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March 2017 Mission Trip Update

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In March we returned to Bo, Sierra Leone. We had a very productive trip.

We were able to observe the students in the clinic as they demonstrated their clinical skills, performing extractions and placing restorations. They will continue their training and will soon be recommended for a diploma for a Mid-level Dental Provider from the college at Every Nation Schools.

They were excited about new restorative materials that we introduced, which will be much easier to use than the previous materials.

We also introduced a dental hygiene module to the training. Our intention was to train the students to be able to deal with acute periodontal (gum) issues. However, the training was so well received by the trainees and the patients, that it was decided to make this a separate program. For future classes, students will be able to choose training to be a Mid-level Dental Provider or a Dental Hygienist.

Please continue to pray for the students and trainer as they finish the program. Also, please pray for the next class that we hope to start in November of this year.

We ask that you consider making a monthly pledge to help support our efforts in Sierra Leone.

Pastor Shodankeh had a surprise announcement for us. A patient who was treated at the clinic, was so impressed with the treatment and he recognized the need for a larger facility. He and his wife decided to donate a hotel to New Harvest Ministries to house Morningstar Clinic and possibly for a future hospital.  See video of gratitude.

Announcing:  Mary “Patricia” Comfort Momoh

One of my first students in the program since 2009, Kassay, has shown such dedication to the program and has blessed me with the greatest honor.  He is 29 years old and a father of two.  This is his newest addition and she has been given my lovely wife’s first name, Patricia, for her middle name.

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September 2016 Mission Trip Update

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img_2165We returned to Bo, Sierra Leone in September to begin the training of the first class of students in the post-graduate program for RN’s and CHO’s (community health officers) at Every Nation College.

It was a very productive training session. We conducted a full week of classroom and preclinical training of seven students; this included four new students, and three who are repeat students.  The repeat students are completing the training in order to receive their certificate from the college.  They were given written tests to verify their understanding of the material.  The preclinical training gave us an opportunity to evaluate their potential skills by having them perform extractions and place fillings on models of teeth.  The students demonstrated great potential and we hope that at least four of them will be able to become future trainers.

They will now go through 6 months of clinical training which will be supervised by Kassay, a graduate of the original training in 2009. He has been working in Morningstar Clinic since that time providing dental care to those in need.  He has had the opportunity to develop his skills to an exceptionally high level and is very capable to supervise this training.

I hope to return to Bo in March 2017 to verify the clinical proficiency of the students and to recommend them for certification.

Please pray for the students and the trainers as they work to complete this training. It is a challenging environment in which they work, but they are committed to the program and are grateful to be a part of it.

The program continues to run at a significant cost. We would ask that you prayerfully consider a monthly gift and visit to make that pledge.

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April 2016 Mission Trip Update

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img_2182We just returned from Sierra Leone. It was short but fruitful trip. We had not been there since March of 2013 because of the Ebola Crisis. It was a blessing to reconnect with our brothers and sisters who have been enduring the hardships and have been faithful to carry on the work of the ministry and the clinic.

We were able to meet with the administration of the Every Nation College to discuss our dental training program. They agreed to offer our training through the college as a post-graduate program for RN’s and CHO’s (community health officers). The college is accredited with the government, so the graduates of the program will be certified. This is truly an answer to prayer. Lord willing, we will return in September to start the training.

We covet the prayers and support of all of those who are willing to partner with us as we make preparations for this program and prepare to return in September.



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