Dylan was born in Plano, Texas and is currently living in Holly Springs, North Carolina. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for one and a half years. Dylan is a graduate from NC State University. He and Lisa attend Hope Community Church. Dylan was part of the military and is now a police officer with the city of Raleigh as part of the Community Engagement and Services Division. He and his wife are also COVID survivors. It had not been a great experience but it did help bring their marriage together. Dylan can sleep anywhere, even in the middle of the woods in a very uncomfortable sleeping position, and he has recently started baking muffins as a hobby.
In 2010, Dylan was still in high school when he joined Global Hope India’s high school mission trip. Dylan found the entire mission trip as great, staying in India for a week and a half, going to different churches and communities. His biggest adjustment had been the large number of people in India which was quite different from the States. He got to visit a boys and girls school and a leper colony. The leper colony was truly an eye-opener for Dylan, an entire village which he spent his time praying and communicating with them. He was also part of the worship for a big concert in the city where all the believers were coming around the city to pray and worship with them in a concert.
For Dylan, the whole mission trip invigorated him. It’s so easy for us to just be comfortable with our own little world but, by going to India, it invigorated him to be more involved with his community as a believer. He didn’t just want to have his own thing going on, he wanted to become part of his community and he is looking forward to the day that he could see God’s work overseas once more.
To those high schoolers who have never been on a mission trip or have never been to India but may be thinking about going on a mission trip to India, Dylan would like to tell them to just do it. He had plenty of anxiety when he was going there, not knowing to expect, but, when he got there, there were plenty of moments where he truly felt like he had grown mentally and spiritually. It can be scary to think about, especially to young people, just pray about it and trust God. God will be there to guide you through it. It is okay to be anxious and to be scared as long as you remember that you are not alone on a mission trip. You are there together with your group and with God. You are not alone.
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.
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