Daniel shares his story of moving to the US at 16 from Guatemala with his family. After a short while in LA they moved to Raleigh and Daniel found a church where he got connected. It took a couple of years for him to learn the language and even longer to gain citizenship, but in that time he had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to India.
After seeing the way that a mission trip changed his brother he knew he wanted to go. Although he didn't know much about India or what to expect, when they landed he discovered it was an orphanage and he loves kids!
There are many orphans who call India home. There are 43 million orphans on planet earth and 26 million of those are in India. So you really can't be an expression of the gospel. Of the church of Jesus Christ in India, not be touching the lives of orphans.
Daniel's trip was with one of Global Hope's partners in the state of Orissa.
Sharing his experience of his first trip, Daniel talks about some cultural misunderstandings of India in Guatemala and what he learned about making assumptions about people based on their ethnicity. He felt his first trip was challenging. On his second trip, he came to understand how much he loved the people of India and how much they loved him.
Daniel says that missions has changed his day to life, in that, it opened his eyes to what we have around us. He hadn't noticed the large Indian population in his community before going on the trip. God has allowed him to serve away from home but at home as well.
Also mentioned in this episode:
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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