Missions and Volunteering
DR. KIM DRAWN BACK TO ECUADOR
Atacucho, Ecuador 2015
Dr. Kim was looking forward to this year’s mission trip. The trip was as rewarding and beneficial as he had hoped. In October, the medical and dental team went to Atachucho, Ecuador just outside Quito (the capital) to treat people with medical and dental conditions. These people like many small villiages in Ecuador do not have any access to a doctor. The medical and dental team went to Cayambe, Ecuador three years ago, and Dr. Kim had the great pleasure to treat these humble people who lived in the small village of Cayambe. Some oral surgical procedures he and the rest of the dental team were able to do while in Ecuador this year were: Surgical removal of teeth, bone recontouring, draining chronic and acute infections, and removing lesions.
This year was a smaller team, but Dr. Kim felt that they still had the same energy and enthusiasm to do a great job for these people living in Ecuador. In addition to Dr. Kim, one of our surgical assistants, Paige, and one of our nurses, Kim, joined him on the mission. The mission was a week long. The team was able to see 300 patients during that week. To celebrate, they concluded the week with the traditional eating of the roasted guinea pig (“cuy” which is pronounced koo-ee), which is a delicacy throughout Ecuador. Dr. Kim said this about the mission trips he goes on, “Many people in under privileged areas have been living with painful teeth and infections for many months or even years, just because there is nobody there to help them with their issues. Just the mere act of getting out of pain should be a fantastic relief for them. And this is one of the things I look forward to, the calmness that these people in agony feel when their pain is gone. It is very rewarding and draws me back to serve and help these people.”
See our Blog Update on Medical Mission Trip for more details on the trip.
GOING OUT INTO THE WORLD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Dr. Schmid, his wife Donna who is a registered nurse, and our office manager Shirley joined a medical missionary group that went to Ecuador for a week the end of October 2014. Their mission was to help those that do not have access to medical care and needed the care of an oral surgeon.
PARTICIPATING IN THE LOCAL 2015 TOOTH TROT
Well it’s that time of year again: The annual tooth trot. This event features a 5K run/walk in an effort to raise funds for Give Kids a Smile – An organization designed to purchase dental equipment and supplies for the ultimate goal of providing kids in need with dental care. Every year this event attracts people young to old, small to big, and the tranquil to the hyperactive. It draws individuals from everywhere throughout the county, and even outside the state. And it all took place this past Saturday February 7th.
New Image Maxillofacial represented some of our finest runners and walkers to participate in this fun-filled gathering. I must say that I am not surprised that our high energy excited girls who are loaded with a blessed amount of ATP came in 5th place in the team standings out of the many teams that entered and our office manager Shirley placed 3rd in her age group. I often think to myself that some of the excess energy that they display at the office should be burned at other venues or activities. Is there not a better place to expend this over abundance of internal jubilation than at the annual tooth trot? I think not.
LENDING A HAND AT HOUSE OF HOPE 2013
Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua and the second most populous city in Central America. In this populous area is an organization that strives to meet the needs of woman and children that have found themselves in the throws of human trafficking. This organization is House of Hope.
In 2001, after speaking to a group of prostitutes, God began to birth a vision to help women leave a life of sexual trafficking. There was a great need to open a vocational center for the women and to provide them with a means to make a living. House of Hope has built structures for job training and housing for young girls and women with children.
In 2004, House of Hope started a weekly support group, called Tuesday Morning. The group began with two women, which soon grew to 25. Currently, the Tuesday Morning program hosts over 300 women each week. Bible study and prayer precede women dividing into groups to hand craft items for the House of Hope online store. Funds raised from product sales serves as a supplement to the income ladies receive from other small jobs, and teaches skills that will lead to a life free from slavery and prostitution.
In 2013 Dr. Kim and Paige, one of our surgical assistants, joined a medical team that went to Managua to meet some of the medical needs of the woman and children that are part of House of Hope. The first picture below shows a portion of the daily line of woman and children that came for medical help.
DR. KING KIM & PAIGE TRAVEL TO ECUADOR TO SERVE
In 2012 Dr Kim and Paige, one of our surgical assistants, traveled to Cayambe, Ecuador to be part of a medical and dental team. During their week in Cayambe they had the pleasure of treating and serving the humble people who lived in this small village. Some oral surgical procedures they were able to do were: Surgical removal of teeth, bone recontouring, draining chronic and acute infections, and removing lesions. So many people in this under privileged area had been living with painful teeth and infections for many months or even years, just because there is nobody there to help them with their issues. The mere act of getting out of pain was a fantastic relief for them. It was a very rewarding week for Dr. Kim and Paige, leaving them with the desire to go back to serve and help these people in the future. (And they are in 2015!)