Man Shares His Experience With Mission Trip To Cambodia
Editor’s Note: Brian Edwards recently shared with us this story on his mission trip to Cambodia.
By Brian Edwards
There are certainly many needs that are close to home. There are many sick, hungry, and needy people right here in our town.
But it is hard to understand true need, until we see how some people have to live. God’s heart is for all people all over the world. The great commission states, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Matthew 28:19
I recently took a medical mission trip to Cambodia with Southeastern Medical International (SMI). SMI is a non-profit 501c3, nondenominational and nonpolitical organization dedicated to medical assistance to hurting people worldwide. This was our 2nd trip to Cambodia in 2 years.
We set up medical clinics and made house visits in 8 different villages on the outskirts of the Siem Reap province of Cambodia. It is a very poor area that lacks medical care, clean water, and adequate food supply. We saw over 400 patients in 8 days. With each patient we spent time analyzing their vital signs and medical issues and presented the Gospel to each.
Some of the patients had very preventable medical issues if only they had clean water and proper nutrition, or just some basic medications that are easily accessible in the states. We saw everything from dehydration to HIV/AIDs and everything in between. Some patient’s illnesses we were able to cure, others were incurable, but all patients were shown compassion and prayed with.
Some areas that we went to had never had a Dr. visit and had never even heard of Jesus. Romans 10:14; “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?”
In his book “Radical”, David Platt makes the following statement, “God has created us to accomplish a radically global, supremely God-exalting purpose with our lives. The formal definition of “impact” is “a forcible contact between 2 things”, and God has designed our lives for a collision course with the world.