K.P. Yohannan

Biography

Dr. K.P. Yohannan (or KP Yohannan) has been crisscrossing the globe for the past 40 years, challenging the Body of Christ to discipleship. His call to a radical lifestyle—with an all-out commitment to Jesus—has left its impact on nearly every continent. To the Church caught up by the tidal waves of compromise and self-preservation, Yohannan’s life message is a fresh word to this generation and yet as timeless as the scriptural mandate itself.

Yohannan is the founder and director of Gospel for Asia (GFA), a Christian mission organization deeply committed to seeing communities transformed through the love of Christ demonstrated in word and deed. He is also the metropolitan bishop of Believers Church , an indigenous church in South Asia.

Born in South India in 1950, Yohannan is the youngest of six sons. His mother dedicated each of her children to the Lord and longed to see one of them commit their lives to ministry. She secretly fasted each Friday for three-and-a-half years, praying, “Oh God, let just one of my boys preach!” Even as she prayed, her children were growing up, seeming destined for secular work. Finally, only the youngest, little “Yohannachan,” was left. Seeing how shy and insecure he was, his mother thought there was little chance that he would preach.

However, after Yohannan finished his schooling, he heard stories about North India from a visiting mission team, and his heart was gripped. His mother’s faithful prayers were answered as he immediately decided to join the mission movement and go to faraway North India to help bring the Good News to the multitude of villages that had never heard of Christ. While preparing to go with this radical mission team from Europe, the timid 16-year-old was challenged by a call to radical discipleship from missionary statesman George Verwer. That night, Yohannan couldn’t sleep. What if God asked him to preach publicly in the streets? What if he was stoned and beaten?

Suddenly, God’s presence filled the room, and he knew he was not alone. “Lord God,” he prayed in surrender, “I’ll give myself to speak for You—but help me to know that You’re with me.”

The next morning, he awoke with a supernatural love and burden for the people around him. The Lord gave him courage to speak to the crowds he saw that day, and he continued to preach for the next seven years in North India. As a field evangelist and regional coordinator, he was responsible for the members of his teams and the planning of each day. His future wife, Gisela, was also serving with the mission movement at the same time, and Yohannan felt through their brief encounters that he had found someone who shared his same vision and calling.

In 1971, Yohannan was invited to spend a month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. Here, he was challenged by Haggai to do something significant with his life for God’s glory. His time at the institute produced a restlessness that eventually led him to leave India to search abroad for God’s ultimate will in his life. In 1974, he came to the United States, where he received his theological training at Criswell College. He and Gisela were married after his first term.

As a theology student, Yohannan was ordained and began pastoring a local church in Dallas, where he served for four years. While God blessed his pastoral ministry, Yohannan couldn’t forget the burden God had given him for those who had never once heard the name of Jesus.

Remembering the Millions in Asia

As the Lord reminded Yohannan of the millions in Asia still waiting to learn of His love for them, he resigned his pastorate, and he and Gisela began taking steps to start an organization to support national missionaries, which eventually became known as GFA. They began meeting together each Tuesday night with a small, faithful group of believers to pray over world maps. The Lord soon guided them to start a program through which people could regularly support the work of national missionaries by laying aside one dollar a day. As the Lord opened doors to share this opportunity with churches and individuals, the ministry began to grow.

Today, GFA comes alongside thousands of national workers and supports them through prayer and assistance as they bring hope to the most needy in South Asia. GFA is engaged in dozens of projects, such as caring for poor children, slum dwellers and widows and orphans; providing clean water by funding wells; supporting medical missions; and meeting the needs of those in leprosy colonies. Through GFA’s Bridge of Hope Program, tens of thousands of children are being rescued from the generational curses of poverty and hopelessness. In honor of Yohannan’s decades of demonstrating the heart of a father to the fatherless, the members of the Christian Men’s Network’s Global Fatherhood Initiative awarded him the Reggie White Fatherhood Award in 2016. In 2003, he was awarded Alumnus of the Year from Criswell College for his influence in the work of God.

A Ministry of Discipleship

One of Yohannan’s deep desires is to see a new generation catch sight of the Lord’s burden for the hopeless in their generation and to give themselves, no-holds-barred, to His work. GFA’s School of Discipleship, a one-year program for young adults, is helping fulfill this dream. Through this life-changing year at GFA’s headquarters in East Texas, dozens of young people have deepened their relationship with Christ and grown in their desire to follow in His footsteps. Many of them are now serving the Lord full-time in different capacities across the globe.

Ministering hope and practical help to the people of South Asia, Dr. Yohannan’s radio program, Spiritual Journey, reaches more than 1 billion people in 110 languages. His Road to Reality radio program airs weekly on more than 200 radio stations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, viewers in 100 nations can watch him daily on AYTV. He served on the executive committee of World by Radio from 2004–2012 and as a board member with the National Religious Broadcasters Association (NRB) from 2013–2015. In recognition of his service, NRB presented Yohannan with its Individual Achievement in International Broadcasting award in 2003.

Dr. Yohannan is a prolific writer with more than 200 books published in Asia and 11 in the United States. With more than 3.9 million copies in print, Yohannan’s landmark book, Revolution in World Missions, is an international bestseller that has literally changed the course of mission history in our generation. For his faithful service to the Body of Christ, Yohannan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Hindustan Bible College in Chennai, India.

Where to find K.P. Yohannan online

Where to buy in print

Books

Living in the Light of Eternity
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,270. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship
Do you want to do something of lasting significance for God, yet find yourself constantly bombarded with real-time concerns and distractions? This contemplative yet highly practical book will help you to gain -and maintain- the vertical focus you are longing for, so that you can begin today reorganizing your priorities in light of eternity.
Revolución en el Mundo de las Misiones
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,590. Language: Spanish. Published: January 8, 2015 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Missions
Adéntrese en la historia del misionero estadista K.P. Yohannan y experimente el mundo a través de sus ojos. Cada palabra le cautivará – desde las aldeas de la India hasta las costas de Europa y Norteamérica. Cuidado: ¡Su pasión es contagiosa!
The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness
Price: Free! Words: 12,190. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
We were made in the image of Christ that we may reflect all that He is to the hurting world around us. Rise above the things that hinder you from doing this, and see how your life can display His beauty, power and love.
That They All May Be One
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,750. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Relationships
Conflict--we've all faced it! We know we are supposed to be united with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but it seems impossible to get along with some of them. Drawing from his decades of experience in serving the Lord, Dr. K.P. Yohannan provides us with simple, down-to-earth answers to how we can embrace others in Christ and reach the world.
The Road to Reality: Coming Home to Jesus from an Unreal World
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,350. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Missions
Do you find yourself conforming to the culture rather than transforming it? Do you ever ask yourself, Is this what Christ meant by "Follow Me"? In this prophetic yet highly practical book, K.P. Yohannan will help you escape from the mold of plastic Christianity and find the road back to authentic New Testament Christian living with simplicity and purpose.
Discouragement: Reasons and Answers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery
Ready to defeat discouragement and move on? It can be done! In this honest and engaging booklet, K.P. Yohannan uncovers the reasons for discouragement and provides practical answers. Find new hope and strength for an overcoming life.
Stay Encouraged
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,430. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery
How are you doing? Discouragement can sneak in quickly and subtly, through even the smallest things. Learn how to stay encouraged in every season of life, no matter what the circumstances may be.
The Lord's Work Done in the Lord's Way
Price: Free! Words: 12,610. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Church / Leadership, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Relationships
Tired? Burned out? Weary? The Lord's work done in His way will never destroy you. Learn what it means to minister unto Him and keep the holy love for Him burning strong even in the midst of intense ministry. A must-read for every believer!
A Life of Balance
Price: Free! Words: 14,160. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
Remember learning how to ride a bike? It was all a matter of balance. The same is true for our lives. Learn how to develop that balance which will keep your life and ministry healthy and honoring God.
Seeing Him
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Do you often live just day-to-day, going through the routine of life? How easy it is for us to lose sight of Him who is our everything! Through this booklet, let the Lord Jesus restore your heart and eyes to see Him again.
Principles in Maintaining a Godly Organization
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Church / Leadership, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Professional Growth
Remember the "good old days" in your ministry--Your passion to reach the lost? Your zeal to serve others in love and unity? What about today? Are you in danger of becoming “just another organization”? It doesn't have to happen! K.P. Yohannan shares from Scripture and personal experience how to keep the original vision God gave you and maintain vibrancy, life and joy within your ministry.
Journey with Jesus
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,090. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship
Hang around someone long enough and you're bound to pick up their habits. And what were the “habits” of Christ, the qualities that changed the course of history? K.P. Yohannan encourages you to accept Jesus's divine invitation to learn from Him. Just as He called the 12 disciples, our Savior welcomes you to walk the roads of life with Him. You will never be the same again.
Touching Godliness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,600. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Church / Leadership
How often we stand on the outside looking in. We watch others who have a sincere godliness, but it seems beyond our reach. K.P. Yohannan challenges us that we, too, can touch godliness as we follow Jesus down the path of total surrender and submission. Chapter by chapter, he gently confronts us with truth that few others are willing to say—truth that leads to the abundant life we so desire.
When We Have Failed-What Next?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,080. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
If you are struggling with a failure in your life, you are not alone. We all have failed. But, this is not the end for us, no matter how it may feel right now. K.P. Yohannan graciously reminds us of God’s unfailing love and His marvelous ability to reshape miserable failures into glorious demonstrations of His mercy and grace. So look up! The best is truly yet to come.
Dependence upon the Lord
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Professional Growth
Don't build in vain. Learn how to daily depend upon the Lord - whether in the impossible or the possible -and see your life bear abundant, lasting fruit.
Learning to Pray
Price: Free! Words: 11,280. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Prayer, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Your prayers move heaven and earth. Do you not believe that? This biblical, yet highly practical book will show you how important a role your prayers play on this earth, and will help you start now to pray consistently and effectively.
Living by Faith, Not by Sight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,050. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Faith
The promises of God are still true today: "Anything is possible to him who believes!" This balanced teaching will remind you of the power of God and encourage you to step out in childlike faith.

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