Lisa describes how an internship at her Church's missions department set her life on a new course. She found herself doing ministry in Nepal where Christianity is illegal. She likes to say that she didn't know what darkness was until that trip.
Now as a staff member at Global Hope India she has the experience of working with their donations and marketing as a missionary. She shares her story of her calling into missions work through an internship in high school. Her experience raising funds to go on trips and how she experienced God's provision.
Many people are intimidated to go on a mission trip because they fear they don't know enough or cannot present an "altar call". Kevin and Lisa talk about what it's really like on a Global Hope India mission trip and the focus they put on "creative entry." On the trip Lisa went on, they were using the entry point of teaching English as a second language to build relationships with the students and doing a nightly worship service with a simple time of prayer and how God used that to change the lives of many India students.
"99.9% of the people walking on planet earth today are not waking up this morning with what must I do to be saved?
But they do feel lonely and they do have a boatload of needs. And if we can just show them how much we genuinely care... One of our examples is our clean water projects. I love our clean water projects because you do not have to prove anything. Zero. And you get water. You can be Hindu and you get water, Muslim and you get water, Jesus follower and you get water. It is an opportunity for the body of Christ to be beautiful in the community, to be resourceful in the community, to be caring in the community and to build relationships of trust whereby people are then attracted to the Jesus that has changed our lives. " - Kevin
Lisa shared that one of her greatest fears is public speaking and the idea of a trip where she has to preach or stand in front of people with a microphone and present the gospel would not be in her gift set, but despite what the stereotype of missions work has been that has not been her experience.
Kevin shared his experience with attending a Billy Graham school for evangelism where he discovered the methodology of Billy Graham's ministry before he ever stepped on the platform and preached. He would look for a movement of prayer in a country before even going. He felt that if God was not moving it would be a waste of resources. There would be pastors and partners praying in advance to prepare the way of the outreach.
"When we work, we work, but when we pray, God works and we all want to be a part of changing the world, but that's a very daunting task. But if we will learn the value and the power of prayer, we can see how life-changing it can be, how world-changing it can be, and never underestimate the power of prayer." - Kevin
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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