Josh’s Story: Miracles and Appreciating Differences

Season: 1
Episode: 34
In this episode, we will get to know Josh, his passion for the Lord, and the miracles of the stories he’s got to tell from India. Josh also shares how going on missions has made him appreciate differences in cultures and why these differences should be celebrated.
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Josh’s Story: Miracles and Appreciating Differences
Josh is from Los Angeles, California. His parents were born in Korea, which makes Josh a second-generation Korean American. Josh just graduated from NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attends the Summit Church and he works in a Korean barbecue cafe as well as owns a Korean barbecue food truck. In 2016, Josh was involved in a terrorist attack during an international layover. He was going on his second trip to Uzbekistan for a short term mission trip. The layover was in Istanbul, Turkey, and they were just supposed to be there for eight hours or so but near the end of that eight-hour layover, as they were going to the terminal gate, a group of ISIS terrorists barged into the security lobby and started shooting off AK-47s then blew themselves up. This happened right down the hallway from where they were. Thankfully, everybody in their team was safe. Looking back on that incident, Josh realized that he is just a very small piece in a larger machine of life.

In the summer of 2018, Josh went to Mumbai, India with Global Hope India. Their purpose there was to partner with the local Indian church in Mumbai and partner with them in hosting free medical clinics, working with neighborhoods there in some of their community outreach programs. Aside from India, Josh has been blessed with the opportunity to also go to Pakistan, The United Arab Emirates, and Turkey on mission trips. He recognizes that not everyone has been given the opportunity to do this. He shares that he has been fortunate to have so many people around him who were willing to invest in his growth and his vision for reaching the nations. He counts himself as fortunate to have God that provides everything he needs and to have a community that supports him.

When asked about the adjustments that he had to make during his trip to India, Josh shares about a moment when he was wrestling with himself and the guilt that he was feeling for coming from a very well off place, and coming and experiencing a place where poverty and suffering are very real. He found himself taking a step back and asking God to clear his mind and heart. And in that moment, Josh felt God’s presence fill him and he felt God’s heart for the nation of India. His heart was purified and he was overcome with emotion. He was blessed as God has been preparing his heart for the miracles that He was about to do.

Josh believes that missions have changed his life by broadening his perspective. Going on missions has made him realize how similar everybody is and it has also made him appreciate the cultural differences. These differences should complement us instead of dividing us. God did a beautiful thing by creating different countries and different cultures. And we should appreciate differences instead of try to get rid of them.

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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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