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GFA World: Showing God’s Love in Africa

The vision of GFA World (Gospel for Asia) has always been to touch lives with the love of God. Now in 2021, we have served for over 40 years, reaching a dozen Asian nations through our many community development projects. We’re active in clean water, child education, serving the least of these like widows, leprosy patients and slum dwellers, and much more.

And now, we are excited to announce that 2021 also marks the year GFA World is expanding to a new continent – Africa.

For over a year we’ve been praying, thinking, making visits and researching about starting a missions and church planting movement in Africa.

1.2 billion

people call Africa their home.

Africa is a continent with one-fifth of the world’s population: 1.2 billion people. Made up of 54 countries, Africa is known as the poorest continent of the world. The average lifespan is 52 years old, and about half the population of Africa is under the age of 15 years old. Huge needs exist for many African people groups, ranging from the water crisis to lack of access to healthcare and education, to recovering from genocide and the killing of hundreds of thousands of children.

Outreach Begins with Child Sponsorship in Rwanda

Our work in Africa begins with GFA World Child Sponsorship in the slums of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, one of the most densely populated African nations. This will be the first of many projects, each with the same vision we started with, to meet tangible needs of precious people and show God’s love to those who need it most.

With over 40 years of experience, GFA is equipped to meet the expanding needs of Africa. We’ll soon start training national missionaries, clean water projects, medical ministry, education for the underprivileged, women’s empowerment, and community development projects. Our aim is to help empower the poor to break the cycle of poverty and show God’s love.

And Rwanda is just the beginning of an exciting new missions frontier. We plan to expand ministry to six other nations in Africa during the next few years.

“We aim to be servants to everyone, showing them Christ through our lifestyle,” said our founder KP Yohannan. “Jesus told his disciples to change the world — and as we expand into Africa that’s our calling, too.”


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Common Needs in Africa


Health

Many in Africa do not have access to medical care. Around 1.6 million Africans died of preventable, treatable diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and HIV-related illnesses in 2015.1

Water

Africa is known as a “dry continent”, second only to Australia in difficulty to access water. About 27% of the entire population of Africa does not have access to safe drinking water.2

Education

32 million children in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly girls, do not go to school.3 Receiving an education is the most important key to breaking the generational cycle of poverty.

Spiritual

Our passion is to share God’s love and see worshipping communities grow in unreached areas, especially in North Africa, where less than 2 percent of the population are Christians.

How We Plan to Meet These Needs


Drawing from 40 years of experience in compassion and humanitarian ministries, GFA plans to bring our highly effective models to the needs of the destitute in Africa.

Medical Ministry

Our medical ministry will include healthcare training seminars, as well as medical camps: bringing quality medical care right to the people who need it most. We will also continue vitamin and supplement distribution for at-risk children, like Vitamin A for developing eyesight and de-worming tablets for kids suffering from parasites. Learn more about GFA’s medical ministry »

GFA's projects

impact entire communities.

Clean Water Projects

We will begin drilling Jesus Wells to help alleviate the water crisis. We work with local contractors and fund multiple wells at a time, getting the most “bang for our buck” while still building the wells to last. We’ll also work within the local communities to ensure the wells are maintained and cared for, and we use commonly available tools and parts, so they’re easy to repair. Jesus Wells serve an average of 300 people each day and last for 20 years. Learn more about GFA’s clean water projects »

GFA World Child Sponsorship

Inspired by Jesus’ love for the poor, we provide hope and help to free children, families and their communities from the cycle of poverty.

One way GFA World seeks to give children hope is by enhancing education opportunities in their community. We look at the roadblocks to education in communities, and seek to remove them through development activities like school supply distribution, accessible clean water, malnutrition prevention, and more. Learn more about Child Sponsorship »

National Workers

We plan to open Bible Colleges and train indigenous missionaries who want to show God’s love and serve their own people, similar to our roots in Asia. With their grasp of the local culture and traditions, these “homegrown” workers learn the heartbeat of the communities in which they serve and are crucial to help meet both physical and spiritual needs. Learn more about National Workers »

Health, water, and education are just a few examples of the needs we intend to meet through our ministry in Africa. We plan to begin many other ministry initiatives in the coming days, including:

  • Broadcasting the Good News
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Community Development
  • Theological Education
  • Youth Ministries
  • Education for the underprivileged


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Africa is the poorest continent in the world.

The God-story about Why We’re Starting in Rwanda


In 2018, Metropolitan Yohan (KP Yohannan) happened to meet the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Rwanda at a conference. He saw the incredible potential of partnership, and that is when everything began to come together for GFA World to expand to Africa.

Map of Africa and Rwanda

Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, will be the location of our base for the entire ministry across Africa, and we have a good relationship with the authorities there.

We have already started helping needy children and communities in the slums of Kigali.

We will soon launch a training center to raise up national workers who want to share God’s love.

Our Vision for Africa


“But when [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” —Matthew 9:36

What is our vision for ministry in Africa?

It’s simple: The Holy Church, as exemplified in the Book of Acts!

Rwanda

is the first country of a new mission field.

KP Yohannan (Metropolitan Yohan) shares, “We are looking at the whole continent. As we just started working with these children in Rwanda, our goal is hopefully in the days to come we will be able to see thousands of worshipping communities transformed as we care for the poor and needy, in the name of our Lord.”

Rwanda is just the beginning of an exciting new missions frontier. We plan to expand ministry to six other nations in Africa during the next few years.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why are you starting in Rwanda?

Through several divine appointments, it became clear that God was leading us to begin ministry here! You can read more at The God-story about Why We’re Starting in Rwanda »

Where in Africa do you plan to go next?

Rwanda is just the beginning of an exciting new missions frontier. We plan and hope to expand ministry to six other nations in Africa during the next few years, including Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan.

What community development projects is GFA doing in Africa?

GFA World has started helping children and communities in the slums of Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2021. This is just the first of many ministries! Each will have the same vision we started with, to meet tangible needs of precious people and show God’s love to those who need it most.

We’ll soon start training national missionaries, clean water projects, medical ministry, education for the underprivileged, women’s empowerment, and broadcasting the Good News.

How long have you been planning to move into Africa?

For over a year GFA leadership and our field partners have been praying, thinking, making visits and researching about starting a missions and church planting movement in Africa.

Join with Us on This Journey


Will you be part of this exciting expansion?

This will be just the beginning of our ministry together in Africa. But we must have strong support to fund it—and to move forward with next steps. Our team estimates that it will take significant resources to start the work in the areas where we see the greatest needs.

Your support of these African ministry efforts will help us provide more safe drinking water, healthcare, education, and so much more for the precious people of Africa. By God’s grace, we can make an incredible difference for many.

As we read the book of Acts and learn about the history of the church, we see that the disciples constantly care for the soul, the spirit, AND the body. They lived as the hands and feet of Jesus, meeting the needs of the suffering and the needy. Then that love—that genuine, authentic compassion—opened the door for the disciples to share the Gospel, plant churches and disciple entire communities who longed to follow Jesus.

As we respond to people’s physical needs in the name of Jesus, we pray they will encounter the Good News of God’s love for them.

“We realize this is of huge importance in terms of communicating the Gospel and helping the poor and the needy.” —KP Yohannan (Metropolitan Yohan)


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Your gift to GFA World enables our continued ministry around the world.


*The images on this page are not GFA stock images and are representative images of Africa, used with permission from Unsplash.

  1. “Dying from lack of medicines.” United Nations. www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/december-2016-march-2017/dying-lack-medicines. March 2017.
  2. “Africa’s priorities for sustainable development.” United Nations. www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/april-2012/africa%E2%80%99s-priorities-sustainable-development. April 2012.
  3. “New Methodology Shows that 258 Million Children, Adolescents and Youth Are Out of School.” UNESCO. http://uis.unesco.org/sites/default/files/documents/new-methodology-shows-258-million-children-adolescents-and-youth-are-out-school.pdf September 2019.

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