Crystal’s a dental assistant, in Midland, Texas, and she actually works for the Midland Dentistry For Kids. She goes to Mid Cities Church and she’s a Sunday School teacher there as well. She has a twin and has been married ever since coming back from India with Global Hope India.
Crystal has been to five different countries on mission trips, one of which was India with Global Hope India. On her mission trip to India, her team went to a deaf school and she got to teach there. She was also able to bring toothbrushes and toothpaste, teaching the children about oral hygiene, making use of her experience as a dental assistant. Her team was also able to minister to them, through songs and the gospel. It was a very exciting experience as it was the first time her team went to a deaf ministry school and it was the school’s first time to have a team from the US as well.
The biggest adjustment for Crystal during her mission trip was the culture difference between the US and India. She had crisscrossed the US but it wasn’t until she flew to India that she saw a whole new world. While there’s a lot of variety all over the US, she can’t help but remember that she’s still in the US and she’s still in what she considers as normal. When she flew over to India, it was a whole new world, a place that she had very little exposure to. With a time difference of 9 to 10 hours, depending on daylight savings, it really was her flying into the future and, when she flew back to the US, she was flying back to the past.
But for Crystal, this mission completely changed her life as it opened her eyes to see God’s love through His people. Before coming to India, her family had been her parents, her siblings and her church. When she got to India, her family grew as she felt God’s love towards her, to His people, to the children she had met and taught. She realized that the bond between her and them was the salvation of God. Each one of her mission trips, not just the one in India, helped change her life. With each mission trip, her family grew and her eyes opened to the wide world around us and how God’s love encompasses us all.
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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