Emily’s Story – Finding Her Calling

Season: 1
Episode: 28
Emily shares her story of how going on a mission trip to India helped her find her life’s calling, and how someone else’s life story helped change her own. Her story is a very appropriate response to the current global pandemic and reinforces the opportunity to really prioritize what matters right now and what matters most in our lives when so much is out of our control.
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Emily is currently a sophomore at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a minor in Nutrition. She attends Harvest House Church in Boone, North Carolina. She is deeply involved in the college ministry there at Harvest House. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Emily has been taking her courses online and she shares that it has been a big transition for her and her teachers. She has been going to church since she was born. But it was in fifth grade when she worked at Hope Community Church when she decided to accept Jesus into her heart. She got baptized when she was in seventh grade and really started to pursue Jesus. But that was more of reading the Bible and she did not really understand what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. But when she was a sophomore in high school, something just clicked. And she realized that she was missing something in her life and she could not figure out what it was.

And when Emily heard that there were these mission trips going on in her high school ministry, she immediately knew that she had to go. She knew in her heart that it was the next step. So she told her mom that she was going to India, but ended up going to Haiti that summer. That was the first time that she had been taken out of the distractions of America and was really able to just feel God’s peace and presence. And it was the first time that she had ever heard His voice, and it was incredible. In her junior year in high school, she decided to follow her heart and go on a mission trip to India. Emily feels like that trip was the answer to her prayer of trying to figure out who she was.

She shares how when she was having lunch with Justin, he shared his story of how his mom died of cancer because they did not have enough money to give her the life-saving care that she needed. When Emily heard that story, it was like a flame of ignited in her heart and she finally knew what her calling was. Emily talks about her trip to India and how she helped show the kids from the Orissa orphanage that there is a God there for them and that He loves them and that He can provide for their needs. She shares some highlights of that trip including seeing all the joy on the children’s faces. Although most of them have almost nothing, yet they are so full of joy, so full of excitement. And it felt like nothing could knock them down. She also talks about one of the challenges that she encountered. She talks about the village’s problem with water supply, where they do not have water and indoor plumbing. This really gave Emily a sense of perspective and made her grateful for the things that they have in America.

Emily shares how missions have changed her life in terms of her prayer life is drastically changed. Many people in India have such a huge faith and trust in God and they’re constantly praying about anything and everything in their life. She feels like in America they have lost the power of prayer and just the gift that God has given them to be able to talk to Him through prayer. It is so easy to just put off reading the Bible because of the things that they need to do and blame it on busyness or distractions in this world. But coming back from India and just witnessing their faith in God and their trust in the power of prayer just reminded Emily of the fact that prayer can move mountains.

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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!

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