Over the last few days I’ve done a series of interviews with former employees of Gospel for Asia.
Some have left recently, some a few years ago, but all seem to have shared some common experiences.
With the recent actions by the ECFA and Ministry Watch, along with the work of Warren Throckmorton, more are coming forth with their stories.
This is what I have learned.
The first thing you need to know is these people are the ones you want in your church…these are the ones who have truly sold out to Jesus and are prepared to be obedient to Him no matter where or how He called them to serve.
These are the truly “radical for Christ” and because of that, the “radical” message of K.P. Yohannan resonated deeply within them.
Thee was no question that Gospel For Asia was for believers like them, nor was their any question about GFA’s integrity…the organization was promoted in their churches, by their pastors, and by well known Christian leaders.
Many gave up secular careers and even pastorates to join the mission.
Even when it wasn’t articulated as such, Yohannan was regarded as a modern day Protestant saint, beyond question and reproach.
It wouldn’t be until later that they would find that he regarded himself that way as well.
The hours were long and the pay was low…they had to raise their own “support”, but that support was controlled by the organization.
The organization also controlled where you lived, what you made, and even what you bought with the little you made.
Your first year there you would be assigned an “overseer” who would be charged with your indoctrination and making sure that you stayed on the GFA straight and narrow.
You would be expected to read all of Yohannans books and listen to a large number of his recorded messages.
Employees, especially leaders, were pressured to neglect involvement with any local church and focus only on the work of reaching the lost.
The indoctrination never stopped… it was reinforced weekly at prayer meetings and privately daily if necessary.
You must “stay in the battle”.
You came to understand that K.P. and K.P. alone understood how Asian and Indian missions should be done…any opposition was from the enemy of our souls…it was Gospel For Asia against anyone in the world who questioned anything about the man or his methods.
The cost of questioning things was to be labeled “disobedient” or “rebellious”…you were at risk of rejecting Gods call on your life.
Any suspected rebellion was dealt with quickly.
Leadership would pull you into the office and rebuke you, then wait for the workers reaction.
They would be reminded of the those who had left under similar circumstances….those would be slandered in meetings and shunned in public.
Wives would be addressed at ladies meetings if need be to circumvent the erring husband.
If all else failed you would be escorted from the premises with your belongings, but without the “support’ you had raised.
You were now a pariah.
Next: K.P. couldn’t write about his ascetic lifestyle today…