In this episode, Pastor Kevin shares about the history of Global Hope India. How it started with an unlikely founder in a small rural community in the foothills of North Carolina to an organization that has taken nearly 1,000 people on trips to India and collected millions for God's work in India.
Pastor Kevin felt called into the ministry at the age of 17, the beginning of his senior year in high school. His family fell apart but he didn't have any real discipleship in his life. So as he was disciplined it came with a growing burden to help other people hear God's voice and feel called into a bigger story. At the time he had some stereotypes of what being a pastor or an evangelist and he spent the first 10 years in ministry trying to fit his ministry into one of those molds.
But when he came onto staff at a large church he was dubbed "God's startup guy" by the pastor there and he has taken this as his mantle to be an entrepreneur in ministry.
His first trip to India led to two realizations. 1. He needed to take his own children to India to experience ministry there and 2. A local pastor who had dedicated his life and time to make a difference in the lives of orphans inspired him to dream bigger.
He led a couple of groups which led to them deciding to take on projects in India which led to the incorporation of Global Hope India. One team per year became two teams per year, etc. After three years on staff at Hope Community Church, his heart was broken for the pastors and ministry partners in India and called him to go full-time as a missionary working on Global Hope India.
There is no greater catalyst for praying and giving to missions than to actually go on a trip. God calls us to radical obedience and there are few things more radical than getting a passport, raising funds and getting on a plane to share the Gospel with an unreached people group.
What is exciting for Global Hope India in the future? Equipping and empowering the local churches in the US to live the dream of Revelation 7:9-12.
Also mentioned on this episode:
- Find an opportunity for a short-term mission trip to India
- The total population of all Asian countries in 2019 is 4.6 billion people. That is 2/3 of the Earth's population! Yet Asians have the smallest percentage of Christians.
- Three Worthy Investments to Reach Internationals in Your Community
- Three FREE Things You Can Do Right Now To Reach Internationals In Your Community
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