MCML Podcast E32: Translating Christ’s Love Through Missions – Alex’s Story
Alex was born in El Salvador but he is currently in the US studying at Campbell University. He is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2020 right in the middle of the pandemic. He will be graduating with a double major in Journalism/Digital Media Communication and Christian Studies. He was born in El Salvador and lived there until he was 18 years old. He came to believe in Christ at an early age but he realized that he did not have faith in Him. Alex knew who He was from hearing about Him, but he only started to experience and know Jesus during his first church camp. One night when they were singing worship songs, he remembers standing on a chair and feeling the overwhelming need to get on his knees. When he did, he felt how his heart was completely transformed from the inside out, and his whole being was going through this transformation.
When he was a senior in high school, they had people from the US coming over to El Salvador to do mission work. These were usually some sort of medical mission work where they would have doctors, nurses, and anybody else that would want to participate in those missions. They would go out to El Salvador and they would partner with Alex’s church. Since Alex knew the English language, he was one of those selected to help with the mission trip by serving as a translator. He developed a friendship with one of the doctors who encouraged him to go to the US for his studies. A week after the mission trip ended, Alex received an email from him saying that after he left, he definitely felt from the Lord that he needed to help Alex to come to the US in some form or way. A month after that, Alex got a ticket to come and visit him in the US and they started looking for schools. The doctor helped him get settled and this started his journey of faith in the US.
Alex talks about his mission trip experience in Mumbai. This was a medical mission trip where he also got to preach and share the gospel of the Lord. Their team went to the red light district as well as the Hope Center. It was his first time to be on the side of the missionaries that were going to a different country. For Alex, it was an incredible experience to feel what it was like to be on the other side of a mission trip. He also talks about language as one of the biggest challenges that he had while in Mumbai. Despite the language barrier, he believes that showing love and good acts of generosity helped establish a connection between them and the people in Mumbai.
Alex shares that missions changed his life by helping him get rid of a lot of pride and ego that he did not know he had. He felt so confident in himself that he was not going to be impressed anymore. So he was already going through some feelings that because he had seen so much in his home country, there was nothing that could surprise him. But through missions, his perspective changed and he was able to see the fullness of God’s character. Through missions, he was able to experience God in different cultures and different countries.
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.More about Missions Changed My Life Podcast.
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