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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,436 ratings  ·  332 reviews
In this exciting and fast-moving narrative, K.P. Yohannan shares how God brought him from his remote Indian village to become the founder of Gospel for Asia. Drawing from fascinating true stories and eye-opening statistics, K.P. challenges Christians to examine and change their lifestyles in view of millions who have never heard the Gospel.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by GFA Books (first published December 1st 1969)
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Lana Shaw
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shakes all of your cultural foundations. Honestly written, KP's story of experiencing America for the first time opens our eyes... it challenged me to pursue real change. ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christianity
If you're not a Christian this is a very dry read . Full of statistics and methodologies , Revolution in World Missions is a plea to Western Christians . If you are unfamiliar with Eastern missionary efforts this book may come across as harsh . The books plea is that affluent Christians in the west need to quit wasting time money and efforts into sending their own missionaries to the Asian nations and start supporting national missionaries . The author believes the issue Western Christians have ...more
David Garza
I found this book very challenging. The main point that the author is trying to make in this book is that the most effective way to reach the lost throughout the world is to utilize indigenous missionaries (aka Indians evangelizing Indians). He makes some very strong points. Indigenous pastors are much less expensive than sending Westerners. The language barrier is difficult and time consuming for Westerners to overcome.

There were a couple of things that bothered me. First, he lays into America'
The stories in this book are astounding and heartbreaking. Reading this, you know God is working in crazy ways, and that satan is real and trying to wreck people. The power of God is so evident throughout the stories.
K.P Yohannan writes about his first impressions of America during his first trip there and its truly eye opening seeing it from his view. I think he is a bit angry at the blessing of America and acts as if Western Christianity is useless. When in fact, despite any upbringing, poor
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
This book really changed my heart. The book began with the wonderful story of the man who started Gospel for Asia. But as it progressed he went in to details about the culture shock he experienced when first coming to America. He opened my eyes to how lucky I am and how often I neglect to think, feel, or live that way.
In the second part of the book he also talked about the importance of native missionaries and their important role in bringing the Gospel of Christ to the lost souls in the two-thi
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church-missions
Mr. Yohannon makes an excellent case for supporting native missionaries rather than sending missionaries from the West into unreached territories overseas. Not only do the native missionaries cost less, but they already know the language, customs, and culture and are far more attractive to their fellow citizens than foreigners are.

This book is also part autobiography that inspires, convicts, and entertains. The only downside is Mr. Yohannon's sales pitches for his own mission agency. I am sure t
Chuck Engelhardt
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Natalie Vellacott
There are various claims circulating about the ministry of GFA and several pending court cases. I am unsure whether these claims are true. If they are, it will be very sad as this is a ministry I have supported and volunteered for over the years.

KP came to speak at my church in England and I was so challenged by his message that I ended up in mission work myself. I devoured this book and have read it several times over the years. It came as such a disappointment to hear that the man who wrote a
Jeremy Zilkie
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books
I have heard about the "mission effort" in the church since I was a child. I have heard many missionaries speak and read many missionary biographies. KP's story and ministry philosophy is unique. He is the first ministry leader to advocate for strong indigenous/native missions to include oversight and control.

For centuries the Western world has been sending missionaries overseas and great things have been accomplished as great sacrifices were made by those who went and sent them. Yet it does se
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book. I was very challenged and made to think! There were a few parts that i didn't agree with, but where i did, i did whole-heartedly. :)) ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, missions
This book is a well-written, tactful, passionate, objective presentation of the indigenous missionary movement. It is directed toward Christian Westerners in wealthy democratic nations (Americans, UK, Australia, New Zealand). And above all the book and its author, K.P. Yohannan, present a Biblical, God-centered philosophy of missions and of the Christian life (which things should be inseparable).

When I picked up this free book to begin reading, I was fully aware that its purpose is to raise awa
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions
This was a convicting book. Having recently returned from a trip to India, I've seen the immense poverty and hardship in that country. A huge percentage of the world's population lives far below the standards we enjoy in the U.S. Yohannan is director of Gospel for Asia, and their primary goal is to support native missionaries in Asia. For many reasons, natives can minister more effectively than Westerners in most Asian countries. God is doing an amazing work in the Third World. The Church is exp ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. K.P. Yohanan's testimony is amazing. The work God is doing through native Indian missionaries is amazing.

One MAJOR caveat: This book can give the impression that Asia does not need white missionaries. I know many people, including myself, came away from the book feeling as if we had no place in the Asian church. But that is a complete misunderstanding of the gospel. Asia needs white missionaries, black missionaries, etc. Just like America needs Korean missionaries and
Gail Amendt
Sep 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
This was a book club pick, and I have always read the book club picks, no matter how I felt about them, so the fact that I am tossing this one aside is significant. I tried, I really tried, but this guy's version of Christianity is not for me. He lost me when he basically said that it is ok to let the Third World starve, as long as we save their souls first. Enough said. I have wasted all the time I am going to on this guy. ...more
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ths is a MUST read for anyone who wants God's heart for the World!

Yohannan is an incredible voice for worldwide evangelization, and for making the changes in missions philosophy of the western church that will help facilitate that goal.
The first part of the book is a frightening comparison of the Biblical mandate that God has given us to 'Go unto all the world and preach the gospel to all 'ethnae' (people groups), and the reality of the vast numbers of people groups and individuals who are cu
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm struggling to write a review of this book. If I could give this 3.5 stars, I would. I thought Yohannan touched on excellent points, but I'm unsure about the overall tone of the book in the way he directs the Western church to act.

I'm not deeply knowledgable about the missions field and the struggles faced, and I don't know a lot about the landscape of the Asian mission field. I can tell that K.P. Yohannan loves the Lord and has been called to serve his people. I found his perspective helpfu
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
This book has changed my entire perspective on missions, and with good reason. I've always been very drawn to missionaries and had been planning on becoming one with my family to India. Of course in learning how unlikely it is for people to be transformed by Christ by white missionaries where the country does not freely allow missionaries compared to national ones and how it was described in this book really opened my eyes for instead wanting to support those who are already in Asia spreading th ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
I don't want to criticize Yohannan because the Lord is obviously doing great work through him, but this book was not very well written.

It is a short, easy read, but also extremely repetitive with no real conclusions. Thinking back, it seems more like a sales pitch to get money for GFA then a story about anything. I liked the stories of what was actually happening through GFA, but it was a very dry read. I don't really have a biased opinion of missions, I think it is ridiculous that we do spend s
Abby Vaughn
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved this book, except chapters 12 and 13, which seemed to contradict each other. He passionately crushes Christian humanitarian efforts in chapter 12 and essentially condemns anyone attempting to meet physical needs as a means to start the gospel conversation. Yet in Chapter 13, he writes that GFA preaches the gospel while reaching people's physical needs. To me it came across as though he didn't trust any other organization to offer aid with the gospel except his own, which is un ...more
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every Christian who has lost sight of what being a "Christ" like Christian is all about.
Shelves: spiritual
This book is INCREDIBLE! It will give you a different outlook on life. It really brought me back to what being a "Christ" like Christian is all about.
KP Yohannan has clearly pinpointed the truths about many American churches. We are indeed a "Sleeping Giant" with a need to deny our flesh, pick up our cross and follow the plans of our God!
Everyone living in the USA should read this book. This book is also FREE, Visit and request a free copy. Or ask me! I will gladly give you mine = D
Brian Eshleman
Read it if you want to know how God is moving on the worldwide stage and if you are willing to be changed in the process. Don't read it if you wish to stay comfortable with how you looked at the world before you open this book. ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you sitting comfortably? You won’t be when you’ve read this book. It’s one to shake you out of the complacency you didn’t even know you were suffering from. Do you believe the Bible? No, not do you say you believe or think you believe. Do you _really_ believe it? Do you believe that everyone who hasn’t accepted Jesus in this life is heading for an eternity in hell as the Bible clearly states? And what are you doing about it? And how do you know your actions are having an eternal effect?

In th
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
• K. P. Yohannan. gfa books, a division Gospel for Asia. 212 pages.
• Revolution In World Missions. The title told me that a major change within the missionary field was and is occurring. Once I saw the cover, I swear my heart stopped. It told me exactly the type of book I was reading and how it was slightly different than your usual bibliography.
• It drew me instantly with the cover: a street road fades into an old dirt road, a huge grassy plain, and leather feeling on the touch of the top of a
Rob Sumrall
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say that I'm not sure if I love or hate this book.

K. P. Yohannan is founder of Gospel for Asia. In Revolution in World Missions, he shares both the story of his life and his vision for evangelizing the remaining unreached people groups of Asia, particularly in India. The book is well-written, making clear arguments with which the reader may or may not agree. One thing the reader cannot deny, though, is the unbridled passion that Yohannan has for missions, the Gospel, and the unrea
Graham Reynolds
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I find his perspective the most helpful thing in the book. A guy born in India who became a missionary in his own country, comes to the United States and starts to raise money for his brothers in the field back home. At times maybe he can be seen as over-critical, but his heart is for the millions of people who don’t know Jesus.
Heidi Masas
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-Published by Gospel for Asia. 212 pages.
-The title "Revolution in World Missions" really caught my attention, given that I've had a massive interest and desire to be a part of missionary work. The title truly grasped the plot of the book.
-The fact that the word "Revolution" is in large print on the cover made me stop to think before putting it down and checking out another book. As a follower of Christ, I know the importance of a spiritual revival and revolution in the world. As I continued ex
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I loved the first 100 pages of this book. The author should have stopped there. The first half of this 200 page is the author's story of how he got involved in missions work and eventually founded Gospel for Asia. I could not put the book down at this point. It read like a novel. And knowing it had all really happened made it even harder to put down!

The second half is a whole marketing ploy for his organization. He goes through cycles of talking about how awesome national missionaries are, to h
Jennifer Tse
This is a great book by Brother K.P. to advocate for giving missionary funds to native missionaries. Their sponsorship is very similar to sponsoring a child, where they would send you a picture of the native missionary & his/her testimony. Reading this book will make you feel guilty about the native missionaries' journeys, so don't read it if you're the type of person who has a hard time saying no. I received this free book by chance on the Internet. I think this book itself is worth a donation, ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I grieve as i write this review. This is a great book on the origins of Gospel For Asia, and it's founder's vision. However, it is a case of do as i say, not as i do. In recent years, GFA has been highlighted for numerous corrupt practices in financial and spiritual matters (a quick google search will reveal what I am talking about).

It is really a shame because KP's message is vital for the church, he challenges western christians to rethink the great commission, and he does it well. I find it a
Brent McCulley
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missiology
After stumbling upon a banner on a Christian website advertising this book for free, claiming that this book 'would change you life,' I decided to order the book. Needless to say, this book definitely did change my perspective on a LOT of things. Brother K.P. exhorts Americans to return to the gospel call and the great commission, vowing that this age is not the age of the Western missionaries going to the East, but rather, national or indigenous missionaries - who can be well equipped and train ...more
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Dr. 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 ...more

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