Scout’s Story: On Fire for God

Season: 1
Episode: 41
Scout shares the story of how a miracle from God and a mission trip to India became key turning points in his life that helped strengthen his relationship with God even more.
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Scout lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and works for the Green Bay Packers as a sales executive. He goes to Green Bay Community Church. Scott is originally from Birmingham, Alabama but after going on a mission trip to India, he decided to move to Green Bay. He grew up going to a Church of God church for about ten years. Eventually, their pastor left to start his own non-denominational church called Acts 2 Church and this is where Scout’s family still goes and this is what Scout calls as his home church. He went to the University of Alabama with a degree in Marketing.

Scout grew up in a Christian home where missing church on a Sunday was not an option. There was no doubt in his mind that God existed, but it was during his college years when his relationship with God became stronger. Whenever he was going through a difficult time, he found himself praying and just felt the weight being lifted off his shoulders. This was when he realized that he cannot go through life without having a strong relationship with God.

A co-worker who goes to Hope Community Church invited him to go on a mission trip to India, and this is where he met Kevin and the rest of the GHI team. Scout shares that going on the mission trip to India in July 2018 were one of the best decisions that he has ever made in his entire life. He went to Mumbai where he was able to go to the red light district and also met some awesome kids at an orphanage. It was a humbling experience for Scout to see the people in India so on fire for God. He even feels that he got more out of the trip than those who they interacted with while on the trip. Seeing people worship God even when they feel like everything is against them was so humbling for Scout. Coming back to the US, he felt really blessed to have everything and everyone that he has. It was moving for him to see people be on fire for God.

Scout shares the story of how he came to live in Green Bay. His grandfather lived in Green Bay. Towards the end of his grandfather’s life, he lived with Alzheimer’s and dementia where he could not remember a lot of things – even their family members’ names. Through all that, Scout and his grandfather always had a connection with watching Green Bay Packers games. This was an amazing way for them to still have their grandfather as he can still remember and talk about the details of the Green Bay Packers games. Scout wrote a letter to Bart Starr and asked if he and his grandfather can swing by their place as his grandfather is a huge fan. Bart Starr invited them and it was amazing to see Scout’s grandfather talking to Bart. Scout also shares the story of how Bart Starr became instrumental in his employment with the Green Bay Packers.

When asked how missions have changed his life, Scout shares that it definitely humbled him and put things in perspective. It started making him question his plans for his life and if they are aligned with what God had planned for him. It made him think about what he can do to be more on fire for God and made him want to continue God’s plan for his life. Going to India on a mission trip just reignited the fire within him to want to do more with his life and for others.


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!