Welcome to GFA’s international headquarters and our U.S. campus! Whether you are a family member of someone here, interested in coming yourself, or simply curious about life at GFA, we hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse of life at Gospel for Asia.
The staff and School of Discipleship students you’ll meet come from diverse backgrounds, representing many different states, denominations and walks of life. But one thing unites us: a passion for the Lord and for the unreached. As we labor side by side and walk through life together, the sense of community is rich.
What might I see as I walk around campus?
You’re likely to see children gliding by on their scooters, young moms pushing strollers, School of Discipleship students walking together, young people playing musical instruments or even Brother K.P. riding his bike. If it’s springtime, there’s a good chance you’ll see some folks doing yard work or enjoying a chat on their porch.
So what exactly goes on?
Any given day is full of activity! In the office, most mornings start with the staff gathering for a time of prayer. As staff and students disperse to their respective departments, there is a sense of purpose, realizing the Lord will use our endeavors to impact eternity. Family members commonly choose to help out in whatever capacity they are able, so you might see some moms or youth volunteering for an afternoon.
Outside of office work, GFA staff participate in many other events: prayer meetings, campus work parties, evangelism opportunities, impromptu basketball games or soccer matches, and times of fellowship.
You say there is a focus on knowing the Lord. What does that look like?
The first of GFA’s 10 core values is “Knowing the Lord Jesus more fully and intimately,” and that truly is highly emphasized. Staff and students are exhorted to spend time in God’s Word and in prayer and to keep the Lord at the heart of all we do.
We have a prayer room for anyone who would like to spend time in prayer during the work day. In there you'll find several helpful resources as well as an area to share prayer needs.
Our library has a wide variety of books and recordings—ranging from teachings from different church leaders and Christian classics to missionary biographies and books about godly leadership.
Some of our staff favorites include books by A. W. Tozer, C.S. Lewis, Andrew Murray, Roy Hession, Francis Chan, Chuck Smith and Zac Poonen.
What is working in the office like?
The tasks in the office vary widely, from roles like web development and video editing, to processing gifts or working with Bridge of Hope and national missionary profiles. Every role is important to the goal of sharing the love of Christ with those who’ve never heard.
The work we do is important, but what’s most important is our relationship with the Lord. Resources are available so each person may take ownership of their walk with Christ. We are also encouraged to spend time in prayer throughout the work day.
Passing through the halls of the ministry, you may see staff and students encouraging one another, sharing their hearts and even taking a moment to pray for one another.
Students, staff and leaders alike rotate through cleaning the bathrooms and weekly cleaning around the office, as well as helping with campus-wide work parties.
Where do the staff go to church?
There are numerous churches nearby, representing a wide range of denominations. Our staff and students come from diverse backgrounds, so each individual or family is encouraged to find a place of worship that is the best fit for them and their season of life. Each one is free to connect and participate however the Lord leads them.
We are thankful for the strong relationships already developing with several congregations in our new community. We look forward to strengthening those ties as some staff serve on worship teams, engage in small groups and connect with the Body of Christ.
Does GFA have guest speakers visit to encourage the staff?
Throughout the years, many godly pastors and teachers from around the U.S. have come and teach us from the Word of God. Their insight and wisdom strengthen the staff and students and leave us enriched and blessed. These guests have included faithful servants of God like George Verwer, Pastor Chuck Smith, Elizabeth Elliott, Pastor Jerrett Stephens, Dr. Stuart Briscoe, Pastor David Platt and many more.
School of Discipleship graduations have featured memorable exhortations from such individuals as Gayle Erwin, Jill Briscoe and Emmanuel Zwayne.
Tell me about your prayer meetings.
GFA began as a result of a Tuesday night prayer meeting in Brother K.P.’s living room more than 35 years ago. Since then, Tuesday night prayer has remained an integral part of the ministry around the world. These weekly prayer meetings are a time for the whole staff family—wives and children included—to seek the Lord and intercede for the unreached.
Guests are always welcome, whether from the local community or even GFA supporters who are visiting. In fact, if you plan a visit, we recommend you try to include a Tuesday night, so you can share in this special time.
You might notice that a number of the women are wearing head coverings. There is freedom for them to choose that, based on 1 Corinthians 11, but there is no requirement. This is a personal choice, and we believe that decision is between each individual and the Lord.
Each prayer meeting begins with a time of worship and a short devotional shared by one of the staff members. We’ll then have numerous short segments featuring different needs for prayer, both for the mission field and needs here at home.
If you haven’t done so already, you can join us virtually for our next live-streamed prayer meeting on the first Friday of every month.
What is it like to live on campus?
Since moving to our new headquarters in August 2014, on-site housing is provided for students and for staff who choose to live on campus.
Living in a neighborhood full of other believers is a rich experience. It provides a safe environment for children and fosters a sense of support for the moms at home. Fellowship is readily accessible, and young and old alike enjoy meals in one another’s homes, cook-outs and friendship.
Gospel for Asia has always enjoyed a strong sense of family. Kids who grow up here are in the habit of calling the adults “uncle” and “auntie,” and even Brother K.P. and his wife are “Uncle K.P. and Auntie Gisela” to the children. Just as we have joined together in our labor for the Lord, we find ourselves “doing life” together too. The kindred fellowship we enjoy is an outflow of that.
What is it like for the GFA kids?
GFA kids have a special place in the ministry. At any age, staff children can engage in reaching the unreached alongside their parents, through participating in prayer meetings, volunteering in the office and even helping alongside grownups during campus work parties. We have seen God working through their prayers, and their simple faith is an encouragement to the staff.
Some kids go to private schools, while others are homeschooled. Parents are free to choose whatever method of education is best for each of their children.
Living in an environment surrounded by godly men and women can propel GFA staff children in their faith. As they observe an eternal mindset tangibly lived out in the lives of the staff around them, God often uses it to shape their lives. Many have continued to serve the Lord in full-time ministry at Gospel for Asia or are serving Him in various ways across the country.
All the GFA kids are beloved and prayed for by many. The children on campus know they can stop by “Grandma Betty’s” house for a hug and a cookie any day!
What is it like for the stay-at-home moms?
While they may not be serving within the office, moms at home are as much a part of the ministry as their spouse. They are part of the team.
Some moms choose to be in the office part-time while their kids are in school. Others stay at home raising their little ones. Some homeschool, some swap child care with other moms, and some bring their children in to help in the office too. There is liberty for each family to find what works best for them.
In each case, their role is a special one, and we are grateful for them. As it is for all of our staff, the GFA community offers an infrastructure to help with whatever needs may come up. That may be in the form of taking meals to those who are sick, helping weed a garden, or picking some groceries up. Our moms provide a special, practical way of love that blesses and strengthens all the staff.
Is life at GFA all sunshine and daisies?
No, there are real-life struggles. But as we face those challenges, we stand beside other godly men and women who have faced them, too, and are ready to walk with us through it all. Some face chronic health problems. Others face the loneliness of having left their homes to serve the Lord. As 2 Timothy reminds us, we are all soldiers engaged in warfare. With that comes heartache and challenges, and our staff does experience that.
We are each at different points of our walk with the Lord, but we do not have to battle alone. For those facing trials, there is a strong community willing to love on and support them during their time in need. We commonly see people praying for one another in the hallways; in times of emergency, leaders quickly respond for prayer, even heading to the hospital in the middle of the night; and we all lift one another up in prayer and serve one another in love.
Through ministry, fellowship, service, prayer and daily life, we simply desire to know Him and to make Him known.
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Families take students under their wing, including them in a good old-fashioned Texas cook-out.
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Sharing meals together is a special part of community.
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During the week, daily lunches are served in the dining hall, offering nourishment and fellowship for the students and staff.
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Thunderstorms and unexpected snowfalls often spark a bit of playfulness in young and old alike.
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Basketball games, soccer matches and ultimate frisbee combine exercise with lots of fun.
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Each prayer meeting begins with a short segment specifically for the children, and we’ve seen the Lord do amazing things through their prayers! “Auntie Gisela,” as the children call Brother K.P.’s wife, leads these segments when she is in the country.
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Breaking up into small groups for prayer, we lift the needs of the nations to the throne of God.
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During the construction of the admin building, we had a staff outing to tour the new premises.
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The team at GFA band together to work on projects across the campus, like planting trees, installing irrigation systems, laying down erosion control and other landscaping projects. This significantly reduces maintenance costs.
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It’s hard work, but we find time for fun as we enjoy learning jobs we never experienced in the suburbs!
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As we share in the labor, we share in the harvest, too. As we work together, taking ownership of what God has provided, He knits our hearts together as one team.
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Brother K.P. led us in a simple prayer of dedication for the campus to be used for the Lord’s glory.
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Renewing Your Passion conference:
Hundreds of believers from across the country joined us for a weekend of prayer and renewal.
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Renewing Your Passion conference:
Hosting these events at our headquarters has given us an opportunity to further connect with many friends of the ministry.
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Renewing Your Passion conference:
Guests and staff families mingled together over meals, exchanging stories and testimonies and building relationships.
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Renewing Your Passion conference:
Now that GFA’s new international headquarters has been completed, our new facilities equip us to better host similar conferences in the future.
Since relocating to our new campus in Wills Point, Texas, in August 2014, GFA has been warmly received by the community. As we’ve made this new area our home, we have enjoyed getting to know the local believers and getting plugged in with the congregations in the area.
We’ve already enjoyed many fellowship opportunities as we engage with the community around us. See for yourself what life is like out here on the “Texas Prairie”!
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Community events have always been an exciting time for us, as we open up our facilities to be used to encourage believers here in the U.S.
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Be it by hosting conferences for homeschooling families, sermonindex.net, radio stations or other ministries, we are grateful for each opportunity to serve the Body of Christ.
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Shortly after the new campus was completed, we hosted an open house, welcoming the community to come meet us and explore our campus.
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Hot dogs for all: Good old-fashioned southern hospitality!
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A tractor-pulled hay ride took our guests all around the campus, including the defining big red “barn” that serves as our warehouse.
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We enjoyed great conversations with our new neighbors, thankful for those who came even in spite of threatening rain!
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With so many churches nearby, we invited all the local pastors to a luncheon and have been enjoying building relationships with the local Body of Christ.
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When large mailings need to be stuffed, we are thankful for the help of new friends from the community who cheerfully volunteer their time.
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Whether individuals have joined us to visit, pray, help stuff mailings or even pitch in with planting trees around campus, our Wills Point neighbors have been a blessing.
It is a privilege to live here and serve our brothers and sisters on the mission field as they reach out to the millions who still wait to hear of Christ's love. As we partner with the Body of Christ, we are grateful for the tens of thousands who have linked their lives with us around the world.
If you ever find yourself in the Dallas area, we would love to have you drop by!