Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 7 Thursday November 10, 2011

It has been an amazing week of service. On Saturday night I didn't think I was going to make it for another four days -- honestly. Sitting in my bed Saturday night and pondering about repeating what we just did four more times seemed like a task that I was not up to, but as each day came the energy and motivation seemed to grow. We couldn't take everyone as a patient this week, but we treated those we saw the best we could -- hoping to not just help teeth, but improve people's lives.

Dr. Dale Behner reminded us today, in our morning huddle, that for those of us who have been given much -- much is required. It is our duty to share our talents with those who are less fortunate then us. A great author once wrote, "Some are tested by poor health, some by a body that is deformed. Some suffer disappointment in marriage, family problems; others live in poverty and obscurity. Some (perhaps this is the hardest test) find ease and luxury. All are part of the test, and there is more equality in this testing than sometimes we suspect."

It has been an honor sharing our talents and serving the people of the Dominican Republic -- thank you to everyone who has supported us this past week.

Mark Willes and his daughter re-bulit this man an old denture that he was holding in with his tongue.

Handing out bracelets and goodies to the local school that was right next to our clinic today.
The whole team jumped in the pool to "swim" when we got back to the hotel. Although most of the hotel guests assumed that our swimming was really bathing. We were so rowdy the hotel security kicked us out of the pool. It was a great ending to the day.

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