This past August I had the opportunity to spend a week in La Entrada Honduras with a medical mission team. This trip was a humbling experience in which we had the opportunity to treat 600 patients in five days.
We started our mission in Honduras by setting up the very first medical clinic in a town named Trinidad. The mayor of the town was thankful and proud that he could provide this service to his people. I provided dental care, primarily surgeries, in the clinic at Manos Amigos in the town of La Entrada, while the medical folks on the mission team worked in the Trinidad clinic we had set up on Saturday and Sunday.
My youngest daughter, Lauren, and I set up the pharmacy in the clinic.
We had over 30,000 pills which we bought from a medical supplier in the Netherlands and the medications were shipped to Honduras about a week before our arrival. The two days of setting up allowed the medical team to see an unbelievable number of people, to include two school classrooms of around 120 children. I worked in the dental clinic at Manos Amigos with two other dentists who work full time there. I was able to provide surgical care to almost 90 patients in the five days.
It was a humbling experience and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to serve these folks in their time of need. One of the lessons I learned was that I will never take for granted clean drinkable water! Hopefully over the next decade more wells could be drilled to make clean and safe water available to so many who do not have access to such.
I want to thank all those who helped us along the journey. Your financial support and prayers were put to great use and I was proud to represent you among these beautiful and humble people.
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