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Boulder Church Members Serve in Belize as Part of Medical Mission »
Gordy and Jan Gates and Mark and Diane Johnson joined a group of medical and dental professionals for the Belize Mission Project October 19-27. What was originally known as the "Fishin' Mission" began in 1993 when a dentist from the U.S. (Dr. Frank Whipps) noticed the need for medical and dental care in the country while he was there on a fishing vacation. He invited dentists and physicians and other healthcare professionals to join him each year during the month of October in what has come to be known as the Belize Mission Project.
The project has grown to include more than 50 dentists, medical doctors, hygienists, audiologists, lab technicians, and non-medical volunteers who travel to Belize each year during the same two-week period to provide clinical services including restorative dental care, cleanings, oral health instruction, partial dentures, medical exams, audiology evaluations, speech therapy, hearing aids, and fluoride treatments to low-income Belizean families, along with immigrants from Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Many Belizeans look forward to the visit as the only care they receive during the year.
Gordy is a dentist and his wife Jan is a dental hygienist. Mark is a physician and his wife Diane is a nurse. The two couples have been traveling to Belize
with the mission project for 16 years.
For the last two years, Gordy has taken the leadership role in planning and facilitating the growing group of volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada. Plans are in the works for the 2019 Belize Mission Project. Find out more.
-- RMCNews with Becky De Oliveira. Photos supplied