Jim and Mary’s Story: Going Where God Leads You

Season: 1
Episode: 15
I am incredibly honored to have Jim and Mary Ayers on the show. They are from my county of birth – Rutherford County in North Carolina. Their mom had been so generous with me and my siblings. When I introduce you to Jim and Mary Ayers, I introduce you to a family that sowed seeds of the gospel into me and into our family. And to now take them to a mission trip in India is really one of the highlights of my career. Jim and Mary are living proof that senior adults don’t stop living. And that age does not stop you from going where God leads you.
Episode type: full
Hosts:Pastor K

Full Show Notes

Jim and Mary have been married for 52 years. Jim is a retired meat manager from Winn-Dixie, while Mary is a retired teacher from Rutherfordton Elementary school. Jim is now a beekeeper and a great gardener, and Mary is an excellent cook. They may debate that they have slowed down a little bit. But I’ve got videos showing Mary dancing through the village with little children in India.
They have been to India several times where they did evangelistic services and worked with children in orphanages. Every trip has been life-changing for Jim and Mary. One challenge they experienced was the language barrier. How can they talk to them when they can’t speak their language? Mary realized that the problem was she was trying to do everything herself. And she realized that she just needed God to tell her what to do and to show her what to do. And He did. And as she did these things, she started to feel at peace. She felt that God was there by her side giving her the words to say.
On one of their trips, they went to a red light district which was an eye-opening experience for them. It showed them what God expects from us. He says to go to the end of the world and preach the gospel, and that’s exactly what they did. They saw so much need there, and so much to be done but so little time to do them. Jim was in one of the banquets one night where Saji John got up and said, “God knows every name of every person in India. Very few of those people in India know Jesus.” And that stuck with Jim because it was so true.
Whenever Jim and Mary worked with the children in orphanages, they saw the love between them and the children, and even the adults and girls. They believe that what the children and adults need is another body and not just money. They need another body there to show them that you care about them and to let them know that God cares about them. That way, you’re making a connection with them.
When asked about what they can say to our brothers and sisters around the world on how God can use missions to change their lives, Jim advised them to talk to God and to let God control them. If He’s leading them to go, don’t put it off and just go. For those that want to go but can’t go, they can pray. And they can help other people to go through Global Hope India. Mary also said that a mission trip is one of the greatest opportunities that they will have in their lifetime. Pray to God, and if it’s not meant for them to go, they can pray and they can give. But if there’s any way for them to go on a mission trip to India, she knows that they will be blessed.
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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.
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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