One of my favorite missions ministries is Gospel for Asia. Dr. K. P. Yohannan, founder and president, is one of the charter members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
91% of funds are used in the field, with only 9% going toward
administration. And if you specify that your donation be used for
missions, 100% of that donation is used in the field – not a penny is
taken out for administration. In 2005, GFA experienced a remarkable 68%
growth in donations — evidence to me of God’s blessing. There are many
ways that Gospel for Asia is impacting lives for Jesus Christ:
Many regions in India are hostile to the gospel.
In some regions, it is widely known that anyone who accepts Christ will
be expelled from the village. Last year militant Hindu groups
threatened forced conversions from Christianity to Hinduism, or death,
for believers in these hostile regions. Those who become Christian
among the lowest castes of society face government discrimination.
P. Yohannan, founder and president of GFA, had a dream in which he
stood before a vast field of ripe, golden wheat, representing souls. He
was overcome with joy at the opportunity to rescue these millions of
souls — but a raging river stood in his way.
my dream, I felt my heart break. I could only look at the harvest,
unable to bring it in. And so I stood, feeling helpless and full of
despair. But all of a sudden, a bridge appeared before me, reaching
from one side of the river to the other. And as I watched, the bridge
became completely filled with poor and ragged children from all over
Asia. Upon awakening, I realized that the Lord was providing a way to
reach the spiritually hungry millions … our ministry to these
children would be the ‘Bridge of Hope’ to these untouchable and
GFA began Bridge of Hope,
centers in cities and villages which reach out to the most needy
children through Christ, with education, food, clothing, medical care,
and the knowledge that they are valued by the Lord. As of the end of
2005, over 30,000 such children were enrolled in a GFA Bridge of Hope
center. Where a Bridge of Hope Center is established, it is not
uncommon for a church to be planted soon after, with a native pastor graduate from a GFA Bible College.
GFA has been in the forefront of tsunami relief,
rebuilding villages and building orphanages for the many children whose
parents were killed in the tsunami. One of my favorite GFA projects is
the Jesus Wells. According the CIA factbook, there are over one billion people living in India alone. One billion. With a “b.” That is a lot of people needing Jesus. Maybe we can’t go to India and help in any practical way. But we can support GFA, whom God is using mightily to reach the lost of India and the surrounding nations.