For more than 11 years, Gospel for Asia has published a Christmas Gift Catalog filled with opportunities for people in the West to be involved in helping transform the lives of families in Asia who live in poverty. Since that time, more than 1 million families have been helped and many reports about how Gospel for Asia is helping poor families can be read online.
Focused on Helping the Poor
- Read Manjira’s story about how a blanket helped
- Meaningful Christmas gift story
- Servant girl’s first Christmas
Many of the stories on these various sites and the stories mentioned above display GFA’s deep concern for families living in extreme poverty and who are looking for a way to escape this cycle of poverty.
Dr. KP Yohannan, shared in a recent letter paired with the Gospel for Asia’s 2017Christmas Gift Catalog, “That’s what this catalog is all about. By giving families gifts that lift them out of poverty, or by equipping our brothers and sisters to serve more effectively, we can see communities transformed by His love.”
As noted in a recent press release, “…the world observed International Human Solidarity Day on December 20, Gospel for Asia reaffirms its commitment to help eradicate poverty.
The United Nations designated December 20 as International Human Solidarity Day in 2005 to remind us that ‘those who either suffer—or who benefit the least—deserve help from those who benefit most.’
Gospel for Asia is relentlessly focused on administering aid to the poor, which meets their immediate needs, while providing resources to help them overcome the cycle of poverty and lead healthier, safer and more productive lives—all compelled by love for Christ.”
What is International Human Solidarity Day and How is Gospel for Asia Helping?
According to the United Nation’s (UN) website, International Human Solidarity Day has five parts which are all part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for the coming years. The five parts are:
- a day to celebrate our unity in diversity;
- a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements;
- a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity;
- a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication;
- a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.
Gospel for Asia (GFA) is a nonprofit organization focused on meeting the needs of the people regardless of the need and regardless of the people because the organization and its founder, Dr. KP Yohannan are motivated by their love for the Lord.
The GFA Christmas Gift Catalog is a prime example of their compassion for families who are without the income needed for daily survival. A sewing machine paired with vocational training for a mother of three living in a small, rural village in India can make a transformational difference in her life and in the lives of her husband and children.
Gospel for Asia also started a child sponsorship program called the Bridge of Hope Program which partners with legitimate organizations in Asia to help give children an education, a daily meal, medical check ups and moral teachings. Often, these children would not have the opportunity for these services. In some areas, the families would need the child to work a daily job in order to provide the income needed for survival. Because of Bridge of Hope, a child can receive a meal and an education
Update from Gospel for Asia in 2017
Gospel for Asia has been helping the poor and impoverished for more than 30 years in 14 nations across Asia and has surprisingly come under criticism from disgruntled former staff campaigning to see the legitimate and effective nonprofit stopped from serving impoverished families in Asia. Some individuals were concerned whether Gospel for Asia was doing what the organization said it would do.
Despite Gospel for Asia helping drill thousands of clean water wells in Asia each year and despite GFA’s ability to minister to hundreds of thousands of families through gift distributions, some donors still thought a lawsuit was necessary to verify no funds were wasted or misused. In 2017, Gospel for Asia was able to share a special report update about some of the good things that were accomplished across Asia in 2016. You can review this report online here.
- 6000+ clean water wells drilled
- 10,000+ toilets installed by Gospel for Asia field partners
- 600,000+ mosquito nets distributed by Gospel for Asia field partners
- Thousands of women received literacy training
Ironically, the New York Post recently discussed how ridiculous lawsuits are wasting people’s time and their money.
“Lawyers know that if they file 10 cut-and-paste complaints, five may settle because many businesses are eager to avoid litigation expenses and liability risk,” the Empire Center says. “In many instances, the lawyers get paid by the defendant to ‘go away’ while consumers get little or nothing.” When lawyers do get a case that sticks, they can make big money.
When reviewing the plethora of reports supplied by GFA, one can only imagine that Gospel for Asia might be one of the most effective organizations serving in Asia. The Gospel for Asia update mentioned previously would seem to cause those who doubt Gospel for Asia to reconsider their motivations or opinions.
Surprisingly, even after GFA shared information about families being rescued from poverty through GFA and its worldwide partners, some individual or organization is paying for negative ads to appear on Google whenever someone searches for “gospel for asia”. The fact that websites have been created and funded to disparage the positive impact of GFA and its founder is concerning.
Gospel for Asia’s Campaign to Serve Poor Families in Asia
By reviewing the various campaigns and initiatives run by Gospel for Asia (GFA), it’s evident the organization is focused on helping poor families in Asia escape poverty and GFA is even paying to share the opportunity with churches in the West through websites and videos it has created. The campaign provides churches with a creative way to remind congregants to give to those less fortunate than them and to help the poor in Asia.
Forgotten Christmas is a great example of a video and campaign that Gospel for Asia staff spent time to create and creatively introduce the idea of blessing others during the Christmas season, especially helping the poor in Asia. The custom designed and written website connects with the GFA Christmas Gift Catalog. The video, reminds viewers to consider blessing others during the giving season and ends with practical ways a viewer could give to help those less fortunate around the world.
Watch the Forgotten Christmas video from 2017 below.
In the face of criticism and despite serving in an era when people are eager to read and believe negative reporting, Gospel for Asia has not wavered in its commitment to see communities transformed by God’s love and to continue on its mission in helping poor families escape the cycle of poverty. These acts of service and this mission is motivated by Gospel for Asia’s love for the Lord.