In this episode celebrating the first year of Living the Dream podcast, we meet Mary as she shares her story of how she became active in missions and how the missionaries in her childhood helped guide her to her own missionary work.
Even if one was born from a Christian family, with Christian grandparents and parents, it does not mean that they are Christians. To become a real Christian, we must make the conscious decision to give our life to Christ and be born again.
For Mary, it was a slow but rewarding process. She grew up learning the scriptures, remembering the songs and committing to memory the teaching the missionaries have given to them. Even after they had changed their home, those lessons stayed in her heart. It was a seed that she had nurtured as it kept growing and growing. It was when she was around 20 years old that she really dedicated her life to Christ. It was when she came to India for the first time and saw the missionaries there that she realized that she wanted to be one, it was her calling to be a missionary. When she was still working, she would use her vacation time to go on a mission trip for she knew that God gave her this free time from her job so that she could have more time for missions.
God brought the missionaries into her life and allowed her to take a living relationship with God through Jesus Christ, not by just being labeled as a member of a Christian family but by being born again as a follower of Christ. Mary is a true description of a missionary. She was guided into this life when God sent the missionaries to her when she was a child and, now, she welcomes God’s plan to send her to be a missionary to others.
With this, the cycle goes on. One person that has been touched by the word of God and His love would pass that one to another person. And this person will hopefully touch another person’s life and open their eyes to God’s everlasting love. That is what it means to be a missionary.
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.
Living the Dream Podcast: The Living the Dream podcast is where Church staff and volunteers get comfortable and aligned with the reality that God is moving millions of foreign-born internationals into our communities. We focus on this incredible opportunity God is giving us to change the world! We know how this story ends! Rev 7:9-12 shows us a Church filled with EVERY nation, tribe, & tongue gathered together worshipping Jesus. Welcome to Living the Dream podcast where we help The Church be on earth as it is in heaven. More about Living the Dream Podcast.
Meet Pastor Kevin: Pastor Kevin is Founder and Executive Director of Global Hope India and your host for Living the Dream 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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What is Living the Dream?
The Living the Dream podcast is where Church staff and volunteers get comfortable and aligned with the reality that God is moving millions of foreign-born internationals into our communities. We focus on this incredible opportunity God is giving us to change the world! We know how this story ends! Rev 7:9-12 shows us a Church filled with EVERY nation, tribe, & tongue gathered together worshipping Jesus. Welcome to Living the Dream podcast where we help The Church be on earth as it is in heaven.