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Metropolitan Bishop KP Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan

K.P. Yohannan, founder and president of Gospel for Asia
Name K.P. Yohannan
Birth date 1950
Birth place Kerala, India
Occupation President of Gospel for Asia
Website Gospel for Asia,

Dr. K.P. Yohannan is the founder and president of Gospel for Asia a large Christian protestant missionary NGO with a focus on India and Asia. He is a pioneer and leading advocate for “national missionaries”, the formation of missionaries native to the nation the missionary is serving. He is the founder and Metropolitan bishop of Believers Eastern Church, a large protestant Christian church denomination in India. Yohannan is also an author of over 200 books on protestant Christian living and missions, as well as a noted speaker and columnist.

BiographyEdit

Early life and educationEdit

Yohannan was born in 1950 and raised in a St. Thomas Syrian Christian (Mar Thoma Syrian Church) family in Kerala, India. At age 8 he became a follower of Jesus.[1] He was 16 when he joined Operation Mobilization, an evangelical missions movement, and served with them for eight years on the Indian subcontinent. [2]

Through an invitation from Dr. W. A. Criswell, Yohannan moved to the United States in 1974 for theological studies at Criswell College (at the time Criswell Bible Institute) in Dallas, Texas.[3][4][5] He graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, becoming the school’s first international student to graduate. He eventually was also conferred an honorary degree of divinity by Hindustan Bible Institute & College in Chennai, India.[2]

MinistryEdit

Six months into his undergraduate degree, Yohannan became an ordained clergyman and served as a pastor of a Native American Southern Baptist church for four years near Dallas, Texas. In 1978, Yohannan and his wife Gisela started an organization known today as Gospel for Asia, which is resided in Carrollton, Texas until 2014 in which it moved to Wills Point, Texas.. In the first year, they helped provide financial support and training to 24 missionaries..[6][5] In 1979, he resigned from his church to devote his attention full-time to mission work. In 1981, he started a chapter of Gospel for Asia in Kerala and in 1983 created an Indian headquarter in Tiruvalla.[3] GFA directly supports more than 50 Bible colleges in various countries.[3][7]

Gospel for AsiaEdit

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Dr. K.P. Yohannan with Madhav Kumar Nepal, former Prime Minister of Nepal, on July 9, 2017 at St. Xavier’s School in Kathmandu, Nepal

Gospel for Asia would grow to become one of the largest evangelical Christian NGO and missionary organizations in the world, but constantly marred by dubious fund distribution. Gospel for Asia adheres to Yohannan’s belief in the efficiency and efficacy of “national missionaries”, or missionaries that are native to the nation or culture being served. The organization’s primary mission fields are those people that live in the “10/40 Window”, referring to longitudinal coordinates consisting of areas in west Africa, India and east Asia.[3]

Yohannan credits his early work in his native India as inspiration for his focus on the poor and underserved in this region. He states: “In my head I knew all the answers, and Bible became the tool of the trade for me that I would use to teach and preach and I was doing very well. People liked my sermons, but finally I said to myself, ‘I’m not the same person I was when the Lord called me to serve Him. I’m not the same person that I was that walked on the streets of North India weeping over the lost and perishing millions and stayed up all night praying and weeping over a world map. The Lord was gracious enough to talk to us very lovingly, and I realized that he wanted me to go back to America and speak to the ‘Body of Christ’ about the possibility of seeing countries like India, Burma and Bhutan, turn to Christ if only they would become unselfish in praying and helping these brothers by becoming senders.”[5]

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Dr. K.P. Yohanna ministering in the Leper Colony in India.

From its inception, Gospel for Asia has held to Yohannan’s conviction of the use of national missionaries. The ministry discourages direct missions from outside countries or people-groups, but rather trains and equips missionaries from within distinct cultures. In order to accomplish this, Gospel for Asia has over 56 Bible schools in 10 countries, training over 9000 ministers. In all, Gospel for Asia has trained over 16,000 national missionaries.[8][9][5][10][5]

In addition to training national missionaries, Gospel for Asia incorporates several other ministries such as Bridge of Hope (child sponsorship), Jesus Wells (clean water wells), bible translation, radio and television broadcasts, disaster relief and refugee camp aid.[11][12][13][14]

Print and radioEdit

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Dr. K.P. Yohannan Metropolitan meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2016.

Dr. Yohannan is the author of eight books published in the US and has authored more than 200 books published in India.[2] His book Revolution In World Missions,[15] has over 2 million copies in print.[16]

K.P. Yohannan’s radio broadcast, "Road to Reality," is heard on over 900 radio stations throughout the USA, Canada, U.K., New Zealand and Australia.[2] He has also been heard on the Athmeeya Yathra (Spiritual Journey) daily broadcast for the past 25 years. This is broadcast in 14 nations in 113 Asian languages. Athmeeya Yathra now includes a television station and print media.[4][17]

FamilyEdit

K.P. Yohannan is married to Gisela,[18] who served with him in Operation Mobilization. They met in 1973.[3] In 1974, they were married in Germany, Gisela’s country of birth. They have two children, Daniel and Sarah.

Books Edit

External linksEdit

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