Three of the most enduring words you'll ever say to an international is, "I've been there."
All of a sudden you have an instant conversation and the relationship can develop as much as you are willing.
I've struck up conversations with thousands of internationals saying, "I've been there" and yet I've never heard anyone respond, "so what?" - Kevin
Statistics show that less than 5% of all Americans have actually traveled overseas. And so for a foreigner to hear "I've been there" is not only rare but it has an enduring impact. Not only do you show interest in them as a person. But you have embraced their place of birth and the country, the people that, that they love so much.
Pastor Kevin issued a challenge for Church leadership. If you can look at your congregation and see a representation of a people group that you have not visited their place of birth on a mission trip, why not consider going? It will dramatically increase your effectiveness in reaching the internationals in your church. It will educate you, empower you, and equip you to have an identifiable strategy for reaching your community.
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.
Living the Dream Podcast: The Living the Dream podcast is where Church staff and volunteers get comfortable and aligned with the reality that God is moving millions of foreign-born internationals into our communities. We focus on this incredible opportunity God is giving us to change the world! We know how this story ends! Rev 7:9-12 shows us a Church filled with EVERY nation, tribe, & tongue gathered together worshipping Jesus. Welcome to Living the Dream podcast where we help The Church be on earth as it is in heaven. More about Living the Dream Podcast.
Meet Pastor Kevin: Pastor Kevin is Founder and Executive Director of Global Hope India and your host for Living the Dream 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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