Zach’s Story: A Witness to Change
Pastor K’s son, Zach, has been in India five times. His first trip was when he was 11 years old in 2001 and he has watched many places in India thrive and change in the past 15 years. He still remembers his first trip in India using AOL, going to this thing called the Internet cafe that he had to pay to get online and being in the only hotel with an A/C. The one thing that shocked him most during that time was how they didn’t have most of the conveniences we had, not even a refrigerator.
He remembers playing crickets with the kids and having fun with them. He couldn’t speak their language but that didn’t stop them from relating interculturally, teaching words and everything else. Those days were filled with laughter and all the kids loved it the whole time. Zach knows they may not have a lot compared to us but he was surprised at how generous they were even when each meal was just the basic to survive and the room the entire family slept in was just the size of most people’s closets. Still, they made Zach feel like he was welcomed and treated him with kindness and a smile.
Zach was also fortunate to see a leper colony grow with the help and support of the missionary team. When he first visited the colony, this group of people in India was given a piece of land by their government and was cast aside because of their leprosy. The government sent them to live in a few concrete buildings, complete with bathrooms, but without any roof. So they had to make roofs out of bags and trash and other things they could get their hands on. They were surviving but they were not surviving well and their needs were not even being really met. We gave them bags of rice and prayed over them but that was all we could offer them then. Zach had even asked if he could give some of the kids the shirt off his back.
God had bigger plans in store for this leper colony and Zach was there to witness it. Every time he was around the area, they would ask for him because they remembered him from his first visit. He has led worship services and prayovers. They talk to him and he prays with them. During these trying times, God had done some amazing things that Zach was blessed to witness – mango trees being planted, roofs being placed on those buildings, and a church being built.
Zach could feel God’s love for a population that was condemned unlovable in India. For even Jesus has been an outcast in the Bible and yet He did not let that hinder Him nor did He turn anyone away. Our Lord has guided Zach to look past what fear he may have held during those first few moments, letting an eleven year-old boy see His creation for what they are. God’s love is boundless and endless. No matter how different it may be, God’s love can be seen as long as your eyes remain open.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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!