I thank God the lawsuit against GFA is over, and after three long years I finally feel free to talk about it.
I pray my letter will be an encouragement to you and answer some of your questions.
Honestly speaking, I never thought our ministry and family would face accusations such as those that were made in the lawsuit. Throughout GFA’s 40+ years of existence, our hearts and passion have been to bring Christ’s love to a broken and hurting world. We did not look for personal gain. Above all, we have sought to honor the Lord in our personal lives, in the ways we serve and by maintaining our integrity.
I did an interview with Francis Chan, a well-known pastor and writer, where we talked about the lawsuit and the work on the field. Please watch the interview below. I hope it encourages you.
Every year we evaluated our ministry and underwent an independent audit. In 2015, our governing board received a confidential letter from a financial standards association we were part of, and of which we were a charter member, pointing out that our accounting practices needed to better conform to the requirements set by that association. Despite the unique challenges our organization faces by supporting ministry in certain parts of the world, we immediately set out to comply with their request and hired a new auditing firm.
Unfortunately, the confidential letter was sent to a number of people and put on social media to damage us. Around the same time, a former staff member sent negative letters to many of our donors.
We learned the eye-opening lesson that social media, which can be an incredible tool for good, can also be used as a horrible weapon of destruction—when coupled with the power of gossip and slander—to make false accusations that go viral and destroy reputations of others. Soon after this, we lost staff members and many supporters of our ministry.
enlisted all our supporters as plaintiffs. For that reason, we were mainly limited to explaining our story through filings in the lawsuit, and we did not have freedom to speak to you.
Together with our leadership team, we prayed and tried to reconcile with those who distanced themselves from us as a result of the false allegations. Unfortunately, we soon learned that a lawsuit had been filed, which eventually turned into a class action suit that enlisted all our supporters as plaintiffs. For that reason, we were mainly limited to explaining our story through filings in the lawsuit, and we did not have freedom to speak to you.
In the meantime, we submitted to the organizational and personal financial investigations under the due process of the court. We’re grateful that in the end, the final court document concluded that both parties “mutually stipulate that all donations designated for use in the field were ultimately sent to the field.”
During the legal proceedings, we retained one of America’s big four accounting firms to conduct an objective analysis of the flow of Gospel for Asia funds to the field. It took an enormous amount of time and money. They concluded that all the money given had made it to the field—a conclusion we knew to be true from the very beginning.
After three years of enormous financial and personal strain to sustain the ministry and pay legal fees, in 2019 the court asked us to attempt to settle. Several senior Christian leaders strongly advised us to take this road. Our Board members met and decided to accept the settlement, because if the lawsuit continued for another two to three years nothing would be left of the ministry’s resources or reputation.
For me, it was a huge struggle knowing we have to pay money that could have been used to help thousands of abandoned widows and children living on the streets. Nevertheless, to save the ministry we had to take this difficult step, trusting the Lord to lift us up once more.
This season the ministry has walked through over the past few years has been one of the most difficult and loneliest times in my own personal life. I can’t tell you how many times I nearly gave up. But we had much to learn through all this, and the Lord was gracious to see us through, and He sustained the work through faithful friends. I want to thank those of you who prayed for us and encouraged us during this time.
I'm most proud of the fact that we managed to continue to serve those in need even as we fought every day to survive ourselves.
What has blessed me throughout this long and weary season is that even though we suffered much heartache and financial strain, the Lord enabled us to keep supporting the work on the field. I was amazed to find out what happened despite our struggles. The numbers below represent the Lord’s work in 2019 through GFA and our partnerships worldwide as we follow Him in His work in 16 Asian nations, including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
We give God the glory for all He has done!
students sponsored through GFA's Child Sponsorship Program graduated from high school
women received free healthcare training
medical camps conducted in remote or needy communities
Jesus Wells drilled in communities needing clean water
We now look to the future with great hope and faith that the Lord will use GFA even more than in the past.
I’m praying that as you read this, you’ll realize that there has NEVER been a time when there is a greater need or greater opportunity than right now.
Everywhere we look we are seeing massive evidence of the times of stress and change we live in. COVID-19 has swept across the nations with untold sorrow and suffering.
Some may look at everything that is happening and get discouraged and confused. But this is a season of incredible challenge and opportunity, and all I can sense in my spirit is urgency. “Don’t delay!”
We are doing everything we can. We’re doing our best to cut expenses so that we can send additional funds. But I know that there is a potential miracle of provision within our grasp, and you hold the key! If we could receive back some or all of the refunded gifts, it would open the door to a vastly increased response!
With a thankful heart I want to conclude this letter by assuring you we are fully committed to fulfill the mission God gave us—we always have been and always will be. The difficulty of recent years only affirms what we have always believed. We will not let up now.
I know you, too, have a heart of love and compassion, so I boldly ask for your special, sacrificial help. People are dying without ever hearing the name of Jesus, and we must do all we can to reach them before it’s too late.
Your gift to Where Most Needed will help us overcome this challenge, so we can continue to bring Christ’s love to a broken and hurting world.
Originally published July 29, 2019 with statistics from 2018 Special Report.
Updated October 27, 2020
Yes, all your donations to Gospel for Asia that were designated for mission field work were sent to the field. The settlement agreement clearly states in section 9.2.2: “The Parties also mutually stipulate that all donations designated for use in the field were ultimately sent to the field.” During the legal proceedings, we retained one of America’s big four accounting firms to conduct an objective analysis of the flow of Gospel for Asia funds to the field. They concluded that all the money given made it to the field—a conclusion we knew to be true from the very beginning.
No, the settlement of this lawsuit does not mean Gospel for Asia is guilty. The settlement clearly indicates in section 9.2.2 that “The Parties also mutually stipulate that all donations designated for use in the field were ultimately sent to the field.” The decision to settle simply means that the ministry could not afford to continue down this path. A class-action lawsuit is an enormous burden for a for-profit corporation, and for a not-for-profit organization like GFA the weight of potentially fighting this for another 3-4 years seemed simply beyond the ministry’s capacity to bear.
Also, as we stated clearly in section 1.6 of the settlement, we stand with our position that no individual defendant received any improper gain or was improperly enriched. Our leadership has remained fully committed to fulfill the mission God gave us—this battle has only affirmed what we’ve always believed.
The fact that this is not an acknowledgment of guilt is explicitly stated in the Settlement Agreement in section 1.6, “[Gospel for Asia’s] position is that the evidence demonstrates (i) all funds designated to the field were sent to the field and used for ministry purposes; and (ii) no Individual Defendant…received any improper personal gain or enrichment from or related to donated funds. Without admitting any liability or wrongdoing whatsoever and expressly denying any such liability or wrongdoing and while maintaining they have substantial factual and legal defenses to all claims and class allegations in the Murphy Litigation and Dickson Litigation…”
First, the court encouraged the parties to settle. The court mandated that we attempt to find a resolution to the case prior to a costly and time-consuming trial. The court appointed a United States Magistrate to manage the mediation.
There was a concern that the ministry couldn't continue to bear the weight of defending itself. Class action lawsuits are enormous burdens for large, for-profit companies. So, you can only imagine what the weight of an action like this would be against a not-for-profit organization.
We were informed that continuing the lawsuit could take another 3-4 years before it concluded, which means 3-4 more years of legal fees and being unable to share freely with you about the situation. Our Board sought the Lord and unanimously felt that continuing this lawsuit for that amount of time would be worse for the ministry in the end. We were also advised by several senior Christian leaders to take the road of settlement.
No, KP Yohannan and members of his family were not personally enriched in any way. Gospel for Asia has always aggressively denied this. It was put best by Francis Chan in the following excerpt from a March 4, 2019 article at The Christian Post, “As a result of the ordeal, Chan’s admiration for founder KP Yohannan ‘only grew.’
‘From the start, it didn’t make sense that he was misappropriating funds,’ Chan reasoned. ‘There was no logical motive. I had spent time in his home and driven with him in his car. He lives very humbly. When I saw his tax returns, I was shocked at how little he made and how much he gave.’”
The settlement of this lawsuit against Gospel for Asia does not affect your sponsored national missionary or sponsored child in any way.
Yes, he made this comment upon the announcement of the settlement, “For three long years, our ministry wondered more often than I’d like to admit if we would survive this ordeal. I’m most proud of the fact that we managed to continue to serve those in need even as we fought every day to survive ourselves. We are so incredibly thankful for the prayers and the ongoing support of our many faithful friends and partners. We look today toward the future with optimism in our hearts ‘being confident of this one thing: that He who began a good work in [us] will continue to perfect it.’”
To read KP Yohannan’s latest, in-depth response to the lawsuit, please read his letter here.
Yes, if you received a letter and W-9 form as shown below from the “Murphy v Gospel for Asia Settlement Administrator”, this is a legitimate communication. The form is necessary because you received over $600 in a settlement payment, and the IRS requires reporting of this. You will need to fill out the W-9 form and return it to the address shown on the form. Please contact a professional tax advisor or other qualified financial counselor with any questions concerning taxes.
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Our understanding is that people who received checks of over $600 need to fill out the W-9. If you received a check for over $600 and are not sure if you turned in a W-9, you can contact the Settlement Administer at 1-844-367-8894.
Many have contacted us asking how they can further help us. The gift of your settlement check will help forward the mission of GFA (GFA World) in continuing ministry among those who have never heard of Jesus Christ.
On the back of the settlement check, write "Payable to Gospel for Asia," and all parties on the check must sign underneath. Then mail it to us at:
Gospel for Asia
1116 St. Thomas Way
Wills Point, TX 75169
For your convenience, you can use any GFA postage-paid envelope to do this
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Cash or deposit your settlement check, and make a donation to GFA just as you would make any other donation.
Whether you choose to return your settlement check to GFA or not, you will likely have to report these funds as additional income.
If the amount of your settlement check is over $600, it is our understanding that a 1099 will be issued from Heffler Group, so we advise asking your tax professional how it could impact your taxes. For those who itemize their tax returns, giving back your settlement check will be a donation to Gospel for Asia and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Thank you for your support! Thank you for heart of love for the needy — and for helping us continue to transform communities with God's love.
For answers about your claim, please contact the claim administrator, Heffler Claims Group by calling toll-free at (844) 367-8894. However, our understanding is that the second portion of your claim should have arrived sometime in November of 2020 with a letter from Heffler explaining more.
Since the Heffler Claims Group is the administrator of these payments, we are unable to provide information as to the amount of your check. For your claim, please contact the claim administrator.
The only way to return your settlement claim to GFA is to follow the instructions given above.
“Gospel for Asia is not a movement but a phenomenon. GFA has become one of the most significant mission organizations of this century.
“I praise God for the great love and commitment of KP and Gisela Yohannan for the people of Asia. Millions have received the Word of God because of them and the ministry of Gospel for Asia.”
—George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization and world missions advocate
“We are so thankful for GFA; you have provided a way for us to walk with your ministry as you love the lost in Asia. We pray for Brother K.P. and GFA daily. God go before you!”
—Molly from Michigan, GFA donor since 2012
“K.P. has been a mentor to me for years. The way that he speaks to God and about Him is different from anyone else I know. His words and actions have led to me loving Jesus more consistently and deeply. He is the first to admit shortcomings in his life, but he continues to be an example to me. For this, I am eternally grateful.”
—Francis Chan, pastor and author of “Crazy Love”
“I am so relieved that the lawsuit was come to an end. I have prayed for that the Lord would guard and protect the ministry of Gospel for Asia from the class action lawsuit. I support GFA just as strongly as ever, and I continue to pray for the ministry. I believe this class action lawsuit in the USA is nothing more than spiritual warfare against the ministry of Gospel for Asia. So, I continue to lift up the ministry of Gospel for Asia to the Lord that He will protect the ministry from the evil one. I know that I prayed for the Lord to send me to India as a missionary, and the Lord lead me to Gospel for Asia instead. I realized I could have a bigger impact by supporting native missionaries than me going myself.”
—Brandon from Texas, GFA Donor since 2006
“Having been personally involved in missions in dozens of countries for decades, I can say that what God is doing through KP Yohannan and Gospel for Asia is a move of God. I have seen the work on the field firsthand, and how finances are handled; it was the most comprehensive accounting I’ve encountered. I’ve also worked closely with GFA’s leader and can personally attest that this is not only a remarkable ministry that is being used by God, it is operated with the most professional integrity imaginable.”
—The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill Atwood, Dean for International Affairs for the Anglican Church in North America and Bishop of the International Diocese
“Several years ago I saw negative news on GFA, but I never read those articles having put my faith in God that this was a ministry in which He wanted my involvement. I continue to believe in GFA and continue to pray for its success. I was not one of those in the class action suit and am deeply sorry for the ordeal all of you have suffered these past three years. I have been a faithful supporter of GFA for more than the 11 years. As God has led me to contribute, never once have I questioned the distribution of funds to the field work or otherwise. I am with GFA 100 percent. I sent a contribution to help in the $11 million needed and although it is a drop in the bucket I give cheerfully believing God will multiply it. My prayer is that those who receive any type of payment with turn around and give it right back to GFA.”
—Carol from California, GFA donor since 2008
“I have had the privilege of going . . . to South Asia and was deeply moved by meeting with many GFA missionaries and pastors there. I was particularly inspired by seeing Jesus Wells outside the churches and also visiting the [Child Sponsorship Program] centers, both of which are doing such a fine work in helping the Dalits.”
—Dan Wooding, founder of ASSIST News Services and host of “Front Page Radio”
“I am not able to go to the field, however, by partnering with GFA I’m able to be directly involved with the Lord’s work overseas. My money could not be better spent!”
—Jeanie from Nevada, GFA donor since 2009
“Years ago I came across Gospel for Asia and quickly realized they were the only large-scale international ministry I knew of that operated like the First Century Church. They were humble, devout, pious, going to the poorest of the poor, willing to suffer life-threatening persecution, and doing works like those recorded in the Book of Acts -- preaching the Word with signs and wonders following (deliverance from demonic oppression, healings, miracles, raising from the dead), making disciples and then sending those out. Because of this, I felt the Lord told me to offer my services for free, which they lovingly accepted. Still walking with GFA today because the heart of this ministry and its work haven’t changed. They are still doing the works of Jesus among the least of these, to the glory of God and fulfillment of His Kingdom.”
—Palmer Holt, President, InChrist Communications
“I traveled to South Asia and discovered Gospel for Asia has been uniquely raised up 'for such a time as this.' Only God's sovereign power could explain how 'earthen vessels' make such a dramatic difference. ...
“The faces of shining students receiving love reflect the dynamic difference the Holy Spirit makes. An elderly man was jumping for joy because of the dignity restored to him in empowering him to provide for himself. A single mother enabled to support her family was teaching 15 other women a trade. Clean water in Jesus' name is a marvel! I could go on and on to speak of the amazing Bible schools and the remarkable changes occurring. Suffice it to say, spending time with Brother K.P. personally reiterated to me that it is all so simple: God loves Asia, and He demonstrates it every day through GFA.”
—Rev. Jeff Lutes, president and founder of International Harvesters for Christ, Canada
“I have always known Gospel for Asia as powerful prayer warriors and a group of humble people who seek to know Christ and make Him known.”
—Pastor Steve Marquez
“I have been a supporter of GFA for many years, and I hold your organization in highest regard. I will be praying for favor for all of you, and a speedy resolution to the matter.”
—Ruth from Florida, GFA donor since 1994
“We recently had a Gospel for Asia speaker share at our church and our men's meeting. GFA was new to our folks here, however, many were very touched by the message and the approach GFA is using to spread the love of Christ around the world.”
—Pastor Dick Kelsey, Rocky Branch Baptist Church
“It is my humble honor and sincere privilege to stand with you as you continue all the good work you're doing for the glory of God. May our wonderful LORD multiply the fruit of your heart ministry many times over in the years ahead. To God be the glory!”
—Joanne from California, GFA donor since 2009
“The gospel of Jesus Christ has always been about a neighbor reaching their neighbor. GFA does this supremely through the emphasis of national workers and pastors. GFA connects a church to ‘their neighbors’ thousands of miles away by understanding the biblical mandate, having a passion for people and a commitment to prayer.”
—Pastor Neil Orchard, Salem United Methodist Church
“Gospel for Asia has been a blessing to our community here in Wills Point, TX, for several years. Although primarily a missions organization, they have never pushed for or pressured us to financially support them. On the contrary, they have reached out to Churches and Pastors in a very cooperative inclusive spirit. They brought pastors together for prayer hosted at different Churches monthly. They also sponsor an event for back to school supplies at their facilities. The people from GFA that I have met are genuinely passionate about Jesus and live their lives as the shining lights and examples that God has called us to be. I thank God for GFA, the people, and their mission.”
—Pastor Michael Williams, International Outreach Church
“Any work of God that shakes the kingdom of Satan must tested to the maximum. Just like Nehemiah was opposed from all directions, when he was building the wall. Eventually, it was completed! Never give up!”
—Grace from Texas, GFA donor since 2016
“I stand in support with GFA and praise God for empowering you to always obey Jesus’ Great Commission; to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, making disciples and baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
“I am thankful for GFA's dependence on God and their heart to seek Him always and honor and glorify His Name.
“I value your faithfulness and that you are earnest in continuing in prayer and intercession always for that which is of utmost importance to our dear Lord Jesus.”
—Lynda from New Hampshire, GFA donor since 1997
“For half my life I have known and worked closely with Dr. KP Yohannan…that's over four decades.
“From its early days up until the present I have witnessed firsthand the incredible growth of the Believers Eastern Church throughout Asia. It is an amazing testimony to the life-changing power of the Gospel and also to K.P.'s remarkable leadership skills.
“I have seen his understanding of the Christian faith expand in ever so many positive ways. More recently, I have watched him respond humbly to the criticisms of those who for whatever reasons have attacked him.
“His preaching still stirs my soul.
“I believe 100% in his integrity and am honored to serve as one of GFA's Board of Directors.”
—Dr. David R. Mains, Chapel of the Air radio broadcaster and founder of the 50-Day Spiritual Adventure
“After reading the life changing book Revolution in World Missions by KP Yohannan in 2002, I began sponsoring a missionary in India. About three years later, the antiques group shop I was managing closed, and I was looking for a ministry position on Inter Christo. When Gospel for Asia popped up, I thought this would be a great ministry to be involved with. I did the training and became a volunteer area representative. This has been a wonderful opportunity for me to expand ministry. Whereas my husband and I might be able to sponsor a few native missionaries and children, we have been able to enlist others and expand our ministry exponentially. A few years ago I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the mission field in India, meet some native missionaries, and see what God is doing there first hand.”
—Janice from Maine, GFA donor since 2003 and volunteer since 2006
“I have known Brother K.P., the staff and ministry of Gospel for Asia for nearly 40 years. I know the leadership, the team, and more importantly, I have been to Asia and seen the work firsthand. I have been to [Child Sponsorship Program] centers, villages where they minister to those with leprosy, water projects, hospitals, churches and so much more. Gospel for Asia has had a phenomenal impact on an area of the world with tremendous needs. I cannot state too strongly how much I endorse the people of GFA, their mission and their vision for the future.”
—Chip Lusko, Calvary Chapel pastor
“Gospel for Asia has become one of the more significant pioneer missionary agencies with a good accountability structure. . . . They are doing an excellent job.”
—Patrick Johnstone, author of six editions of Operation World
“I am so thankful how God has seen you folks through this unbelievable trial. When K.P mentioned not knowing at times whether the organization would survive, I gasped, and could not be more thankful that it has. It is a profound privilege to be able to give to help these beautiful people.
—Joyce from Washington, GFA donor since 2005
“[On my trip], I learned that the far reaching effect of GFA's work in South Asia is beyond what I imagined. … I really saw God's hands and feet in the GFA missionaries. I learned that this is an extremely well-run ministry to God's glory. … You can see God's blessing on the ministry with much fruit of labor and finances to enable the work on the ground.
“I heard firsthand about lives changed in young missionary men and women and in children's lives and their families'.
“I saw the gifts of bikes and sewing machines used to change lives for people.
“I was touched by the overriding image of Jesus' love for the people glowing from the missionaries in each ministry we visited. I felt myself responding to the people I met with God's love flowing through me in a new and meaningful way.
“I was impacted greatly seeing the surrendering of people to Christ to do His work. Seeing God's work in people's lives reminded me what He can do in my own life with a fully surrendered heart.”
—Barbara Dowling, sales manager at 93.7 Faith FM, Ontario, Canada
“It's a gift to [us] to be able to sow into this ministry. It's been everything to us. It's a blessing for us to be able to [give].”
—Jason and Melanie from Texas, GFA donors since 2006
“GFA is an invaluable partner to the local church for the work of the Gospel. They have richly blessed my congregation and have been a source of blessing in my pastoral ministry.”
—Pastor David Cartwright, Russell Memorial United Methodist Church
“I trust sending my money to you. I feel that Brother K.P. is an honest and upright person.”
—Wilbur from Missouri, GFA donor since 1983
“Gospel for Asia is actively involved in our local community. As a pastor, I have enjoyed opportunities to share fellowship and prayer with several of their leaders. I appreciate their commitment to the Gospel and their enthusiasm for building up the body of Christ.”
—Fr. Gavin Vaberek, priest of St Luke’s Catholic Church, Wills Point, TX
“The main reason I like supporting GFA is, that I believe every decision is bathed in prayer.”
—Kevin and Crystal from Wyoming, GFA donors since 2009
“We've been praying for your ministry and seen the hardship caused by the accusations against you. We want to give this gift to support your ministry's ongoing work and to show that there are many who stand behind you and trust God's work through your ministry and team. We are praying for your future impact and the staff and field workers that the Lord has put in place to accomplish it.”
—Bethany from Washington, GFA donor since 2008
“Gospel for Asia is a hundred-fold, fruit-bearing ministry for Jesus Christ! They are that good soil our Lord called for His disciples to be, bearing fruit ‘a hundred-fold, sixty, and thirty’ (Matthew 13:23). GFA has multiplied the Word of God unlike any other ministry I have known in my forty years of ordained service. They have done so because they have been receptive with purity of heart to the Word of God likened to Seed. They have ‘let the Word of Christ richly dwell within them’ (Colossians 3:16). Consequently, they have born an abundant amount of spiritual, good fruit for the Lord. And this is the ultimate standard for measuring good ministry, ‘You shall know them by their fruits’ (Matthew 7:16). I thank the Lord for this good-soil ministry.”
—Archbishop Ray Sutton, Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church
—Mark & Carol from California, GFA donors since 1995
“Our church has faithfully supported Gospel for Asia for twenty-two years because we strongly believe that they are one of God's choice ministries for winning lost souls and discipling believers in Asia. We have planted numerous churches through this ministry. We endorse and support this ministry without reservation.”
—Pastor Charlie Avila, Clovis Christian Center, Fresno, California
“I have seen firsthand the work in Asia, the training of ministry leaders, churches, and [Child Sponsorship Program] centers. Frugality, simplicity and godly wisdom is obvious in all the work. Everything is done for an eternal purpose with longevity of a church in mind where millions are experiencing Christ love who have never heard the name of Jesus. Dr. KP Yohannan has emulated this example of sacrifice and commitment to Jesus.”
“Jesus said I am building my church and surely, we have witnessed this in the last 40 years with Gospel for Asia. I have personally walked in Asia down dirt roads where faithful brothers and sisters have brought the love of Christ to those who have never known it before. I have seen the seminaries and leadership of the Church. All I can say is that I am in awe of what God has done and is continuing to do. Eternity will show forth the fruit of all the Lord has done.”
“Visiting with KP Yohannan in his home and office, all I can say is that I have been blown away by his frugality, simplicity and love for the Lord. It has been a joy to have SermonIndex journey with GFA in seeing so many come to experience the love of God. ‘Know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain’ (1 Corinthians 15:58).”
—Greg Gordon, founder of SermonIndex.net
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