K. A. Paul

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Kilari Anand Paul
Born (1963-09-25) 25 September 1963 (age 55)
Chittivalasa, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Evangelist
Author
Speaker
Political party Praja Shanti Party
Spouse(s) Mary[1]
Children Grace, Peace and John[1]
Parent(s) K.Barnabas(Father)[2]

Kilari Anand Paul is a christian evangelist from Southern India now living in Houston.[3] According to the Indian newspaper The Telegraph he is a naturalized U.S. Citizen. He runs a ministry called Gospel to the Unreached Millions.[4]

Early life[edit]

Originally named Kilari Anand Paul, he was born on 25 September 1963, in a small village called Chittivalasa located in the State of Andhra Pradesh.[5] India, into a Hindu family. His parents were Barnabas[2] and Santhosamma[citation needed].

His parents converted to Christianity in 1966. Paul became a Christian in March 1971, when he was eight years old. Paul says he travelled with his evangelist father to hundreds of villages in India sharing the gospel with many non-Christians. Paul says that at the age of 19 he entered into the full-time ministry.[6]

Political life[edit]

Paul launched a political party by the name Praja Shanti Party in 2008. During the launch he stated "The purpose of starting Prajashanti Party is to redeem people from slavery, promote equality among all people and all faiths and all castes and to establish true democracy."[7]

In 2016 US Presidential Election, he endorsed Donald Trump.[8]

Media comments[edit]

K.A. Paul was dubbed as "the world's most popular evangelist,"by The New Republic,[9] and as "the next Billy Graham" by the New York Times.[10] The New Republic Magazine compared him with the three most unique and great American civil rights leaders like Martin Luther king, Billy Graham and the rights activist president, Jimmy Carter. Perhaps more than any other title bestowed on him as a renowned peace-maker.[11] and also called as “The 8th wonder of the world K A Paul” by Norway News.[11]

Peace Maker[edit]

Paul claims he counseled most of the world's dictators and presidents in 148 countries including Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Slobodan Milošević of Yugoslavia and Serbia, Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, Charles Taylor of Liberia, General/President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. He also claims, as a global peace leader, he successfully stopped seven wars. [12]

Global Peace One[edit]

K.A. Paul walking off Global Peace One on 2 March 2004, on a humanitarian mission to Haiti

Through charitable contributions to his organization, several of Paul's backers provided funds to purchase a Boeing 747SP airplane that Paul named "Global Peace Ambassadors", which flew under the name "Global Peace One". The aeroplane was formerly flown by China Airlines; it was the aircraft in the China Airlines Flight 006 accident. The aeroplane was used for missions to Third World countries, delivering aid to disaster areas and to countries with people in need. A former crew member described it as a "flying death trap". The volunteer pilot, first officer, and flight engineer all quit in 2005 because of concerns over maintenance and non-payment of debts, and the FAA eventually suspended the plane's operating certificate due to insufficient maintenance.[13] The aircraft is parked at Tijuana International Airport in Tijuana, Baja California, and is reported to be in very poor condition with expired registration as of December 31, 2016.[citation needed]

Accountability[edit]

In 2005, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability terminated the membership of Paul's organization, Gospel to the Unreached Millions, for failing to meet financial accountability and governance standards.[14]

Murder plot charges and subsequent arrest[edit]

Paul was arrested on May 21, 2012 by Ongole police on the charge of conspiring to murder the person accused in the murder of his brother. The police claimed that Paul offered bribes to them in order to drop the charges against him. He was booked for criminal conspiracy (120-B), attempt to murder (307) and abetment(109) sections of the Indian Penal Code. He was also booked for section 12 of prevention of corruption act. [15][16][17]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tara Dooley (29 January 2005). "Evangelist K.A. Paul moves spirits worldwide". Houston Chronicle.
  2. ^ a b "K.A. Paul's father condemns arrest". 25 May 2012 – via www.thehindu.com.
  3. ^ William Finnegan (1 September 2003). "The Persuader". The New Yorker.
  4. ^ "K.A Paul's Ministry loses ECFA membership ties" (PDF).
  5. ^ Sukumar, C. R. (22 May 2012). "Evangelist KA Paul arrested for murder conspiracy by Andhra Pradesh police" – via The Economic Times.
  6. ^ "Gospel to the Unreached Millions". ministrywatch.org. Archived from the original on 21 November 2003. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Evangelist K A Paul launches Praja Shanti Party in AP". The News Wire. 5 October 2008.
  8. ^ CDS Mani (Dec 2, 2016). "Indian priest preached Donald Trump gospel". Times of India.
  9. ^ "From The Tnr Archives: World's Most Popular Evangelist". The New Republic. 23 October 2008.
  10. ^ Jacob Kamaras (January 29, 2016). "K.A. Paul: Indian, Evangelical, Pro-Israel International Man of Mystery". www.algemeiner.com.
  11. ^ a b Nadarajah Sethurupa (September 7, 2018). ""The 8th wonder of the world K A Paul" in Oslo". Norway News. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Dr. K.A. Paul, President of Global Peace Initiative Advises President Donald Trump to Lift Sudan Sanctions". Cision PR Newswire. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  13. ^ Craig Malisow (June 8, 2006). "The Plane Truth". HoustonPress. Retrieved 8 June 2006.
  14. ^ Hernandez, Nathaniel, "Hastert meets with critic over scandal", Washington Post. AP Story, October 10, 2006, viewed 03/16/2018
  15. ^ "Evangelist K A Paul arrested in murder conspiracy case". Times of India. May 21, 2012.
  16. ^ "Evangelist K A Paul held for murder plot". Times of India. May 22, 2012.
  17. ^ "K.A. Paul, 3 others arrested". 22 May 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2018 – via www.thehindu.com.

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