Pastor Kevin had a very turbulent childhood. His parents had a rocky marriage and relationship his entire childhood. It had been so bad that he remembered being relieved when his parents finally divorced, he was simply so glad to know the fighting and all the drama that erupted during every holiday and family vacation will finally be over. But the divorced ripped his family in two and he stayed with his father who was gone all the time. In reality, he had been living alone from the age of 12 to 14. His father would drop him to school, he would ride the bus home and he had to figure out how to cook, clean and put himself to bed all by himself. Two years after the divorce, his mother remarried and her household stabilized. Pastor Kevin would later ask if he could move in with them and it was a positive thing to happen to him, to have a stepfather and a more peaceful home after all those years.
Even after having a peaceful home, he still felt very lonely in high school and he truly struggled, not with any detectable depression or anxiety, but just with the sense of feeling lost without any purpose in life, no vision for the future. He ended up going to a gospel meeting when he was 17 years old because a friend of his wanted him to be there. That was the start of the beginning for Pastor Kevin. That single meeting started the change in his life and started going on a weekly basis to that church. He started to ask questions about what he had read in the Bible and the pastor answered his questions, becoming the first form of discipleship in his life. The pastor would help him understand the chapters and, by November of that year, he had began to testify to him. Pastor Kevin kept sensing God saying He’s got a plan for his life and Pastor Kevin continued to where God was guiding him, towards a youth conference after Christmas where talking to the pastor of a small church made him realize that God had been using all of these to prepare him.
God had brought him to a palace of conviction and confidence. He was calling him to vocational ministry. After years of not knowing what to do, of not being sure where his life was going to take, he finally understood. He went back to the same school he had been begging his mom to let him drop out of and went into the guidance counselor’s office first thing to say “God has grabbed my life and I’ve committed my life to him.”
His life started to change back then. He got the support he needed from this little old guidance counselor lady and became an A student but he never expected anything during the annual award ceremony so it came as a surprise when his name was called out with a $1500 scholarship. His name was called once more for a $3000 scholarship. That little old lady had put Pastor Kevin in for these non-academic scholarships and paid for his first year in college without telling him.
Pastor Kevin’s testimony shows how God guides the way and gives to us what we need as long as we open our hands to Him. We might not know what we can receive or what we can give for we are leaving it up to God to provide us with what we will have and share to everyone.
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Meet Pastor Kevin: Twenty years ago, Kevin White needed food for his family. God said, “Feed others and your family will eat too.” Today the organization Kevin founded, With Love From Jesus Ministries continues to distribute millions of dollars a year in needed resources to high need populations. Kevin’s family never missed a meal, and Kevin went from barely surviving to thriving through Audacious Generosity. For ten years, Kevin has been the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India a mission organization to Indian Nationals. He’s traveled to India fifty times hosting a thousand people on mission trips. Kevin and his wife, Shelly, have three adult children and one grandchild. They live in Cary, North Carolina. More about Pastor Kevin.
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