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...]

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...]

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...]