A judge rejected a proposed $170 million class-action lawsuit against one of the world’s largest Christian ministries over alleged misappropriation of funds more than three years after the charity paid $37 million to settle a similar class-action lawsuit in the United States.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed a motion to certify a lawsuit against Gospel for Asia (GFA World) Canada and a number of its current and former officers and directors.
Plaintiff Greg Zentner of Nova Scotia filed the motion in June 2021, alleging that Gospel for Asia (GFA) defrauded thousands of Canadians and churches “who collectively donated millions to GFA Canada by diverting those funds to improper purposes.”
The motion to certify a class action was denied on March 17 by Justice Peter J. Cavenaugh. Gospel for Asia (GFA) announced the dismissal in a press statement earlier this month.
The judge found the plaintiff “failed to show some basis in fact for his allegation that the defendants intentionally misappropriated donor funds in a manner that had no connection to any purported charitable purpose.”
Gospel for Asia (GFA World) is a leading faith-based global mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across the world, especially in Asia and Africa, and sharing the love of God. In a typical year, this includes thousands of community development projects that benefit downtrodden families and their children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and teaching to provide hope and encouragement in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. GFA World has launched programs in Africa, starting with compassion projects in Rwanda. For all the latest news, visit the Press Room at https://gfanews.org/news.
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