Josh’s Story: A Life of Purpose

Season: 1
Episode: 24
Josh shares his story on how missions have given him purpose. The call to mobilization has pushed him and his wife, Katie, to look for opportunities so more people can engage the kingdom of God whether in the local church or internationally.
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Josh is the current President of the Board of Directors of Global Hope India. He and his wife, Katie, have been married for 12 years. They have three children and they currently live in Apex, North Carolina. Josh holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is employed at Tethis as an Engineering and Capital Projects Manager. Josh and Katie attend Summit Church with Pastor J.D. Greear. Josh is involved there on the prayer team, first Impressions, and he is a small group leader.

Josh talks about how he was baptized when he was seven or eight years old. He says he was lucky to have been born into a family that loves the Lord. His father led him to faith and he remembers being able to walk through it. He sees this as the beginning of a long process of sanctification. He feels like he’s not any further along than when he was eight. But he knows that’s not true because he has markers in his life that he can look back to where God has awakened him to new truths about who He is, about the personal work of Jesus Christ, about the totality of His rule and reign in the world and in Josh’s life: specifically in what submission to that looks like.

These spiritual markers were evident in Josh’s life through the Global Hope India missions that he got involved in. His first international trip was in Indonesia where he went with his wife, Katie, eight years ago. That trip was awakening and very solidifying for Josh and Katie because this is where they understood that Indonesia was not where God was calling them to go right in the end. But instead, He was calling them to a heart and a passion for mobilization and to see people engage with the global church. They see this as a need since  God is the God of the nations and not just the God of the US. Around that same year, they partnered with Global Hope India and went on their first mission trip to India where they took a team of engineers, teachers, and nurses, with them.

Josh shares how missions have changed his life by giving him purpose. That trip really helped form and show Josh the value of a diverse group of people going to India. They’re seeing their hearts transform and their eyes opened to the fact that the world is bigger than where they live. That the people in India, in Asia, need Jesus just like they need Jesus, and they struggle with the same problems that they do with family dysfunction, poverty, fear about job loss, or difficulty in relationships. The part that he loved about God and the thing that really set him off was seeing those people’s hearts transformed coming back to the States, even if they don’t go back overseas again, they’re coming back transformed and ready to see God move and they’re expecting God to move and they’re believing God for big things.
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. 
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!

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