Wills Point, USA (ANS) – Marking more than four decades of life-changing ministry on July 3, leading mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) 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 of the coronavirus pandemic, “super cyclone” Amphan that swept through India and Bangladesh, the worst locust invasion in nearly 30 years, and the threat of mass starvation, the Texas-based organization is a lifeline and life-changer for millions in crisis.
Local GFA World workers serve in hundreds of Asia’s most desperate slums, thousands of villages, and among the most socially marginalized — including those with leprosy — to show God’s love through compassion and change the world.
“We celebrate God’s faithfulness amid all the trials and tribulations of the past 40-plus years,” said GFA World founder Dr. K.P. Yohannan. “I believe that in the next 40 years, we will do even greater things in the cities and villages of Asia and around the world.”
2019 marked 40 years of ministry for GFA World, serving the poor and needy in 16-plus nations. In the past year:
- Local teams helped the poorest of the poor in 872 slum communities
- 315,000 women received free healthcare training
- Nearly 60,000 women learned to read and write
- More than 12,000 women were trained in a vocational skill, such as sewing
- Nearly 50 Sisters of Compassion teams helped people afflicted with leprosy
- More than 4,800 new clean water sources — called Jesus Wells — and 5,400 toilets were built in desperately needy communities
- 380,000 lifesaving mosquito nets were given to families most at-risk from malaria
“These truly life-changing opportunities are possible only because of God’s love and favor, and the commitment of local churches, local workers, partners worldwide, and the support of government agencies across Asia,” Yohannan said.
“Faced with an avalanche of crises and catastrophes in recent months, local teams and millions of affected families have shown their determination to never give up — even when the odds seem impossible.”
‘Never Give Up’
The never-quit attitude of local workers and the families they serve is reflected in Yohannan’s new book, Never Give Up: The Story of a Broken Man Impacting A Generation (https://www.gfa.org/press/new-book/) — written to encourage others “not to give up during turbulent and distressing times in their lives.”
GFA World’s history-making story (https://www.gfa.org/press/40/) began July 3, 1979 when Yohannan and his wife, Gisela, launched their world-changing vision to share God’s love with those in Asia — a vision featured in Yohannan’s groundbreaking book Revolution in World Missions, now with more than four million copies in print.
Yohannan’s heart was to “share the love of Christ” in Asia, not through the usual method of sending foreigners, but through national workers prepared to go anywhere, no matter the cost.
From humble origins in a Texas-based house group, GFA World has grown into one of the world’s biggest mission agencies, touching the lives of millions of Asia’s poor and partnering with thousands of indigenous workers.
“It’s been incredible to watch God move across Asia over the past four decades, allowing us to be his hands and feet to a broken generation,” Yohannan said, “and there’s much more to come.”