Posted: October 30, 2021
His Testimony Shared By: Debra Skokut
Romans 10:13-14, NIV
“For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
Thailand Mission Trip – Part Two
The border medical team that I was part of had two doctors, one physical therapist, and three other nurses. We traveled to remote villages riding in the back of trucks down red dirt roads. A Thai military Tank Company provided us a safety escort and served as translators as we traveled each day. We visited villages on a rotation schedule, traveling to each one every two weeks. We provided vitamins, antibiotics, and anti-malarial medications. One nurse would work to provide wound care while the other three were set up at tables with a supply of medications and an interpreter to help with questioning each person about their condition. The villages we visited were arranged for by the Thai government, and the medication was provided by United Nations Border Relief Operations (UNBRO). We gave out coloring books that told the gospel story to the children. We shared the love of God everywhere we went.
I would at one point become the team leader and thus was the main spokesperson. This gave me the opportunity to speak with many village leaders, school teachers, and the elders of the villages. During these years, I would travel back to Bangkok to attend language school for an intense study of six months. It was during this time that I became ill with Dengue Fever and landed in a Thai hospital. Despite the enemy's attack, I became more determined that Thailand was to be my home.
After returning to the border, I was sent to the northern Thailand base in Chang Mai to help a World Vision team teach a heal class to Laotian village leaders. Many of these men had walked for weeks to get to this class. Many became Christians while at the training. It is interesting that World Vision was where I first applied, and they had referred me to YWAM.
Later that same year, as the YWAM border medical team was on hold, I was again “lent out” to another team. This time to a Dutch Doctors without Borders team working in a Khmer Rouge Camp. Now I got to witness to both the Dutch team and in the camp. During this time of service, a young Khmer soldier was dying of malaria and needed a blood transfusion. I offered to be tested and was a match. I was able to give the young man a direct person to person transfusion. This became an open door for sharing the love of God.
After this, another infection with Dengue Fever and Phlebitis in my left leg sent me home to the US. My leadership told me I had been a good and faithful servant and was welcome back whenever my health permitted, but God led me down another path after returning to the US. Some many years later, I received word from those same leaders in Thailand that the villages we traveled to in the back of pickup trucks down red dirt roads now had churches!
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