Border Crossings is the story of Dr. Beyda’s trips to underprivileged countries to give aid to the forgotten children and adults who receive little or no medical attention or nutrition.
The book contains dozens of moving stories that put faces on those desperate for healing as well as recognition of their basic human rights. The reader meets children such as Samnang, a young Cambodian girl who fell from a motorbike and sustained broken wrists, only to have her arms amputated because her family had not money for routine medical care. And there is a Pastor in the Dominican Republic who dies just moments before a taxi ride to the hospital for treatment of leg pain and heart condition he endured for years. Each story provides an intimate portrait of people like Samnang and Pastor, together with Dr. Beyda’s reflections on the lessons he has learned about caring for the most wretched among us. Dr. Beyda, however, provides far more than medical exams and medicine for those he sees on his mission trips. He and his team give what he calls “covenant care”, or attention to the needs of the entire person and his or her quality of life. In his faith based ministry, he offers counseling and prayer for every man, woman and child he sees, entrusting his patients to the love and compassion of the God who has directed his own steps since he was a young child.