Dental Clinic Temporarily Reopens When Families Come to Help

One of YWAM’s foundational, unifying values is “Value Families.” The Family Care Centre has been blessed to uphold this value over the years in many ways, including hosting families, working with Ni-Van families through the clinic, antenatal classes, Mat Time, and outreaches, and even seeing marriages develop through involvement at the FCC.

For many of the staff, living long term far away from their families, it is a special joy to get to host their own family members. A close second to this is getting to host families who come to serve in ministry together.

Recently, a family of three was able to come visit and help out. Karen, John, and Michelle Heslop were quick to jump in however they could contribute toward the activities in the ministry. With the help of Karen, a trained dentist, and Michelle, serving as dental assistant, the FCC was able to open their dental clinic doors and see 51 dental patients during the Heslops’ visit. John was also able to help with some urgent maintenance and plumbing needs around the FCC property.

Incidentally, an ongoing practical and prayer need at the FCC is a dentist who can work with the ministry. Unfortunately, without a long term dentist in residence, the FCC is unable to see dental patients on a regular basis. The Heslops’ visit was only the second time this year that a dentist has come and the dental clinic has been able to see patients.

Another set of family visitors were the parents of one of the staff members. Rien and Marjet Zorge jumped in to help in the clinic, worked with the primary school run by YWAM Vanuatu (V2 Life) down the road, and also helped tackle many maintenance projects.

And a very fun set of visitors were the van der Kooij family from the Tauranga Marine Reach base. Tim and Elzeline helped in the kitchen, did some teachings for spiritual development, participated in life group times, and filled gaps in housekeeping and hospitality. Little Leilani was a joy to have around with her bright smile and eager high-fiving. 

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