Justin was born in Manipur and grew up in Northeast India. When he was just four years old, his dad passed away and his mother had no choice but to move him and his siblings to a rural area. Without any stable source of income, his mother was able to raise and send Justin and his 4 siblings to school. His mother was able to fulfill their needs through prayer and just keeping almighty God on the throne of being the provider for their family.
He talks about his spiritual development and how he came to faith in Christ and was baptized. He was invited by a classmate to become an usher for the UPC church. It was a big church and he had to help with decorating and cleaning the church. He shares that although the work was tiring, he felt full of joy and happiness while working in the church. In 2014, Justin’s mother passed away due to breast cancer. This was a dark period for Justin because he had prayed to the same God that his mom had prayed to his whole life and he saw miracles growing up. But this time he did not get a miracle.
In January 2015, Justin was introduced to Kevin. He became the International Travel Manager of Global Hope India and this paved the way for his renewed faith in Christ. As a support person for GHI, he shared the mission trip alongside the team of Americans that have come over from the US. Their team went on this mission wanting to make an impact for God. And yet it was Justin who was impacted because, in one of the darkest hours of his life, God sent a refreshing blow of grace, beauty, love, and compassion through an American team and the leper colony in India.
If Justin had to sum up how God has used missions to change his life, that word would be “prayer”. Prayer is not just for the answers that we're going to see before we pass, but we are praying to a God that is eternal, the Alpha and the Omega. And if we do go to heaven before the earth is over, we need to be praying for eternity. Because what matters is the work of God. It's not what we can do. God is so good and he allows us to do a lot of great things in spite of our sin and our mistakes. He is always faithful.
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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