Village of Hope Update
Benson Baptist Church of Benson, N.C. came to the Village of Hope to aid the Bucha Church with Bible School and sponsor a Dental Clinic.
Bible School started June 20 and lasted four days. On the first day there were 61 children from about age 3 up to teenagers, the last day there were 73. The children were from Bucha Church, Village of Hope, and the community around the Village. The Bible School team consisted of 2 young women, 6 young men and 7 adults. The Bible School had an island theme based on islands from the Bible and each day a different island was visited. The opening taught Bible verses, the word for the day and songs and body movements to go with the songs. Children were divided into age groups and each group attended activities such as crafts, music and etc. and after each class activity the children were guided by the teachers to the next activity. The teachers had two Ukrainian helpers and one of them was an translator. The children and the adults were very energetic performing the activities. A snack was served mid morning and a light lunch, hot dogs one day, sandwiches the next and etc. The last day ice cream cones were served as the snack. The children and adults really enjoyed the ice cream. At the end of the day a closing was held with songs, Bible verses, activities and prayer. All of the openings and the closings were in English and then translated to Ukrainian. After the closing the children played on the Village grounds.
The Dental Clinic was set up in the Laurel House. Dr. Larry Williams and Chris Underwood of Benson, four Ukrainian dentists and five dental assistants volunteered their time to work at the clinic. The clinic was run very professionally and cooperation between the American and Ukrainian dentists was very good. On some dental cases the dentists consulted together. Eighty-eight children from the Village of Hope, Bucha Church and community were examined plus 15 adults from the community, some of the adults required extensive procedures. Of those examined 56 children were given times to return for dental work and of these over half had more than one tooth that required attention. All five chairs were full all day each day. I had lost a filling in route to the Ukraine and Dr. Larry did an outstanding job in repairing the tooth. All of the equipment and supplies were furnished by the Mercy Truck. The Mercy Truck is a mobile dental office and carries supplies and equipment that can be setup to have four more work stations for dental procedures. The Mercy Truck is supported by donations and travels to orphanages to perform dental work.