LTD Podcast E25: John the Missionary – Taking the Gospel Overseas
John and Sarah have been married for nearly 34 years. They have three married children, three grandchildren, and their family also has a foster baby, Caitlin, that they are raising. Both John and Sarah are missionary kids: John in Argentina and Sarah in Kenya. They are growth group leaders and are on the counseling team. They help in leadership training, evangelism, and disciple-making. John is employed with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He is the strategy coordinator over the Triangle where he mobilizes and partners with churches to reach the lost. Sarah’s parents had a little clinic in Nairobi and this experience has led her to study nursing and become a registered nurse.
They talked about their struggles as parents and how their eldest son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and their second son was diagnosed with cancer at 10 months. This derailed John and Sarah and they started to question God. It was years later where they had actually come to a point where they thought that maybe the Lord was just asking for their obedience. The Lord used that experience to shape their characters and caused them to yield completely, and allowed them to grow in their marriage. They believe that that experience prepared them more for harder things later.
John and Sarah also shared their experiences as missionaries in South Asia. John had the privilege of bringing together people from five or six different people groups who loved the Lord. He also brought in a music missionary and ethnomusicologist and they did a workshop to teach them to write songs in their own language with their own style. They coached their own teams and personnel on the field of what it looks like to involve churches more effectively. Sarah, on the other hand, used her knowledge as a nurse to implement health strategies to get into villages and to demonstrate the love of Christ. So she became the health strategies coach for their personnel to help more and more teams to do that in the fall.
John believes that God is still calling people out to go and take the gospel overseas. There are many world religions that are working out their faith. And yet we as Christians have been given an incredible gift of grace by our salvation and grace. Recent research has shown that one of the fastest-growing segments of the Christian faith is among Asians because they are getting exposure now. John shared that one exciting thing for him is the opportunity to work with a lot of different churches from a lot of different ethnicities. He saw the challenge to go out to more churches of other languages and intersect with our traditional brothers and sisters.
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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.
About Kevin White
Kevin White is a Christian pastor, international speaker, and an international best-selling author. As a writer, Kevin’s newest book, Audacious Generosity, is a best new Christian Book of 2020. Audacious Generosity was an instant international best seller in India and the United States of America. Audacious Generosity is the New Book to Read in 2021. Look for it among Christianity books on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Kevin’s why for life is to extend access to Jesus to all people world-wide. Kevin loves to motivate people how to encounter the presence of God in their everyday life.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Kevin has started and helped start hundreds of businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Kevin is an expert in church leadership and business development. Kevin’s shepherd’s heart can be seen in his speaking and writing. He integrates Biblical principles and worship into everything he does. Kevin’s strategy is to help people transform into the likeness of Jesus. Find more from Kevin White including his blog, podcast shows, YouTube Channel, and Generously Blessed 1MM One Minute Motivational Series at https://kevinwhite.us
About Global Hope India
Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to India and short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children’s ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions.
Global Hope India is a Christian charity that raises funds for India. 92% of every dollar given benefits gospel outreach projects in India such as church planting, orphan care, clean water projects, bibles, medical clinics, etc. Our partners in India serve the Baptist mission in India, Church of God in India as well as independent Christian churches. We do one thing – advance the gospel in India. We do it in one way – through the local church in India. Join us today by praying for India, giving to God’s work in India and going virtually or in person to make disciples in India. Find out more information at https://globalhopeindia.org