LTD Podcast E34: Becoming the Bridge (Part 1)
“I can’t breathe.” “Mama.” “Please.”
On May 25th, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Mr. Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life. The Medical Examiner has concluded that his death was a homicide.
George Floyd’s death has become the catalyst for a long-overdue global display of solidarity. Over the weekend, demonstrators gathered in London, Berlin, and Auckland, among other cities, to protest against police brutality in solidarity with the US crowds.
“Silence is agreement.”“I need you to publicly say this is wrong because this is not just about race. This is about justice. And the entire Bible is about justice.”
Six days later on Sunday, May 31st, Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina sat down for a conversation with Pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Pastor Steven is Caucasian and Pastor John is African American. In this interview Pastor, Steven and Pastor John share some of the same themes we’ve been talking about on this show. We’ve discussed the need for diversity among blacks and whites. We champion diversity among all people including all the foreign-born individuals living in our community. This episode presents Part 1 of their conversation.
“I don’t want special treatment. I want equal treatment.”
Pastor John’s mother was always the person to build bridges and she always brought hope home. And she taught Pastor John to be the same. His mother also taught him to see people through the lens of grace. This is why he extends that same grace that he wants people to have towards him. I encourage you to lean in as they affirm their love for one another and express their grief over the death of George Floyd and many others who have died at the hands of injustice. Watch out for our next episode as we play Part 2 of their conversation. It is important you return next week for Part 2 as they discuss their commitment to listen to and to protect one another. Let us all hear their call to repent.
“This conversation is not the end, it’s a beginning.”
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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