Update for the 2013Dental/Medical/Orphanage Mission trip:
Members of Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, Shepherd’s Gate in Shelby Twp. and Trinity Lutheran church in Utica came together to serve at an orphanage and church in Haiti. We had 23 people on this trip including 2 physicians, a pharmacist and dentist. About 800 people were treated in the medical side and I saw about 152 adults and children. We cleaned people’s teeth, removed 227 teeth and did about 66 fillings and other procedures. If we could put a value on the dentistry we performed it would be around $40,000 worth of care. Most of the patients we treated had never seen a dentist before so their need was great. In a town of 80,000 people there is only one part time dentist! Needless to say, we were very popular and in high demand seeing about 30-35 people per day. We prayed over the people we saw and the love of Jesus was experienced. I want to thank our patients and readers who prayed for us as this was a great trip.
I want to thank our current patients who donated money to the orphanage. They did this giving us old dental crowns that were removed during procedures which required the removal of their old crown or bridge. I would ask them if they wanted to donate the metal in the crown for the Haitian orphanage. If they said yes we saved these old crowns and sent them in once to be recycled. The accumulation of these small donations added up to $2200. I gave the pastor this money in cash to be used for the 71 orphans. This seemingly useless old crown they donated was put to good use helping to bring up Christian leaders in a country that needs a new hope. If you have any old crowns you have been holding on to or even old jewelry please bring it in and I can assure that all of the money will go into a pool and be donated the next trip which will most likely be in the end of this year or the beginning of next.
If you have any other questions that you would like me to answer on this forum please contact me by calling (586)247-3500, email me at DrAntolak@TheGentleDentist.com or writing the office at: Ask the Gentle Dentist 15055 22 Mile #2, Shelby Twp. MI 48315. Thank You.