GFA World launches first missions in Africa

Thursday, April 22, 2021
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ministering to lepers (credit: Gospel for Asia)

After changing its name from Gospel for Asia, GFA World has announced its launch of numerous humanitarian projects this year in multiple African nations.

GFA World founder K.P. Yohannan is eager for the launch of compassion projects in the east-central African nation of Rwanda – a recovering war-torn nation where 800,000 were killed in the 1990s.

"Africa is where the tears never dry," Yohannan, the author of Revolution in World Missions, explained. "Everything we do focuses on bringing real hope and the love of God to those who've lost all hope, [so] we appreciate the open door we've been given to start saving lives and serving the poor in Rwanda."

Joining forces to bring healing

Church leaders, their congregations and the Rwandan government are joining together in support of GFA World's efforts to bring children out of poverty conditions in the slums of the nation's capital, Kigali – a city where the average resident has less than two dollars a day to survive.

To stem the tide of poverty and sorrow in Rwanda and other countries in Africa, GFA World is spearheading its "surge of compassion" and numerous healthcare projects across "the world's poorest continent," where the needs of Africans will be met by GFA missionaries, including Sisters of Compassion workers, who are specially trained to serve widows, orphans and leprosy colony inhabitants.

In addition, the large Texas-based international missionary agency – which currently provides thousands of children educational opportunities through sponsorship programs across Asia – is focusing its efforts in Africa on the young.

"We're looking at the whole continent, and one of our goals is to help tens of thousands of children [in Africa]," Yohannan explained. "About half of Africa's population is under the age of 15, and the average life expectancy is 50, [so] this fact makes the desperate urgency to preach the gospel to millions while we have time still to do it. They are waiting – they are dying."

Nourishing water and living water

Along with God's living Word, supplies, and programs to make Africans self-sustaining, GFA World is introducing its "Jesus Wells" to Africa – clean water sources that have already blessed countless numbers of those in need across Asia.

In Africa, Jesus Wells will help to nourish children and families from villages and underdeveloped communities where many are found drinking water from filthy ponds and other contaminated sources.

Spreading God's love

Caring for millions across Asia since it was founded in 1979, GFA World now plans on training indigenous workers in Rwanda and other African nations to serve their native people as it has for decades in the world's largest and most populous continent.

When working in Asian nations – such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka – GFA World workers use their knowledge of local culture and languages to transform lives for individuals from some 12,000 churches and communities … and this will be no different in Africa.

"While slums are often associated with Asia's megacities – featured in movies such as Slumdog Millionaire – it's African countries that have the highest percentage of slum dwellers," GFA World noted. "More than nine out of every ten people in South Sudan, Central African Republic and Sudan live in slums."

Yohannan points out that just like God's love, GFA World's heart for missions knows no boundaries.

"We aim to be servants to everyone, showing them Christ through our lifestyle," Yohannan stressed. "Jesus told His disciples to change the world – and as we expand into Africa, that's our calling, too. We want to bring hope and healing as His hands and feet to the whole world."

As GFA World sets its sights on Africa, its mission to stay true to the Great Commission remains as clear as ever.

"After all is said and done, the only real answer to the chaos in this world is Jesus Christ," Yohannan concluded. "Our focus remains even sharper today – to preach the gospel by all means and establish the Church, which is the agent of change for time and eternity."

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