECFA for possible violations of ECFA guidelines. Numerous former members had described the extreme pressure to give 10% or more of their income to the church along with other problems at the church.Even though the FCC resigned while under investigation, the ECFA does not … [Read more...]


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