DENTAL MISSION WITH JOHN BAILEY JANUARY 15, 2005
Talisay dental mission with John Bailey from Texas took place
at Sitio Didos. This area of town is elevated and near the
river that flows from the mountains down to the coast at Talisay.
We have had a Saturday evening Bible study in this neighborhood
for several months, which has resulted in six baptisms. We
have also encountered some resistance from some of the residents,
who have pressured some of the converts to quit their association
with us. Our hope and prayer is that the dental mission will
soften those hearts who have opposed us.
had Doctor Bailey set up to do his work in a large gazebo
in the neighborhood. The gazebo has a concrete floor and benches
on all four sides, which were very useful for laying out dental
equipment. Doctor Bailey served a total of 28 patients from
about 9 am to 4 pm. Most of them needed to have a tooth extracted.
Stooping over patients and working on their teeth created
quite a strain on Doctor Baileys back and arms, but
the dedicated dentist treated all patients who came. When
he was done, his fatigue was evident, and three of the volunteer
helpers treated him to a much needed back, shoulder and arm
massage. Doctor Bailey was impressed with the behavior of
the children who came to see him. None of them acted out or
cried, which is something that he says is common in most other
Bailey was assisted by Armi Capalaran, a volunteer nurse from
Talisay City. There were many other volunteers from the Talisay
church, the Mactan church, the Babag church and also Cebu
Bible College. These volunteers registered, counseled and
discussed spiritual matters with the patients, held the patients
heads while the dentist worked, set up tables and chairs,
and did whatever else was needed. Two volunteers who worked
especially hard with food preparation were Margie Pabillon
and Bernie Cal. Thanks is also owe d to Joan Caneda, one of
the Sitio Didos residents who made arrangements for us to
use the facility.
hope that in the near future we can see some fruit from these
labors. Many people were reached, and they know that the dental
mission was carried out in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.