GFA Tsunami Orphan Fraud

I was looking through the search terms that got me here, and it looks like I haven’t been doing my research, despite telling you to do yours. The search query was “yohannan fraud kp”, and someone had ended up clicking on a link here (the GFA/Worldserve cheerleader) instead of the expose he/she was looking for.

Well, now you have it. I did the search myself and ended up with this website, bearing the title you now see.

It essentially tells of one man, Govinda Tidball’s, research into GFA fraudulently claiming that post-2004 Tsunami, the government of Sri Lanka (a religiously-intolerant Buddhist nation) had personally asked GFA for aid in the form of providing care for 10,000 orphans. Govinda had gone to the official Sri Lankan Government website (Center for National Operations) and had found that, indeed, GFA had not been named in the list of aid providers. Moreover, from personal experience or involvement, Govinda had foreknowledge that there were only 3,000 or so orphans total in the whole of Sri Lanka!

This is a great victory for grassroots regulation and should be taken up by far more Americans/”world citizens” than there is currently. (I mentioned before I would be doing a post on the failure of aid. It’s coming eventually). To be of true help to people through money, one must remain vigilant about who it’s going to.

Because of this, I personally believe it is in the best interest of the Christian to be personally active in the mission field, instead of passively giving money as some sort of “guilt offering” covering your saintly deeds for the week/variable time period. Indeed, as Jesus prophesied:

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Matt 9:37b

Despite this, I will continue to stand with GFA due to the track record of their missionaries, who from my point of view have largely proven themselves as good stewards of the meager amounts given to them through word and deed.

And it’s not just because of what’s on the website. My friend (an Americanized Indian-American and GFA representative) from my former church had the privilege of visiting with one of these missionaries just last year, described in detail.

Simply put, I wouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater unless you yourself plan on going out to work the fields. God is no doubt working through these faithful people.

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20 thoughts on “GFA Tsunami Orphan Fraud

  1. I would have to agree with this statment, and what is it to say that GFA didnt just make a mistake, after all they are human, and we all make mistakes

  2. I understand that there are over 20 million people in Sri Lanka. I honestly don’t know, but it seems strange that after such a disaster there would only be 3,000 orphans? Or is there a lot that happens that did not get reported? Just wondering.

  3. @ Thomas:

    But insofar as GFA is more of a bureaucratic entity, it is a testament to the more general failure to own up to failure. I mean, what are they supposed to do in this case? Fire someone?

    That wouldn’t be very kosher.

    When churches get too big, they become of the world, not simply in it. Times like this make me wonder what GFA is doing with the estimated $54m they got in 2005.

    @ Gary:

    I’m not sure where you get the 3,000 number from, GFA had [fraudulently] stated they were given charge of 10,000.

    As far as the reporting is concerned, it’s been more the case that developed/1st world countries such as ours have had little in the way of complete and unbiased information regarding the distribution and management of pledged aid.

  4. Hi Kerry,

    Thanks for the encouragement. If you want, you can post the poem in the comments section, but I don’t think I’m going to make it into another post.

    • I was well aware of that, but thanks for the reminder James. That kind of lie does raise questions about the organization, though – no organization is perfect, and GFA is no exception. Be on the lookout!

  5. From GFA web site:
    Whenever someone has to come to us with a misunderstanding, we desire to clear it up. For example, during the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, we reported that the government of Sri Lanka had enlisted our help to care for 10,000 children. As far as we understood, we were doing things in the right manner. But we later understood that it was the local officials requesting our help (to which we did respond to assist thousands of children), not the national government. However, when we learned this, we issued a letter correcting the information within 24 hours.

    • Seems hastily written, doesn’t it? I remember reading this several years back soon after the fraud first occurred, so I wouldn’t classify this as news. Then again, it’s not an apology, either.

  6. GFA says to turn away from our love of money and love of ourselves to Jesus. The American “Christian” lifestyle is so useful to satan, and that we would actually do this so disastrous to his propaganda campaign against Jesus, that there are bound to be landmines in the way of ministry that tries to be faithful to Jesus as He calls us to love Him and to be in this world. I believe that GFA made mistakes, and although there may be sins involved, too, I am inclined to believe KP and GFA, and if nothing else, believe what they say about what life in Christ should be. A look at the other results of the search that got me to this site shows that the enemies of Christ are arrayed against GFA and the purity and love of Jesus they call us to. Cut them some slack and ask if the way of life we defend and grasp so tightly doesn’t discredit Him far more than an error in judgment on GFA’s part?

    • mcfly,

      I like your passion, but I think it’s somewhat misplaced. As Christians, we are not called to defend corporations like GFA, but Jesus himself. What might make criticism of GFA difficult for you is the fact that it’s an organization that is deeply involved with missions work. I tried to touch on that balance in the article. Still, this idea remains: I support what GFA is doing, but when they trip up, you should point out their errors so that they can be corrected – especially with those who are leaders. Leaders are in no position to lead if they are not mindful of their errors.

  7. SO WHAT HAVE YOU DONE PERSONALLY TO GET HELP TO THE OVER 100,000 ORPHENS ON JUST THE STREETS AND SLUMS OF MAUMBI? …Have you not eaten out for a $1.00 hamburger so that $1.00 or $0.75 could be sent to feed orphans to go to school and get 1 meal a day in BRIDGE OF HOPE CENTER FREE SCHOOLS for these children.
    Have you not gone to a $11.50 show at the theater, instead gone to the Dollar Theater for $1.75 so the difference could be sent to feed these same orphans?
    What about the widows in India and all through the 10- 40 window. Did you know that when the husband dies, even if he has a severe drinking problem and gets killed in an accident while away from home,,, the widow is blamed in his culture. Her own family takes her clothes away, dressed her in widows clothes, takes her jewelry away, takes her home away and SHE and her TODDLER CHILDREN ARE PUSHED OUT ON THE STREET WITH NO MONEY AND NO WAY TO MAKE A LIVING. They starve. They beg. They have to drop out of school. Many of these widows die leaving the children as orphans. Their wonderfully reliegous families in their chosen religion let them die. Sometimes an uncle will let the child live in the house on the floor. The child does not get food, clothing , schooling from the uncle. But the child has a place to stay.
    The girls on the street usually last 3 DAYS. THAT IS RIGHT. THEY ARE KIDNAPPED AND TAKEN INTO SEX SLAVERY BY THEIR FELLOW CARING NEIGHBORS AND PREDATORS. For the BOYS THE USUAL LIFE SPAN ON THE STREET IS 3 – 5 YEARS BEFORE DEATH.

    FOR THE PERSON WHO SAID GO INTO THE FIELD…. If you can’t right now, please send the $1.00 to $5. 00 a month or $ 28.00 a month so a child can ( 1) LIVE and (2) HAVE AN EDUCATION SO HE HAS HOPE.
    GFA has Bridge Of Hope schools, 1 big nutritious meal a day 5- 6 days a week and clean uniform provided so child has dignity.
    Oh by the way,a lot of love and hugs are also given.

    Thank you for listening.. Please think about it. WHAT CAN YOU DO SO A 3 yo CHILD CAN LIVE UNTIL TOMORROW?
    NO PRIDE, JUST THINK ABOUT IT.

  8. ALBERT,

    I have read back over your comments to the other people.

    In every comment I see how you take the good answer and then reword it into suggestion of misconduct by GFA..

    Interesting you technique. YOU ARE VERY MUCH LIKE YOUR FATHER ALBERT.
    YOU ARE WORSHIPING HIM.
    I SEE WHO YOU ARE.
    YOU ARE USING THE NAME ALBERT TO LOOK AMERICAN.
    YOU ARE HINDU OR MUSLIM.

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE. COME ON OUT LET US SEE YOU FACE.
    YOU POSE AS A CHRISTIAN IN ORDER TO DECEIVE.

    JUST CAST THAT DOUBT OF SUSPICION… OVER AND OVER.
    ….. EVERYONE PLEASE GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL ACCUSATIONS. GO TO EACH WEB SITE. ….. YOU WILL CLEARLY SEE THEY WERE WRITTEN BY SOMEONE ELSE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY. THEY WERE TRYING TO CAST DOUBT ON GFA.

    EACH ACCUSATION WAS PROVEN UNTRUE.

    NOW THE SAME DECEIVER WHO HAS GOTTEN BETTER ON HIS ENGLISH IS TRYING TO SAY…
    THE DOUBTS STILL REMAIN.

    HA , HA, HA.

    DECEIVER, continue to worship your father.
    Some day you will be able to spend eternity with him.

    May God give you another chance.

    • Hi Melanie,

      I’m not sure what you’re trying to prove here, but do you normally go into random strangers’ houses (which in this case is my blog) and try to trash them?

      All I’m calling for is a civil discussion and not name-calling. I think that’s been pretty consistent in my comment replies. So, please refrain from calling anybody “the devil” or anything of the sort. Look at Jesus as your example – did he call anyone “the devil”?

      Thanks.

  9. Albert,

    Did Jesus call anyone the devil?
    Well yes he did. John 8:44 , Matt 12:34
    He said you pit of vipers, you are like your father who you worship.

    He also said, you are like white washed tombs with rottenness and decay on the inside

    THE POINT IS ALBERT. YOU ARE THE SAME PERSON WHO BROUGHT UP ACCUSATION AFTER ACCUSATION AGAINST GOSPEL FOR ASIA.

    YOU GO AND SET UP DIFFERENT WEB SITES AND TRY TO USE DIFFERENT NAMES, BUT YOUR PATTERN IS THE SAME.
    YOU ALSO USE DIFFERENT STORIES .. YOUR PATTERN IS STILL EVIDENT.

    YOU ALWAYS USE THE SAME PATTERN OF” SUGGESTION”…. ( as your father does ).

    ALBERT, YOU ARE THE SAME PERSON WHO IS HINDU/ BUDDIST/ OR MUSLIM. YOUR HATRED FOR GFA IS COMING THROUGH.
    I NOTICE YOU DO NOT ATTACK OTHER RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS. YOU ONLY ATTACK GOSPEL FOR ASIA.

    EVERYONE PLEASE GO TO THESE WEB SITES … THEY KEEP WATCH TO SEE THAT CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS USE OF ALL MONEY AS DIRECTED AND THAT OTHER CONDUCT IS 100 % IN LINE WITH GODS VALUES..( Also please go to Gospel For Asia Web site and examine it thoroughly. You will be surprised. See everything they are doing to reach out and help through animals, clean water, vocational training, tools such as sewing machines and rickshaws to make a living. All are given free. Download for free the book ” Revolution in World Missions.” You can also have the book sent to you free. It will be an eye opener. )

    (1) MINISTRY WATCH .COM
    (2) ECFA ( Evangelical Council Of Financial Accountability )
    (3) THE WALL WATCHERS.

    NOTE: GFA also has missionaries working in many countries where it is death penalty to be a christian or a christian missionary. GFA will not release the names or locations of only these missionaries. To do so could cause their death.

    (100 % of every penny donated for use in the 10 – 40 window is sent each month.
    In the USA and Canada home sites the missionaries , workers have to raise 100% of their own support. So they are working for free. )

    A CHILD IN THE 10 – 40 WINDOW DIES EVERY 20 SECONDS FROM WATER BORN DISEASE.
    ALBERT WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP ?

    Why don’t you ask the God Of The Universe to show you what he wants you to be doing ?

    Give him a chance, he will answer you if you put away all pride and bitterness. He loved you enough to let you meet me so I could tell you this.

    Melanie

    • Hi Melanie,

      First, I tried to word this differently in my earlier post, but I’ll do it again: stop with the ad hominem attacks. E.g. “YOU ALWAYS USE THE SAME PATTERN OF ‘SUGGESTION’ …. (as your father does)”. Further attacks will be moderated. As an example of moderation, “(as your father does)” will be moderated to “[ad hominem attack]”.

      Second, are you saying that “patterns of suggestion” are evil? Or “suggestion” is evil? I don’t see what you’re saying.

      Third, I appreciate you referencing the Bible. But the passage in John 8 (39-47) you were talking about references Jesus’ utter disavowal of the Pharisees as priests of the Israelites, not if someone was using “patterns of suggestion” as you would put it. Similarly, the Matt 12 verse calls people evil.. but there’s arguably no one who that epithet is being directed at. Maybe indirectly. But no one seems to take it personally if you read the chapter.

      Four, I was and still am a supporter of GFA and the work they do. I’ve said that in the comments.

      Five, I am not in the US because I consider it God’s calling for me to be a long term missionary abroad. Won’t specify where for matters of privacy.

      Thanks for reading.

  10. Albert,

    Please do me a favor. Please go to GOSPEL FOR ASIA web site.
    They are out of Carrolton , Texas Zip 75010. 1800 Golden Trail Court.

    Please go to the web site. Please do a thorough and complete search of (every word written and every video, as well as reports of all money and donations asked for and what is done with that money). Also please down load all the free books and read through them.
    Please review everything and look for any lies and any evil.
    However , you must write down the page number, Video title and what was being talked about, and exactly what was said when you find evil so others can go and look it up and read it. You have said it is important to contact the leaders when we find something wrong and correct them. We are required to do so.

    You can also go back into archive records of stories ,news, magazines and of ” 5 minutes with KP ” to look for all errors. There are also archive videos. I know this will give you the information you seek.

    You can then report to us and to any one who has questions about possible evil intent by Gospel For Asia. I know you will do a thorough search and report any evil found, because you have stated it is your desire to report to grassroots regulation and by far more Americans/”world citizens” than there is now.

    Remember Gospel For Asia Web Site. It is free. It will not cost you anything.

    Please?

    Thank You
    Melanie Hayes

    • Hi Melanie,

      I am actually an active subscriber to the GFA newsletter & monthly magazine SEND!. As far as I’ve followed them, it’s difficult to tell whether what they’re doing is real or not since there are no independent journalists or similar-minded people reporting on GFA’s activities. But they say they are a gospel-driven ministry and I have faith that they stay true to their word. So I hope that, at least, can be a slight reminder not to judge, “or you too will be judged” (Matt 7). I don’t know how much your mannerisms have to do with where you come from or how you were raised, but your earlier posts as highly offensive.

      This kind of tone was a lot closer to what I was looking for. Thank you for at least having that much grace.

  11. ALBERT.

    IT IS EVIDENT YOU ARE HINDU.
    WE ALL KNOW IT.

    THANK YOU
    MELANIE HAYES.

    Sadly, you were given a chance.

  12. Melanie,
    I rarely comment on a blog, but I could not pass this one. I ended up here b/c I am considering a donation to GFA and believe it important to research an organization first. Melanie, as I read your comments I was saddened. This sadness came from not seeing the love of Jesus come through your statements. The statement where you said ” HA , HA, HA.
    DECEIVER, continue to worship your father.
    Some day you will be able to spend eternity with him.” made me cringe. Really? Truthfully? You would LAUGH at that?
    If Albert is a Hindu, how has he seen the love of Jesus in what you said? Melanie, you may be absolutely correct in ALL of your accusations etc. but to what avail if you don’t speak in love?

    Albert, Appreciated your comments. I would point out that I’ve done a cursory search of the negatives re: KPYohannen, and like Melanie I noticed that all appear to be sourced from non Christian sources. In addition, I don’t notice a plethora of accusations as there are with so many “Christian” organizations. Thanks for your opinions. They were worth reading.

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