The Dental Clinic is OPEN!
For many years, many who have partnered with Dr. Johnson and Miss Betty have seen the multi-faceted needs of God’s children met in Haiti. Assisted by the hearts, hands and feet of many doctors, nurses, carpenters, evangelists and missionaries, at-home and abroad, Missions of Love has labored in love to meet the physical, medical, and spiritual needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters. Albeit, Dr. Bob and Betty have long desired to bring in another aspect of quality health provision to their Haitian friends… that of dental health, an important aspect of the health world that has not been available to this part of Haiti before.
Recently, God has opened that door big and wide through the generosity of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, orthodontists and others from within and without the dental society.
Dental Clinic Update
Posted on January 4, 2015
From Barbie Porter – I have a special prayer request I’d like to ask you to take upon your heart in agreement prayer with me. As most of you know, The Lord allowed Ralph and I the honor of seeing a new dental clinic built in the sands of Missions Of Love in Jolivert, Haiti, a mission we dearly love and believe The Lord has sent us to. From the time of the first round of dental donations, April 28, 2012, till the start of the new building in Haiti, January 10, 2014, till the last coat of crippie (stucco-type finish) was on December 19, 2014, it seems God has commissioned this project by providing countless provisions, timely shipments, a quick build and a beautiful building.
However, it breaks our hearts to see this new dental clinic sitting idle. Will you please help us pray that The Lord will send godly, caring, mission-minded dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants to comprise dental teams for Missions Of Love dental clinics in Jolivert, Haiti for this year? And, likewise, that God will provide a godly Haitian, Cuban or other, dentist, hygienists and assistant, as local staff for ongoing, dental care?
The residents of Jolivert area truly need dental care and have suffered long without it. Thank you so much for your prayer support. God Bless You!
The beginnings of the dental clinic from Barbie Porter………
Sometimes just being at the right place at the right time is right where you need to be… even if you didn’t really intend to be there!
Ralph and I helped with our first Kentucky Mountain Mission Dental Clinic April 12-16.
They asked us to come so Ralph could help set-up the water, air and electric for the dental chairs. I just helped where needed and interviewed a few patients for an article for KMM Web site. The Dental Group was a team from Michigan. I had a bad toothache and had to have an extraction. Dr. Mary pulled my tooth.
Two Weeks later…
Cathy Chinn invited me KMWU Ladies Retreat at Camp Shafer as a last minute fill-in for a sick friend. There I saw 3 ladies wearing “I Love Haiti” T-shirts. It lead to a conversation with Cathy Smith, whose husband had recently returned from a Haitian mission trip. One thing lead to another as we talked about Haiti and the strange places God takes us, like Ralph and I helping at a dental clinic in Eastern KY and neither of us know beans about dentistry, but God uses what we have.
Then I mentioned to Cathy how the founders, Dr. Robert Johnson and his wife Betty, have been praying for a much-needed dental ministry at Missions of Love in Jolivert, Haiti for several years. I told her how we’d love to see a similar dental clinic there like the one we had just helped in in Eastern KY.
All of a sudden, Cathy’s eyes lit up and she acted as those she had just been zapped! Grabbing a hold of my arm, she said, “You are the reason I’m here! I had no intention of coming this weekend and couldn’t really figure out why I was here, but, now I know.” Then she asked, “How would you and your Haiti mission like a whole room full of dental chairs, and doctors’ chairs and even a filing cabinet?”
After pushing my dropped jaw back into place, I responded with, “I’ll ask Dr. Bob and Betty and get right back with you, but, I think YOU are an answer to prayer!”
MOL Dental Clinic Timeline
What started out as clean sweep of a storage unit belonging to an orthodontist in Glasgow, Kentucky spawned the actual brick and mortar kick off of the Missions of Love Phase One of the Surgical Pavilion in Jolivert, Haiti, which now includes a Dental Clinic!
Just take a look at how quickly God brought this dental dream to life for our Haitian brothers and sisters following years of faithful service and prayers by Dr. Robertson (Bob) Johnson and his wife, Nurse Betty…
April 28, 2012 – Cathy Smith told of dental office equipment looking for a new home. Dr. Bob and Betty said, “Yes, we’ll take it for Haiti!”
June 14, 2012 – Ralph and Barbie went to Glasglow, KY and picked up the unwanted dental office equipment: dental chairs, doctor stools, autoclave and other supplies, from Cathy and Larry Smith’s house, and placed it in storage until it could be shipped to Haiti.
January 2, 2013 – Ordered two Asceptico Portable Dental Units.
February 23, 2013 – Dr. Bob and Betty, Ralph and Barbie met with Cathy and Larry Smith about future MOL Dental Clinic plans.
March 10, 2013 – Sent out support letters for MOL Dental Clinic to MOL family, friends and Facebook.
April 15, 2013 – Dr. Dan Thompson, West Virginia, donated two complete hand tool sets and slow-speed hand pieces specifically for extractions.
April 22, 2013 – Dr. Tom Compton, (assisted by Becky Baise) Bowling Green, KY, donated four high speed hand pieces, two bur changes, and misc. supplies.
April 27, 2013 – MOL Board Members voted to support a Dental Clinic ministry in Haiti with the donated dental equipment/supplies, expecting it to be “temporary” in nature with set-ups and tear-downs for each clinic.
May 4, 2013 – Ridgecrest Baptist Church donated general supplies for MOL Dental Clinic.
May 15, 2013 – Dr. Phillip R. Young, Beaver Dam, donated his remaining dental office equipment to MOL Dental Clinic, including x-ray machines, x-ray reading lights, over-head lights, ultra-sonic cleaner and much more.
May 16, 2013 – MOL Executive Board Members voted to build Phase One of the Surgical Pavilion to include Admissions Office, Pharmacy and a Dental Clinic in the soil of Jolivert, Haiti.
June 25, 2013 – Took crate and barrels of dental equipment to Miami docks to be shipped via “Miss Eva” to Port Au Prince, Haiti. By mid-July the crate and barrels had safely arrived in Jolivert!
June 2013 – Brandon Embry and his medical team administered first-time fluoride treatments to 300 children in Jolivert. Fluoride treatments were donated by Dr. Rankin Skinner of Winchester, KY.
September 27, 2013 – Dr. Rankin Skinner, Winchester, KY, upon retiring, donated his remaining dental office equipment to MOL Dental Clinic.
December 1, 2013 – Dr. Bob and Betty Johnson, Ralph Porter and Joe Greene went to Haiti to initiate the building of the new clinic. They negotiated with the contractor, strung out the foundation, paid the first payment, and even painted on a follow-up fluoride treatment on the teeth of children!
January 1, 2014 – Dr. Mary Gebhardt and Bob made a trip to Beaver Dam to sort through all remaining dental supplies to take into Haiti.
January 10, 2014 – Blaud began sending pictures of Boss Wilson’s work team beginning the foundation. Phase-by-phase photo updates were posted to the MOL Facebook Page to watch the progress!
January 12, 2014 – Pastor Ray Peech took a work team to Haiti to do some maintenance at the MOL compound and catch a first-hand glimpse of the work in progress.
February 12, 2014 – Blaud sent pictures of Boss Wilson and his team pouring the roof on the new building!
March 4, 2014 – Betty Johnson during a quick trip to Haiti for an awards ceremony for the MOL’s Safe Water Project “Gadyen Dlo” in Jolivert, Haiti, she got to walk through the newly built clinic!
March 13, 2014 – Ralph Porter, Joe Greene, Dale Breedlove, Austin and Talitha Pierceson and Janna Andrews comprised a Work Team to install electrical, plumbing and other finishing touches on the new building, as well as host VBS for the children.
March 24, 2014 –Dr. Mary Gebhardt and her husband, Bob, of Eddyville, KY and Barbie Porter comprised the MOL Dental. After unloading barrels and the crate, giving everything a good cleaning, placing equipment and supplies, in the remaining two days of their trip, Dr. Mary was able to see 28 patients to administer exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions!
September 30, 2014 – Ralph and Barbie Porter, Joe Greene and Greg Seelig comprised the MOL Dental Work Team. The men’s team completed wiring and plumbing projects, built doors, shelves, dental carts and repaired the roof of the water reservoir. Barbie sorted, put into containers, labeled and inventoried all the dental equipment and supplies.