Frequently Asked Questions about the Gospel for Asia Lawsuit
Did my donation go to the mission field?
Yes, it did. 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.”
Does settling this lawsuit mean that you're guilty?
No, 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, why aren't you 'fighting to the full extent of the law' anymore?
First, the mediation was a court ordered process. 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. This court ordered process took place after a series of witnesses and experts were deposed by the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ respective lawyers. One of the experts speaking on Gospel for Asia’s behalf was from one of the America’s Big Four accounting firms.
We are especially grateful that the Settlement Agreement acknowledges 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.”
Finally, as we said in our press release, a class-action lawsuit is an enormous burden for major, for-profit corporations. A lawsuit of this kind against a Christian ministry like Gospel for Asia is extraordinarily rare.
So, you can imagine the weight this has been on our ministry for over three years, now. Eventually, it just became nearly unbearable.
Were members of the Yohannan family personally enriched?
No. Gospel for Asia has always aggressively denied this. Perhaps, 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.”
What will happen if there is a surplus from the $37M?
As we stated in our press statement, “Gospel for Asia is essentially refunding donations. The ministry hopes that those who receive these funds will simply turn around and donate the same amount of money to another worthwhile ministry. Their desire is only for the Lord’s work to be done.” As for any unclaimed funds, the Settlement Agreement states in Section 4.3.8 that any residual funds will be distributed equally among five ministries chosen by the plaintiffs, one of those ministries includes a longtime friend of Gospel for Asia, Franklin Graham’s organization, Samaritan’s Purse.
How does the settlement affect my missionary or Bridge of Hope child?
Will this be the conclusion of this case?
Yes, upon approval by the Court after a fairness hearing and resolution of any objections to the settlement.
Has K.P. 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.’”
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