Frequently Asked Questions about the Gospel for Asia Lawsuit
How do I donate my settlement claim back to Gospel for Asia?
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.
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When will I receive my settlement claim check returning my previous donations to Gospel for Asia?
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.
Did my past donations go to the mission field?
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.
Does settling this lawsuit mean that you're guilty?
No, the settlement of this lawsuit does not mean Gospel for Asia is guilty. It simply means that the ministry could not continue down this path. As we said in our press release, a class-action lawsuit is an enormous burden for a for-profit corporation. So, you can imagine the weight this has been for GFA, a non-profit, over three years now. 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...”
If Gospel for Asia is innocent, then why did you settle?
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 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.
Was Dr. KP Yohannan or members of his family personally enriched?
No, Dr. 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 K.P. 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.’”
How does the settlement affect my missionary or Bridge of Hope child?
The settlement of this lawsuit against Gospel for Asia does not affect your sponsored national missionary or Bridge of Hope child in any way.
Has Dr. KP Yohannan commented on the settlement?
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. K.P. Yohannan’s latest, in-depth response to the lawsuit, please go to www.gfa.org/response
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