The vision of GFA World has always been to touch lives with the love of Jesus Christ. We have served people in need for more than 40 years, reaching a dozen Asian nations by sharing God’s love and helping the poor and needy. We provide clean water; support children’s education; and serve people most overlooked by society, such as widows, leprosy patients and slum residents.
Out of obedience to go into all the world, we were led by the Lord to expand our vision to a new continent: Africa.
For more than a year, we’ve been praying, thinking, making visits and researching about launching a missions-and-church-planting movement in Africa.
people call Africa their home.
Africa is a continent with one-fifth of the world’s population: 1.2 billion people, across 54 countries and a vast range of terrains, peoples and cultures. Historically, Africa has made significant contributions to the foundation of the Church. Now, about half of the population of Africa is under the age of 15: This is a land bursting with promise.
Yet, in the wake of the 20th century, many regions suffer extreme poverty levels. Many African people groups face tremendous hurdles, such as water crisis and lack of access to health care and education. Nations continue to reconcile the past traumas of genocide and the collective grief of hundreds of thousands of children killed.
GFA World’s Child Sponsorship Program has begun in Rwanda
After years of faithfully carrying out the command to “Go and make disciples,” we have the tremendous privilege to carry it out in another part of the world! Our work in Africa has begun with GFA World's Child Sponsorship Program in the slums of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, one of the most densely populated African nations. This is the first of many projects, each with the same vision we started with: to meet tangible needs of precious people and bring the Gospel to those who need it most.
With more than 40 years of experience, GFA World is equipped to meet the expanding needs of Africa. We’ll soon train and send out national missionaries to share the love of Christ and make disciples, as well as begin clean water projects, medical ministry, provide education for the underprivileged, empower women and implement other community development projects. Our aim is to help those in desperate need by breaking the cycle of poverty and setting lives free through the transforming power of the Gospel.
Rwanda is just the beginning of an exciting new missions frontier for GFA World. We’re thrilled by the privilege to serve in the communities of Kigali, and this is just the beginning of a new ministry hub. By God’s grace, we plan to expand ministry to six other nations in Africa during the next few years. The ministry headquarters now being established will prove to be an integral part of the missions strategy in the years to come.
“We aim to be servants to everyone, showing them Christ through our lifestyle,” said GFA World founder, K.P. Yohannan (Metropolitan Yohan). “Jesus told his disciples to change the world, and as we expand into Africa, that’s our calling, too.”
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Current Prayer Requests:
+ Pray for our first missionary team of four experienced Gospel laborers, who are now in Rwanda, that the Lord would use them for His glory.
+ The Lord is already answering prayer, and our first church in Rwanda has been established, already with several hundred believers worshiping the Lord and growing in their faith! Please pray that as they mature in the faith, they will reach out to the suffering in their own communities.
+ Pray that the Lord will raise up at least 10 brothers and 10 sisters from East Africa to join in the discipleship training and missionary outreach team in 2022.
+ Four of our specially trained women missionaries are preparing to inaugurate the Sisters of Compassion ministry in Africa! Please pray for them as they begin this vital area of ministry.
+ Medical missions is one of our major thrusts in Africa because the need and opportunity to serve the unreached in this region through medical ministry is immense. Pray the Lord will help us meet this need.
+ As of 2020, 282 million people in Africa were experiencing hunger—and things have only intensified as the pandemic and global unrest continue to cause long-term ramifications. Pray for the Lord’s mercy, and ask Him to use us and other ministries to be part of the solution in this dire situation.