January 29, 2005

K.A. Paul isn't well-known here, but his mission has global reach

Evangelist plays hardball to move spirits worldwide

K.A. Paul isn't well-known here, but his mission has global reach

Christian evangelist K.A. Paul has moved a ruthless dictator to his knees.



He couldn't get Mattress Mack to budge.
"I didn't like his bull's rush approach," said Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, Gallery Furniture owner and local philanthropist. "Everything has to happen in the next 24 hours and you have to come up with the money."

Paul wanted McIngvale to help finance the liftoff of a 747 full of medical supplies and professionals to help survivors of the tsunami in southeast Asia. McIngvale said he was put off by Paul's aggressive sales pitch.

In the end, McIngvale wouldn't donate to Paul's Global Peace Initiative, though he is spearheading other efforts to help tsunami-destroyed regions.
Paul's trip to the tsunami region was delayed for more than a week by funding woes and then a fuel system problem on Global Peace Initiative's 747. The jumbo jet, loaded with medicine and other relief supplies, finally took off from Ellington Field shortly after 8 p.m. Friday.

For many Houstonians, the hardball fund raising served as an introduction to Paul and his approach to Christian evangelism and humanitarian relief that has made him well-known worldwide.
"You know the old saying about the prophet without honor in his own hometown?" said Nelson Bunker Hunt, the Dallas businessman who has served on the board of Global Peace Initiative and Paul's Gospel to the Unreached Millions. "Frankly, until you attend one of his overseas missions, you can't conceive of what it is like. The average person in Houston wouldn't believe it."

It stretches the imagination as Paul, 41, relates tales of ministry and meetings with some of the monsters of recent world history.
Told in a one-story office decorated with a sprinkling of fake flowers and florescent light, Paul's stories are set in Hyderabad, India; Monrovia, Liberia; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti — cities far away from the northeast Harris County town of Huffman, the "Home of the Fighting Falcons."

'A hyper-type person'

Wielding his cell phone, Paul speaks with frenetic urgency. He measures crowds in the hundreds of thousands, counts money in millions and drops names such as oil heir Hunt and the late Mother Teresa.

His supporters say his approach to personal relationships is fueled by energy and a sense of mission. It is an approach, they say, that cuts through bureaucracy and efficiently gets help to people in troubled countries.

But it can rub people the wrong way. Supporter Evander Holyfield was put off — at first.
Paul first came to Holyfield days before the former heavyweight champion was scheduled to fight Mike Tyson in 1997.

"I didn't know of him and he is a hyper-type person and I was concentrating on what I wanted to do — fight — and he was concerned about his ministry," Holyfield said.

"It was kind of aggravating."
Three years later, Paul again contacted Holyfield. This time the boxer had time to travel to the orphanage that Paul's organization runs near Hyderabad.

"I went to India and got an opportunity to see that he was healing people and his heart was right for people," said Holyfield, who donates his time to Paul's causes.

McIngvale said he did not question that Paul's heart was in the right place, but wondered about security and whether the relief mission was well-planned.
Accountability questions
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, an accreditation agency for Christian nonprofits, revoked the group's membership earlier this month, said council president Paul Nelson.

The council was concerned that Gospel to the Unreached Millions did not have a functioning board of directors, that it did not have proper financial controls in place, and that it had not responded to the council's demand last fall for documentation. The organization had been a member of the council since July 1998, Nelson said.

"We are not representing that (money) was going someplace bad," Nelson said. "We were not comfortable with the environment."
Global Peace Initiative never registered with the council, which has a voluntary membership of about 1,150 evangelical Christian groups that comply with its standards, Nelson said.

Paul said Gospel to the Unreached Millions' dismissal from the council occurred while he and the other full-time staff member, Tim Murray, were busy with humanitarian work and not able to file the paperwork on time. But Murray, the chief financial officer, said he was working to register the group with the local Better Business Bureau.

Carl Lindner III, co-CEO and co-president of American Financial Group in Cincinnati, is one of Paul's supporters.
They met at a 1997 Promise Keeper's event where Paul spoke. Lindner donated about $250,000 for a mission trip to Sri Lanka after the tsunami and is also contributing to the current trip.
Lindner also has donated to Charity City, the orphanage near Hyderabad, which now serves more than 1,000 children and can accommodate an additional 2,000.
"Whatever (Paul) has promised me over the years, he has come through 100 percent and a lot of times 120 percent," Lindner said.
Known as 'spiritual healer'
Born Sept. 25, 1963, in Andhra Pradesh in southeast India, Paul considers himself a "Hindu-born follower of Jesus."
His parents were Christian converts, Paul said. Though a believer from a young age, Paul's commitment to Jesus was inspired by a vision of hell when he was 19. Complete with anguished, tortured souls crying for help, the vision served as his call to become an evangelist, Paul said.
"Hell became real to me," he said. "Jesus became real to me."
Paul does not have any formal theology training and said he was given an honorary doctorate by a college in Canada.
"The reason I'm known as Dr. Paul is that in these Third World countries I'm known as a spiritual healer," Paul said.
In 1993, Paul formed the evangelical U.S. organization, Gospel to the Unreached Millions, which organizes rallies, primarily in India and Africa.
In 1999, he added the humanitarian relief arm, Global Peace Initiative.
The main physical presence of his work in the United States is the sparse Huffman office staffed by Paul and Murray and three recently hired contract workers. The organizations also rent offices in Baltimore and Harrisburg, Pa., and own the donated 747.
Paul, his wife, Mary, and three children — Grace, Peace and John Paul — live near his Huffman office.
Last year, Global Peace Initiative received about $2 million in cash donations and $14 million in supplies such as medicines, Murray said. Gospel to the Unreached Millions received more than $5 million, he said.
Overseas powerhouse
In the United States, Paul has no congregation, holds no religious services and hosts no television show.
Yet overseas, he has maneuvered onto the edges of decades of world history, claiming that he has met with the likes of Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein and Haitian rebel leader Guy Philippe.
In 2003, Paul placed himself in the middle of escalating civil conflict and the negotiations to rid Liberia of its president, Charles Taylor.
At the time, Taylor told the New York Times that Paul was his "religious leader," and later gave Paul credit for persuading him to leave Liberia in August 2003.
California entertainment executive David McQuade accompanied Paul on one of his trips to Monrovia that summer. While there, he attended a gathering in a stadium with Taylor and Paul.
"I saw him transform this president, this rather maniacal guy, have him on his knees," said McQuade, who now serves as interim executive director of Global Peace Initiative.
"I've seen him do things that you just don't do," he added. "Normal people don't do things and bring peace to a situation."
Saving the soulless
Paul said he considers saving the souls of people that some consider soulless as a calling from God.
"God called us to be peacemakers," Paul said. "Blessed are the peacemakers, not peace-wanters, not peace-lovers."
Paul also has used these situations to nose into the news, hiring a New York City public relations company in 2003 to promote his work. Though he no longer pays for the company's help, a former employee of the company, Juda Engelmayer, donates his time to help Paul get his message heard.
"He is just doing what he thinks he has to — yelling and screaming his message," Engelmayer said. "I've been training him, telling him how to scale back."
As an evangelist, Paul has traveled throughout Asia and Africa, preaching to hundreds of thousands at peace rallies.
"It is essentially people as far as you can see," McQuade said of the rallies he has witnessed, starting with one in Paul's home state, Andhra Pradesh, in 2002.
"He is a bit of a rock star when you fly into these situations," he said.
At the rallies, Paul lines up government officials on the platform and "rails against the caste system in India," McQuade said. He also covers the Christian standards: truth, sin and forgiveness.
"He preaches the straight Christian Gospel and he gets tremendous response," Hunt said.

Chronicle reporter Anne Marie Kilday contributed to this report.
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/page1/3014249

Comments on sulekha.com

Dr.Paul also has the dubious distinction of being probably one of the first Indian Christians who claimed asylum in USA because "Hindus of India torture Christians". And that has opened floodgate and some recent statistics show many Indian christians are succesfully claiming political asylum in USA - just like Khalistanis did for many years till US govt pulled the plug.

It is a different matter that these guys scared of India visit India every year for vacation!

All for the greencard..

Does being the loudest mean the best? Then a donkey braying is more spiritually advanced than a silent human being.

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GPI and Dr. KA Paul Are Best Poised in South Asia to Help The Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster


GPI has a vast network of support agencies throughout South Asia, with over 50,000 staff and volunteers and owns and operates its own 747sp airplane capable of hauling 76,000 lb of cargo. It has millions of pounds worth of supplies, food and medicine. It is seeking help raising jet fuel for 20 fully loaded flights to the disaster areas.

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2004 -- Dr. K.A. Paul and the Global Peace Initiative are poised to handle any and all logistics and care on the ground in South Asia due to its large operation with over 50,000 staff and volunteers already in place in India, Nepal and the nearby region. GPI has one of the largest network of Charity Cities and social service organizations, some doing business as Gospel to the unreached Millions and the coordinators have already been handing out rations, food, water and offering shelter to victims of the Tsunami and Earthquake.

In the United States, GPI’s own 747sp airplane is being loaded with 76,000 lbs of food and medical supplies, and will be leaving to Chennai, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia,. Working together with Feed the Children, World Vision and some other help organizations, GPI has amassed millions of pounds of food and supplies. Additionally, Doctors Without Borders is hoping to send professionals on GPI’s plane to offers medical assistance.

For more information on the relief efforts, to help with aid or supplies, or to talk with Dr. Paul, please contact Juda Engelmayer, 917-733-3561, Doug Dodson at 619-819-6345 or Dave McQuade at 949-632-5800.

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RIGHT-HAND MAN DEPT.
THE PERSUADER
Issue of 2003-09-01
Posted 2003-08-25

http://newyorker.com/talk/content/?030901ta_talk_finnegan


Charles Taylor, having laid waste to Liberia, has been trying to set the record straight about who persuaded him to surrender his Presidency and go into exile in Nigeria. “I will say that 99% of [the credit] goes to Dr. K. A. Paul alone,” he wrote on August 16th, in a letter to the Times. Since Taylor was on the verge of losing a civil war, and three African heads of state went to Liberia to usher him out of the country—and since President Bush made his exit a precondition of American peacekeeping help—this is no small nod to Dr. K. A. Paul.

But the Times has declined to publish Taylor’s letter. (Taylor fled Liberia on August 11th, declaring, before he boarded the plane, “I want to be the sacrificial lamb” and “I may have stepped on a few toes, but I don’t care” and, finally, “Dr. Paul, I’m out of here.”)

Who is Dr. K. A. Paul, and what can he do about this erasure of his place in history? He is a hyperactive Christian evangelist from southern India, now living in Houston, and he can (indeed, he did) hire Rubenstein Associates, the publicity firm, to get out the word about his good works and, while they’re at it, circulate Taylor’s letter.

And so Dr. Paul was in town the other day, installed in a midtown conference room, under rows of framed magazine covers featuring other Rubenstein clients: Rupert Murdoch, David Letterman, Fergie. He is a small, dark, bright-eyed fellow, thirty-nine, with thinning hair and a thick but neatly trimmed mustache. He wore an immaculate cream-colored Nehru suit, brocaded at the collar, and, though he smiled a great deal, he seemed pretty furious with the Times. He told Juda Engelmayer, his handler at Rubenstein, that he had left a message for a Times reporter whom he had previously helped get an interview with Taylor, saying, “I will never do interview with New York Times again as long as I live!”

“Oh, don’t say that,” Mr. Engelmayer murmured.

“The man is risking his very life,” Dr. Paul cried. He meant that Taylor’s letter could perturb his host, Nigeria’s President, Olusegun Obasanjo, who believes that he deserves much of the credit for getting Taylor out of Liberia, and who is under some international pressure to hand Taylor over to Sierra Leone, where he has been indicted for war crimes. What’s more, President Obasanjo apparently dislikes Dr. Paul because, according to Dr. Paul, he is jealous of the great crowds and the great press that Dr. Paul gets in Nigeria for his evangelical crusades.

O.K. How did Dr. Paul gain such influence over Taylor? They only met, after all, in mid-July. “Oh, he watched me on some television program,” Dr. Paul said. “The leadership in Africa, it’s hard not to hear about me. We are in forty or fifty countries.” By “we” he meant Gospel to the Unreached Millions, a missionary organization that he founded. Or perhaps Global Peace Initiative, a more recent effort. Or both. “We have huge rallies. We had seven million people in Lagos, Nigeria, in November, 2001.”

Seven million people?

“Three million in one night,” Dr. Paul confirmed.

This July, again in Nigeria, he was approached by ten Liberian bishops, who asked him to intervene in their nation’s crisis. He went to Monrovia and met with Taylor in a chapel attached to the President’s house. The two men ended up spending eighteen hours together, “one on one,” over the next couple of days. “At first, he was arrogant—a lot of strong leadership qualities,” Dr. Paul recalled. “But when it comes to prayer and spirituality he’s very humble. He kneels, he cries. Before God, before me. So I have seen two personalities. Sometimes I grabbed him by the head, with both hands, shaking him up—‘Tell me the truth!’ I asked him questions nobody has ever asked. I confronted him about his three wives. How could he call himself a Christian? I asked him, Do you follow Jesus? He brought in one of his Muslim wives.” In the end, Taylor started calling Dr. Paul “my religious leader.” He even confessed to his crimes, in a general sort of way. And he left Liberia.

But this feat did not actually rank, in Dr. Paul’s own estimation, as his greatest peacemaking achievement. That came last year, when Dr. Paul organized a vast peace rally in India—“two million people”—which he believes averted a major war between India and Pakistan. Indian politicians, he says, have learned the hard way to respect him. “When the local officials don’t show up at my rallies, I ask, ‘Where’s the mayor? Where’s the governor?’ And if he’s not there I say, ‘You need a new mayor.’ And boom—he’s gone in the next election.” Dr. Paul grinned, and he grew more animated as he described the obeisances of various Asian and African leaders.

He has called himself “the Billy Graham of India,” and he certainly has a nose for the spotlight. He threw himself into the middle of the Elián González affair (testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee) and the Florida recount (testifying to Fox News). He has developed a special line in endangered dictators. He met, he says, with Slobodan Milosevic during the war in Kosovo. Dr. Paul even claims that he arranged, late last year, for Saddam Hussein and his two sons to leave Iraq. But the Bush White House blew it. “I called Karl Rove and left a message. I waited two weeks, but I heard nothing.”

To increase his clout in Washington, Dr. Paul recently hired a dozen defeated American political candidates, including four former congressmen, as lobbyists and consultants. They should be helpful, he has said, with fund-raising—and so, presumably, should Nelson Bunker Hunt (of what Dr. Paul calls “the Hunt brothers silver deal”), who is on the board of directors of Global Peace Initiative. Dr. Paul also recently acquired a refurbished 747 jetliner, which he christened Global Peace One. Dr. Paul giggles when he mentions the plane. This, it should be remembered, is someone who was born and raised in rural India and spent, by his own testimony, much of his early adulthood homeless, too poor to rent even a cowshed. (He emigrated to the United States in 1993.) You’d giggle, too.

Liberia has a large Christian population—indeed, the country’s devastation has inspired a new wave of born-again evangelism, even among some of its most notorious warlords. Still, its recent deliverance into a fragile ceasefire had, according to Dr. Paul, an important geo-religious dimension: he was told by the ten Liberian bishops that the rebel group which was threatening to overrun the country had a secret plan to convert Liberia into a Muslim fundamentalist state. And so Dr. Paul was fighting for the faith, as well as for peace, in Liberia.

Juda Engelmayer, game publicist, tried to suggest just how down-and-dirty a fight it was. At the very end, he said, when Taylor was finally boarding the plane to leave, Dr. Paul was physically prevented from accompanying him, apparently on the orders of the jealous Nigerian President. “They kept showing it on CNN,” Engelmayer said. “Taylor getting on the plane and then this burly guy shoving Dr. Paul, who was not identified, out of the plane and down the stairs. Dr. Paul just wanted to go to Nigeria with Taylor to insure his safety.” Engelmayer shrugged. “But he seems to be O.K. where he is.”
— William Finnegan

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Paul’s goal is to train 1 Million native missionaries by 2010, and reach all the unreached billions of the world with the Gospel.

Who is a native missionary?

A native missionary, or a national, is one who is preaching the gospel in his own area to his own people. They are very effective because they know the language, culture, and customs of the people to whom they are preaching and they do not represent a foreign country or denomination. They can be supported full time for very little money - about $30 (U.S.) per month or a dollar per day.

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I wonder how people like Anand alias Paul get away,call himself peace ammbasador.He is making his living on sentiments of many innocent blind religious believers.After all Paul is one among several useless people in India who just prey on religiously disillusioned people.If he was spiritual master as he claims he would have read Bhagvadgita before Bible.But preaching Gita does not give him millions to deal with where as bible does and also many things are tongue twisters for him in Gita:))

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