Jim and Mary have been married for 52 years. Jim is a retired meat manager from Winn-Dixie, while Mary is a retired teacher from Rutherfordton Elementary school. Jim is now a beekeeper and a great gardener, and Mary is an excellent cook. They may debate that they have slowed down a little bit. But I’ve got videos showing Mary dancing through the village with little children in India.
They have been to India several times where they did evangelistic services and worked with children in orphanages. Every trip has been life-changing for Jim and Mary. One challenge they experienced was the language barrier. How can they talk to them when they can’t speak their language? Mary realized that the problem was she was trying to do everything herself. And she realized that she just needed God to tell her what to do and to show her what to do. And He did. And as she did these things, she started to feel at peace. She felt that God was there by her side giving her the words to say.
On one of their trips, they went to a red light district which was an eye-opening experience for them. It showed them what God expects from us. He says to go to the end of the world and preach the gospel, and that’s exactly what they did. They saw so much need there, and so much to be done but so little time to do them. Jim was in one of the banquets one night where Saji John got up and said, “God knows every name of every person in India. Very few of those people in India know Jesus.” And that stuck with Jim because it was so true.
Whenever Jim and Mary worked with the children in orphanages, they saw the love between them and the children, and even the adults and girls. They believe that what the children and adults need is another body and not just money. They need another body there to show them that you care about them and to let them know that God cares about them. That way, you’re making a connection with them.
When asked about what they can say to our brothers and sisters around the world on how God can use missions to change their lives, Jim advised them to talk to God and to let God control them. If He’s leading them to go, don’t put it off and just go. For those that want to go but can’t go, they can pray. And they can help other people to go through Global Hope India. Mary also said that a mission trip is one of the greatest opportunities that they will have in their lifetime. Pray to God, and if it’s not meant for them to go, they can pray and they can give. But if there’s any way for them to go on a mission trip to India, she knows that they will be blessed.
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.
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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