MCML Podcast E36: David’s Story – Being a Light in the World of Darkness
David is from Durham, North Carolina. His dad, Chris, is a Global Hope India trip alumni and board member. As a kid, he grew up going to church with his dad who made sure that they always went to church. But it just felt like going through the motions for David, and it was not so much about faith and really trusting and believing in God. Later on in life, he turned away from God due to things that happened to him. So he turned to drugs and spent over a decade addicted to drugs. About a year and a half ago, he went to live with his mom and just had the feeling that he needed to get some help. So he told his dad that he needed to go to rehab and he went to Converting Hearts which is a Christian faith-based rehab center.
Converting Hearts is where he met Pastor Doug who has an amazing, no holds barred teacher. And it was incredible for David as he learned more and more about the Bible through Pastor Doug. He started to really feel God’s presence in his life and that’s when he actually actually felt the Holy Spirit coming into his life. He had already cleaned up his act and was sober for some time when his dad asked him if he wanted to go to India with Kevin and Justin. David agreed to go and shares that it was probably one of the best experiences of his entire life. That mission trip became a part of his healing.
The mission trip to India was indescribable for David. He used to be so incredibly selfish and always loved helping people, but helping people for the wrong reasons. And to really just put himself with God and to walk His path for your life and to do something unto Him for others was just the most amazing feeling. From then on, David knew that if he returned to doing drugs, he could not be a light in the world of darkness. He knew that if he goes back to drugs, he cannot do the things that God wanted him to do. He knows that God has a lot in store for him and He is making sure that David has some more patience. This is one of the things that he’s learning right now. He knows that God’s future plans for him are just going to be great. And he will trust in Him and His plans fully – 100%.
David talks about how sharing his story with high school students in India became a pivotal moment for him. After the mission trip to India was over, he came back full of vision. And not only was he focused on what God had just done, but he was already seeing a vision of what He was going to do in the future. David wants to be able to spread the word of God and be able to provide physical help at the same time. And this is the reason why he took a class in phlebotomy. He knew that he could be very useful for the International Red Cross because they don’t have doctors and nurses that want to travel. When asked to describe the mission trip in one word, David said, “indescribable”. Everything that he experienced and learned so far through God’s grace has been indescribable.
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