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Gospel for Asia Shares, Global Toilet Crisis ‘Kills More Than COVID-19’

TOILET CRISIS 'KILLS MORE THAN COVID-19:' More people will die from diseases linked to lack of toilets and poor sanitation than from COVID-19 this year, humanitarian agency Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) has warned as their shocking new report releases, titled Fight Against Open Defecation Continues. World Toilet Day, an annual awareness event, is Nov. 19.

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World) founded by K.P. Yohannan, which inspired numerous charities like Gospel for Asia Canada, has warned that more people will die from diseases linked to lack of toilets and poor sanitation than from COVID-19 this year. So far this year, more than 1.2 million deaths worldwide have been attributed… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Shares, Global Toilet Crisis ‘Kills More Than COVID-19’

World Toilet Day Report: Open Defecation Still Practiced by Millions

WILLS POINT, TX – The United Nations has designated November 19 as the annual observation of World Toilet Day. The point of the day is to draw attention to the global sanitation crisis. Sanitation crisis? How bad is it? Some 4.2 billion people – over half of the world’s population – do not have access… Continue reading World Toilet Day Report: Open Defecation Still Practiced by Millions

When You Have No Place to Go | November 19: World Toilet Day

NEW YORK – On my first trip to a big city (several decades ago), I saw a sign in the front window of a home. The sign had two lines of large print. The first line said, “Rooms.” The second said, “to let.” In the naivety of my youth, I thought someone had either forgotten… Continue reading When You Have No Place to Go | November 19: World Toilet Day

Gospel for Asia: Can Smart Toilet Technology Reduce Open Defecation in Kenya?

NAIROBI – A joint report released last year by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicated that the sub-Saharan nation of Kenya is one of the countries facing an urgent need to overcome the problem of open defecation. Nearly 30% of the people in Kenya defecate in the open,… Continue reading Gospel for Asia: Can Smart Toilet Technology Reduce Open Defecation in Kenya?

Gospel for Asia Partners Create Awareness On World Toilet Day

The first step in any advance in any realm of our human experience begins with an awakened awareness. Psychologists tell us that we can’t help someone until they realize that they need help. That is why it is difficult to help an addict who says, “I don’t have a problem.” They have yet to come… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Partners Create Awareness On World Toilet Day

Gospel for Asia Spotlights Life-Changing Provision of Basic Facilities on World Toilet Day

Local residents applaud at the ribbon-cutting for a new community toilet provided by GFA-supported workers to help improve health, safety, and well-being.

Global focus brings attention to Gospel for Asia’s efforts to improve health and well-being by helping provide simple essentials, sanitation facilitiesWILLS POINT, Texas — Ribbon-cutting ceremonies typically mark the opening of a grand new building, but in Asia they can even celebrate a more modest, but life-changing construction—of a simple outhouse. The enthusiastically attended formal… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Spotlights Life-Changing Provision of Basic Facilities on World Toilet Day

Counting Toilets: Confusing Tasks with Completed Goals, by Gospel for Asia

Toilet in Bangalore

NEW DELHI – The Swachh Bharat Mission has been receiving kudos from media outlets for being “The world’s biggest toilet-building spree” in the UN-affiliated global effort to eliminate open defecation. There is little debate over the progress that has been made in India. More than 80 million household toilets have been constructed since 2014 as… Continue reading Counting Toilets: Confusing Tasks with Completed Goals, by Gospel for Asia

Saving Lives at Risk from Open Defecation Using Outdoor Toilets to Improve Sanitation

Gospel for Asia (GFA World) Special Report on the Open Defecation Sanitation Crisis Written By Karen Burton Mains For much of my adult life, it has been my privilege to hang out with the “renegades” of Christian missions, that relief-and-development crowd that rushes to help during natural disasters, struggles to alleviate the suffering and abasement… Continue reading Saving Lives at Risk from Open Defecation Using Outdoor Toilets to Improve Sanitation

Gospel for Asia: NGOs Combat Lack of Toilets and Sanitation Facilities in Asia

A woman uses a GFA sponsored toilet, which eliminates the shame and stigma that comes with open defecation.

Texas-based nonprofit GFA (Gospel for Asia) constructs more than 10,000 toilets and sanitation facilities throughout Asia. Open defecation, though rarely addressed, is still a pressing issue for those living below the poverty line in Asia. According to the World Health Organization, over 650 million people in India alone do not have access to a toilet.… Continue reading Gospel for Asia: NGOs Combat Lack of Toilets and Sanitation Facilities in Asia

Empowering Children in Africa’s Largest Slum

KIBERA, KENYA — A Christian charity is empowering and educating children in Africa’s largest slum in Kibera on the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya. Most of the residents live in extreme poverty. There are few schools, little clean water, and very little electricity, medical care or toilet facilities. With no government services, schools, clinics, water… Continue reading Empowering Children in Africa’s Largest Slum

Logos Hope Returns to Malta

VALLETTA, MALTA — After 12 years, OM’s Logos Hope ship returns to Malta, her port of registry. Watch this port report from the heart of the Mediterranean. Mathias and Madeleine, Denmark – Logos Hope crewmembers: After 12 years sailing around the world, Logos Hope is finally back in Malta her port of registry or her… Continue reading Logos Hope Returns to Malta

Emanuel Church Refugee Center – Galati, Romania

GALATI, ROMANIA — Poland and Romania received the largest amount of refugees since the beginning of the war, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Over 3.2 million refugees arrived in Poland, and approximately 1 million crossed the border into Romania. One point of entry in Romania is the Isaccea border. The Emanuel… Continue reading Emanuel Church Refugee Center – Galati, Romania

Young Victims Remain Hidden in Pandemic’s Shadow

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World (Gospel for Asia) founded by K.P. Yohannan, whose heart to love and help the poor has inspired numerous charities like GFA World Canada, to serve the deprived and downcast worldwide, issued this Special Report update on girls facing decreased opportunity and increased violence, the young victims who remain hidden… Continue reading Young Victims Remain Hidden in Pandemic’s Shadow

GFA World Serves Stoney Creek Community by Cleaning up Garbage

Nine staff members from GFA World clean up bottles, plastic bags, and other litter from a ditch by a school and shopping centre.

STONEY CREEK, ONTARIO — GFA World (Gospel for Asia Canada) seeks to serve the deprived and downcast worldwide, which this spring also included helping their community by cleaning up a nearby area. Tens of thousands of people live in slums, with few opportunities for education or employment. These slums are dirty, cramped, and littered with… Continue reading GFA World Serves Stoney Creek Community by Cleaning up Garbage

Churches Respond to Growing Humanitarian Needs in Ukraine and Bordering Countries

23-year-old mother Paulina closes her eyes for a moment as she and her children spend time in their new temporary home in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, 9 March 2022. With the recent influx of refugees arriving in Hungary following the Russian invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, the Evangelical Lutheran congregation in Nyíregyháza Kertváros is working hard to accommodate and support people arriving in the city. 23-year-old mother Paulina alongside her husband, a new-born baby and two daughters are staying in a house offered as accommodation for incoming refugees by congregants from Nyíregyháza Kertváros. Being 8-months pregnant when starting the journey from Ukraine to neighboring Hungary, Paulina gave birth to her third child the same day she and her family crossed the border. Having started going into labour while still being on the way, Paulina was rushed from the border crossing to a nearby hospital in Fehérgyarmat in order to give birth. Hospital staff reportedly said it was a miracle the child and mother are both healthy and well. Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF

GENEVE — The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate reports that it is helping all those in need—the military, hospitals, and refugees all over Ukraine. Monasteries are providing all possible humanitarian aid to refugees, internally displaced persons and all those affected by the war. Refugee reception points have also been organized at churches through… Continue reading Churches Respond to Growing Humanitarian Needs in Ukraine and Bordering Countries

$3 Million for the Benefit of Thousands of Impoverished Israeli Families

JERUSALEM — The coronavirus crisis has greatly impacted many families in Israel. To alleviate the overwhelming need, Israel’s Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs, together with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), has decided to provide more than $3 million for the benefit of individuals and families needing additional support. This will… Continue reading $3 Million for the Benefit of Thousands of Impoverished Israeli Families

Gospel for Asia Providing Help and Hope that Transforms Impoverished Communities

WILLS POINT, TX – The Lord has used GFA World to share Good News, to send indigenous workers to provide help to needy communities, and to grow Bible-believing churches over the past 42 years. It enjoys global recognition as a major faith-based humanitarian organization. However, its primary mission remains to represent Jesus Christ and His… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Providing Help and Hope that Transforms Impoverished Communities

Faith-Based Expert Available for Interviews on India COVID Crisis

WILLS POINT, TX — K.P. Yohannan — founder of global humanitarian agency Gospel for Asia (GFA World), best-selling author, and international speaker, who was born and reared in India — is available for media interviews on the current COVID crisis in India. What’s REALLY Going On in India Right Now? Millions are suffering as India’s… Continue reading Faith-Based Expert Available for Interviews on India COVID Crisis

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty on World Hunger Day

KOLKATA, INDIA — As we observe World Hunger Day this week (Fri May 28), a recent report from the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) predicts a steep increase in food insecurity over the coming months across 20 ‘hotspot’ nations – with more than 270 million people at risk of starvation – doubling the pre-pandemic figure.… Continue reading Breaking the Cycle of Poverty on World Hunger Day

GFA World Joins in Fight Against ‘Stinkiest’ Global Health Crisis

SOLVING A DEADLY STINKY PROBLEM: Texas-based humanitarian organization GFA World (www.gfa.org) is helping combat the world's "stinkiest" health emergency -- people defecating in the open. The agency just released a new report, Taking the Toilet Challenge.

WILLS POINT, TX — A global humanitarian organization is helping combat the world’s “stinkiest” health emergency — people defecating in the open — a new report reveals. Gospel for Asia (GFA World) is installing thousands of toilets in some of the world’s remotest and least developed areas — places where people typically relieve themselves in the… Continue reading GFA World Joins in Fight Against ‘Stinkiest’ Global Health Crisis

Gospel for Asia: A Special Love for People

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World) founded by KP Yohannan, whose heart to love and help the poor has inspired numerous charities like Gospel for Asia Canada – Discussing how Gospel for Asia cannot be clearly understood until it is seen as a ministry motivated by “a special love for the people… Continue reading Gospel for Asia: A Special Love for People

Fighting Extreme Poverty with Ideas & Education that Imparts Values

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by KP Yohannan, issued this Special Report on the massive challenge of reducing extreme poverty worldwide, mainly through providing education, transmitting values. In my original special report for Gospel for Asia (GFA) titled Solutions to Poverty-line Problems of… Continue reading Fighting Extreme Poverty with Ideas & Education that Imparts Values

Satellite TV, Social Media Fuel ‘World’s Fastest Growing Church’ in Iran

IRAN’S ‘SKYROCKETING SECRET CHURCH’: Iran’s “underground” house church movement — the fastest growing church in the world — is being fueled by explosive social media use and satellite television viewership, according to Middle East satellite broadcaster SAT-7 (www.sat7usa.org).

EASTON, MD — Iran’s “underground” house church movement — the fastest growing evangelical church in the world — is being fueled by explosive social media use and satellite television viewership, according to new findings. Middle East satellite broadcaster SAT-7 (www.sat7usa.org) reveals thousands of Iranians regularly tune into Christian programs on its SAT-7 PARS channel that… Continue reading Satellite TV, Social Media Fuel ‘World’s Fastest Growing Church’ in Iran

Gospel for Asia Extends Lifeline of God’s Love, Eyes Next 40 Years

EXTENDING LIFELINE OF GOD'S LOVE: Marking 40-plus years of life-changing ministry, Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) spotlights the past year's key achievements and looks to extend its lifeline of hope in the next 40 years, expecting God to "do even greater things in the cities and villages of Asia and around the world."

WILLS POINT, TX — Marking more than four decades of life-changing ministry on July 3, leading mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA World, and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) today spotlighted recent achievements — and anticipates the next 40 years will extend its lifeline of God’s love across Asia and beyond. In the shadow… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Extends Lifeline of God’s Love, Eyes Next 40 Years

Help and High Hopes for Kenya

HUDSONVILLE, MI – Kenya Hope was established when a group of like-minded Christians shared concern for reaching the widespread tribes in Kenya. They made a commitment to research the complex, interwoven problems common in developing nations and to provide immediate aid, holistic rehabilitation, and long-term recovery. The Kenya Hope team used a four-fold approach for… Continue reading Help and High Hopes for Kenya

What Does It Take to Aid Over 1.8 Billion People?

WILLS POINT, TX – Is it even possible to comprehend over 1.8 billion people? Where would you even find that many people? It is nearly impossible for our minds to grasp that many people in South Asia, but India would be a good place to start. For those who have not been to India, these… Continue reading What Does It Take to Aid Over 1.8 Billion People?

In a World of Plenty Why Is There a Scandal of Starvation?

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by KP Yohannan, issued a Special Report on the ugly truths of world hunger: “Scandal of Starvation” — world hunger is a long-term social and global crisis, directly or indirectly causing around 9 million deaths each year –… Continue reading In a World of Plenty Why Is There a Scandal of Starvation?

Pastors in Taiwan Preach Peace, Patience in Midst of Social Tensions from Coronavirus Epidemic

TAIWAN – Since the novel coronavirus outbreak, Taiwan is rationing surgical masks causing long to become a common occurrence. Recently, rumors of shortages have also led shoppers to stockpile toilet paper and other necessities. In some industries, workers are being put on unpaid leave. With rising social tensions in this part of the world, a… Continue reading Pastors in Taiwan Preach Peace, Patience in Midst of Social Tensions from Coronavirus Epidemic

Gospel for Asia Declares Poverty to Be Public Enemy #1

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) issues an extensive Special Report on extreme poverty worldwide, how alleviation and eliminating it is possible, but it is not inevitable. If the modern world is truly a “global village,” that means everyone on earth is our neighbor—and Jesus was very clear about how we are to… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Declares Poverty to Be Public Enemy #1

Polio Is Still a Threat in South Asia

GENEVA – Despite the overwhelmingly good news from the World Health Organization (WHO) that two of the three wild polio virus strains have been eradicated, healthcare workers have been unable to eliminate the disease in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Recent outbreaks of polio in the Philippines is also under investigation. However, the continuing presence of the… Continue reading Polio Is Still a Threat in South Asia

‘Convert or Be Killed!’ Expectant Mother Pays Ultimate Price in Jihadist Massacre | CBN

NIGERIA – The Jihadist massacre lasted for five hours. Esther listened from the makeshift outhouse as she hid behind the door. “Convert or be killed!” shouted Boko Haram militants. Their commands were followed by screams, the popping of machine guns, and the smell of burning flesh and hair as they made their way through the… Continue reading ‘Convert or Be Killed!’ Expectant Mother Pays Ultimate Price in Jihadist Massacre | CBN

Re-directed Christmas Spending Could End Abject Poverty, Says Gospel for Asia Report

PUBLIC ENEMY #1: Mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org) has released a new report declaring extreme poverty "public enemy number one," and challenging people everywhere to help eradicate it. Full report available at https://www.gfa.org/press/poverty-report/.

WILLS POINT, TX — Faith-based mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA) – on the frontlines in the fight against poverty–has released a new report declaring extreme poverty “public enemy number one,” and challenging people everywhere to help eradicate it. The release of the report – titled Poverty: Public Enemy #1: Eliminating Extreme Poverty Worldwide is… Continue reading Re-directed Christmas Spending Could End Abject Poverty, Says Gospel for Asia Report

Gospel for Asia Declares Poverty to Be Public Enemy #1

WILLS POINT, TX – Earlier this month, Gospel for Asia released a special report entitled “Poverty: Public Enemy #1.” Author Palmer Holt of InChrist Communications shared the almost incomprehensible fact that some 736 million people worldwide earn less than $1.90 a day, less than many of us spend for our favorite morning latte. The Tip… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Declares Poverty to Be Public Enemy #1

It Takes Only One Mosquito to Lead to Remarkable Truths About FBOs and World Health

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) issues an extensive Special Report on the deadly diseases brought by the mosquito and the storied impact of faith-based organizations on world health, fighting for the Kingdom to “come on earth as it is in heaven.” It takes only one mosquito, buzzing around with ill intent, dive-bombing… Continue reading It Takes Only One Mosquito to Lead to Remarkable Truths About FBOs and World Health

Indian State of Odisha Introduces Plan to Reduce Debt Bondage

BHUBANESWAR – With 46 million residents, Odisha is the 11th most populous state in India. The eighth-largest Indian state by area, Odisha has a density of more than 760 people per square mile. Odisha also has one of the highest migration rates in the country. Approximately 500,000 people relocate every year, primarily due to escape… Continue reading Indian State of Odisha Introduces Plan to Reduce Debt Bondage

Moving the Goal Beyond ODF

toiletNEW DELHI – The widespread practice of open defecation in the developing countries in Asia and Africa has long been a focus of Missions Box News, numerous FBOs, NGOs, and the United Nations. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030 include bringing the entire world to that status of being Open Defecation Free (ODF).… Continue reading Moving the Goal Beyond ODF

Gospel for Asia Counts the Cost to Minister to the ‘Least of These’

WILLS POINT, TX – A strange thing happens when we consider the cost of something. If not with our lips, our minds ask the question, “How much does this cost?” When I reflect on that, I realize that this question is inevitably self-centric. The question is inextricably connected to “How much am I willing to… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Counts the Cost to Minister to the ‘Least of These’

Death Toll Continues to Rise in Nepal, Bangladesh & Northern India Floods

KATMANDU – As people in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu are facing a crisis of having no water, the people in Nepal, Bangladesh, and the Indian State of Bihar are begging for relief from raging floodwaters that have displaced ten of thousands. The death toll keeps rising as new reports filter in. The… Continue reading Death Toll Continues to Rise in Nepal, Bangladesh & Northern India Floods

The Paradox of Disease in South Asia

malariNEW DELHI – The paradox of disease is that on the one hand it is an opportunity to share the gospel and on the other hand, it is an enemy that can rob us of the time needed to reach those afflicted. South Asia is the poster child for this paradox. As you read this… Continue reading The Paradox of Disease in South Asia

Celina’s World Ripped Apart by Cyclone Idai

BEIRA – Flying into Beira, Mozambique, was a harrowing sight: hundreds upon hundreds of houses tangled together, their roofs ripped off and walls collapsed. Floods dominated the low-lying plains; hundreds of people having been drowned beneath the murky water. The fury of Cyclone Idai. At just 14, Celina’s entire world has been torn apart –… Continue reading Celina’s World Ripped Apart by Cyclone Idai

Sustainable Citywide Sanitation for All Symposium Meeting in Rajasthan

RAJASTHAN – Organized by the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) in India and the School of Water and Waste, over 100 national and international leaders are meeting in Rajasthan from April 2 through April 5 to study the Sustainable Water and Sanitation Program. It is the first meeting of its kind in India during… Continue reading Sustainable Citywide Sanitation for All Symposium Meeting in Rajasthan

Gospel for Asia Weighs In on Water

WILLS POINT, TX – Realizing that World Water Day was fast approaching on March 22nd, I reread Gospel for Asia’s special report, “Dying of Thirst: The Global Water Crisis.” I read the report a couple of weeks ago, which was published March 1, but I wanted to prepare my heart to pray for the third… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Weighs In on Water

Measuring Ministry on the Mission Field

“A sustainable outcome is the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely.” —Sustainability Outcomes “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” —Peter Drucker, business leader and author WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) – The two opening quotes are truths that cannot be ignored whether improving your golf game, building a… Continue reading Measuring Ministry on the Mission Field

Dying of Thirst: the Global Clean Water Crisis

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) Special Report on the global clean water crisis: Discussing the crucial quest for access to clean drinking water. The widespread lack of clean water is a crisis we can’t ignore. The statistics are mind-numbing. 502,000 people die each year from diarrhea—caused by unsafe drinking water.[1] 2.1 billion… Continue reading Dying of Thirst: the Global Clean Water Crisis

The Most Unusual Church in the World

Young boy sitting by sewer line in Kibera

KIBERA, KENYA – With a fluctuating population of nearly a million people, Kibera is the largest slum in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. It is home to one of the most unusual churches in the world. The Unhealthy Conditions in Kibera Most families in Kibera live in rented 12’ x 12’… Continue reading The Most Unusual Church in the World

10 Milestones from Gospel for Asia’s First 40 Years

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) was born 40 years ago when K.P. and Gisela Yohannan felt the call of the Lord on their lives to minister to the people of Asia in His name. Even before His specific calling was clear—and every day thereafter—their commitment has been to walk in the beauty… Continue reading 10 Milestones from Gospel for Asia’s First 40 Years

Kumbh Mela Cafe Features Tea Potties

KUMBH MELA – The Swacch Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission was launched on October 2nd, 2014 as a major government initiative with the goal of making India ‘clean’ by the same date in 2019. When Prime Minister Modi initiated the campaign, he declared that, “A clean India would be the best tribute India could… Continue reading Kumbh Mela Cafe Features Tea Potties

Spotlight on Chosen Children Ministries

MANAGUA – Chosen Children Ministries is a faith-based, non-profit organization focused on reaching families and communities in Nicaragua. Its methodology is unique in that the organization has field staff in two locations within the country through which it utilizes teams of volunteers from evangelical churches, schools, universities, and businesses to expand its outreach. Because Nicaragua… Continue reading Spotlight on Chosen Children Ministries

The Church’s Role in Providing Sanitation Explained by Gospel for Asia

WILLS POINT, TEXAS – World Toilet Day was November 19, and the chances that you celebrated the day are probably quite slim. Neither is it likely that you even discussed the matter at the dinner table that day or three days later on Thanksgiving—even though having functioning toilets is something that the Western world should… Continue reading The Church’s Role in Providing Sanitation Explained by Gospel for Asia

Gospel for Asia Says Education is one of the Keys to Ending World Poverty

Gospel for Asia Believes Alleviating Poverty Starts at School Wills Point, TX — As the world “goes blue” to mark World Children’s Day (Nov. 20) Gospel for Asia (GFA) is bringing attention to another color in its efforts to improve the lives of children at risk—the red line of poverty. The organization spotlights the desperate… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Says Education is one of the Keys to Ending World Poverty

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