A Breakthrough From Missions – Savanah’s Story

Season: 1
Episode: 30
Savanah shares her story on how a mission trip to India inspired a breakthrough for her. She talks about why she can no longer imagine her life without missions and how missions have strengthened her faith and passion to share the gospel of the Lord.
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Savanah’s Story – A Breakthrough From Missions

Savanah is a barista from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.  She went on her first-ever mission trip to India with Global Hope India when she was in high school. And after graduating, Savanah did a gap year experience doing four countries in nine months with the World Race Through Adventures in Missions. Currently, she is a part of the Vertical Life Church in Holly Springs. She is a barista at Thanks A Latte Coffee Shop in Holly Springs. Savanah dreams of running her own coffee shop one day that will focus on bringing the local community and globe together. She grew up in a Christian home and the challenges she encountered with her family were what pushed Savannah to surrender her life to the Lord. This was right before she decided to go on her first mission trip which ended up being India.

Going to India in 2017 was a big turning point for her faith and her walk with the Lord. She believes that her heart would not have grown so much for missions if she had not gone to India. After leaving India, Savanah knew that she wanted to go back there as well as continue to travel the world. India definitely gave her the perspective of just how much more there was in the world and the needs that there are and just how blessed she was. It opened her eyes and made her realize that her relationship with the Lord was just craving that different perspective. She loved learning about other cultures and knowing that despite the differences and language barriers, we all serve the same God and build relationships from that.

When Savanah was planning on going to college, she came across a race post on social media and felt very clearly that the Lord was telling her to go. So she signed up for the race where she went to four countries in nine months. The four countries she went to were Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. She fondly talks about the great opportunity to spend a lot of time diving into relationships and being intentional with each country’s locals. This allowed her to develop a deeper relationship with them to be able to plant those seeds and really share Jesus’s love with them and get them to that point of wanting to surrender their life to the Lord.

If she would sum up her mission trip experiences in one word, Savanah says it would be “breakthrough”. Spending time with the Lord while on the mission trip has changed her heart, her priorities, and what matters most to her. The missions enabled her to see how other countries live, how they have almost nothing, yet they have way more joy than a lot of people in the US. She also learned to be more intentional with people since she only had limited time with the kids in India and might not ever see them again, so being intentional with each person that she came in contact with and loving them the way that Jesus would.  Despite the heat and challenging circumstances in India, these would not keep her from going the extra mile and continuing to pour out love and allow the Lord to use her to overflow His love into someone else’s life. Savanah believes in taking that back to the US too. Because it’s not just the orphans in India that need love. It’s your neighbor or the person you see at the grocery store. It’s everybody. It’s all about taking your eyes off of your own life and looking at the needs of other people.


Global Hope India:
For over 20 years we have been watching God radically transform thousands of Americans & Indian Nationals through missions. We’ve taken nearly 1,000 Americans on short-term mission trips to India. We work with 12 long-term indigenous church planting partners located in North, South, East, & West mainland India as well as Northeast India. We empower the Church in India to make Christ known through leadership, child, & village development projects. Global Hope India is a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Morrisville, North Carolina. All gifts are tax-deductible. More about GHI.More about Missions Changed My Life Podcast.

Meet Pastor Kevin: Pastor Kevin is Founder and Executive Director of Global Hope India and your host for Missions Changed My Life Podcast. He’s a poor kid from rural North Carolina, but get this… He just returned from his 50th trip to India in 20 years. If he doesn’t yet hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the most trips to India then he’s got to be close. He’s flown over a million miles to 27 different countries. He’s taken nearly 1,000 people on mission trips to India. Global Hope India has seen thousands of Indian Nationals and Americans radically transformed by God through missions. The miracle continues! More about Pastor Kevin.

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A weekly podcast for the missionary in all of us.

Everyone wants to make a difference in the world. Changing the World is a daunting task, but when we go on an international mission trip God can use that to change our world forever. Fellow travelers share real-life stories of radical transformation as a result of going on a mission trip. Find yourself right in the middle of a missions team being transformed by God. Receive practical resources as God uses missions to change your life. 

3 Exciting Elements of the Show:

  1. Compelling Stories of Radical Transformation from Ordinary People: Captivating interviews with actual mission trip participants from around the world.
  2. An Inspiring Word: 20+ years of real life mission trip devotional moments with Pastor Kevin – GHI’s Founder & Executive Director.
  3. Practical Tools: to empower & equip you as God uses missions to change your life.

Beverly: Listen in as this Corporate Executive shares how God led her to share her story of sexual abuse with students at a government high school in Manipur India and what happened next.

Tadhg: Hear how this 20 year old college student found himself in a grieving family’s home in Chennai India and how all of a sudden he saw God use his brother’s tragic death to comfort others.

Becky: Listen as this former exotic dancer shares how God took her to the Red Light District in Mumbai India to tell hundreds of women, “you are not alone”.

Kyle: Listen how God took Kyle to the mission field in India when he was unemployed in preparation for him 2 years later to be moved to Salt Lake City Utah where only 2% of the population is Christian.

Richard: Hear how God took this mission trip host for a church in Uganda on 2 mission trips to India within 1 year and how it changed his life forever.

Jennifer: Hear how God has taken this native of the Dominican Republic on 3 mission trips to India. Each were extremely different, but all were radically life-changing. 

Lisa: Hear how Lisa went on a mission trip to China and Nepal and immediately returned home and changed her major and career. Listen as she articulates her call to be a missionary for the rest of her life.

Picture a small team on an international mission trip in India. They had breakfast and are in route to their scheduled program for the day. They are singing along to Elevation Worship over the speaker. After one of the songs Pastor Kevin says, “Ok team, let me share a word of encouragement with you.” The team cheers and says, “come on now” and Pastor Kevin says, “today’s word is…”

You’re invited into these real life mission moments. These brief devotionals will fuel your passion to be the missionary God as called you to be.  You’ll love that Pastor Kevin understands your calling. Get ready as each “Word” inspires you toward radical faith and obedience.

7 Examples:

  1. Listen
  2. Comfort
  3. Presence
  4. Sent
  5. Power
  6. Freedom
  7. People

Raising support? Get ready! We have resources to help you.

Is this really God speaking to me? Trust us! We understand this question and have tools to help you be confident about God’s ability to guide you.

Too many interpersonal conflicts distracting you from the mission? We’ve got you covered with practical tools certain to bring unity and freedom.

God keeps pointing me toward India – what next? Trust us, we hear this all the time and have the perfect opportunity waiting just for you!

Wait until you hear my story! Oh, we’d love to hear it! And if you need we can help you effectively articulate how God has used missions to change your life.

—- Each episode comes with free and practical tools in the show notes that are sure to empower and equip you to be the missionary you’re called to be.

The Missions Changed My Life Podcast is NOT a lecture or sermon. Designed entirely out of relationships with ordinary missionaries, audience participation is required. Well ok, required isn’t necessary. The point is we want to hear from you! Watch out for our fun interactive giveaways.  Get ready to text us your ideas. Submit your own stories of how God has used missions to change your life! We can’t wait to hear from you. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll be featured in one of our next episodes. 

On his first trip to India in 1998 God planted part of his heart there. Now over 20 years later Kevin’s perhaps the only person in the world whose been to India 50 times! (Click Meet Pastor Kevin and check out his whole story.)

Having grown up in a broken and dysfunctional family, Kevin never dreamed he’d be flying over 1 million miles around the world on mission trips. A native of North Carolina, he doesn’t remember any geography lessons about India in school. In 1998 when he first went to India there were no Indian Nationals living in North Carolina. Kevin hoped to have a positive impact on the people of India. Little did he know at the time how God would use India to change his life forever.

Today, Kevin has taken nearly 1,000 people on short-term mission trips to India. Counting these and the team members within The Church in India he has discipled thousands of people during mission trips. 

Pastor Kevin believes that if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ then you are a missionary. You’re either a good one or a bad one. Why not be a good one! Kevin loves missionaries and encouraging them to live on mission for God. Whether you’re preparing for a mission trip, considering going on a mission trip, or are actually on a mission trip, Kevin believes God has spoken a Word just for you!