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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Humbly serving Christ and His Body"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The ministry is decidedly Christ-centered and Christ-focused, as evidenced by all of the staff and their humility and love. The leadership is gracious even in the midst of attack from others. They bless when curse, choose to suffer quietly rather than defend themselves, and refuse to slander even those who freely slander them.

    Cons

    Events happen so fast that it is at times difficult to keep up; it's like drinking from a fire hose a lot of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep loving Jesus first, and loving others with all of your heart. It can be discouraging to be attacked constantly for upholding Christ and His standard, yet don't give in! We are with you and love you and pray for you!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "The reality is much different from the perception"

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Manager in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - IT Systems Manager in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gospel for Asia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of those working in the trenches at the home office are dedicated, passionate people who have a strong desire to help reach those who have never heard the gospel. There is also a strong sense of community and caring for one another.

    Cons

    Unfortunately that community and caring is often lost if one dares to ask too many questions or leaves the organization. There is very real shunning that occurs by some if one is believed to be rebellious or to have "left their calling".

    The real tragedy though, is the staff and donors that have been duped into believing that they are working for and supporting an organization that actually does what it claims:

    *Investigations have shown that much of the money received has not gone to where the donors intended or believed it was going.
    (For more info, search for: christianity today gospel for asia ecfa)

    *Former board members in both the US and Canada have spoken out about the realities of what goes on behind the scenes among GFA management (and with KP Yohannan in particular).
    (For more info, search for: throckmorton gayle erwin, as well as: gospel for asia Garry Cluley)

    *Charity rating organizations have issued alerts and advisories to donors:
    (For more info, search for: ministrywatch gospel for asia, as well as: charitynavigator gospel for asia)

    *A class action lawsuit has been filed:
    (For more info, search for: worldmag gospel for asia lawsuit)

    *There has been a massive staff exodus at the US office:
    (For more info, search for: christiantoday gospel for asia staff)

    Advice to Management

    To KP Yohannan: Repent - it won't be easy, but it is never too late to put aside your selfish ambitions of power and prestige and begin to live in truth and love for Christ alone.
    To Senior Leadership: Repent - stop following KP and his commands and start following Christ and His commands.
    To the rest of management & staff: Stop following man and start following and looking to Christ alone. Your good intentions and submission/dedication to KP and senior leadership will be but chaff on judgement day.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Many unspoken rules"

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    Former Employee - Development in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Development in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gospel for Asia full-time

    Pros

    If you like to be in a closed, sheltered environment where the gates are always locked this is the place for you. You don't need to worry about others unless they are GFA staff because only the staff can understand your "call".

    Cons

    Forget the official publications and web site. There is a reason GFA has lost a majority of their staff and has had its credentials revoked by auditing agencies. GFA's public and private worlds are entirely different. If you want transparency you need to ask former staff what the unwritten rules are and for financial transparency read the 80+ page report in the current lawsuit against the ministry.

    Advice to Management

    GFA/Beleivers Church is its own denomination. Please let the sponsors and donors know how the donations are actually spent. Then you would not have a class action lawsuit filed against you.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Gospel for Asia is Believers Church"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gospel for Asia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is like a family, the staff is wonderful, it's a level playing field as most come to truly serve. Much opportunity to pray for South Asia as it relates to all things Asia and Believers Church. Slightly monastic, as GFA is a Religious Order, prayer times are cyclic, four times during the week and one monthly all nighter. Intense focus of the ministry is to reach the lost at any cost. Challenging place to work, no two days are alike. Your work has purpose, and that can feel very fulfilling. Worship times are Taize influenced. Help is given when your sick, essentially limitless sick days. Plenty of help when moving.

    Cons

    Various types of illness are prevelant. KP Yohannan is spiritual ruler over senior leaders like Father/Priest David Carroll. GFA won't tell you who has taken vows to KP as part of Believers Church, for example the leader of School of Discipleship. Sadly it feels like a lie of omission because the spritual umbrella is Believers Church and all of KP's beliefs and Believers Church beliefs are over Gospel for Asia. No bible studies are allowed on campus, senior leadership worries about cliques being created. Staff are typically viewed as children, not child-like, but immature, even after serving for 15 years.

    Ladies, be sure and wear a head covering to get the approval of KP, or you are viewed as rebellious. If you're a man, don't expect to work for KP in Servants Quarters at GFA USA (ladies only). Reaching the lost at any cost gives you the ability, if you like, to put the work above everything, like family, church, all the people you serve with, hobbies, and fellowship time. Prayer time sharing is not an actual study of scripture, more off the cuff oratory. Not alot of room to save money, better to come on staff wealthy, retired or military with benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Talk KP into just staying in India to focus on the 2.7 million believers within Believers church. Take Danny with you and spend some quality time with your son. Take your wife Gisela and actually spend time with her. Also, take your wonderful daughter-in-law too, as Erika is the best thing that ever happened to your family! Let go of Gospel for Asia, hire somebody on the outside (not a lifetime friend or family member) and let the ministry thrive and grow like it's supposed to. Don't you think the Lord can do that without KP? Haven't you been raising up leaders for 30 plus years who could be GFA President? if you couldn't hire on the outside. Make GFA a separate mission agency like it's advertised, as opposed to the financial funnel for the Believers Church denomination that it primarily is at this time.

    Parents out there, reconsider your kids going to School of Discipleship until they have a solid biblical view on the place of missions relative to the two great commandments. Be aware that students are encouraged to join staff, as it's rather inexpensive staff recruitment. In today's economy, it's so tempting to live in the campus housing with an automatic job.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Culture of Psychological Control"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wills Point, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wills Point, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gospel for Asia (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There have been, and still are, many good people on staff, serving faithfully as unto the Lord. There is a strong feeling of community, especially now that virtually everyone lives together on the campus.

    Cons

    GFA leaders exert excessive control over the lives and non work-related decisions of staff members. The culture is strongly one of male dominance/female submission. There is pressure for all adult women to wear head coverings during prayer meetings/worship times. Not required overall for entry level staff or students, but unspoken requirement if you want to be given any additional responsibilities. Wages are low enough for some families to qualify for WIC benefits, and unless you are one of the exceptions that are sometimes made, you must raise all of that pay yourself through support-raising pledges from people you know and churches. There is no health insurance now. Morale is low due to pervasive dishonesty and deception among top leaders and the resulting exodus of dozens of staff members during 2015.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the spin. Stop paying the reputation management company to cover for you. Somewhere, a long way back, you decided to fudge the truth a little. Then you had to do it a little more and a little more until now there is a huge chasm between what you say and the actual truth about so many things. You are no longer deserving of anyone's trust. You are being disciplined because you are not repentant. Your actions speak so much louder than the spin of your empty words.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Spiritually abusive, manipulating, deceptive Senior leadership-Stay Away!!"

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    Former Employee - Former Leader
    Former Employee - Former Leader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gospel for Asia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most staff families/individuals and students have sincere hearts and want to serve God. There is some sense of fellowship and community among much the majority of staff and students in spite of the senior leadership. .

    Cons

    KP rules with a dictator style in a closed inner circle but represents himself as a completely different person to the rest of staff, students and the western church. Over the years this has created a work environment of fear, manipulation, tension, stress, and deception. Very few staff trust senior leadership anymore. Transparency has disappeared. Senior leadership says they have an open door policy but this only lip service. The expectation is to never question them or their authority. If you do you are labeled as rebellious. The spiritual abuse is subtle at times through many "unspoken rules" or expectations. Women are considered less spiritual by Senior leadership especially if they don't wear head coverings. Being involved in outside churches is greatly discouraged because it "could distract" from your call at GFA. There is an elitist attitude presented by Senior leadership about GFA. Leaders and staff are expected to be loyal to KP and GFA above Christ and their own wives and children. Prayer meetings have become artificial and promotional (streaming to the public for solicitation of funds) since the primary motivation of GFA is fund-raising. KP applies a different standard to staff and lives by a different one. He talks community but he and his family are absentee members of the community in most instances. All the control, manipulation ans spiritual abuse has been magnified since GFA moved to a compound in East Texas. A large number of long-term staff and leaders have resigned and left just in 2015. GFA has left its first love and is definitely becoming a cult. That is why KP wants so many students. They are often easier to persuade and he preys on them. Beware--Study about recent happenings about GFA and the financial integrity issues all coming out in late 2014 into 2015 before you seriously consider serving here. The ship is sinking. Please do take time to read all the reviews for GFA on this site.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lording over staff and students. Butt out of private, personal lives of staff and their families. Repent and seek forgiveness for all the lying, manipulation, and spiritual abuse. Be transparent and read what Jesus taught about the attitudes of the Pharisees and about his greatest commandment--loving Him and others. Get your hearts focused again on Him and not the love of money (fund raising). Repent from the dishonesty to donors about the real religious practices and orthodox beliefs that GFA-Believers Church truly represents and has been hiding from the western church for almost 2 decades. Plead with the Lord to open your eyes from the deception you are controlled by so that so many lives of western GFA staff and field staff can heal from years of abuse. You may be able to cover your tracks for a while but remember who sees the heart and all deeds.


  7. Helpful (14)

    "Once Godly-Purposed Mission Organization Lost Its Way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Gospel for Asia is known world-wide as one of the primary mission movements in India. You will be provided a limited glimpse into the operation of this very large, multi-million dollar business, and you will develop a heart for the importance of missions, as well as strengthening your prayer life alongside some very sacrificial people.

    Cons

    The GFA organization today is NOT what you would expect after reading ‘Revolution in World Missions’ or ‘Road to Reality’. These books were written decades ago and the operation at GFA has lost its way in many areas, and most importantly, with their treatment of staff and supporters. My husband and I had a 12-year relationship with GFA, serving first as volunteers and then as staff, and supporting dozens of missionaries and children. The most important change we noted in the years while there is that this organization was losing its integrity. While the GFA website is an idealized reflection of life at the ministry, the reality is that many highly tenured and trained staff have recently left, along with an unprecedented loss of students from the GFA School of Discipleship. What you can expect at GFA is subtle pressure disguised as “submission to authority”—to work ‘whatever it takes’ to reach the lost regardless of family or health constraints; to distance yourself from friends, family and even the counsel of your supporters if they don’t share the “GFA vision” for your life. When you arrive you will join the GFA Religious Order and you will soon develop uncomfortable feelings about some of the teachings and choices you are encouraged to make, including the Episcopal practices at the campus Believers Church. Your initial 6 months includes a training program where you will be indoctrinated on the importance of "biblical" submission to authority from various authors, including KP. If you choose to work at GFA, you will have a job at a world-wide organization with a focused emphasis on fund-raising and an “end [reaching the lost] justifies the means” mindset. I encourage anyone considering this ministry to do your research and look beyond the GFA-provided image. Like many former staff, after reading KP’s books and hearing him speak numerous times, we once thought that Gospel for Asia was the only trustworthy mission organization. This is not the case and possibly too flattering of GFA and far too critical of other authentic mission organizations in India. They once had a great message, but implementation is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Please lay your pride at the foot of the Cross and develop a true servant's heart. Be honest and forthcoming in all matters. Good start would be to update your info and financial information provided here: that may be your monthly Revenue, but certainly not your annual!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "God is using Gospel for Asia for His glory!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gospel for Asia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The leadership team is not perfect, but is authentic in their prayer, fasting, labor and concern for Christ, His people, and His ministry. Jesus is constantly pointed to in prayer meetings, department prayer, leaders meetings, and even casual conversations with staff. Leadership has many times prayed with me for family matters, given me godly counsel without demanding I follow it, and have helped me physically and financially in times of need. Further, I have learned much from the public and private apologies that I have seen issued here. It has helped to show me the way of humility and the Cross.

    Cons

    The leadership of Gospel for Asia has not shared the "other side of the story" related to people who have left. Communication within the organization is challenging.and I think that is sometimes seen as not transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to humbly seek Jesus, His agape,and the fulfillment of His command. Every second that people waste accusing you, nearly 2 precious souls slip into Hell for eternity! Please do not be distracted!


  9. Helpful (10)

    "A form of godliness"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Manager in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Volunteer Manager in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gospel for Asia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at the GFA headquarters for 7 years. There is an incredible staff that felt like family and always wanted to live out their faith and help others in need. Plus the opportunity to be a part of providing relief for thousands in Asia and sharing Jesus with people who have never heard his name was a mission I thought I would die for.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, leadership's words and core values sound sincere but ring hollow with double-speak and at times completely opposite actions. KP demands absolute submission/obedience from staff as he is their delegated authority - not only in the office but in your personal life as well. Those who don't are first belittled and then ultimately shunned.

    The recent reports of financial integrity and transparency are especially concerning as well. After giving 7 years to the ministry I am left wondering if the funds I helped raise ever reached the needy and if those who came to faith in Jesus were being indoctrinated to submit to KP as their highest authority instead.

    I left GFA and have discontinued my donations. I will not be returning.

    Advice to Management

    You demand transparency from your staff and yet operate behind closed doors. If this is truly the Lord's work, stop defending KP and fighting for your reputation. What was begun in the Spirit is now being completed in the flesh and will only burn. Repent and return to Jesus as your ultimate worship and not set KP up as an idol.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Cult-Like Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gospel for Asia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great emphasis on prayer, until you want to pray about something they ask you to do. Then they wonder why you don't just say "yes", and why you would have to seek God's will (because after all, leadership will tell you what God's will is for your life!).

    Cons

    -Controlling Leadership: They will justify almost any action because their cause is "reaching the lost". The end does not justify the means.
    -On the surface, family friendly, but everyone is suspicious of each other. Questioning what GFA leadership does is tantamount to questioning God. You can't even have an open and honest conversation without worrying that someone will report you to leadership for spreading a "bad report".
    -Any criticism of GFA/GFA leadership is viewed as being rebellious.
    -Staff are not allowed to attend Bible studies, or even host Bible studies in their own homes. Any service in a local church is viewed as a "distraction", because all of your time should be spent working for GFA.
    -Field reports are often inaccurate (and known to be so), but are used (and changed) anyway. Don't be swayed by their passionate and heart-tugging stories.

    Advice to Management

    Humble yourselves! GFA leadership does not speak for God. Criticizing GFA is not tantamount to criticizing God. Stop hiding things regarding your field work out of fear that donors won't understand and will leave. Stop covering these field issue up, calling them "cultural differences" that western Christians won't understand. Trust your staff, and stop treating them like children who can't be trusted to attend a Bible study, lest they be lead astray.


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