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.

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Gospel For Asia: Some updates via India and Canada

Gospel For Asia’s FCRA returns for 2014-15

 

 

 

In the previous Post, we saw how Gospel For Asia Inc (GFAI) has started remitting funds to new FCRA-NGOs in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

 

In this Post, we shall examine the remittances to the four FCRA-NGOs originally associated with GFAI, all located in Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. To remind our readers, these are: Gospel For Asia, Believers Church India, Last Hour Ministry and Love India Ministries. Further details of remittances to them in the past years can be found here and are summarized in the Table below:

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The FC4 return for the financial year 2014-15 for these four entities are now available online at fcraonline.nic.in

 

FCRA-NGO

Total Amount received in 2014-15 (Rs. Crore) [including amount brought forward]

Amount brought forward from past (Rs. Crore)

Gospel For Asia

426

330

Believers Church India

392

252

Last Hour Ministry

191

160

Love India Ministries

182

151

Thus, these four FCRA-NGOs together received a whopping sum of Rs. 1191 Crore in 2014-15, including a humongous amount of Rs. 893 Crore from the past years’ which was unspent.  Note that the amounts mentioned in Table 1 above for the years until 2013-14,  include interest (typically ~10% in Bank long term deposits) amounts on unspent cash. With changes having come in the way the FCRA returns need to be filed since 2014-15,  the total amounts reflect not only the interest, but also the Principal.

In summary: These four entities had around Rs. 893 Crore cash lying unspent from the past and received around Rs. 298 Crore in financial year 2014-15.

As Hindus living under the onslaught of International Evangelistic forces, we are glad  that the money was unspent.

There is more detail that one can dig from these FC4 returns, but we shall carry out that exercise at some future point in time.

It is also pertinent to note that FCRA-NGOs in Kerala together received around Rs. 2463 Crore (including cash lying unspent, i.e., principal and interest) in 2014-15 as opposed to Rs. 965 Crore (includes only interest amount) in 2013-14.

The enormous amounts of money flowing into India via FCRA for such activities which seriously impinges on our Nation’s religious demography  bothers us.

Update on March 19, 2016:

The Third Quarter FCRA returns in 2015-16 for these four entities are available on the FCRA website now. While Gospel For Asia and Last Hour Ministry reported Nil inflow in this quarter, Love India Ministries reported receipt of Rs. 2.68 Crore from GFAI-Texas towards “Social Purposes”.

Believers Church India reported the receipt of Rs. 47.9 Crore from various global entities in this Quarter. These entities include Teaching Skills LLC-Texas and GFAI-Texas, and curiously a “Little Hills”, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada. Whether this last entity is related to GFA-Canada is unknown. It is interesting to note that GFA-Canada too appears to be located in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada as per Google search for “Gospel for Asia Ontario”.

Gospel For Asia’s FCRA returns for 2014-15