The National Religious Broadcasters has terminated the membership of embattled missions agency Gospel for Asia, which was hit with a bombshell class action lawsuit alleging fraudulent use of donor money earlier this month, due to financial accountability issues.
In response to the allegations of fraud against the agency Thursday morning, Johnnie Moore, president of public relations firm The KAIROS Company, speaking on behalf of GFA, said the agency is working hard to put an end to “false accusations” continually being made against it.
“Gospel for Asia is 100% focused on continuing its work around the world while working very hard to put an end to the false accusations being continually made against the ministry. Gospel for Asia can document the legal and ethical use of funds donated and clearly answer every question,” he noted in an email to CP. “Thankfully, many of Gospel for Asia’s friends and supporters have chosen to stand with the organization and provide greater and great degrees of prayer and support as the ministry works to put this all to rest, for good.”
A copy of a letter acquired by The Christian Post Wednesday signed by NRB President and CEO Jerry A. Johnson, and addressed to K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA, dated December 31, 2015, highlights that despite the strong relationship shared by the two organizations, NRB was forced to part ways with GFA.
“This is a follow-up to my letter dated October 12, 2015 and our subsequent email correspondence regarding the NRB membership requirement for GFA to be compliant with our Constitution and Bylaws, Part II – Financial Integrity, Accountability, and Transparency – Not-for-Profit Members,” began the letter from the NRB, which is a non-partisan international association of committed broadcasters and Christian communicators.
“This requirement points out that ‘operating with financial integrity is part of a faithful witness for Christ before a watching world. As such, National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) requires its members to conduct their financial operations in a manner that ensures integrity, accountability, and transparency,” it continued.
“While you have stated (as recently as your email of December 30) that you are diligently working to obtain the necessary information and to comply with the standards, you have not been able to do so at this time. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I must advise you that NRB must terminate your membership at this time,” wrote Johnson.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post