Today was just a short trip on a paved road to the village of Fawoman. This clinic was just a half day to give us time to pack up for the long journey to Cape Coast tomorrow. Amazingly, we were still able to see every person that wanted to be seen. One of the most impactful encounters the dental team had was with a gentleman who had a damaged molar. The tooth was split in half all the way down to the bottom of the root. According to Suzanne, someone with a tooth like this is in a great deal of pain almost all of the time. His tooth had been broken for 10 years! She was so happy to relieve his pain, but so sad that he had to wait 10 years for it to happen.
In reviewing our statistics over the past 5 mission trips: Over 30 dental clinics have been servicing Ghanaians in 23 different villages with 32 different NCC members participating. Without these clinics many of these people would never see a dentist and the gentleman mentioned above would be in chronic pain for the rest of his life. We have been spending time brainstorming ways to begin to change this. Can we play a role in changing access to dental care?
We also said goodbye to the Banda missionaries. We love these guys and all of the hard work they do. A whole small village has come to Christ because of their willingness and obedience to go out into the nations and make disciples.
Prayer: Thank you God for the experience of knowing these Pioneer missionaries. As we move apart, may we be in each other's hearts. And we pray that we will keep a piece of what we have learned here alive and well as we prepare to re-enter the busy-ness of our American culture. Amen