Gayle, a Jesus for Asia worker, Tells About Her Thailand Experiences
Sabbath services on September 3, 2016 were held at the auditorium since the group Jesus for Asia was holding their Faith Camp East in conjunction with the Fall Week of Prayer for the Laurelbrook students. The program began with a song service led by Pedro Acre. The opening song was “Take My Life”. Jon Wood welcomed everyone and mentioned that he and his wife had attended a Pilipino version of GYC. Jon Wood then had prayer.
Natalie Wood read Romans 10:13-15 “13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
Natalie Wood then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Daryll Ellis, Terrence White, and two students. This offering goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. She then prayed for the offering.
Gayle Haberkam, a nurse from the jungle mountains of Thailand, gave the mission report. Following are a few notes from the mission report:
She then had closing prayer. The congregation then took a ten-minute break.
- She works in a small mountain village, which is surrounded by 50 other villages. Most of these people have never heard of Christ.
- Many of the people there are refugees from Burma who have fled their country due to the soldiers.
- She lived for several years in a small hut like many of the villagers, cooking outside.
- She had to go to the border every three months to renew her visa, travelling by motor bike. As she was travelling one time, a truck hit her eldest son’s bike head-on, breaking several bones.
- She had to sleep on the concrete floor since every patient must have a caregiver.
- Then she and her son had to leave due to an overdue visa. Eventually her sons returned to the U.S., leaving her alone.
- Deuteronomy 1:6 “The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:”
- So she returned to her work. The people there usually seem sad; they have little income and little hope. They worship the devil, and most cannot read or write.
- She cured a little black and white dog, kept it as a pet for a time, but it was eventually eaten by one of her neighbors. The villagers eat nearly everything.
- Three days a week she walks to another village to help the villagers. She gives a Bible study every day and three on Sabbath.
- They weave their own clothes and give clothes to her in return for the healing she brings.
- The villagers grow mountain rice on the mountainsides, weeding and cleaning and drying the rice.
- The houses are all different. Many have grass roofs, and few are very clean.
- It’s so wet at times there that water springs up from the ground.
- There was so much objection to the building of a clinic with a concrete floor that it was built two hundred steps up a mountain. A bulldozer came to clear the needed area but was called away after a time to build roads.
- But the Lord gave them the money and the supplies for the clinic building. Eventually a beautiful clinic building with a blue roof was built on a mountainside with a solar system with lights even through the rainy season.
- 2 Corinthians 6:10 “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and [yet] possessing all things.”
- She had a young man working with her for six years (presently married).
- One man in a village an hour and a half’s walk away came out of devil worship to Christ. Then he – and many other new converts – have a challenge learning how to keep the Sabbath holy.
- One man had rectal cancer and needed to be taken to a government hospital. She went with him, walking barefoot for two hours through the mountain, picking leeches off as they went.
- Eventually she took her patient to Bangkok to the Adventist hospital but found she would have to pay for everything (government regulation). So she took her patient to another government hospital where her patient was identified as having a blocked bowel. The patient had a number of surgeries.
- The man is still alive but going downhill. Pray for this man on the verge of death.
- People in this area are often on opium. One man has been threatened by soldiers many times, but Gayle has been praying that he will come to Christ. When the soldiers come in, you must reply instantly to their queries or be shot.
- Ellen White says that God is very close to the person engaged in the work of winning souls.
- Gayle is the only one available in this area of Thailand to spread the Word of God. She prays for every patient, putting the gospel in that prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Daryll Ellis – Laurelbrook graduate working for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Jon Wood – head of Jesus for Asia, a ministry working in Southeast Asia to spread the Word of God to people who have never heard of God
Gayle Haberkam – nurse working in the jungle mountains of Thailand
Natalie Wood – wife of Jon Wood
Terrence White – local church head deacon / Laurelbrook mechanic