Commission assessing whether to investigate UK branch of scandal-hit charity Gospel for Asia

19 Jan 2016 News

The Charity Commission has confirmed it is “assessing information provided” about the Christian charity Gospel for Asia, after $128m of funds were said to be unaccounted for at its US branch.

Gospel for Asia

The Charity Commission has confirmed it is “assessing information provided” about the Christian charity Gospel for Asia, after $128m of funds were said to be unaccounted for at its US branch.

The charity’s US branch has been rocked by scandal and its membership revoked from several membership organisations, following allegations by US blogger Warren Throckmorton that $128m of donor funds were unaccounted for.

Last month, the charity issued an apology to donors in Christianity Today magazine.

“We understand this has caused great concern and raised questions about the integrity and financial accountability of Gospel for Asia," the statement said.

"We acknowledge at times we have failed to utilize procedures necessary to ensure the highest level of accountability that you expect from us, and that we expect from ourselves… We are sorry for the pain and confusion that we have caused".

Gospel for Asia UK’s accounts do not appear to be linked to the US finances but a report by Christianity Today claims other international branches of the charity have been forced to close, including in New Zealand and Germany.

Yesterday a spokesman for the Charity Commission confirmed it was assessing whether to look into the charity.

“The Charity Commission is assessing the information provided to see what role there is for the Commission”, the spokesman told Civil Society News.

Gospel for Asia was approached by Civil Society News for comment but did not respond by the time of going to press. 

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