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.