After a 7 hour drive from our previous day’s location, we arrived safely to our last mobile clinic day. The long road trip gave our team time to reflect upon the week, pray for the people we have met and served and see the beautiful Thailand countryside.
On this final day, our team spent only 4 hours meeting the needs of the community. Yes…a 7 hour drive to spend only half a day there doesn’t quite make sense…by western standards but as Cheryl Derbyshire says: “God’s economy makes sense.” As a result of this long awaited visit to this community, we ministered to 133 patients and saw 33 professions of faith. Plus I was able to finish out the week co-leading our final mini-English camp with over 50 middle school students. They learned about creation and heard the gospel in Thai. Every day, I’ve watched and listened to the sharing of the gospel in Thai and even though I don’t fully understand Thai…I know the life changing effect of this message. It never gets old as I watch the students and teachers being drawn in to the big story of creation, the fall, redemption and restoration is priceless.
These numbers may sound small by western standards but when you realize that less than ½ of 1% of the people of Thailand are Christians, you understand how important this is. Our team rejoices with the Thai believers in this miraculous work!
One of the best moments of this day, occurred at the end of the day. We ended the day with our usual practice of prayer…but this time it was different. The pastor asked that we all pray, simultaneously in our native language. Words can not describe this experience except to relate it to the passage in Acts 2: 1-4:
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house here they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.