Kali has an early education degree and is in college pursuing higher education. She’s also a full time nanny and attends Hope Community Church in Morrisville, NC. It has always been Pastor Kevin's dream to take all three of his children to India and Kourtney (Kali's older sister) went to India when she was 11. Growing up, Kali saw Kevin going to India so much that, while she didn’t hate the idea of going there, India reminded her how Kevin was going away from their family. Because of this, she had no desire to go. When she finally went to India, it was because her sister, Kourtney, had moved there. When she left, she was heartbroken a bit but she remembered getting off the plane saying she will never go back to India. She had fun and loved being in India but the traveling and everything else had her disinterested in returning.
But she did return to India later on when she became a leader with Hope Community Church’s Student Ministries. She has been leading a group of girls since they were in 6th grade (and they actually just graduated this past spring). Some of these girls have also been interviewed here as well (Emma, Marta, and Hayden to name a few). When she returned to India, together with these girls, it was eye opening and the kids remembered her. They were still the happiest kids that she has ever seen in her life: they had so much joy and their faith was so strong. They were being taught about Jesus and relied so much on prayer throughout their day. These kids were six to seven years old and it felt like they truly understood who Jesus was and what He represents. It was very eye opening because even without the possessions that we take for granted, they were still more fortunate than these kids yet here they are, happy and faithful.
Kali advises that you should take your kids on a mission trip before they turn 18 because it will change them. It was so cool to watch high schoolers go because sometimes high schoolers can be stuck in their own world and not understand everything else. They are still at that age where they have questions and they can still be molded, can still be guided. When they visit India, it will open their eyes and they will come home as different people for the better.
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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