Besides trying to become an author and dealing with all of the difficulties encountered in that industry, these are some of my experiences.
I participated in five separate dental missions to Central America for one week intervals. We treated the very poor, the ones who had no access to health or dental care. On these dental missions, I was trained to give local anesthetic and do extractions.
These pictures aren't that great because they were taken before I had a digital camera, so I've taken a picutre of my picture.
Four of the dental missions were in Honduras, We lived in jungle villages and worked in the schools or churches, and often worked outside.
|Dentistry performed with no modern equipment. Honduras, 1997|
|Jungle dentistry in a remote mountain area of Honduras, 1997|
|Outside dentistry in Guatemala, 1999|
|Guatemalan lady, 1999|
One mission was in Guatemala. On that mission we stayed with a local family and a bus picked us up every moring to go to different villages to work.
|I had just taken out a tooth on this little girl. Honduras, 1998|
|Me with my friend, Miriam, In El Parasio, Honduras 1998|
|A typical farmer selling his wares in Honduras|
|Me with a Guatemalan lady and her daughter at our outdoor clinic. Guatemala ,1999|
We treated many women and children in the jail. I was glad that I brought a few chocolate bars to give out to the children. After we had finished working in the jail that day, then it was time to cry.
I think these missions helped build my character and was a milestone in shaping who I've become. I understand how we really are all brothers and sisters in this world. Although I don't travel to do missionary work anymore, I am actively involved with a group that does missionary work in northern India.