When he found that he had leprosy, Uncle Sawat decided to move to a leper colony and build his home. When he was being treated a man in a bed next to him told him about Jesus and at the age 57, he pleaded with the government to allow him to build a church in the leper colony. Uncle Sawat became a pastor via correspondence, and was the pastor there until he could no longer see and move on his own.
Every summer, Uncle Sawat invites InterVarsity students into his home, these students are volunteering in his community while on a Global Urban Trek, go here for more info. Michelle, talked about in this post, went on this Trek as an InterVarsity student and was convinced to move to Bangkok long term by Gods love for the poor. Uncle Sawat tells the students, “You are elephants, and I am a mouse. You have opportunities because you are privileged Americans, and I have none because I am an outcast Thai. What are you going to do with that opportunity?”