Dr. Robert Antolak’s Haiti 2016 Missions Trip
Hi, this is Dr. Robert Antolak at TheGentleDentist.com in Shelby Township, Michigan. If anybody knows who I am, they know that I am one who loves Jesus. And because I do, and I have been commissioned by Him, as all of us to believe, to go out and not only spread the good news of Jesus, but also to whom much is given, much is expected.
So with that in mind, I’ve been going to Haiti for the last 15 years, and recently, within the last few years, we’ve been going to a city called Ouanaminthe. In that area, it’s very poor, like all of Haiti is. And what I do is when I go down there is to help serve those by taking care of some of the dental needs.
Now this year I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve gone down with an oral surgeon by the name of Bryan Johnson, he practices in Waterford. And also with David Sorial who has a dental practice in Southgate, Michigan.
The three of us and our team of people who were helping us out assisting, we saw over 300 people. We extracted over 1300 teeth believe it or not. And we were able to fill 150 or so teeth. These number just are numbers. Right? The thing that’s important is it’s attached to people. It’s attached to souls. It’s attached to people who’ve been suffering for years. These people, so many of them have never seen a dentist. They can be 20, 30 years old and never seen a dentist and have dental infections that have affected their lifestyle. And it’s affected their health and how they basically get around.
We were blessed, because we have the ability to help them so that they can help themselves. And so if we can get them feeling better, that’s our whole goal and mission. So this is just something that we do, that I do through our church at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy. Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica, and also Shepherd’s Gate, Lutheran Church in Shelby Township. The three recent churches and our other churches actually combine together for this effort.
In addition to that, we had two physician’s, like two or three nurses, a pharmacist, and a very large group of volunteers, for a total of 27 people for a week to go down and help serve them. And we help them in many ways with their medical issues. We help them with their dental problems. We were able to remove a large swelling a woman had on the roof of her mouth. And our surgeon, thank goodness, he was there to help. And we removed that. She had that for five years, it was very large.
This is who we are, and if you’d like to be part of of this process, then we would love to have you come as a patient of ours. At thegentledentist.com. We’re a dental office located in Shelby Town, Michigan, Macomb County. And may God bless you. Thank you.