Dr KP Yohannan is a truly inspirational figure, he has dedicated his life to the servitude of others through his belief in God and has worked tirelessly over the last 35 years to put an end to poverty through his charity Gospel for Asia. Dr Yohannan has had quite an incredible life and career, he is an inspirational speaker, a missionary, an author, a radio presenter and the founder of one of the World’s most inspiring charities. Today we are going to take a deeper look into how it all started and how he ended up being the inspirational man that he has become.
Born in 1950 into a Christian family in Kerala, India Yohanan found Jesus at the tender age of 8, deeply pious even from such a young age, Yohannan would always seek to help others and when he was 16 years old he joined a missionary movement called Operation Mobilization, an evangelical organization that works with missionaries across Asia, this would be Yohannan’s first experience of helping others directly and something that would inspire him throughout his life.
In 1974 Yohannan made the bold move to accept an invitation to study theology and Bible studies in Criswell Bible Institute in Dallas, Texas, within 6 months of his undergraduate degree he was ordained and became the pastor of one of the local churches, a position he held throughout his education until he left to focus on his charity, Gospel for Asia.
Upon achieving his B.A. at the institute, Yohannan became the first international student to graduate from the college and the following year he dedicated to training missionaries who would be working as part of the Gospel for Asia team.
“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.”
Gospel for Asia
Gospel for Asia was actually started in 1978 whilst Yohannan was still working as a pastor, the first year was spent training 24 missionaries and in 1979 Yohannan set up the first of the ministries of the charity in India. The charity focusses various ministries on helping in individual consequences of poverty such as leprosy, those living in slums, women and children, it offers support, education and healthcare with a view to help the poor elevate themselves from poverty rather than rely on handouts.
In the last 35 years Gospel for Asia has gone on to become the largest evangelical missionary NGO in the World and it currently operates in over 15 countries across Asia. The organization has helped thousands over the years and it looks set to continue to grow into other parts of Asia and other territories, helping thousands more along the way.