K.P. Yohannan

Posted: September 27, 2007 in Christianity

Before continuing with my series exploring The Great Commission, and the role of the United States in fulfilling this command, I would like to give some background information on K.P. Yohannan.  K.P. is the author of the book, Revolution in World Missions, that will guide our “discussion”.

K.P. Yohannan was born in the village of Niranam in Kerala, South India around 1950.  By his own accounts, he was a shy and timid child who was most comfortable “on the edge of village and family life, a shadowy figure who moved in and out of the scene unnoticed.”

He “stood up” during an evangelistic meeting in his village at age 8 but kept his faith to himself.  That was until his mother began to pray “O God, let just one of my boys preach!”, and watching his mother fast every Friday for three and a half years.  He recalls her prayer was always the same. Although he saw his mother’s sincere desire to have one of her six sons go into the ministry, he states that he was terrified of speaking in public and had no leadership skills.  He remembers thinking that there was little chance of that boy being himself.

That was until his mother’s prayers were answered when he was 16 years old.  He recalls a Gospel team from Operation Mobilization coming to their village to challenge people to join them reaching the lost souls of North India.  As they told of the plight of these lost souls, God gave him a burden for this native brethren.  On that day he vowed to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those people so he joined the student group for a short summer crusade.  He announced his decision to go to his mother, and she wordlessly gave him 25 rupees for his train ticket.

He would spend the next seven years travelling all over North India, reaching lost souls for Christ until God lead him to America in the 70’s.  In America, he attended a seminary college in Dallas, Texas, and from there his passion for reaching lost souls, especially in his native country grew into the missionary organization that he founded called The Gospel for Asia. He is still the International Director for GFA.  He has written over 200 books in India, and six in the U.S. 

He still lives in Dallas with his wife, Gisela, and his two children, Sarah and Daniel are both serving the Lord.  He has allowed God to direct his path, and has shown tremendous discipline in fulfilling The Great Commission for Christ.  His insight, life experiences and wisdom gained from those experiences as a missionary in North India, and his experience founding and leading the Gospel for Asia is truly awe-inspiring.

I highly recommend his book, Revolution in World Missions. You can get a FREE copy from the Gospel for Asia site:  www.gospelforasia.com.

P.

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Comments
  1. Clare W. Hathaway says:

    I would like your address so I can give it to my estate planner so I can have him include your mission in the planning of my will. Thanks

  2. Clare W. Hathaway says:

    Thank you for your response in sending me your address.

  3. Clare W. Hathaway says:

    I did not realize that youneeded so many responses.

  4. patrickandchristy says:

    Ms. Hathaway,

    Thank you for your generous gesture. I will email you with all of our information for Gospel for Brazil. It’s an awesome, Christ-centered, God-driven ministry that is touching many, many Brazilians lives. Any support you feel led to give would be tremendously appreciated and would be put to 100% use for reaching lost souls in Brazil.

    Normally, you can just put one comment but sometimes it gets fickle and it will save before you’re ready.

    Again, thank you and I will be in touch. We leave on Wednesday, July 9th for another mission trip to Brazil. Keep us in your prayers.

  5. Arjun Sagar says:

    Can you explain me in simple terms what born again christianity is all about?
    I’m a non christian and would like to know the details.

  6. patrickandchristy says:

    Argun,

    I emailed you regarding your question. My pastor friend and I will have you a simple but straight-forward answer shortly. Thanks for your patience.

    Patrick

  7. patrickandchristy says:

    Dear Arjun…….

    Thanks for your question!!!

    To answer your question, I am going to have to quote the book of Romans and reference other verses, so please be patient and have a Bible available to check the quotes I am giving to you.

    The expression to be born again in the Bible means to have a spiritual birth, that is, to come from a position of being dead spiritually (separated from God, banished from a relationship with Him) to a position of being spiritually alive, in fellowship, in a relationship with God through the only way provided by God: Jesus Christ. When Adam and Eve sinned and disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, sin entered the world, that is, starting with them, all human beings born after them, came into the world as spiritual dead beings because sin causes separation (that separation is called spiritual death) between God and humans beings (Romans 6:23). (Romans chapter 5, verse 12: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned”).

    In other words, there is no way a human being can have access to God because he or she is in fact spiritually dead (Romans 3:23..for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.) Simply, they are full of sin and unworthy of God’s forgiveness.

    In fact only Jesus can break that curse, that separation (Romans 3:24 says: “…and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”). Only God’s Son, Jesus can offer forgiveness. When we ask Jesus to forgive us for being sinners, then He forgives us and that allows us to have a relationship with God. Jesus is the “bridge” that allows us to cross the distance that sin caused between us and God. When we ask Jesus to forgive us, then Jesus’ Spirit enters us and then “lives” within us. We are thus “born again” because Jesus now lives within us and we become spiritually alive. This is being “born again”. It’s not a physical birth but a spiritual birth.
    So how do we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and become “ born again”? Follow these simple steps:

    1. Have faith and believe that God is the true God, the one and only God. There are no other gods.
    2. Have faith and believe that Jesus is the Son of God and was sent by God, through the virgin birth of Mary, as a human man to this earth, John 3:16.
    3. Have faith and believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior. Jesus is the Messiah, and He is perfect and without sin.
    4. Have faith and believe that Jesus was cruxicified on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have a relationship with God. Jesus paid the “penalty” for man’s sin against God.
    5. Have faith and believe that Jesus died and then rose from the grave (from the dead) on the third day after his cruxification. By doing this, Jesus overcame death and defeated satan (enemy of God and Jesus.) Colossians 2:13-15;Acts 3:17-23; Romans 8:10-15.
    6. Have faith and believe that Jesus then went up into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God, and when Jesus left this earth to go into Heaven, He left His Holy Spirit to live with us and to guide us.
    7. Admit to God that you are a sinner, and ask God to forgive you of the sins that you have committed, Acts 17:30,31.
    8. When we have faith and believe in Jesus and ask for God’s forgiveness, then the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Jesus) enters our soul and lives within us. We are now Christians (little Christ’s) that are spiritually reborn, now having Jesus living within us through His Holy Spirit. We are now “new creations.” II Corinthians 5:17.
    We hope that this helps explain, in simple terms, what being “born again” means.

    Your brothers in Christ,
    Pastor Everaldo Rego and Patrick Loyd

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