MCML Podcast E55: Crystal’s Story – A Wide World and Family
Crystal’s a dental assistant, in Midland, Texas, and she actually works for the Midland Dentistry For Kids. She goes to Mid Cities Church and she’s a Sunday School teacher there as well. She has a twin and has been married ever since coming back from India with Global Hope India.
Crystal has been to five different countries on mission trips, one of which was India with Global Hope India. On her mission trip to India, her team went to a deaf school and she got to teach there. She was also able to bring toothbrushes and toothpaste, teaching the children about oral hygiene, making use of her experience as a dental assistant. Her team was also able to minister to them, through songs and the gospel. It was a very exciting experience as it was the first time her team went to a deaf ministry school and it was the school’s first time to have a team from the US as well.
The biggest adjustment for Crystal during her mission trip was the culture difference between the US and India. She had crisscrossed the US but it wasn’t until she flew to India that she saw a whole new world. While there’s a lot of variety all over the US, she can’t help but remember that she’s still in the US and she’s still in what she considers as normal. When she flew over to India, it was a whole new world, a place that she had very little exposure to. With a time difference of 9 to 10 hours, depending on daylight savings, it really was her flying into the future and, when she flew back to the US, she was flying back to the past.
But for Crystal, this mission completely changed her life as it opened her eyes to see God’s love through His people. Before coming to India, her family had been her parents, her siblings and her church. When she got to India, her family grew as she felt God’s love towards her, to His people, to the children she had met and taught. She realized that the bond between her and them was the salvation of God. Each one of her mission trips, not just the one in India, helped change her life. With each mission trip, her family grew and her eyes opened to the wide world around us and how God’s love encompasses us all.
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