Gospel For Asia continues to use FCRA

In a story dated October 6, 2017, bylined strangely from Kochi, Times of India (ToI) reported the cancellation of FCRA registrations of four FCRA-NGOs associated with the global behemoth, Gospel For Asia. Readers of this blog are familiar with their names: Gospel for Asia-India (rechristened as Ayana Charitable Trust (ACT)), Believers Church India (BCI), Last Hour Ministry (LHM) and Love India Ministries (LIM). All the four are located in Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The exact date of the FCRA cancellation is unclear. We thus surmise that it must have happened any time in the months of August-September 2017 (vide infra). We also have no idea why these FCRA registrations were cancelled.

Although ToI claimed that the Ministry of Home Affairs cancelled the registration, the story is bylined Kochi and not New Delhi. It has appeared only in its Kochi edition. No other mainstream media carried the story. Imagine India’s largest FCRA-NGO conglomerate, with operations all over India, losing their FCRA registrations and the media in big cities not covering the story. Strange, no? This observation must also be seen in the light of the unusually large (even by GFA standards, #lulz) spike in remittances to these four FCRA-NGOs in the year 2015-16 and the troubles it has been facing among the faithfuls in USA who used to donate to it. Not to speak of the ongoing court case as well there. All these put together makes one wonder if the story of the cancellation (and may be the cancellation itself?) originated in New Delhi or from elsewhere within India.

Another interesting update is that Believers Church India rechristened itself as Believers Eastern Church (BEC), as per a news item dated November 04, 2017.

We write this Post in this backdrop.

So, what is new in this Post?

Part-A: Names of Chief functionaries of the four Tiruvalla FCRA-NGOs (FCRA cancelled), hitherto unknown, are now available. These will be shared.

Part-B: One may be misled into thinking that GFA has stopped remitting to FCRA-NGOs in India, post the cancellation of FCRA licence to its four primary affiliates. As we outed earlier, five FCRA-NGOs have started getting ‘donations’ from GFA (via its Limited Liability Companies). In this Post, we shall see even more FCRA-NGOs which receive ‘donations’ via the same route. We will also get to know the names of people running them. Thus, we demonstrate that even post the so-called FCRA cancellation of its primary affiliates in Tiruvalla, GFA continues to route funds into India.

NOTE: Everything that is written here is available on Indian Government websites, for anyone to view, without paying any fee. These websites are: FCRA, Darpan and MCA. Thus, this Post is just a compilation of publicly available Government data.  No opinions are passed on the individuals or the entities. These sources are gratefully acknowledged.

Part-A

After the FCRA Wing of MHA made it mandatory for NGOs to register their details (in particular, the names of their Chief Functionaries) on the Darpan portal of Niti-Aayog (we hold that Niti-Aayog is ill-fitted for this job, but that is a story for another day), the portal has been seeing quite a good number of entries. Let us get the names we have been waiting for.

FCRA-NGO (FCRA status cancelled) Chief Functionaries (via Darpan Portal)
Believers Church India Samuel Mathew, Simon John, Juria Bardhan
Ayana Charitable Trust Siny Punnoose, Simon John, Juria Bardhan, Praison John, Daniel Johnson, Samuel Mathew
Last Hour Ministry Praison John, Juria Bardhan, P S Cherian, Oommen Mathew
Love India Ministries Oommen Mathew, Samuel Mathew, Siny Punnoose, Juria Bardhan

Remarks

  1. Juria Bardhan, whose name appears in all the four (cancelled) FCRA-NGOs, appears to a Bishop of Believers Eastern Church. He was also earlier associated with the Believers Church Theological Seminary, Tiruvalla & continues to be a visiting faculty there. Interestingly, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs’ Companies database lists Rev. Dr. Juria Bardhan as a Director of a Sec. 25 (now Sec. 8) company called “AY Broadcasting Foundation” (AYBF) (CIN=U92132KL2005NPL018559) and holds the DIN, 00415678. Its other Directors are Thomas Varghese and Praison John. Incorporated in 2005, its address is provided as “GFA Building, Manjadi P.O., Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala”. AYBF runs the ‘Athmeeya Yatra TV’. Praison John’s name appears as one of the Chief Functionaries of ACT above. It is also interesting to read the judgement of a Kerala High Court in 2011 on whether AYBF is a ‘charitable institution’ or not, under Sec. 12AA of the Income Tax Act. The Court ruled that it was not one.
  2. Another name which appears on two of the former FCRA-NGOs listed above is Simon John. Rev. Dr. Simon John also appears to be a Bishop of Believers Eastern Church.
  3. Samuel Mathew appears thrice in the list above. He too appears to be a Bishop of BEC.
  4. The other name which repeats is Siny Punnoose. This name is also found as a Director of Believers Church Microfinance Private Limited (UCIN=U65900KL2011PTC028117) in the MCA database and it too shares the same address as AY Broadcasting Foundation (above). The other Director of BCMPL is listed as a Daniel Johnson who is also listed as a Chief Functionary of ACT (former FCRA-NGO) above.
  5. Sec. 15 of FCRA-2010 is interesting. It deals with the management of foreign contribution (FC) (including capital assets established over the years using FC) after the cancellation of FCRA registration of a NGO. Ordinarily, the District Magistrate (presumably the district in which the NGO is registered) takes over the assets created by FC. He/she can even run the operations, post FCRA cancellation. It is not clear if this option was/has-been exercised with respect to the four FCRA-NGOs associated with GFA. For organizations such as BCI whose assets are spread all over the country, it is also not clear how a DM can run the entire thing. This may actually be a bug (or a feature?) in FCRA-2010. It should also be noted that Sec. 15 applies to NGOs whose FCRA registration was cancelled and not to those whose FCRA licence was not renewed. (We thank twitter handle FCRA2010 for shedding light on this Section).
  6. An examination of the Quarterly returns filed by the four (cancelled) FCRA-NGOs confirms that the FCRA cancellation would have happened during August-September 2017 time frame (see Table 1 below).

Table 1: Foreign fund inflows to the cancelled FCRA-NGOs in the year before cancellation, based on their Quarterly returns.

Amounts in Crores of Rs.

FCRA-NGO Reg. No. Apr-Jun 2017 Jan-Mar 2017 Oct-Dec 2016 Jul-Sep 2016 Apr-Jun 2016 Jan-Mar 2016
Believers Church India KL/52930220 24.3 192.5 56.9 10.1 13.9 296.2
 Ayana Charitable Trust KL/52850064 0 N/A 0 0 0 0
Last Hour Ministry KL/52930227 0 N/A 0 0 0 0
Love India Ministries KL/52930228 0 N/A 0 0 0 0

The July-September 2017 quarterly return for any of the above NGOs is not available (N/A) and we thus surmise that the FCRA cancellation must have taken place in this period. Once again, we have no idea why it was cancelled.

PART-B

As mentioned in the Introduction, in this Section, we shall get to know of many FCRA-NGOs who have been receiving funds, not directly from GFA-Texas (or its other International affiliates), but from several of GFA’s Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) (whose existence was broken in this Indiafacts story).

Table 2: FCRA-NGOs (with FCRA in active status) which receive funds from entities related to GFA-USA.

All amounts in Rs. (INR)

FCRA-NGO Location Reg. No. 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2016-17 Unspent Past Balance 2016-17 Interest
Rehaboth Indian Gypsy New Life Trust Perumalpudur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu TN/75850280 90005 326743890 36364604 58512728 14088376
Shekina Propetic Mission Trust Senthil Nagar, Udumalpet, Coimbatore TN/75850295 90649 327762231 39719393 91318507 15115668
New Hope Foundation Keezh Padappai, Kanchipuram, TN TN/75901313 358844 324188032 32233633 19304421 22795129
Holy Spirit Ministries Kodigehalli Main Road, KR Puram, Bengaluru KA/94421256 0 226841015 32111749 40783223 7978147
Growth in Fraternity Trust OMBR Layout, Chikkabanaswadi KA/94421319 91093 327689600 32539610 24683339 13795415
Holy Berachah Ministries Queens Road, Bengaluru KA/94421606 50000000 0 50000000 0 (Bizarre)
New Lifeline Charitable Ministries Chandigarh 160014 CH/291420068 153019 293322 48239242 46293 226174
New Life Charitable & Educational Trust Dr. Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi DL/231661079 365769 50352338 29945153 50082844 2458385
Arul Shelter Home Trust Pollachi, Coimbatore TN/75850216 91341 288486 0 295670
  1. Except for ‘New Life Charitable and Educational Trust’, all the other FCRA-NGOs in  Table 2 did not have any ‘donations’ from any organization prior to 2014-15.
  2. In one of our earlier Posts, we had shown how the first five FCRA-NGOs (Rehaboth.., Shekina .. New Hope …, Holy Spirit .. and Growth in Fraternity …) were receiving ‘donations’ from GFA related entities. In this Post, we have added Holy Berachah, New Lifeline, New Life Charitable and Arul Shelter Home to this list.
  3. A look at their donors (see Table 3) during these years is revelatory. In 2014-15, only a few individuals have donated small sums. Interestingly (or should one say, needless to state? #lulz), all of them appear to hail from Carrollton, Texas, USA which also happens to be the location of Gospel for Asia’s former headquarters #ROTFL. However, vast sums of money have landed at the doors of these FCRA-NGOs from GFA-associated LLCs in Texas in the years 2015-16 and 2016-17.
  4. New Life Charitable & Educational Trust has received small sums of money from Organizations appearing to be unrelated to GFA, in the years 2011-12, 2012-13 & 2013-14.
  5. We do not rule out the possibility of additional ‘dormant’ FCRA-NGOs being activated likewise in future.
  6. We have no idea why these FCRA-NGOs have started receiving donations from GFA related entities.

Table 3: List of donors to the additional FCRA-NGOs

FCRA-NGO Reg. No. 2014-15 Donors 2015-16 Donors 2016-17 Donors
Rehaboth Indian Gypsy New Life Trust TN/75850280 Michelle Jimenez, Carrollton Peace Givers, Voice of Love LLCs
Shekina Propetic Mission Trust TN/75850295 Cody Cornine, Carrollton Unfailing Love, Road to Peace LLCs
New Hope Foundation TN/75901313 Fred H&B, Norris Drive, Texas In His Steps, Grace in Action LLCs
Holy Spirit Ministries KA/94421256 Unconditional Love LLCs
Growth in Fraternity Trust KA/94421319 Javier Mendoza, Carrollton Cup of Blessings, Shepherds Care LLCs
Holy Berachah Ministries KA/94421606 Last Hour Ministry LLCs
New Lifeline Charitable Ministries CH/291420068 David Carroll, Carrollton Grace in Action LLCs
New Life Charitable & Educational Trust DL/231661079 RoadRunner-NewMexico, Agape Church-Ohio Last Hour Ministry & Babu John-New Mexico LLCs
Arul Shelter Home Trust TN/75850216 Kim Smith-Carrollton Teaching Skills

Table 4: Trustees of these additional FCRA-NGOs (Data from Darpan Portal)

FCRA-NGO Trustees
Rehaboth Indian Gypsy New Life Trust Raji John, Stella Mary Prabhudas
Shekina Propetic Mission Trust Prabhudas, Sam C Mathew, Sunny Samuel
New Hope Foundation John Auxon, Shiney Raji, Rajadurai K
Holy Spirit Ministries Raju Barnabas, Prakash, Kamalapur Vijaylaxmi
Growth in Fraternity Trust Thomas N S, H Sumanth Kumar, Gracy Sunny
Holy Berachah Ministries Daniel Varghese, Jesu Prasad, SD
New Lifeline Charitable Ministries Martin K E, Simaun Masih, Chandra Veer
New Life Charitable & Educational Trust Roy Isac, William Joseph, Mini Simon
Arul Shelter Home Trust Sasi Kumar, Samaresh Pradhan, Subash Chandrabose

A natural question that would arise now is: Have these FCRA-NGOs received ‘donations’ from GFA related entities (including LLCs) beyond the date of cancellation of FCRA registrations of the four Tiruvalla entities? The answer appears to be yes as can be seen from the Quarterly FCRA returns filed by these additional FCRA-NGOs shown in Table 5 below.

Table 5: Quarterly foreign fund inflows to these additional FCRA-NGOs (all the donors are LLCs in Texas, discussed in text.)

All amounts are in INR

FCRA-NGO Reg. No. Jan-Mar 2018 Oct-Dec 2017 Jul-Sep 2017 Apr-Jun 2017 Jan-Mar 2017 (INR)
Rehaboth Indian Gypsy New Life Trust TN/75850280 32092513 32032426 25541637 57018837 34792411
Shekina Propetic Mission Trust TN/75850295 86340280 0 25577590 32143503 41292809
New Hope Foundation TN/75901313 0 97310610 47072405 60954245 32233633
Holy Spirit Ministries KA/94421256 0 81021782 25541598 63980988 32111749
Growth in Fraternity Trust KA/94421319 31982536 31922449 22380166 69756870 37864982
Holy Berachah Ministries KA/94421606 0 25128690.78 0 63700000 0
New Lifeline Charitable Ministries CH/291420068 0 70807785 146316704 47553323 8239242
New Life Charitable & Educational Trust DL/231661079 0 74239948 140059224 96683182 29945153
Arul Shelter Home Trust TN/75850216 88613736 0 0 0
TOTAL 239029065 412463690.8 432489324 491790948 216479979

GRAND TOTAL = INR 1792253007 (Rs. 179 Crore)

Prior to January-March 2017 quarter, the above nine FCRA-NGOs have reported NIL receipts from any foreign organization. And, all of a sudden, they have received a whopping largesse of Rs. 179 Crore in just five quarters from LLCs in Texas.

It is thus clear that these nine FCRA-NGOs have been receiving donations from GFA related entities in Texas, even after the cancellation of FCRA license (for whatever reasons) of the four primary, publicised, affiliate FCRA-NGOs of GFA located in Tiruvalla, Kerala.

Do these ‘donations’ (or would ‘transfers’ be more appropriate?) violate any Indian law? None, to my knowledge. And, that is the tragedy, Dear Fellow Dharmics.

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Gospel For Asia continues to use FCRA

On the ‘Gloriavale Commune’ in India

Introduction

A background to this Post can be read on Indiafacts site here. For the sake of brevity, we shall use the same acronyms: GCC for Gloriavale Christian Community-New Zealand, CCC for Christian Church Community, Thiruviruttanpulli, Ambasamudram Taluka, Thirunelveli District (TN/076030358), SHCT for Smile Help Charitable Trust-Vijayawada (AP/10260339) and DF for Dohnavur Fellowship, Thirunelveli District (TN/076030011).

Recent Developments

We came across a recent investigative report which appeared in a New Zealand MSM here. MSM in NZ has been focussing on alleged abuses and other individual rights violations in Gloriavale. Naturally, they are not interested in the expansion of Gloriavale commune to India, as they (like most in the West) believe in Universal Religious Freedom, a synthetic concept which is alien and dangerous to Indian traditions. The NZ report, an excellent one (Kudos to the investigative journalist, Ms. Morgan Tait), obtained through their Right to Information Act provides details of investigations carried out by NZ’s Charities Services in 2015.

For relevance to us in that report are these: (a) The Gloriavale Trust in NZ is actually registered as “Christian Church Community Trust (CC25088) and (b) Money donated to Indian FCRA-NGOs is sent from a Bank account called GCC which contains private, post-tax money of individuals belonging to the Commune, but operated by the Trustees of CC25088.

Let us now take a look at the money transactions between all the above entities, as examined via FCRA returns.

NGO\Year

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

SHCT

15

DF

6.5

9.4

11.7

14.6

5.5

12.6

17.5

CCC

145

140

226

173

Table 1: Remittances from GCC, New Zealand to FCRA-NGOs. Amount in Rs. lakh. Data from fcraonline.nic.in

Interestingly, FCRA returns also show that CCC remitted, amounts of Rs. 14.5 and 21 lakhs in 2014 and 2015 respectively to DF. Such give-and-take between RoL FCRA-NGOs is quite common in India.

Who runs Christian Church Community, Thiruviruttanpulli, Ambasamudram Taluka?

A sentence in the Indiafacts article said “Who owns CCC is not known in the public domain.” Although the Indian Government (ideally the State Governments must be putting out such information, but they are all invariably inert to these matters anyway) should eventually put this information on the Darpan portal of Niti Aayog, it is possible for us to figure this out in another manner.

The newly formatted FC4 return for FCRA-NGOs requires the signature of the Chief Functionary of the FCRA-NGO to be uploaded. The same for CCC (TN/76030358) can be seen at the FCRA website of the Ministry of Home Affairs, say, for the year 2015-16. The signature is screenshotted from the FC4 return of CCC and is reproduced here:

ccc_sign.png

 

The signature of the Chief Functionary of CCC in Thiruviruthanpulli says “Faithful Stronghold (FS)”. That name is quintessentially Gloriavalish (Google up for their naming schemes) and not a common name in Tamil Nadu.

Who is Faithful Stronghold?

Faithful Stronghold used to be called as Kottapalli Mahesh Babu (KMB). How do we know this?

Let us check out Page No. 40, Right Column of Part-IV, Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Government’s Gazette published on November 9, 2011. It is available here. The same is reproduced below.

 kmb_gazette.png

So, Kottapalli Mahesh Babu affirms that he got converted to Christianity in September 2003 and received the name Faithful Stronghold. He declares the same in November 2011. The address provided in the Gazette is the same as that of CCC. Given that CCC came into existence only in 2011/2012, it is likely that Faithful Stronghold was living elsewhere. In Gloriavale commune, New Zealand? May be. We do not know for sure. But it appears that he exercised his Religious Freedom to get converted from Hinduism to Christianity in Gloriavale, NZ, given the nature of his name. Note also that he was born in 1991 and was converted in 2003, i.e., at the age of 12.

Indian students travelling to Gloriavale, New Zealand: Circa early-mid 2000s

There is an additional peripheral story which suggests that Mahesh Babu could have become Faithful Stronghold in New Zealand.

Read these news stories:

  1. Hindustan Times, October 16, 2006

  2. The Press, Christchurch, October 14, 2006

Venkata Siva Rayavarapu, aged 22 was met by a Gloriavale guy in Hanuman Junction, Vijayawada.

He was sponsored by Gloriavale to travel to New Zealand to study English, agriculture & community life. Gloriavale also helped his family in India. However, in 2006, he escaped from Gloriavale, breaking the contract that his father and he had signed with Gloriavale. The reason? He was being asked to marry a Mexican inmate of Gloriavale Commune. One of the leaders of  Gloriavale, Fervent Stedfast mentions that Rayavarapu wanted to marry only a New Zealander inmate as that would fetch him NZ residency.

Is there an equivalence between the initial trajectories of Kottapalli Mahesh Babu and Venkata Siva Rayavarapu? Although KMB’s new address is in rural Thirunelveli, his name and his village name (Kottapalli) are dead giveaways of his Andhra/Telangana lineage. Also his father’s name (Kottapalli Pullaiah). Same is true for Rayavarapu. The mention of Hanuman Junction in the MSM stories also point to a Andhra link.

It is well known that many students leave India to study abroad. Even to New Zealand. Even to Gloriavale! This is due to several entry barriers imposed by all Governments in India in the Education sector. Let us not digress ….

It is known that Gloriavale had only 55 families (each with about 8 children). Thus, were poor, willing but gullible Hindu students from India attracted by Gloriavale leaders to settle down there to increase its population? For long term sustainability and/or evolutionary reasons? We do not know. We would probably never know.

Summary

We are quite dissatisfied with what has been going on. And, what is going on. With FCRA. With all sorts of cults mushrooming in our Bhoomi. As usual, we wring our hands in despair.

On the ‘Gloriavale Commune’ in India

Gospel For Asia: Some updates via India and Canada

This Post, due in part to our laziness, has become a tale of two parts. The parts are
disjointed. Part-A could be of interest to foreigners and Part-B could be of interest to Indians. Indian Government should, ideally be interested in both the Parts. Nothing that it does not know is written here. After all, the data presented and discussed here is sourced from its publicly available, FCRA website. We are grateful to the FCRA Wing, Ministry of Home Affairs for making available this wonderful resource for public view without having to go through RTI.

Part-A

One of our earlier Posts on Gospel For Asia (GFA) had an update which referred to a new Canadian entity sending ‘donations’ to GFA related FCRA-NGOs in India. It was Little Hills, Stoney Crook, Ontario, Canada.

More Canadian entities which ‘donate’ to FCRA-NGOs of Gospel For Asia seem to have sprung up in 2015-2016. The same can be identified from the Quarterly returns filed by
Believers Church India (KL/52930220) at https://fcraonline.nic.in/fc_qtrfrm_report.aspx
.

These are listed below.

Name of Canadian entity Address Amount sent to India in Year 2016 (Rs.)
Lift up their Voices 1 King Street West. 10th Floor, Hamilton, ON L8P 1A4 , Canada 31900536
The Sick Healed 1 King Street West. 10th Floor, Hamilton, ON L8P 1A4 , Canada 34322242
Little Hills 77-238, Highway 8, Stoney Creek, Ontario L8G1E1, Canada 222756972
The Blind See Hamilton, ON L8P1A4, Canada, 41986122.63
Lame Walk King Street West, 10th Floor, Hamilton, ON L8P1A4, Canada, 38657563.30

We are amused by the names of these Canadian entities which are reminiscent of the 13 limited liability companies (LLC) that GFA had opened in Texas circa 2011 and through which it nourished four FCRA-NGOs in Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. Read this September 2014 original expose for that story.

Further information about the above businesses can be found at:

  1. The Blind See
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9646906

  2. The Lame Walk
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9646850
  3. Little Hills
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9403647

  4. The Sick Healed
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9648895

  5. Lift up their Voices
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9648887

The addresses of all the above businesses on the Canadian Government website is given as: 1 King Street West, 10th Floor, Hamilton ON L8P 1A4, Canada. The Directors of all of them are the same three persons. The businesses have all been incorporated between August 2015 and February 2016.

A trivia: We notice that the addresses of some of these entities provided in our quarterly FCRA returns and that provided in the Canadian Government website do not match. As long as our Government does not check the antecedents, aims and objectives of the foreign donor (current FCRA law does not allow such checks), such ‘mistakes’ will happen. In any case, address mismatch is the least of the risks that FCRA poses to our Great Nation.

Part-B

The FC4 returns of the four FCRA-NGOs directly associated with Gospel For Asia, for the financial year 2015-16 are now available at the FCRA website.

The following are gleaned from those returns.

FCRA-NGO Reg. No. Unspent from 2014-15 [Rs. Crore] Bank Interest [Rs. Crore] Direct Foreign Remittance in 2015-16 [Rs. Crore]
Love India Ministries KL/52930228 83.4 10.9 76.2
Last Hour Ministry KL/52930227 108.5 17.6 103.5
Ayana Charitable Trust KL/52850064 237.7 27 826.2
Believers Church India KL/52930220 36.6 27 342.7

Ayana’s receipt of Rs. 826.2 Crore, totally from abroad, in a single year is a Record.

The total Bank Interest itself comes to around Rs. 82 Crore. This could amount to a Principal amount of around Rs. 1000 Crore [in Bank Fixed Deposits etc.]. We have discussed this matter earlier.

As we outed earlier, Ayana Charitable Trust is the new name for Gospel For Asia in India.

Ayana Charitable Trust has received foreign funds of approximately Rs. 129.2 and Rs. 693.1 Crores under ‘Religious’ and ‘Social’ categories respectively.

Believers Church India (BCI) has received foreign funds of approximately Rs. 102.9 and Rs. 239.7Crores under ‘Religious’ and ‘Social’ categories respectively. Interestingly, BCI says that it received an additional Rs. 500 Crore FC (foreign contribution) from a Local Source. The identity of this ‘local source’ is not mentioned in the FC4 return. Could it be Ayana Charitable Trust? We do not know. It can be any entity which has a FCRA registration. However, very few will have a resource of Rs. 500 Crore to spare for another FCRA-NGO. LoL!

A preliminary examination of the FC4 returns reveals that just TWO remittances (to Love India Ministries, LIM) have come from Gospel For Asia-Texas. All other remittances to LIM, Last Hour Ministry (LHM), Believers Church India, and Ayana Charitable Trust (ACT) have come from various other offices of Gospel for Asia, including those in UK, Germany, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. The only other remittances from Texas are from those LLCs associated with GFA.

Rhetoric

Why are our Governments (State Governments too need to share a large portion of the blame) allowing evangelical forces to operate freely in India? Does India need their money? Their so-called Love and Compassion? Nah. Certainly Not.

We are simpletons. We just gape at the vast sums of money pouring into FCRA behemoths of our Nation, for purposes we have no clue about. We study their Annual Returns. Quarterly Returns. We write blog posts. A dozen people RT us. Where is the transformation we seek?

We are told that We Make in India. Hmm… Really? This way? We are aghast. We wring our hands in despair.

Thanks for reading thus far. Now go back to discussing UP politics, latest Khan movie and some tripe on cricket. While Love grows like mushrooms in your backyard.

Gospel For Asia: Some updates via India and Canada

India Campus Crusade for Christ, Bengaluru: News & Beyond

Campus Crusade for Christ is an International Evangelical Organization with offices in several countries. As is the norm for nearly all Evangelical Organizations, it was started in USA. Recently, its name in the USA got changed to just CRU. CRU’s focus is to evangelize youth. You can google them, wikipedia them, check out their websites etc. for more information. One of its work which has impacted India (particularly in villages) is “The Jesus Film Project”. Again, google it up if you want to learn more about it, as that is not the focus of this Post.

Their Indian operation is headquartered in Bengaluru, on Hennur Main Road (LOL), to be precise and was headed by Dr. Thomas Abraham who founded it. He passed away recently in Toronto.

India Campus Crusade for Christ (ICCC) is a FCRA-NGO with registration number: KA/094420075. Its foreign funding receipts over the years are as under:

cru

ICCC gets its foreign funding primarily from Campus Crusade for Christ Asia (CCCA) located in Queson City, Phillippines. I suspect that CCCA itself may be a conduit for these funds and its origin is likely to be USA, Canada & Australia (and may be, also South Korea).

Given the youth focus of CRU, and that foreign Christian youth need to be “moulded” into evangelism to keep the faith alive, it is not surprising that foreign followers of CRU are shepherded to India both to keep their faith going as well as to impress gullible Indians on the goody goodyness and coolness of the Religion of Love (RoL).

We provide two such recent news stories here:

  1. August 1, 2013. Telegraph. Titled “College gets Korean friends- Seoul team on cultural exchange tour learns 3 Idiots song“, the story adds that 16 youth from Korea visited The Graduate School College for Women in Sakchi (Jamshedpur, Jharkhand). The visit was part of a cultural exchange programme. The story mentions that the Korean youth were part of CRU and that the visit was “supported” by ICCC. It even mentions the word “evangelical” which is a big surprise!! The Korean team also visited  Jamshedpur Co-operative College and Jamshedpur Women’s College.
  2. July 18, 2016. Avenue Mail. Titled “South Korean students visit city colleges to study local education patterns”, the story mentions that 12 students from Korea visited many colleges in Jamshedpur including the ones mentioned in story #1 above. The visit was apparently to learn about the Indian system of education, but the visitors were keen on broader issues like “promotion of culture, brotherhood..” We know what those mean, don’t we? 🙂

These Jamshedpur colleges themselves appear quite non-Christian. Thus, we are alarmed at the ease of penetration by evangelical foreigners there. Seriously.

 

 

India Campus Crusade for Christ, Bengaluru: News & Beyond

NGO called SEAL in Panvel, Mumbai

Today’s Times of India reports that a New Panvel, Mumbai based NGO called SEAL has complained that Maharashtra’s Electricity Supply company, MSEDCL has cut off SEAL “Ashram’s” electricity due to pending bills. It adds that Pastor Biju Samuel of SEAL complained of highly inflated power bills and that the power supply was cut off without proper intimation.

What is SEAL?

SEAL stands for “Social and Evangelical Association for Love”. It is a FCRA-NGO with Registration No.: MH/83850044 and its address is: 35/71, Vangani Village, Nere, New Panvel, Navi Mumbai-410206. Its FCRA registration is within the Raigarh district. SEAL seems to have attained the exalted FCRA status in the last couple of years. It has not filed any FC6/FC4 returns yet. Thus, we do not who funds it.

SEAL’s website proclaims itself to be “an NGO dedicated to the mission of rescuing destitute and helpless people from the streets & railway stations of Mumbai.” which fits in with the Evangelical profile that it has.

Update on February 02, 2017

On February 01, 2017, Newspaper, The Hindu carried a 800 words long article eulogising SEAL, Pastor Samuel and Pastor Philip. It was written by a ‘Varda Sharma’. Unusually for The Hindu, it even gave SEAL’s full form as ‘Social and Evangelical Association for Love’.

One sentence in the article is reproduced below:

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Extract from The Hindu’s article on SEAL, February 01, 2017

This is of course a lie. SEAL indeed gets aid from global organizations, as can be seen from its 2015-16 FC4 return. In fact, it received Rs. 4.17 lakh from no less than Compassion International-Colorado!! As our readers are aware, we carried a major expose on Compassion’s FCRA story earlier. The screenshot of SEAL’s FC4 is given below:

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2015-16 FC4 return of SEAL, Panvel, Mumbai
NGO called SEAL in Panvel, Mumbai

Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli. News Stories & beyond

Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli was founded and run by a Pastor Gideon Jacob. It is not FCRA-ed. It was predominantly funded via a Hamburg Bleeding Heart Christian “NGO” called Christliche Initiative fur Indien (CIFI). Since the publications of adverse reports on Mose Ministries, and the Court hearings and outrages of Indian citizens on twitter, CIFI’s website is forbidden for view over the last few months. However, relevant pages are available on archive. For instance, see: http://web.archive.org/web/20160210045322/http://www.cifi.de/

Pastor Gideon Jacob appears to be running Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli via a Company (likely Sec. 25, as can be seen from Part-5 of its CIN which stands as NPL). The name of the company is: Good Shepherd Evangelical Mission Private Limited and its  CIN=U93090TN1974NPL006617. The same is also provided in the CIFI website (see archive here). The Directors are Gideon Jacob and Ute Jacob and the address is given as: 20-C, C-Block, Main Street, Anna Nagar, Chennai (no surprises in finding it in Anna Nagar, which is the Headquarters of neo EJs in Chennai, closely competing with Kilpauk). A screenshot of the details of the company from MCA is provided below.

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Check out this newspaper article (September 2015) for the genesis of this story. Essentially, this orphanage housed around 89 girls of all ages, were raising them as believers and also obedient to their Pastor. Advocate Geeta further said: “the children were mentally conditioned into believing that they were all rescued by the pastor from their biological parents over fears of infanticide.” The “Children’s Home” of Mose Ministries did not have any registration with Government (Author’s note: Not that it makes any difference).

The Madurai bench of the Madras/Chennai High Court was hearing a petition filed by a good NGO, Change India in this regard. In January 2016, it directed CBI to investigate Mose Ministries and specifically the abuse of the children there. The Court asked CBI to file a report to it on the issue. The news also mentions “Some parents have submitted petitions to the collector claiming the children in the home were theirs.” It is thus clear that many of the inmates were not technically orphans, but were probably being held in the “Children’s Home” to extract money from Evangelicals and Bleeding Heart Liberals  abroad. Such “orphanages” also help in raising new troops of foot soldiers (so called native pastors) for purposes of “reaching” and “saving” millions of Indian souls in the coming decades.

In April 2016, CBI filed a status report to the Court and obtained permission to file the final report by August 2016.

Meanwhile, this news story today, says that Change India submitted to the Court that Pastor Gideon Jacob freely goes abroad. Further, no DNA tests have been conducted on the children and their biological parents, yet. These effectively convey the impression that nothing much seems to have happened in this case since January 2016.

To rebut the above, CBI submitted “due to difficulties stated in the status report (that CBI had submitted to the Court earlier), the CBI was unable to investigate him (Pastor Gideon Jacob). Besides, the inmates were not cooperating in the investigation

It should be noted that the children (including around 50 minors) staged a road blockade during Christmas of 2015 and demanded that they be allowed to celebrate it along with Pastor Jacob. The Court had to organize an extraordinary skype meeting to guide the Police and District administration during that standoff.

The above chronology of incidents makes it clear that (i) the children appear not to be in a state of independent thinking, (ii) the CBI is unable to make much progress due to unknown reasons and that (iii) Pastor Jacob has been having a free run.

While I am curious how this will pan out, I also fear that as many things with RoL, this too shall pass. Particularly because, it is in Tamil Nadu. Needless to state, India is fast catching up with Tamil Nadu.

June 29, 2016, Update: The Hindu reports that the “Special Public Prosecutor for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases, told the court that the inmates of the home were not cooperating in the investigation ordered by the High Court”.

July 08, 2016, Update: The Hindu reports that blood samples of inmates of Mose Ministries were collected by the Government Hospital staff so as to carry DNA testing to match against those of their parents. Interestingly, the story also adds that CBI carried out a “search” in the Children’s Home as well as a “few other places“. Now, now, what would these be?

July 27, 2016, Update: Times of India reports that blood samples of six couples and three individuals who claimed to be parents of the “orphans” kept in Mose Ministries were collected. It also mentions that 34 people have claimed to be parents of the Mose children so far. It is hoped that their samples too will be collected over time. Importantly, TOI also reports Pastor Gideon Jacob had taken some of the girls (“orphans”) to Germany and Poland based on passports issued with the consent of social welfare department officials of Tiruchirappalli. In our considered opinion, the operations of this department in Tamil Nadu needs to be thoroughly checked.

Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli. News Stories & beyond

Follow-up of a Yugaparivartan story on Bless India Ministries

Portal Yugaparivartan which has been publishing some great material on issues facing Hinduism, has come out with a breaking story today. The story mentions a Pastor Nathan Rehn” of Bless India. Pastor Nathan Rehn is the founder of Bless India Ministries Incorporated (BIMI), 9729 Garis Shop Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740, USA.

This quick Post is to lay bare the financial flows of BIMI to India via FCRA. You could check out previous posts here (or elsewhere), to try and understand what FCRA is etc.

BIMI is a 501c(3) organization. Its EIN is 02-0758339.

BIMI has sent funds to a Christ the King of Kings Ministries Welfare Association (CKKMWA), 11-160, Ashok Nagar, Gajuwaka, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh-530026 during the period 2007 to 2010. CKKMWA has a FCRA Registration number of AP/010350118. The following Table summarizes the flow of funds to CKKMWA.

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A screenshot (see below) from the 2007-08 FC6 return of CKKMWA demonstrates CKKMWA’s receipts from BIMI.

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Observations:

  • BIMI reports to have received from “Others-USA” a sum of ~ Rs. 1 lakh in 2006-07. The same is not discussed here as there is no evidence to connect this remittance to BIMI.
  • In the years 2007, 2008 and 2009, BIMI was the sole donor to CKKMWA.
  • CKMWWA has received a total of ~Rs. 1.64 Crore from BIMI during 2007-2010.
  • In 2010, a Spirit of Church Community Church, Pennsylvania became a co-donor.
  • CKKMWA (AP/10350118) has not filed FC6 (or FC4) returns for the years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 yet. The returns for each year are due on December 31st. Thus, the FC6 return for 2011-12 was due on December 31, 2012.
  • CKKMWA’s FCRA registration is active, as checked on June 10, 2016.
  • Christ the King of Kings Ministries Welfare Association (CKKMWA) is registered in FCRA as a “Social” organization. It has no religious character. This flies in the face of fact that it has spent money on “Maintenance of priests/preachers” (see screen-shot from its 2008-2009 FC6 return below. ckkmwa1.png
  • The much-acclaimed (undeservingly so, imho) Darpan portal of NitiAayog does not have any entry for CKKMWA. Thus, we cannot know who owns/runs it via any Government sources in India. The situation with State Government records on charitable Trusts/Societies/Associations on issues of transparency is even worse. Let us not digress.
  • Three URLs (url1, url2, url3) related to CKKMWA show two associated names: Devadas Mekala and Subhakar Mekala.
  • Interestingly, in this Note to its donors, BIMI mentions that it has discontinued financial support to Mekala’s ministry (Author’s Note: i.e., CKKMWA) due to “sin issues” (Author’s note: financial misappropriation?)
  • The Form-990 (tax return to be filed by 501c(3) organizations in USA) for the year 2012 of BIMI reveals that it gave a loan of $105,000 to S. & D. Mekala (presumably Subhakar and Devadas Mekala). Could this be the “sin issues” referred above? We do not know. Its screenshot is:bimi_990.png
  • The same Form-990 of BIMI shows that it continued to support (financially of course), CKKMWA in 2012. BIMI also affirms that it brought volunteers (likely Evangelical Tourists aka Mission Trippers) “to various parts of India for the specific goal of expanding the work and reaching out in new areas of India”. (Author’s Note: *Reaching* is a technical word. It means introducing non-Christians to the Gospel). Its screenshot is: bimi_work.png
  • What is BIMI’s motto? Let us end this Post with a screenshot of its aims & objectives as stated in its tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (tax agency of USA). Screenshot from  its 2012 return: bimi_990_motto.png

 

Summary:

BIMI used to financially support CKKMWA via FCRA. It stopped doing so, post 2012 due to “sin issues” of CKKMWA.

Where would I place BIMI or CKKMWA in the Zoo of Evangelical organizations operating in India?

They would probably be in the bottom 5% pile (i.e., almost inconsequential). What does that tell you? Huh?

Follow-up of a Yugaparivartan story on Bless India Ministries