GFA is a well-established international mission organization deeply committed to seeing lives and communities transformed through God's Word and compassion. We are a bridge and servant of the Church to fulfill the Lord's desire of transforming lives and communities in Asia through His love. We are a movement dedicated to glorifying the name of Jesus Christ and to proclaiming His grace and love to those who desperately need to hear it.
This ministry began with a clear call from God and a genuine passion to see those dying without our Savior come to know of His free gift of grace and mercy. More than 30 years later, our heart remains the same.
Since day one, we gave this ministry into the hands of God, that He may lead it as He pleases in order for Christ to be glorified among the nations. It has been a blessing to see the people of God from different denominations and from all walks of life come together for this one purpose : to minister to those in great need with Christ's love.
What is GFA’s mission?
Our mission in life is to be devout followers of Christ and to live lives fully pleasing to Him. God has given us a special love for the people of Asia, and it is our desire to minister to them and help them through ministries like education, health and practical gifts, or through the spiritual transformation of peaceful hearts, restored relationships and mended lives. We do this all in community and in partnership with the global Body of Christ.
What are the most important values held by GFA?
As a ministry, it is our fervent desire that all we do would flow out of our relationship with the Lord and His work within us. We established 10 core values to help us stay on course with the calling He has on our lives through this ministry. The first five relate to our inner life. The last five relate to the outflow of our lives to others. These core values are :
Knowing the Lord Jesus more fully and intimately
Being a people of integrity and excellence
Living in submission to God’s Word
Being a people of faith
Being a people committed to prayer and worship
Having a servant lifestyle
Being a people of grace and love
Being a people with a passion for souls
Being a people who work together with the Body of Christ
We strive to live by these values as God gives us grace. We believe that in doing so, we will reflect Christ’s life and make Him known to a generation that is dying without ever hearing His name.
“I praise God for bringing me to GFA. Not only is my life a part of helping reach the lost, but God has taught me so much since being here. One of the biggest lessons I've learned is grace. Grace has been demonstrated to me through the leaders and staff over and over. Many times when I have shared struggles with the leaders, they have always given me lots of grace and helped me work through what I was dealing with. I wouldn't have made it without them.”
— Brenda, GFA staff
What is GFA’s statement of faith?
That the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. It is the complete revelation of His will for salvation and the only unfailing rule of faith and practice for the Christian life.
In one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these three are co-eternal and of equal dignity and power.
In the deity of Jesus Christ; His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit; His virgin birth; His sinless life; His substitutionary death on a cross; His bodily resurrection; His ascension to the right hand of the Father; and His personal, imminent return.
That man was created by and for God; that by man's disobeying God, every person incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God, and physical death as a consequence; and that all people are sinners by nature and practice.
The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and that all who believe in Him are declared righteous because of His sacrificial death and are, therefore, in right relationship with God.
In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit indwelling all believers and thus enabling and empowering the life and ministry of the believer.
In the bodily resurrection of everyone who has lived, the everlasting blessedness of those in right relationship with God, and eternal separation for those who have rejected God's forgiveness in His Son.
How is the ministry structured?
The ministry is led by godly senior leaders who give leadership and set the course of the ministry based on the mission and vision of Gospel for Asia. These leaders seek God’s guidance through prayer and fasting when important decisions need to be made.
There is also a governing board, known as the Board of Directors, that gives oversight for the governance of the organization to make sure legal requirements and accountability is maintained with the laws of the countries we work in.
How can I get more information about Gospel for Asia?
Visit our contact page for phone numbers, addresses, email addresses and websites that can help you learn more about the ministry of Gospel for Asia.
Life in the GFA Community
What is it like to serve the Lord at GFA?
Serving at GFA is not like working for a business. Staff members are considered family—not employees. We serve together and seek to maintain fellowship with one another through the bonds of peace and unity with the help of the Holy Spirit.
We are a community of Christ, sustained—as individuals, families and groups—through personal prayer, common worship and everyday work for the glory of God and the extension of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ (Psalm 133:1).
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and ministry, as explained in his book Life Together, had significant influence on our movement in this regard.
There’s a strong emphasis on grace, love, thankfulness, prayer and seeking the Lord. Certain times of the day are set apart to pray for one another, for the ministry and for our brothers and sisters serving on the mission field. We commit all our work to Him in prayer, knowing the work is done in dependence upon Christ. Oftentimes, you will find people praying together in the hallways or in designated prayer areas.
We encourage our staff family to strengthen and build each other up by serving one another. People are happy to help and even look for ways to bless others. When one of the staff falls ill or has a personal emergency, others in the staff family gladly help them with practical needs like providing meals, childcare, travel help, etc.
When we fail, which all of us do, we try to be quick to repent, ask forgiveness and walk in the light and love of Jesus Christ, so fellowship and unity is maintained.
Our leader, K.P. Yohannan, often encourages us to extend grace to one another. He says,
“If we must make a mistake, let us make it on the side of grace and not legalism.”
“The integrity and love is immeasurable. One example: Our little boy had to visit the ER, and once GFA leadership heard where we were at, they came to the ER to see if we needed anything and to pray for us.”
—Tony and Kelly
“I am privileged and grateful to have been part of Gospel for Asia for more than 12 years: growing up here for 11 years and being part of the School of Discipleship for almost two. This same spirit of knowing the Lord and making Him known brings together not just the staff and students in the U.S. office, but also the international offices.”
What is a typical week like at GFA?
A typical work week at GFA consists of morning prayer meetings and a Tuesday evening prayer meeting. There is also an extended night of prayer on the first Friday of the month. Staff serve in the office from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Evenings and weekends are free unless special needs arise for service or prayer.
What does it mean to serve the Lord together as a family at GFA?
When God calls a family to join staff, He calls them to invest their lives so people in Asia can hear about Christ and His great love. Just like a missionary family going to a foreign nation, their calling isn't just one part of their life, but it is the main focus of their life.
Serving the Lord as a family is a joint effort, with each member sharing the same vision and encouraging one another to stay the course.
What are the requirements for serving with GFA?
When a person or family joins staff they commit to developing their own financial support team—just like staff of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), Wycliffe, YWAM (Youth with a Mission), Global Frontier Missions, Operation Mobilization and other mission organizations—in order to provide for their financial needs, including medical insurance. They commit to living in a manner consistent with Biblical values and maintaining a daily personal devotional life of Bible reading, worship and prayer. They commit to preserving and promoting unity of the Spirit through the bonds of peace (Ephesians 4:3). They commit to participating in GFA prayer meetings and gatherings. They commit to at least two years of serving with the ministry to be the needed support for our brothers and sisters in Asia. There is no legal binding, however, for anyone to stay the full two years; they are free to leave as they choose.
Watch K.P. Yohannan talk about the significance of joining staff.
What resources help staff members serve the Lord with GFA?
When a person joins staff, they are given a list of books to read about discipleship, grace, spiritual warfare, evangelism and other topics for their spiritual development and for understanding ministry.
K.P. Yohannan’s books, such as Revolution in World Missions, Road to Reality, Living in the Light of Eternity and Touching Godliness, are among those they read for development, along with the following partial list of other books staff are encouraged to read :
True Discipleship by William McDonald
Lord, Break Me by William McDonald
Calvary Road by Roy Hession
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
The Jesus Style by Gayle Erwin
Victory Through Surrender by E. Stanley Jones
Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindoll
Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper
Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Incredible Christian by A.W. Tozer
Operation World by Patrick Johnstone
Chocolate Soldier by C.T. Studd
GFA staff is also encouraged to listen to teachings from people who are steadfast in their walk with Christ, preach sound Biblical doctrine, have a heart for discipleship and have a desire to see people everywhere come to know the love of Jesus.
Some of these include :
Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love: his teachings on the Holy Spirit, discipleship and evangelism
David Platt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board: his teachings on discipleship and radical living
Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel movement: “Through the Bible” series
Ray Comfort, founder of Living Waters Publications: “Way of the Master” video series co-hosted by Kirk Cameron
Skip Heitzig, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Albuquerque: “The Bible from 30,000 Feet” series
Chuck Swindoll, founder of Insight for Living: his teachings on grace
Erwin Lutzer, Senior pastor of Moody Church: his teachings on godliness and living according to God’s Word
You can download K.P. Yohannan’s books for free.
“There have been many things here at GFA that have encouraged me and helped me in my walk with the Lord. I think if I were to name one thing, it would be following the example of my leaders. I follow them as they follow Christ. All of them have helped me to see God and know Him and His heart. They love me as Christ does.”
— Ashley, GFA staff
Where do GFA staff members attend church?
GFA staff members are free to attend any church the Lord leads them to. There are several good churches in the local area. We encourage our staff to attend where Christ is exalted and Scripture is taught.
What is Gospel for Asia’s School of Discipleship (SD)?
Gospel for Asia's School of Discipleship is a one- to two-year program where young men and women can deepen their walks with Christ, develop a heart of compassion for those needing Christ, while at the same time enabling hundreds of missionaries to serve on the field and share Christ.
It is our heart that through this program, the Lord will raise up young people in this generation who are godly, who are actively engaged in reaching their generation for Christ, who fulfill their God-given purpose, and who live their lives in view of the day that they will stand before the Lord.
While these young people take part in GFA's School of Discipleship program, they also serve in our headquarters office on behalf of those who have yet to hear the name of Jesus.. After completing School of Discipleship, many go on to serve the Lord in a vocation or other ministries.
Learn more about GFA's Discipleship Program.
"I've had the privilege to be part of Gospel for Asia School of Discipleship and staff for almost eight years. This has been a wonderful experience. I find it so exciting to invest my life in [helping people in Asia] while living and serving in such an amazing community."
Where is GFA currently located?
Our headquarters is located about half an hour east from Dallas County, in a small town called Wills Point.
By the grace of God, within six months, we have become not only part of the local community, but more than 100 different churches and pastors have embraced us. Our staff attends many of the local churches that represent more than a dozen evangelical denominations.
In our new location, we’ll be able to add more staff, which will result in more work being done on the field. We’ll also have more space and better facilities to disciple up to 200 young men and women through our School of Discipleship program.
When we are at full capacity, we estimate we’ll be able to save about $4 million per year in overhead expenses compared to what we would have spent if we had stayed in Carrollton, Texas. That will allow us to send more funds to the field than we could have otherwise.
The money that’s been spent in building the campus has been given to us by generous donors and friends of the ministry who specifically asked that we use their gifts for this purpose. We are very thankful for the Lord’s provision through them.