LTD Podcast E38: James C. – Love Thy Neighbor
James was born in the UK and lived there until he was almost 10 years old when his family migrated to the United States. He is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan and has lived in North Carolina since 1995. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have 4 kids. He was not raised in a Christian family. They hardly ever went to church, never read the Bible, and never really prayed unless they really needed something. James shares how he went off the deep end and got into drug abuse and other bad stuff as a teenager. It was when he was already a young adult when he heard the gospel and was saved by God from that background.
He was then discipled and it did not take long for him to catch a heart for evangelism and sharing the gospel. James believes that if somebody had not shared the gospel with him, not only would his life still be in the gutter but he would spend an eternity apart from the presence of God if he died. This is why sharing the gospel for him is kind of like a paying-it-forward thing or “passing the baton”. He started getting involved with evangelism ministries through their church and as he studied the scriptures more, he realized that God has a heart for the nations. He then started praying about missions and he and his wife, Elizabeth, started getting involved with short term mission trips.
In 2016, Elizabeth had a heart attack and this became a turning point for them as it closed the door for them going back overseas. But this roadblock did not take away their calling and love for the internationals and for the people of South Asia in particular. Through research, James became aware of the fact that the Triangle has one of America’s most thriving and largest Indian and South Asia communities. So he and Elizabeth decided to move to Morrisville that same year so they can continue to let their light shine among our South Asian neighbors there. Since then, he has seen amazing relationships not just for themselves, but also through others that they have been able to work with – either church partners or just people that have joined their team.
James shares a story where he became a bridge for conflict in their community. He talks about the importance of being relational instead of transactional when it comes to understanding our foreign-born international neighbors. James also shares how it is important to reach them here so that they can then become the evangelists to their people back home. God did not only bring them to the United States, but He will rescue them from death and bring them to himself through his Son, Jesus Christ. And we need to have faith that it is His strategy to deposit the gospel in them so that they can become a light to their people. This is God’s plan to fulfill the great commission.
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