Pastor B didn’t know why but he had always had this desire to plant churches. He first had the desire implanted in him while he was visiting one of the villages and he was lying on his bed after praying when, all of a sudden, the number 20 flashed twice in front of his eyes. He didn’t know what it meant so he started praying very seriously, asking God what it was about, what 2020 meant. Around 2012 - 2013 was the time he began to develop the desire to plant churches and, after praying for weeks, he realized that God was telling him to plant 20 churches by 2020. This was later confirmed when pastors prayed over him then said that he had a specific vision and that God is going to use him in a specific way. That's when Pastor B realized that God had placed in his heart the mission to plant 20 churches by the year 2020.
It wasn’t easy, especially when he was just starting. He didn’t know a lot of people like foreigners who could help but even in those difficult times, God provided. When he was praying for Bibles to distribute, he later received a parcel with 50 Bibles inside. Exactly what he had asked for even though he didn’t know who had sent it and he hadn’t shared his need for Bibles to many people. Foreign missionaries also helped in making his mission grow. It had been a slow process planting churches with only very few people helping but it started to move at a very great pace after foreign missionaries started to join, especially teams from Global Hope India. They got resources and people to help them, expanding their projects to things like clean water projects, clinics and other projects that benefited the community. Donations aren’t the only thing that helps India, mission trips also help them and they can have a huge impact in people’s lives. A lot of money may have been spent on travel expenses but more money were raised for projects such as clean water projects, volleyball camps, buildings for orphan cares, medical clinics, and many more. And as of 2020, with God’s guidance and blessing, Pastor B was able to plant 25 churches together with all the help he received from both God, the foreign missionaries and the community.
2020 was a challenging year for all of us, including for our church planter and pastor. Pastor B didn’t just need to take care of his family but also 13 pastors and their families. But even in these difficult times, God prayed for him and his family. He provided Pastor B with a miraculous way in reckless ways. People from other churches started giving to him which was very unusual. Even restaurants supported him, the 13 pastors and their families. They also received a huge amount from Global Hope India.
It might have been a challenge but it was a reminder that, no matter what happens, God will provide. It is a reminder that God’s church is God’s people. It is not the building but the people.
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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