MCML Podcast E22: Matthew’s Story – From Running to Submitting
Matthew is from Porterville, New York which is a small town in western New York, just south of Buffalo. He attended Alfred State College and works at Great Lakes Cheese as an Engineering technician where he integrates robotics into the manufacturing equipment. Although he did not have a church family, his faith started with reading the Bible and finding comfort in it. He found that as he read on and on, he began praying and his life just started to change. His biggest prayer when he started praying was for him to have a wife and a family. He felt that God answered that he was not ready to become a spiritual leader of a family, so he dove into Jesus instead and focused on nurturing his faith. But a couple of years later, he met his wife Natalie. It was like God said, “seek me first, Matthew, and then all these other things will be added”. And he fulfilled that promise and all these other things were added.
It was Natalie’s stepfather who convinced Matthew to go to India on his first mission trip. Matthew saw this as God’s step of obedience for him to go so he went to India, two months after they got married. Upon arriving in India, he felt a sense of purpose. He felt like God was telling him, “This is where you shed all the fear of trying new things, all the fear of the giants and the obstacles in front of you, and you focus on me.” He remembered thinking that he did not even know why he was there but there was nowhere else he’d rather be. It was as if all of a sudden the light bulb began to go off as to God’s sovereignty. And he said, here’s your purpose.
After going on his mission trip to India, he had the urge to tell everyone about ministries overseas and about the struggles overseas. And he wanted everyone to hear that it’s a love like fire. While fire needs oxygen, ignition source and fuel to spread, God is all of that and the people are the fuel. This was what pushed him to put up a website called lovelikefireindia.com as a means to get out to the world what God has done and what God is doing. For Matthew, this was God’s idea and ministry.
Matthew also shared the story of how he inherited an orphanage in India. One of the things that became crucial for him was to ensure that all 20 children in that orphanage were given beds to sleep on. He felt like this was an act of obedience and he was going to reach out. Through faith and God’s sovereignty, they were able to raise funds and achieve this goal. Matthew shares how God has shown him this as his purpose. Just like in Genesis 12:2, “Where God speaks to Abraham and he says, I will bless you and I will make you a blessing”, Matthew has been blessed and has also become a blessing to others.
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 Missions Changed My Life 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