David is from Durham, North Carolina. His dad, Chris, is a Global Hope India trip alumni and board member. As a kid, he grew up going to church with his dad who made sure that they always went to church. But it just felt like going through the motions for David, and it was not so much about faith and really trusting and believing in God. Later on in life, he turned away from God due to things that happened to him. So he turned to drugs and spent over a decade addicted to drugs. About a year and a half ago, he went to live with his mom and just had the feeling that he needed to get some help. So he told his dad that he needed to go to rehab and he went to Converting Hearts which is a Christian faith-based rehab center.
Converting Hearts is where he met Pastor Doug who has an amazing, no holds barred teacher. And it was incredible for David as he learned more and more about the Bible through Pastor Doug. He started to really feel God’s presence in his life and that’s when he actually actually felt the Holy Spirit coming into his life. He had already cleaned up his act and was sober for some time when his dad asked him if he wanted to go to India with Kevin and Justin. David agreed to go and shares that it was probably one of the best experiences of his entire life. That mission trip became a part of his healing.
The mission trip to India was indescribable for David. He used to be so incredibly selfish and always loved helping people, but helping people for the wrong reasons. And to really just put himself with God and to walk His path for your life and to do something unto Him for others was just the most amazing feeling. From then on, David knew that if he returned to doing drugs, he could not be a light in the world of darkness. He knew that if he goes back to drugs, he cannot do the things that God wanted him to do. He knows that God has a lot in store for him and He is making sure that David has some more patience. This is one of the things that he’s learning right now. He knows that God's future plans for him are just going to be great. And he will trust in Him and His plans fully - 100%.
David talks about how sharing his story with high school students in India became a pivotal moment for him. After the mission trip to India was over, he came back full of vision. And not only was he focused on what God had just done, but he was already seeing a vision of what He was going to do in the future. David wants to be able to spread the word of God and be able to provide physical help at the same time. And this is the reason why he took a class in phlebotomy. He knew that he could be very useful for the International Red Cross because they don't have doctors and nurses that want to travel. When asked to describe the mission trip in one word, David said, “indescribable”. Everything that he experienced and learned so far through God’s grace has been indescribable.
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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