Auburn Dental Center November 2019

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Keeping Pace

ON A BELIZEAN MISSION TRIP

NOVEMBER 2019

Dental Work for All

For this month’s edition, I want to take the time to talk about the mission trip my wife and several team members volunteered for in August. A nonprofit called International Servants organized this mission trip. Their goal is to provide a number of health care services for Belizeans of any age suffering from poverty. International Servants has several programs, including a children’s ministry, a medical mission, the Feed-A-Child program, the Save-A-Child’s Life program, their Belize mission trips, and a dental mission. They also have a network of 54 Belizean churches they operate from. My team and I went to Belize to provide much-needed dental work. Most of the work we did there was pulling the teeth of hundreds of folks suffering from severely damaged or eroding teeth. We were only one part of the medical team that volunteered on this particular mission; many other dental teams, as well as medical teams, focused on treating and seeing as many people as they could. Each team of volunteers brings their own supplies and equipment to set up in the medical building. We have to use our own generators sometimes because

rewarding to help as many people as we did,” says Jackie Goracke, our marketing and treatment coordinator and one of my Auburn Dental Center team members on the mission. “The whole trip is a little hard to explain, though; no matter how much you think you’re prepared for it, something always surprises you. Every morning when we pulled up to the church, there would be hundreds and hundreds of people all lined up. Some of them had gone to the church service the Sunday before we arrived and learned that we’d be offering treatments from the church. Other people had heard about us and walked a couple of days from their village just to get to where we were and be treated.” Every year, International Servants returns to Belize to offer their services. Both my team and I were happy to volunteer our time this year. We’ve gone for a few years in a row now, and we’re hoping to go back again next year to help even more people. If you want to learn more about the mission or want to help, I encourage you to visit their website at iServants.com. -Dr. Steven Schulte

NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU THINK

there’s barely enough electricity in the area. Once everyone is prepared, we start seeing patients, ranging from children to adults, one at a time. At the end of the four days we spent there, my team alone had seen and treated around 200 people.

YOU’RE PREPARED FOR IT, SOMETHING ALWAYS SURPRISES YOU. EVERY MORNING WHEN WE PULLED UP TO

“It was a really good

THE CHURCH, THERE WOULD BE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ALL LINED UP.”

experience and very

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