Jennifer, who was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, moved to the US at age 10 and felt a calling to go to India years later while at University. When she got to go on her first trip to India she felt loved by the people there and decided that she was going to be a non-resident missionary and has returned two other times since.
She shares the importance of just saying "yes" when called. You can waste a lot of time wondering why, what's the point, how will you pay, etc.
It's very natural for people to go on a short-term mission trip to serve the people of the country they but it's not uncommon for trip participants to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus.
Looking back on her mission experience she feels every trip has been different and shaped her into the person she is today.
Jennifer shares about her teenage years. She wanted to be popular out of selfish ambition and was willing to do anything wrong to get people's attention. Even in big crowds, she felt lonely and thought what's the point? It wasn't until high school where her brother accepted Jesus and invited her to YoungLife and she felt like the leaders were authentic and genuinely interested in her. It was at a camp she heard the Gospel and she realized her life had a purpose and was not meaningless. The speaker said "If you want to be a part of history you have to be a part of His Story." and she accepted Jesus and began her journey.
Kevin shares a devotional from the mission field on boldness. What does it take to distract you from the mission? If you want to be bold you need to eliminate distraction.
"The mission never ends. The trip might be over, but the mission never ends." - 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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