Giving Back - Locally & Global
November 12-25th, 2013
Dr. Colby Partnered with a medical team from Bethel Church in Crown Point, IN to travel to the Island Nation of Vanuatu. It is a country made up of over 80 islands with over 100 different languages. We joined an amazing team of missionaries in Vanuatu led by Bill & Christina Widup. The missionary they run is called UP and UP Ministries. They have been in great need for dentistry and medical and have been looking for a dentist for many years. We traveled to the islands of Aore, Malo, and to Big Bay on the island of Santo. We had to travel by small boats for 2-3 hours each way to reach the islands. Our group is the first to travel to these islands in what the chiefs of the islands said, in their history. We were the first white people the people of Malo had ever seen, so it took some time to make them comfortable. The people of Vanuato are very quiet and soft spoken. They are considered the happiest country in the world. The trip was an overwhelming success and I hope I am led to return again and serve this completed isolated and unreached people
Some of the employees at Colby Dental in Highland, IN recently took a trip to Guatemala to provide dental services to children in need. Our experience was life changing, and we were so happy to get the opporunity to give back to others. We look forward to taking similar trips in the future.
Our Successful Trip to Guatemala
Our Fishing Derby Fund Raiser was a huge success. With the help of your generous donations, we raised $11,000 for our trip to Zacapa, Guatemala, and another $8,000 for supplies. Over 1,400 children were treated with dental exams, varnishing, and cleanings. Unfortunately, most of the children in Guatemala drink soda, because it only costs 10 cents a bottle, and because their water is not sanitary. Even babies are often put to bed with soda or sugared coffee.
I was able to extract approximately 450 teeth through perseverance, but it was extremely difficult due to the poor conditions in Guatemala. It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to help so many people, and I was deeply honored to be a part of such a wonderful experience.
Again, I cannot thank you enough for your contributions. I may be going to the Dominican Republic, Roatan, or Rwanda in the coming year, since our trip to Guatemala was so successful. If everything falls into place, and you are interested in participating, give me a call. A few fundraisers in the coming year are possible to help subsidize our trip.
If you are interested in participating in future trips or fundraisers, please give us a call today. We can’t wait to hear from you!