In 2015, nearly 50 staff and families, many in key positions, left Gospel for Asia.
In a website project of some of the former staffers — Donor Be Wise — the exodus is described in detail.
This extreme turnover is a signal that something is very wrong at GFA. Regular readers of this blog will know that there is much wrong with the second largest mission group in the country.
The post concludes with just some of the concerns that have prompted GFA staff to seek work and ministry elsewhere.
The reasons so many staff left are many, yet one only has to read through some of the materials published to draw some conclusions as to the climate of the office leading up to the many public reports. Sadly some current staff have chosen not to read anything that has been published.
The way the ministry handled the group of former staff called GFA Diaspora could have played a major role in so many staff leaving. Actions speak louder than words.
The findings of former GFA board member Gayle Erwin, who investigated GFA to see if there were spiritual abuses of authority are alarming. – Read the report.
The fact that Gayle Erwin writes an apology letter to J.D. because his original report was written to appease the GFA board and president. We are all very thankful to Gayle Erwin for his humility and honesty.
Think of the impact of longtime staff finding out for the first time about the stockpiles of cash in India.
Think about longtime staff finding out in a staff meeting about School of Discipleship students being given $4500 in cash to take over to India.
Think about staff finding out in a staff meeting that a gift of $19 million that was originally reported as an anonymous gift, yet it turned out it was a transfer of funds from India, not an anonymous gift.
GFA’s board has not addressed this dire situation. Instead, their response has been to blame bloggers and admit vague inefficiencies. GFA has also spent loads of donor money on a campaign of public relations. For instance, in the face of the recent drought in India, GFA has spent a meager amount on supplying water while inflating their image at home.