On August 12 and the 14th, several dentists from across the state of Michigan provided humanitarian service to the refugee community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event was referred to as a refugee dental expo.
Refugees from various counties, as well as several residents from Michigan received services. Service providers were dentists and nutritionists from various areas across the state of Michigan. “Some of them even brought their staff with them.” as reported by Pastor Bob Stewart of Central SDA church.
Patients received services such as extractions, root canals, cleaning, as well as education for proper dental health. Approximately 180 patients wished to be seen for dental care. However, because of limited time and resources, only about 100 patients received services.
In addition to the doctors and nutritionists, 160 individuals signed up as volunteers. Among them were individuals who served as translators and dental assistants. Several individuals also shared the 8 Laws of Health Curriculum with the patients.
In addition to physical healing, there were also opportunities for ministry. Pastor Stewart and some of the volunteers prayed with at least two individuals—one recently diagnosed with congested heart failure and another one recently diagnosed with liver cancer.
The refugee dental expo will return to the Grand Rapids community next year, and those involved pray that God provides all the resources needed to ensure that not a single individual is turned away.