Kali’s Story: An Eye Opening Experience
Kali has an early education degree and is in college pursuing higher education. She’s also a full time nanny and attends Hope Community Church in Morrisville, NC. It has always been Pastor Kevin’s dream to take all three of his children to India and Kourtney (Kali’s older sister) went to India when she was 11. Growing up, Kali saw Kevin going to India so much that, while she didn’t hate the idea of going there, India reminded her how Kevin was going away from their family. Because of this, she had no desire to go. When she finally went to India, it was because her sister, Kourtney, had moved there. When she left, she was heartbroken a bit but she remembered getting off the plane saying she will never go back to India. She had fun and loved being in India but the traveling and everything else had her disinterested in returning.
But she did return to India later on when she became a leader with Hope Community Church’s Student Ministries. She has been leading a group of girls since they were in 6th grade (and they actually just graduated this past spring). Some of these girls have also been interviewed here as well (Emma, Marta, and Hayden to name a few). When she returned to India, together with these girls, it was eye opening and the kids remembered her. They were still the happiest kids that she has ever seen in her life: they had so much joy and their faith was so strong. They were being taught about Jesus and relied so much on prayer throughout their day. These kids were six to seven years old and it felt like they truly understood who Jesus was and what He represents. It was very eye opening because even without the possessions that we take for granted, they were still more fortunate than these kids yet here they are, happy and faithful.
Kali advises that you should take your kids on a mission trip before they turn 18 because it will change them. It was so cool to watch high schoolers go because sometimes high schoolers can be stuck in their own world and not understand everything else. They are still at that age where they have questions and they can still be molded, can still be guided. When they visit India, it will open their eyes and they will come home as different people for the better.
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.
Missions Changed My Life Podcast: 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. 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.
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:
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.
—- 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!