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• David Mains, Radio & TV Broadcaster » • George Verwer, Founder, Operation Mobilization » WILLS POINT, TX – K.P. Yohannan and Gospel for Asia (GFA World), the organization he founded in 1979, have served the Lord faithfully in 18 countries in and around South Asia. Self-sacrifice has always been a hallmark of Gospel for Asia, beginning with the founder’s office and extending to the thousands of partner-supported workers at home and in the field. K.P.’s passion for Jesus, love for those in need of Christ’s love, humility, and integrity have set a godly standard for others to follow.
However, no individual or institution is exempt from criticism, just or unjust. The faith-based missions organization headquartered 45 miles east of Dallas, Texas, is no exception.
The owner of a successful electronics manufacturing company once told this writer, “The higher we raise our flag, the more people will shoot at it.” He made the statement when his company was relatively small. He was pondering the potential disparagement that he believed would surely follow on the heels of the company’s future growth.
His words were almost as accurately prophetic as were Jesus’ when He said, “In this world, you will have trouble.” (John 16:33) The Bible also explains that trouble is just the first stepping-stone on the path of patience, experience, hope, and enduring satisfaction. (Romans 5:4-5)
Yet, when criticism comes our way, we can almost always take comfort in the steadfast encouragement and endorsement of others.
Gospel for Asia is particularly encouraged by and thankful for the encouraging comments from outstanding Christian leaders. We all need to hear these kinds of remarks from time to time. GFA has agreed to share a few they have recently received. Hopefully, you will be encouraged as well.
Dr. David Mains, pastor, author, and broadcaster:
“I have known and worked closely with Dr. K.P. Yohannan . . . over four decades. His preaching still stirs my soul. I believe 100% in his integrity.”
Francis Chan, pastor and author:
“K.P. has been a mentor to me for years. The way that he speaks to God and about Him is different from anyone else I know. His words and actions have led to me loving Jesus more consistently and deeply. He continues to be an example to me. For this, I am eternally grateful.”
Dr. Paul Louis Cole, president of Christian Men’s Network:
“K.P. Yohannan is a missionary statesman, a pastor to pastors, a mission leader to mission leaders, and a father to the fatherless. In a unanimous decision, the CMN board presented Dr. Yohannan with the first annual Reggie White Fatherhood Award, to honor his demonstration for over 40 years of what it means to be a father by providing leadership to compassionate workers of faith and hope to the defeated.”
Greg Gordon, founder of Sermonindex.net:
“I have seen firsthand the work in Asia, the training of ministry leaders, churches, and Bridge of Hope centers. Frugality, simplicity, and godly wisdom are obvious in all the work. Everything is done for an eternal purpose with the longevity of a church in mind where millions are experiencing Christ’s love who have never heard the name of Jesus. Dr. KP Yohannan has emulated this example of sacrifice and commitment to Jesus.”
Jeff Lutes, president and founder of International Harvesters for Christ, Canada:
“Gospel for Asia has been uniquely raised up ‘for such a time as this.’ Only God’s sovereign power could explain how ‘earthen vessels’ make such a dramatic difference. Spending time with K.P. personally reiterated to me that it is all so simple: God loves Asia, and He demonstrates it every day through GFA.”
George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization and world missions advocate:
“Gospel for Asia is not a movement but a phenomenon. GFA has become one of the most significant mission organizations of this century.
“I praise God for the great love and commitment of KP and Gisela Yohannan for the people of Asia. Millions have received the Word of God because of them and the ministry of Gospel for Asia.”
Ajith Fernando, teaching director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka:
“I am grateful for the training that Gospel for Asia has given to many evangelists who are effectively reaping the ripe harvest fields of Sri Lanka.”
Pastor Everett Flight, Ontario, Canada:
“I have been associated with this ministry for eight to 10 years in different ways. Their Canadian leadership has been at our church, and I have distributed hundreds of books among our church congregation.
“I am deeply moved by the heart and passion of this ministry’s personnel, from K.P. Yohannan to the Canadian office leadership. My wife and I have been sponsoring a national missionary for a good number of years because we believe in its principles. This ministry will inform, challenge and stir your people concerning the vast needs in worldwide missions.”
Pastor Neil Orchard, Salem United Methodist Church:
“The gospel of Jesus Christ has always been about a neighbor reaching their neighbor. GFA does this supremely through the emphasis of national workers and pastors. GFA connects a church to ‘their neighbors’ thousands of miles away by understanding the biblical mandate, having a passion for people and a commitment to prayer.”
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill Atwood, Dean for International Affairs for the Anglican Church in North America and Bishop of the International Diocese:
“Having been personally involved in missions in dozens of countries for decades, I can say that what God is doing through KP Yohannan and Gospel for Asia is a move of God. I have seen the work on the field firsthand, and how finances are handled; it was the most comprehensive accounting I’ve encountered. I’ve also worked closely with GFA’s leader and can personally attest that this is not only a remarkable ministry that is being used by God, it is operated with the most professional integrity imaginable.”
Chip Lusko, Calvary Chapel pastor:
“I have known Brother K.P., the staff and ministry of Gospel for Asia for nearly 40 years. I know the leadership, the team, and more importantly, I have been to Asia and seen the work firsthand. I have been to Bridge of Hope centers, villages where they minister to those with leprosy, water projects, hospitals, churches and so much more. Gospel for Asia has had a phenomenal impact on an area of the world with tremendous needs. I cannot state too strongly how much I endorse the people of GFA, their mission and their vision for the future.”
Patrick Johnstone, author of six editions of Operation World:
“Gospel for Asia has become one of the more significant pioneer missionary agencies with a good accountability structure. . . . They are doing an excellent job.”
Pastor David Cartwright, Russell Memorial United Methodist Church:
“GFA is an invaluable partner to the local church for the work of the Gospel. They have richly blessed my congregation and have been a source of blessing in my pastoral ministry.”
Palmer Holt, President, InChrist Communications:
“Years ago I came across Gospel for Asia and quickly realized they were the only large-scale international ministry I knew of that operated like the First Century Church. They were humble, devout, pious, going to the poorest of the poor, willing to suffer life-threatening persecution, and doing works like those recorded in the Book of Acts — preaching the Word with signs and wonders following (deliverance from demonic oppression, healings, miracles, raising from the dead), making disciples and then sending those out. Because of this, I felt the Lord told me to offer my services for free, which they lovingly accepted. Still walking with GFA today because the heart of this ministry and its work haven’t changed. They are still doing the works of Jesus among the least of these, to the glory of God and fulfillment of His Kingdom.”
Pastor Steve Marquez:
“I have always known Gospel for Asia as powerful prayer warriors and a group of humble people who seek to know Christ and make Him known.”
Dan Wooding, founder of ASSIST News Services and host of “Front Page Radio”:
“I have had the privilege of going . . . to South Asia and was deeply moved by meeting with many GFA [workers] and pastors there. I was particularly inspired by seeing Jesus Wells outside the churches and also visiting the Bridge of Hope children centers, both of which are doing such a fine work in helping the Dalits.”
Pastor Dick Kelsey, Rocky Branch Baptist Church:
“We recently had a Gospel for Asia speaker share at our church and our men’s meeting. GFA was new to our folks here, however, many were very touched by the message and the approach GFA is using to spread the love of Christ around the world.”
Barbara Dowling, sales manager at 93.7 Faith FM, Ontario, Canada:
“[On my trip], I learned that the far reaching effect of GFA’s work in South Asia is beyond what I imagined. … I really saw God’s hands and feet in the GFA missionaries. I learned that this is an extremely well-run ministry to God’s glory. … You can see God’s blessing on the ministry with much fruit of labor and finances to enable the work on the ground.
“I heard firsthand about lives changed in young missionary men and women and in children’s lives and their families’.
“I saw the gifts of bikes and sewing machines used to change lives for people.
“I was touched by the overriding image of Jesus’ love for the people glowing from the missionaries in each ministry we visited. I felt myself responding to the people I met with God’s love flowing through me in a new and meaningful way.
“I was impacted greatly seeing the surrendering of people to Christ to do His work. Seeing God’s work in people’s lives reminded me what He can do in my own life with a fully surrendered heart.”
Pastor Michael Williams, International Outreach Church:
“Gospel for Asia has been a blessing to our community here in Wills Point, TX, for several years. Although primarily a missions organization, they have never pushed for or pressured us to financially support them. On the contrary, they have reached out to Churches and Pastors in a very cooperative inclusive spirit. They brought pastors together for prayer hosted at different Churches monthly. They also sponsor an event for back to school supplies at their facilities. The people from GFA that I have met are genuinely passionate about Jesus and live their lives as the shining lights and examples that God has called us to be. I thank God for GFA, the people, and their mission.”
Rev. Johnnie Moore, Author:
“KP Yohannan and Gospel for Asia have profoundly impacted my life. As they always have been, they are on the very frontlines impacting millions of lives and doing it with the care and expertise of those who actually live among those they serve.”
Shawna Rogers, assistant pastor of River Valley Wesleyan Church:
“We became aware of Gospel for Asia about 10 years ago when some in our fellowship read K.P. Yohannan’s book Revolution in World Missions and were impacted by its message. Now this book is standard reading for our missions committee and anyone interested in overseas work. Yohannan continues to challenge existing paradigms of ministry and leads us to enlarge our worldview, which includes supporting national missionaries.”
Archbishop Ray Sutton, Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church:
“Gospel for Asia is a hundred-fold, fruit-bearing ministry for Jesus Christ! They are that good soil our Lord called for His disciples to be, bearing fruit ‘a hundred-fold, sixty, and thirty’ (Matthew 13:23). GFA has multiplied the Word of God unlike any other ministry I have known in my forty years of ordained service. They have done so because they have been receptive with purity of heart to the Word of God likened to Seed. They have ‘let the Word of Christ richly dwell within them’ (Colossians 3:16). Consequently, they have born an abundant amount of spiritual, good fruit for the Lord. And this is the ultimate standard for measuring good ministry, ‘You shall know them by their fruits’ (Matthew 7:16). I thank the Lord for this good-soil ministry.”
Pastor Charlie Avila, Clovis Christian Center, Fresno, California:
“Our church has faithfully supported Gospel for Asia for twenty-two years because we strongly believe that they are one of God’s choice ministries for winning lost souls and discipling believers in Asia. We have planted numerous churches through this ministry. We endorse and support this ministry without reservation.”
Fr. Gavin Vaberek, priest of St Luke’s Catholic Church, Wills Point, TX:
“Gospel for Asia is actively involved in our local community. As a pastor, I have enjoyed opportunities to share fellowship and prayer with several of their leaders. I appreciate their commitment to the Gospel and their enthusiasm for building up the body of Christ.”
Pastor Levi Lusko, Fresh Life Church, Montana:
“It was such an honor and joy on this last trip to spend time with a whole bunch of seasoned pastors from America, to see what God is doing there firsthand. We came back shocked and awed by the level of reliance on the Holy Spirit, by the organization. We got to see with our own eyes the extensive work. And really, left thinking we need to be doing more with them! It just is so great. And the work that God’s doing there is just tremendous! All of the different Bishops and all the leaders there, we just have such a high level of trust in them, and especially Brother K.P. Yohannan. His faith and God’s hands are so evidently upon him, and I’ve been telling churches and anyone who will listen in America since I’ve been back: you need to get involved with what God is doing through Gospel for Asia (GFA World).”
John & Susan Potts:
“My wife and I have been involved with GFA for 31 years. It has meant more to us than any other ministry that we have been involved with and we are so thankful for what it does and the people that we have met through it.”
Dr. Luis Bush, Servant Catalyst of Transform World:
“There are many who talk a good message, but not too many who actually live it out. Gospel for Asia is serious about the challenge. … The 10/40 Window is where the Gospel needs to go, and GFA is . . . standing in the gap. … GFA has what it takes.”
Suellen Roberts, Founder & President of Christian Women in Media:
“My travel to South Asia . . . impacted me tremendously. … I saw firsthand the work Gospel for Asia is doing to bring the Good News to the millions of people in South Asia. In addition, I witnessed the tremendous humanitarian efforts that are changing the lives of the poor and disenfranchised women and children.”
Frank Wright, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of D. James Kennedy Ministries:
“My guess is that few . . . realize the extraordinary breadth and depth of the ministry outreach of Gospel for Asia. I am confident this is so, because it was true of me when I journeyed to South Asia. … As we traveled, I was astonished at GFA’s amazing outreach and witness for Christ.
“I met hundreds of children being taught, loved and cared for in the name of Jesus. I spoke with young college students in preparation for a life of service to the Savior. I listened to pastors of small community churches describe their ministry. I met those who dig the Jesus Wells, bringing clean water and a powerful witness for Christ to an entire community. I talked with the GFA broadcasters who take the Good News to the entire nation through radio and other electronic media.
“I cannot say enough good things about K.P. Yohannan and all my friends at Gospel for Asia. This ministry is exceptionally effective, fully Christ-centered and worthy of broader support.”
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