The Dominican Republic is roughly the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, with a population of 9 million people. One quarter of the population lives below the poverty level, most of them near the border of Haiti. Haiti occupies the the Western third of the island of Hispaniola. The border of the two countries The town of Restauración is located in the northwest section of the Dominican Republic, very close to the Haitian border. It is one of the poorest areas of the country. The monthly household income is between $35 and $80. The town has a small hospital, which is old and poorly equipped. There is no running water and electricity is only available a few hours each day. There is only one doctor and minimal support staff.
The village of Tilory in Haiti is even poorer. It is in the “forgotten” northeast area of Haiti. There is a small medical clinic there, but there are no dentists and no basic dental care. Most people do not even own a toothbrush! When emergencies arise, people travel many hours for care, if they have access to transportation.
The need for dental care in this area is enormous! Dental disease exacts a toll on children, affecting their development, school performance, and behavior. In extreme cases, dental disease can lead to more serious health complications, including disability and even death. The consequences of no dental care are mounting and they are preventable.
Dr. Pam Alberto and Dr. Jan Tracy will lead a dental mission to Restauración, Dominican Republic and Tilory, Haiti. Along with other dental and medical personnel from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and William Paterson University, Pam and Jan will bring dental care to approximately 400 needy people.
Local physician Dr. Art Sheppell will accompany the team to provide medical evaluations. Greg Wroclawski will travel with the team to provide technical support to make sure all equipment is constantly in good working order. John and Carol Cornwell, who championed the start of this mission and obtained all the necessary local government approvals, will accompany the team to provide assistance as needed. Members of The Free Methodist Church of Loma de Cabrera are spreading the news of the Dental Mission throughout the region. This congregation is arranging transportation, scheduling appointments and providing lunches for the dental team.
In 2007, Pam and Jan visited Restauración and Tilory along with John and Carol Cornwell to evaluate the medical and dental needs of the area. Ever since that trip, they have dreamed of being able to deliver dental care to the people there. When asked about the area’s greatest need, Restauración Municipal Hospital Director Dr. Augusta Montilla said, “If I could ask for anything, I would ask for a dentist.”
The dental mission team will be staying at a guest house in the town of Loma de Cabrera, near Restauración. Operating out of the small Restauración Municipal Hospital, the Dental mission will treat both children and adults. We will transport patients from Tilory (Haiti) to the temporary dental clinic we will set up in Restauración. The focus will be on acute dental care initially, but will strive for ongoing treatment plans to prevent decay and disease going forward. Acute problems will typically be dealt with by extraction of the affected teeth. We will provide fillings on less decay involved teeth. We will also be applying sealants on healthy teeth for future decay prevention.
The need for dental care is greatest in the children. Disease and other health risks are avoidable if children are taught prevention and given the tools to take care of themselves. We will be distributing dental care kits to all patients and we will be providing instruction on proper use. The Dental Mission will teach for success!
In case you are not familiar with NYCRM, overnight guests are offered nutritious meals, housing, spiritual guidance, medical/social service support and clean clothing. The long-term residents are offered career development assistance, financial and job skills training, Internet and e-mail access, and GED preparation courses. The men in the Recovery Program receive weekly individual and group counseling, as well as Bible study and discipleship. The facility has 100 beds, and many more can sleep on mats during inclement weather. Some beds are set aside for referrals, and others are given to men who queue up in front of the Mission each evening. First time visitors are offered a bed for a week; after that, a man must stand in line or participate in our bed lottery system. Twenty-nine beds are held for participants in our long-term Residential Recovery Program. These men, while in recovery, help to maintain the building, staff the reception desk, and participate in the preparation of daily meals. NYCRM is funded through private donations from our friends, foundations, churches and other organizations. They are able to keep the average cost of a meal at $2.09 through the ongoing support of organizations, such as City Harvest, The Food Bank for New York City, and other friends.
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The four laws of God's blessings by Rick Warren "I will bless you ... and you will be a blessing." Genesis 12:2 (NIV)
Throughout the year, we should keep in mind the four laws of God's blessing -
1. Our blessings should flow to others.
The Bible teaches us that we are blessed not just so that we can feel good, not just so we can be happy and comfortable, but so that we will bless others. God told Abraham in Genesis 12, "I will bless you and you will be a blessing to others." This is the first law of blessing: it must flow outwardly.
2. When we bless others, God takes care of our needs.
God promises that if we will concentrate on blessing others, he'll take care of our needs. There's almost nothing that God won't do for the person who really wants to help other people. In fact, God guarantees this blessing. In Luke 18, Jesus says, "I guarantee this. Anyone who gives up anything for the kingdom of God will certainly receive many times more in this life and will receive eternal life in the next world to come." When you care about helping other people, God assumes responsibility for your problems. And that's a real blessing, for he's much better at handling your difficulties than you are.
3. Our blessings to others will come back on us. The more you bless other people, the more you help others, the more God blesses your life. Luke 6:38 tells us, "Give your life away and you'll find your life given back. But not merely given back. Given back with bonus and blessing." You cannot out give God. The more you try to bless other people in the world around you, the more God says, "I'm going to pour blessings out on you. We'll play a little game here. Let's see who will win. Let's see who can give the most. The more you bless others the more I'm going to bless you in return."
4. The more we're blessed by God, the more He expects us to help others.
Jesus said it this way in Luke 12 "Much is required from those to whom much is given. For their responsibility is greater." Based on the blessings of your life, what would you say God expects from you?