Josh is from Los Angeles, California. His parents were born in Korea, which makes Josh a second-generation Korean American. Josh just graduated from NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attends the Summit Church and he works in a Korean barbecue cafe as well as owns a Korean barbecue food truck. In 2016, Josh was involved in a terrorist attack during an international layover. He was going on his second trip to Uzbekistan for a short term mission trip. The layover was in Istanbul, Turkey, and they were just supposed to be there for eight hours or so but near the end of that eight-hour layover, as they were going to the terminal gate, a group of ISIS terrorists barged into the security lobby and started shooting off AK-47s then blew themselves up. This happened right down the hallway from where they were. Thankfully, everybody in their team was safe. Looking back on that incident, Josh realized that he is just a very small piece in a larger machine of life.
In the summer of 2018, Josh went to Mumbai, India with Global Hope India. Their purpose there was to partner with the local Indian church in Mumbai and partner with them in hosting free medical clinics, working with neighborhoods there in some of their community outreach programs. Aside from India, Josh has been blessed with the opportunity to also go to Pakistan, The United Arab Emirates, and Turkey on mission trips. He recognizes that not everyone has been given the opportunity to do this. He shares that he has been fortunate to have so many people around him who were willing to invest in his growth and his vision for reaching the nations. He counts himself as fortunate to have God that provides everything he needs and to have a community that supports him.
When asked about the adjustments that he had to make during his trip to India, Josh shares about a moment when he was wrestling with himself and the guilt that he was feeling for coming from a very well off place, and coming and experiencing a place where poverty and suffering are very real. He found himself taking a step back and asking God to clear his mind and heart. And in that moment, Josh felt God’s presence fill him and he felt God’s heart for the nation of India. His heart was purified and he was overcome with emotion. He was blessed as God has been preparing his heart for the miracles that He was about to do.
Josh believes that missions have changed his life by broadening his perspective. Going on missions has made him realize how similar everybody is and it has also made him appreciate the cultural differences. These differences should complement us instead of dividing us. God did a beautiful thing by creating different countries and different cultures. And we should appreciate those differences instead of trying to get rid of them.
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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