Monday, October 17, 2016

Dental Team Returns

After two years away we got our dental team back. God is so faithful in putting this team together.  They geared up on the first morning to carry five dental chairs, two generators, five suitcases of inventory for their week of service, Gatorade and cooler of sandwiches.   The Kia and the truck were packed tight.  Everyone was pitching in to help get everything secure for the journey to a new location.  God has blessed us since moving to Mt. Horeb, Pavana, Choluteca by setting the campus between two Baptist Associations.  This association was able to come out in February after we moved in to meet us and for Pastor Carlos to share with them about the ministry and how it works.  So we decided shortly after this meeting to do a dental team.  This was an awesome opportunity to serve a new area going north back towards Tegus.
The pastors agreed and wanted to best utilize their opportunity for dental care for their people. So four pastors came together and met in a central location which would be in Hickories about thirty minutes from the ministry campus.  So we were getting excited for the week ahead as all the materials were being loaded and ready to start this new journey for the ministry.

Rejoice always,
pray continually,
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

A New Location

This week God sent us to a new area where we were able to serve Him.  We worked with five pastors from the San Lorenzo area. There names were as follows Pastor Jose Martinez from Iglesia Bautista Beatel, Pastor Deris Duarte from Iglesia Camiro de Vida, Pastor Santos Maldorrado from Iglesia Bautista Ana Star, Pastor Jose Luis Enceda from Iglesia Bautista Alfa y Omega and Pastor Fedevia Ramirez Zambrouo from Iglesia Bautista Cristo Viene We set up the dental clinic at the Baptist Associational building in Sunoeste, Honduras..  What a blessing from God.  The facility was huge and spacious.  The dental team has never had it so good.  As the day progressed into more days there came opportunities with those many blessings of comfort.  The first day the power goes out for quiet some time.  The team continued their work as planned without a hitch.  Several pieces of equipment malfunctioned also during this same day.  The compressor acted up a little bit.  But after all was said and done on their ride home God blessed them with His promise, a rainbow. What a beautiful way to end a challenging day.  God's promise for us, His love for us and His protection for us.  God is so good all the time and all the time God is so good.  All God's people shout AMEN!!!!

GImage result for God's rainbow  bible hub

Setting up Dental Clinic

God truly blessed this team with an over the top facility to serve out of for their first week back in two years.  We have missed our dental team, thankful to God you are back.  Everyone pitched in to help unload the dental chairs and even clean the dental chairs.  We want to thank Meida and Alex for going the extra mile.  They did more than translate this week.  Everyone, I mean everyone had a job to do but they got it done in a very timely fashion.  They were ready for their first patient within an hour of their arrival.  On the first day they were able to see forty nine patients.  Demis, a team member and I were discussing how few people were coming that morning.  These pastors did a phenomenal job with the work load for the dentists.  We asked the them to feed the team fifty patients a day.  So that they did there was around thirty in the morning and the rest in the afternoon.  This is how the first day went and the second day they saw fifty two patients.  We will talk about day three in a later blog. 
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6

Additional Item

The team special ordered the dental chairs you see in the pictures above.  The gentleman, Vargas, who makes our doors and windows as well as all the chairs on the ministry campus produced this additional item our very own dental chairs.  The team came back this year with another thought in mind to make the patients stay in this chair more comfortable.  They created a head rest with towels and plastic wrap to go around it.  This group is creative and very thoughtful towards meeting the needs of their patients.  Our new team member Jonathan is trying it out with the help of Demis to see if they would actually work for them.  Yes they did.  Another new invention presented to us by our amazing dental team.  Thank you all for going the extra mile.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Colossians 3:23

Maintenance Crew

The dental team had their very own maintenance, Jose and Mike.  These guys stayed busy getting the team all they need to have a functional dental clinic.  There was always an opportunity to fix something.  Mike had all the fans from the ceiling working for each station.  He worked on the compressors numerous times.  We were grateful for our maintenance crew and all their hard work to help the dental clinic operate as smoothly as possible. 

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Matthew 25:23

No problem

Dr. Suzette and Dawana had an opportunity on the third day of the dental clinic.  Dawana called her first patient to come over and the lady sat down and the chair collapsed underneath her.  Dawana and Sylvia went to work trying to get it to stay up right.  Sylvia brought a piece of their luggage over and propped it under the chair.  I shared with Dawana before they got the chair propped up with the suitcase where is Mike.  But the team had a problem with one of their generator's as well.  So Mike and Jose were on a mission to San Lorenzo a neighboring town to find a part for it.  Mike returns and as I knew he happened to look over at the suitcase under the chair and said what's up with the chair.  Dawana and I just smiled and in five minutes the maintenance crew had come through again. 
There is nothing God cannot do when we are serving HIM.  These folks had many opportunities similar to this chair problem this week.  Not one time did this stop this dental team from doing what God had called them to do make these people leave with a beautiful smile on their face.  In Dawana's morning devotion she shared God does not call the qualified but the unqualified to serve HIM.  He took us with what we had and made us into a team to bring the smiles back into these people's faces.  They would come in with mouth closed and leave out with a huge smile on their faces.  A chair problem, an unit shut down or power going out for hours did not stop this dental team from serving the Lord to the very best of their abilities because God equipped them through His glorious power and Holy Spirit. 

and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
Psalm 50:15

Our Two Dentist

Thank you so much Dr. John for answering the calling to lead this dental team.  Due to personal reasons for a former team leader we had not had a dental team in two years. Dr. John stepped up to the plate and said he would bring a team.  John has done a phenomenal job leading his team daily and letting them know what to expect on a daily basis.  He has been their encourager and he has led by example. 
Dr. John on day four only saw seven patients which does not sound like a lot but when you start examining inside some of these mouths you understand why.  He shared he had one patient with over seven problems needing assistance.  His entire day was each mouth had multiple problems.  Dr. John did his best to meet these needs as he continuously restored front teeth for these patients which John shared could last them up to ten more years if well taken care. Dr. John shared also with his team HOT does not hurt.  A very good phrase to remember here in Honduras.  Dr. John was assisted by Susan, a long timer coming to Honduras and our Meida who translated for them.  Dr. John shared there was several times Meida would take a towel and wipe the sweat from his brow.  We were hot  Dr. John said but it was a beautiful hot doing what God called us to do serve the people. Dr.  John had one little boy he worked on for an hour or so.  This little fellow was a champ Dr. John shared.  He never once cried or moved.  Also by Dr. John's side was Hannah who also wants to be a dentist one day.  So as well as doing his job, Dr. John took the time to explain certain procedures to Hannah and helping her learn more about hands on dentistry.  Thank you Dr. John thank you for saying yes earlier in the year to this most amazing week with each of you.

 Dr. Horace also came along beside Dr. John two years ago with our last dental team.  He shared with Dr. John I will go with you if you form this team.  Dr. Horace also did restoration on many patients this week.  Dr. Horace had a child this week too who took him a very long time and once again this child did an amazing job.  Dr. Horace shared the little girl came in not smiling because of the situation her mouth was in but left with the biggest prettiest smile you had ever seen.  Dr. Horace shared one evening about the children who came would not let you do their repairs at that time.  They would come back later and allow this to be done.  He shared he felt they needed their parents approval to been seen by the dentist.  This was all ages.  The young people here respect their parents and authority figures in most high regards.   Dr. Horace worked steadily all week with the most beautiful smile on his face.  One morning he did the devotions and spoke on one of Mike's and my favorite passages, Romans 12:1-2.  He shares how we need to seek God's word for our guidance in life.  God's word does not change.  He shares with his own children back home if it is not biblical written then it is not true.  In other words we need to be in God's word daily to know how we are suppose to live out our lives daily.  We need not be a part of this world.  We are to live in it but we need to be separate from the world and let our light shine in the darkness.  We need to be different from the world and live our lives for Jesus.  AMEN!!!

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:1-2

The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.
Genesis 12:1

Dr. Henry

This dental team brought along a specialist named Dr. Henry.  Dr. Henry is a periodontics.  This week he only extracted the patients teeth.  He had patients ages four to their mid eighties.  Dr. Henry had an assistant named Jonathan who is was mentoring this week.  Jonathan wants to be a dentist one day too.  Dr. Henry and Jonathan were an amazing team this week.  We do not want to leave out Alex their translator for the week.  The threesome did an amazing work for these people.  Dr. Henry would assess the situation and allow Jonathan to participate with the numbing of the mouth.  The patient would take his own personal tray of instruments and sit while waiting for their mouth to numb up.  There was a lot of young people with wisdom teeth trying to come through and could not get through because of other teeth blocking the way.  Susan, dental assistant shared she in all her years had not ever used up all the sutures  with a dental team.  Dr. Henry worked hard this week giving folks back a pain free mouth. These folks walk around with such pain in their mouths and cannot afford to get them fixed.  Thank you to Dr. Henry, Jonathan and Alex for making a big difference in their daily lives. 
Jonathan shared in his testimony one evening about how we should love one another unconditionally.  God first loved us so we could lover others by sending his one and only Son.  Jonathan set an amazing example for all of us to love each other.  We need to spread the love of Jesus all around us.  There could be someone who needs encouragement.  We need to be sensitive to their needs.  This love is only found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  By the way Jonathan is only nineteen years old and has a solid foundation built in Jesus Christ.   Jonathan shared about hearts as well.  He shared we do not want a hard heart and Jonathan showed his love all week for whoever needed encouragement.  He had a big smile on his face and a hug for whoever needed one.  Thank you Jonathan for setting the example of unconditional love for others.

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Ephesians 4:16

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4

Our Dental Cleaning Station

This team was blessed this week by our new team member and friend, Hallie.  Hallie was a true gift from God.  The team needed someone to clean teeth all week.  Hallie was new in town and got the word about a dental mission team needing someone to come along and clean teeth.  So God ordained our friend long before a few weeks ago.  Hallie spent her day with joy in her hear and a smile on her face as she made each and ever patient she treated feel special.  Hallie would find problems while cleaning and she then referred the patient to one of the dentists who sat around her.  Hallie's light went out on her headpiece one day, Ms. Alice held a flashlight so she could see to clean.  In the afternoon one of the pastor's held the flashlight so Hallie could continue doing what God had called her to do.  Hallie had her unit to break down as well during the day.  Hallie kept on working with what she had to work with that day.  Hallie was challenged on this day and she never skipped a beat of doing her job for each and every patient.  Dawana needed her one day to help fix a piece of her equipment.  After assisting Dr. Henry with a small child she went over to Dawana's station and help fix the equipment.  Hallie is an amazing testimony about when you are working with God and for Him all things are possible.  With God we all can do anything He calls us to do.  We need to be obedient and answer the calling.  A dental mission trip has been Hallie's wish for many years and she comes to Jacksonville and three weeks later she is coming to Honduras to work beside us serving our Lord.

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Matthew 25:23

What A Pair

God blessed us this week with Dr. Suzette and her dental assistant Dawana.  They immediately hit if off and worked very well together.  There was a lot of laughter and love exhibited in this stations.  They as well had unit problems during the week.  Dawana was working hard on repairing the unit one day and suddenly Dr. Suzette shared do so and so to it.  She did and it worked.  This was a huge God moment for me to watch how they worked as a team together and got their job done.  Dr. John took awesome care of Dr. Suzette to make sure she had all she needed to do her work.  So this dental team was blessed with three dentists who were equipped to do their very best.  Dr. Suzette shared with me how grateful she was for the work and I in turn told her how grateful I was to have her this week.  She had a willingly spirit and a heart for her people which showed in all she did throughout the week.

Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Romans 12:13

Mt. Horeb Staff Served

We were so grateful for this dental team this year.  Senovia, our cook,  was going to loose her front teeth in the next year if  Dr. Horace had not treated her.  She had several situations and Dr. Horace so gingerly took care of each of them.  Once she got finished she was not feeling well.  Mike and I ask Martha could she help Mike cook dinner that evening.  Martha shouted of course no problem.  So we took Senovia home to call it a day while Martha and Mike cooked an amazing meal of  bbq chicken, rice and a melody of vegetables.  Thank you two for stepping up to the plate and helping out a sister in need.

We brought some of our staff on the second morning, not one but everyone of them had something wrong inside their mouths.  I asked Hallie please quit finding stuff wrong.  She said I am sorry but it is what it is in their mouths.  So the dental team worked our staff in with the other patients which that morning was 150 people wanting help.  Demis had a local who stepped up to the plate and took names of the people in order of their arrival.  They had their quota that day for the rest of the week. We did not bring the rest of our staff to the clinic because of the mass crowd of folks showing up for dental care.
Total each day the team averaged seeing forty eight the first day, fifty two the second day, around forty five the third day, fourth day thirty eight and the last day around forty.  This team does so much more than extractions.  They do the cleaning of teeth, the restoration of front teeth and filling cavities.  It is not about the numbers with these folks it is about the quality of care they can provide for each patient God places before them.    They come well equipped to the work God has called them to do.  Thank you all for what you do for the people of Honduras.

so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:17

Horace's Special Patient

Horace had a special patient come along who needed a lot of work.  Horace shared he did not have time for all this work on this one special person.  This would be our missionary and also our maintenance man this week, Mr. Mike.  Horace and Mike have too much fun serving the Lord together.  After Horace played around with Mike a few minutes, his first patient of the day was Pastor Carlos.  Mike comes back over to console Pastor Carlos while Horace begins his procedure of  filling a tooth.  Mike and Pastor Carlos are a team even in the dentist chair.  Mike was there encouraging Pastor Carlos as I am sure Pastor Carlos would do the same for Mike.  These two gentlemen are a team all the time.  Thank you Horace for your sense of humor.  It makes a visit to the dentist a little more bearable.

to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:12-13

Dr. Henry's Little One

This little lady was so happy it was her turn to get in the dental chair.  She had no idea what was ahead for this little girl who came into the dental chair with the happiest smile on her face.  As Dr. Henry explained to her mother what he was about to do and Alex translated it for her the cute little smile slowly left this beautiful face.  She was thinking what have I gotten myself into. She begged mommy, "NO" please.  But she needed two teeth extracted if not more.  So in this case it took a whole village to help this little one get through her procedures.  She cried and begged her mother no please no!  Demis happened to walk by when he was pulling one of her teeth and he shouted a big cheer for her.  When the second one came out all who were assisting this little one cheered her on to victory.  I am sure she did not feel the same way at this time. But she slowly got her beautiful smile back and left with her blue bag full of dental needs and her mommy close at hand.

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
Matthew 18:10