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...]

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...]

Gospel for Asia Claims They Want an Impartial Arbiter but Acts to Delay Discovery

One year ago, Gospel for Asia's leaders said it was a "blessing" to have "an impartial arbiter" bring resolution to the allegations contained in the RICO lawsuit advanced by former donors Matthew and Jennifer Dickson. In a February 15 article, GFA is quoted by Charisma News: We consider it a blessing to finally have the opportunity to bring this matter to full resolution through an impartial arbiter, and you can rest assured that in the meantime we will continue operating on behalf of some of … [Read more...]

U.S. District Court of Western Arkansas Rules RICO Case Can Proceed Against Gospel for Asia

In April 2016, Gospel for Asia's celebrity attorneys asked the Western Arkansas District Court to either dismiss the RICO suit against them or to require plaintiffs Matthew and Jennifer Dickson to submit to binding arbitration.  Today, the court declined to dismiss the case. Furthermore, they declined to require the Dicksons to enter arbitration, ruling that their employment contract did not envision a case such as this.In short, the RICO suit against Gospel for Asia will go forward. From … [Read more...]