From Selfish Ambition to Holy Ambition – Hunter’s Story
Hunter shares that his motives for missions work were initially for a “millennial-experience that would look good on Instagram,” after his trips he experienced a life-changing encounter and now he understands his role in God’s plan is more than just travel, but it’s his life. This transformation from selfish ambition to someone seeking God’s will is not an uncommon journey that team members experience while on a short-term mission trip.
Hunter shared that although he is not on the mission field right now he understands that his current mission field is in Raleigh, NC. He shared a quote he heard from some missionaries at a conference: “God worked on them for nine years before they did any serious ministry abroad.” and he believes that where God has him right now.
We discussed some of the differences between US culture and Christianity and what many countries, like India, have to deal with. They may risk losing family, friends, and more by publicly following Christ.
Hunter shares a story of being invited to have tea with a family while on the mission field in India. Upon arriving to meet with the man, he was not there. He was invited in and set down with their daughter. It didn’t take him long to find out that he was not there just for tea. They were trying to arrange him with their daughter!
Kevin shares a devotional about understanding the call. He remembers a poster from his youth that said “God’s plan, my call.” Kevin unpacks how to hear and understand God’s voice when it comes to your calling. Jesus said follow me, not follow my plan. It’s about a person. We are Christ-followers. Remember that you have been called.
Hunter described the awe he felt seeing healings as a result of prayer while on a short-term mission trip to India. He shared his experience of seeing a blind eye healed and a person with scoliosis who saw their spine actually straighten up and instantly see a correction of one leg being shorter than the other instantly healed as a result of prayer.
One of the main ways that Hunter believes his life is forever changed because of missions is his quiet time spent with God is now not an academic exercise but a desire to know God and how to apply his Word to his life.
Hunter prays for young people who are just identifying a call to missions in their hearts. They may be six months or six years from going on a mission trip, but Hunter prays that they would understand their identity in Christ.
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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:
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.
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.
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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!