We want to thank all our donors and sponsors who have reached out to us to let us know they made their claim in order to give it back to the ministry. We’re deeply grateful for those who have stood with us through this difficult time in the ministry!
If you wish to donate your claim back to the ministry, you will need to cash or deposit the settlement check and simply donate the money to the ministry as you would at any other given time. You can also endorse the check back to Gospel for Asia, and send it back to us.
If you wish to help us overcome this challenge of paying the remaining portion of the settlement, you can send your donation to “Where Most Needed”.
For all of you who made a claim, you may need to report it as income, so we advise asking your tax professional about how it could impact your taxes.
For answers about your claim, please contact the claim administrator, Heffler Claims Group at (844) 367-8894. However, our understanding is that the first half of your claim should arrive sometime around the first part of September with a letter from Heffler explaining more. The second claim check should arrive sometime around a year from now.
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 Bridge of Hope 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 Dr. KP Yohannan’s latest, in-depth response to the lawsuit, please read his letter here.
“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”
“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 Bridge of Hope children 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”
“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
“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 Bridge of Hope 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
“[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
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.