LTD Podcast E32: David Baker Part 1 – The Face of The Church Taking on the Face of the Community
We start by talking about how they are doing in the midst of the global pandemic. We talk about the effects of COVID-19 and what it looks like in our “new normal” with new working situations and kids out of school.
“I have definitely have gained a lot of respect for our educators during this time and trying to shepherd the church famil. During this time, every church community is a little microcosm community. You have so many folks across the board that something like this global pandemic is affecting them. And in a myriad of ways. Some feel that pain physically, some field of pain emotionally, others feel that pain financially.” – David
Many are asking “Where is God in the midst of this?” or “What is God trying to do?” Also many are going to God for comfort during this time. I am shepherding my own heart, and family, and trying to walk through this season with my congregation while learning new technologies.
We talked about what Easter 2020 was like compared to past Easter celebrations at Green Level Baptist. It gives a new meaning to the axiom that the message doesn’t change but the medium changes.
Churches all over the world, believers all over the world are trying to figure out what, outreach and evangelism looks like during COVID-19.
Angela shared about not being able to host the annual Easter egg hunt. They have 10,000 eggs sitting in their basement right now. But will be able to reuse most of the resources next year, making 2021 look like an amazing year! In the past in a church of 200 they were hosting an event for 3,000 people as well as partnering with their Chinese church and Tamal church that is a part of their community.
They were contacted by the town to partner on with them on their event in the future which creates an opportunity to reach more international people in the future.
Pastor David shares his story about how he came to North Carolina and shares about the history of Green Level Baptist Church. The face of Green Level has really changed from where it was two decades ago and now it is a very international expression of the Church.
Green Level is a 150-year-old church this year. But a church is not just a building or a legacy it is a group of people and Pastor David fell in love with the people.
“It’s not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world as it is God has a church for his mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church. The church was made for God’s mission.” – Christopher Wright
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.
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