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October 2014

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A True Good Samaritan

This is the true story and it begs to be told. Until I have† permission to publish the names with the story, for now the names will be withheld to "protect the innocent".

During the Vietnam war, there was a South Vietnamese soldier, captured by the North and placed in prison in the North. As the war ended, he was released to return home to the South. He was released without any money or possession as any POW would be. Traveling on foot for a week, he became weak with hunger and met a man. This man was his former enemy, a Viet Cong soldier who fought him on the other side. Yet this man was "a really nice man". He took the South soldier into his home, gave him food, water and shelter for the night. The next day he even gave more food, water and money to the South soldier to help get him home.

This South Vietnamese soldier eventually immigrated to the United States. For the past 35 years he made sure his children never forget the good deeds of that North Vietnamese soldier by retelling that story to them over the years.

In November 2010, one of his children found the Good Samaritans, applied for a position and was accepted into the team. This young man traveled back home to Vietnam with the team simply as a member of the Reception team. His job would be to care for patients, taking them from room to room or wherever they needed to go.

On a hot Wednesday afternoon of the second week, as he was doing his job taking patients around the clinic, he was stopped by an elderly man who came to our clinic for medical help. This man asked if he was the son of Mr. ABC as he looks exactly like a person that he met so many years ago after the war. This young GSMDM member was so surprised that someone here in Vietnam would know his father and thought it was a mistake because there are so many with the same name. But he said "Yes, that is my father" and the conversation ensued. This man now shared with our young team member the story of a man whom he encountered thirty some years ago after the war. It was the exact story that his father had told him not to ever forget.

Later that evening the member called home to once again confirm the story and indeed the man he met at the clinic was the same man who was once a Good Samaritan so many years ago to his father.

His father has this to say about this Ministry:

"This is a gift from God to have my son meet him instead of me after all these years. Knowing that he's fine and that the ministry was able to give him a checkup is great news already. Even though we weren't able to see each other again, I trust that what he said to my son and what my son has told me is true and not a coincident. I'm sure it is God's way of telling me that he's alright. I would like to thank you for accepting my son into your ministry because this would never have happened if you didn't."

The story illustrates the fact that being a Good Samaritan has no borders and it's even more significant to be a Good Samaritan to your enemy. Love has no border and an act of kindness will never be forgotten!

We hope that these 2 men would soon be re-united and fully respect their privacy and ask that all who know this story to do the same!

Comments

Linh Le

Great story!

Jot Tucker

Indeed "Love never fails"
A wonderful story.

KV

I cried reading this story... God of Wonders...
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