This weekend we had our first ever Dental Clinic -- a free clinic for kids focusing on dental hygiene education and fluoride Treatments. It was not only a great success, but a perfect example of how when everyone does their part, together we can accomplish something truly awesome. A special thanks to those at Nikkeident (our dentist office) for going above and beyond the call of duty to help us serve kids!
The story begins one Saturday back in July, when I took a day off from my work with the mission teams to go to a dentist appointment. It was one of the few days in July we were going to be in Lima, so I had to get my appointment in while I could. I woke up early to help get the team on their way to Pachacutec, and then took the bus over to the dentist. When I arrived, I was told that my dentist wasn't able to come in that day, but that I'd have to reschedule for later in the week. Bummer! A whole day off in vain...or was it?? I stuck around for a few minutes and started chatting a few of the dentists. They asked what I do here in Peru, and we got to talking about mission trips and the team in Pachacutec that week. Then I threw it out there..."If you guys would ever be interested in working with kids in some sort of free clinic, let me know. We could help you put it together." They seemed really excited about the idea. Their only hesitation, they said, was that kids' toothbrushes and toothpaste are expensive and hard to come by in Peru, and if they were to do a clinic, they'd want to make sure all the kids could have toothbrushes and toothpaste. Noooo problem, I thought.
We have had the privilege of serving in Peru since 2003. We partner with four different ministries throughout Peru: two in the Lima area, one in the Andes mountains, and one in the Amazon jungle.