Jenn and her husband Kyle committed to go on a mission trip and shortly after, Kyle found himself unemployed. Instead of abandoning the trip they pressed in and found community with their team, and the generosity of others as they raised funds.
"When we were living in Colorado, one of our pastors, he gave a sermon about human trafficking, and one of the things that really struck me was when one of the girls was finally rescued. She said, if your God is so great, then why did it take so long?" - Jenn
It was that quote that caused her to think about what her personally calling to missions looked like. Through a series of events, she felt called to go to India, and through her "yes" a team of six people and four others from her church joined her and Kyle on the trip.
"We all go on missions hoping that we can have an impact that people that we will serve will be changed in some way. That they'll know that they're loved. They'll know that they have a friend. They'll know that they're not alone. But that we also realize along the way that God is loving us. He's caring for us. There are things within us that he wants to change." - Kevin
Jenn has visited India before and backpacked through the Himilayas. She was immersed in the mountains but not in the culture. She knew if she ever had the opportunity to go back she would like to spend time with the people of India. Although she never felt like God was calling her to be a "missionary" she realized after the trip that she was in fact, a missionary and considered what that meant for their family. They prayed about it and asked for God to put an opportunity before them.
When the moved to Utah, for Kyle's new position, they didn't know that they were moving into a mission field, with only about 1% of people in their area being Christian.
Jenn's story helps us understand that although we all may not move to a foreign country we all are called to be missionaries. God has provided each of us with a calling and is waiting for our "yes."
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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