After we sent our Mongolia team home, our family stopped in Cambodia for a day and I was able to preach in a church on Sunday. As soon as church was out, we continued on to Bangkok and picked up our next team. We had so many things going on simultaneously with this next team it was hard to believe. We worked in Southern Thailand for the first part of the trip. Some team members taught the children at the project, others put on a medical clinic that saw 200 patients, others did construction work to install a fence, and we drilled a water well.
The water well was a great blessing to the project and the community. For several months each year the community runs out of water. Now they will not! The medical team was able to love on the kids and do check-ups and hand out much needed vitamins. Meanwhile, the teaching team was able to work with the kids all day and help take them home in the afternoons. The rest of us got soaking wet as we installed fence posts in a downpour. It wouldn’t stop raining, so we had to do the work in the rain, for days. At the end of the week, all of us were able to go work at a Thai public school and share about our Thanksgiving Holiday and that allowed us to share the Gospel with the kids.
Once our time in Southern Thailand was finished, we flew back to Bangkok and got to work with missionaries there. We were part of an English outreach on Saturday, then on Sunday we got to be a part of the church’s 25th Anniversary! It was a great honor for us to be there and see what the Lord has done the past 25 years in Bangkok with this church. The next morning, we went and visited the homes of Pakistani refugees and got to hear their stories and fellowship with them before flying home.
We tend to focus on what happens on a trip, but I need to share what happened a week after the trip too. The pastor of the church that came on the trip with us contacted me. He was sharing that next Sunday with his congregation an overview of the trip. He shared the stories of the Pakistanis we met with. As the Lord would have it, a Pakistani woman happened to visit his church that Sunday, heard the stories from our trip, and got saved that morning in Tulsa, OK! Amazing! You never know how the Lord will use a trip, even after it is “complete.”