MCML Podcast E54: Dylan’s Story – High School Mission Trip Experience
Dylan was born in Plano, Texas and is currently living in Holly Springs, North Carolina. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for one and a half years. Dylan is a graduate from NC State University. He and Lisa attend Hope Community Church. Dylan was part of the military and is now a police officer with the city of Raleigh as part of the Community Engagement and Services Division. He and his wife are also COVID survivors. It had not been a great experience but it did help bring their marriage together. Dylan can sleep anywhere, even in the middle of the woods in a very uncomfortable sleeping position, and he has recently started baking muffins as a hobby.
In 2010, Dylan was still in high school when he joined Global Hope India’s high school mission trip. Dylan found the entire mission trip as great, staying in India for a week and a half, going to different churches and communities. His biggest adjustment had been the large number of people in India which was quite different from the States. He got to visit a boys and girls school and a leper colony. The leper colony was truly an eye-opener for Dylan, an entire village which he spent his time praying and communicating with them. He was also part of the worship for a big concert in the city where all the believers were coming around the city to pray and worship with them in a concert.
For Dylan, the whole mission trip invigorated him. It’s so easy for us to just be comfortable with our own little world but, by going to India, it invigorated him to be more involved with his community as a believer. He didn’t just want to have his own thing going on, he wanted to become part of his community and he is looking forward to the day that he could see God’s work overseas once more.
To those high schoolers who have never been on a mission trip or have never been to India but may be thinking about going on a mission trip to India, Dylan would like to tell them to just do it. He had plenty of anxiety when he was going there, not knowing to expect, but, when he got there, there were plenty of moments where he truly felt like he had grown mentally and spiritually. It can be scary to think about, especially to young people, just pray about it and trust God. God will be there to guide you through it. It is okay to be anxious and to be scared as long as you remember that you are not alone on a mission trip. You are there together with your group and with God. You are not alone.
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.
Missions Changed My Life Podcast: A weekly podcast for the missionary in all of us. Everyone wants to make a difference in the world. Changing the World is a daunting task, but when we go on an international mission trip God can use that to change our world forever. Fellow travelers share real-life stories of radical transformation as a result of going on a mission trip. Find yourself right in the middle of a missions team being transformed by God. Receive practical resources as God uses missions to change your life. 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