Not only is a picture worth a thousand words, but images are great for empowering, implanting and enhancing memory.
Showing them microscopic images of the “bad bugs / bacteria” that live in your mouth resulted in many wrinkled faces and gasps with all age levels. Every bit of information was building upon itself for the climactic ending that I will share in a second.
After doing a quick review on brushing, when to change your toothbrush and how to clean your toothbrush, because it too harbors these bad bugs after brushing, we covered the how and why we should be flossing, because every part of the tooth doesn’t get clean by just brushing. Two volunteers performed live demonstration of the two front teeth and Zachery using his arms to show how not to floss and how to floss.
At the very end we did an activity. I had them chew Red Cote tablets for 30 seconds and had them spit it out. They then were to return to the classroom to receive an explanation on the purpose of that tablet. An image was showed to them and an explanation as to what your teeth should look like if you had brushed well and what they would look like if they had not. It was truly fun to see them laughing and smiling at each other with red mouths and teeth.
Word spread quickly after the first class about the Red Cote tablets. It was wonderful to see my class fill up quickly and not seem like “pulling teeth” to get them there. No pun intended.
After explaining the picture to them, we encouraged them to run to the bathroom and look in the mirror, then finish brushing their teeth where they had missed. They did just that. I should clarify that the younger girls were all smiles and giggling, but the older girls didn’t want to open their mouths. When Les went to the area where the girls living area is, there were all kinds of girls grabbing their toothbrushes to do a better job.
Three of the house mothers were able to attend, but the others were busy preparing food. They had heard news about the class and wanted their own Red Coat Tablets. I said I would arrange for a class with them another time and I would hand them their own.
I had just finished the final touches and printed the first hard copy of the Moringa booklet. I was going to begin teaching a class on Moringa with a powerpoint that coming Saturday, April 9th. It would be my third attempt to meet with the house mothers at CCH and share about this wonderful, nutritious leaf, when my computer just quit. It shut down suddenly. After letting it rest overnight and nothing had changed, my mind went whirling. All the months of work and preparation were gone. There was no other place to retrieve it; I had no backup. I suddenly felt mental fatigue and was in kind of a daze. I thought, “Not again.” This was getting really old. I was getting tired of all the attempts to begin this class all to come to a screeching halt. For two days while in this daze, all I could do was ask the Lord “Now what? How do I continue what I have started and worked towards?” Maybe it was not meant to be.
In determining the next step regarding the computer, we sent out a request if there were any missionary IT people close by that could take a look at it. We had heard about a missionary family who had just gone through the same thing and said they would be happy to look at my computer. After a couple of days, they said I still had a warranty on my computer and anyone tearing into it now would void the warranty. They recommended I send it in for repair.
Since Zachery and Olivia were taking off soon, we decided to send it back with them. They would take it to the person who could deliver it to the direct place I purchased the computer. Now it is a waiting game to see if they can rescue my information. Please pray that they are able to retrieve my work and that there will be no rebuilding of this lost information.
In the meantime, my thoughts are on the privileges I have been given to have certain blessings in life such as the ability to use technology to do research, to gain knowledge, and to put information together to help others.
A couple of days after Zachery and Olivia arrived back, they explained that the computer almost did not leave the country of Haiti.
Lately, for security purposes, they are asking for computers to be turned on going through security points. I guess computers are being gutted and turned into explosive units. So to turn the computer on means there is still a valid computer. When they asked Zachery to turn it on, he said, “That is why we have it to take back, it is broken. It won’t turn on.” After talking to the supervisor, they moved them on. Praise the Lord!
Thank you Zachery and Olivia for taking care of that for us.
It was another “shock-day” for us, as a little boy, “Jackson” was brought out to the Center. This little guy is four years old and unwanted from birth. He had scars on his body from being beaten by his mother on a regular basis…it’s hard and unpleasant to describe… I don’t understand how, why, or what for?? Please pray for him, and his mother. She is pregnant with a second child, and now in prison.
Pray for Jackson. He needs physical love and a Savior. Pray for not only the physical scars on Jackson’s bruised body but also for the physiological and emotional scars that he bares.
Pray for Jackson’s mom who needs the transformation of the Lord Jesus Christ in her life and for the precious life she carries.
Coordinating a seminar can be very challenging at the Center. There is usually so much happening.
I arrived at CCH ready to present the first Oral Care Camp. The plan was to teach to all the girls and house-mothers, but no one was ready and no one had heard about it. I confess that even though I should have expected this, I was disappointed. One thing I have a very difficult time with is adjusting on the fly, and you would think I had the flexibility thing down by now.
I thought, “Now what.” I had just collected a group of the youngest girls, all ready and eager to hear and learn, but with no translator, and all rooms locked. We had tried to contact Jackson our translator, but couldn’t get ahold of him.
Atinia (Elcia) and Yvelande volunteered to help keep order with the 3-6 year olds. They ended up helping me translate for five minutes with their little English and my little Creole. We were just managing; but, I had some good information to share and wasn’t able to share it with all of our limitations. But then someone came who knew some English and helped me until Jackson came to help.
n spite of the days start in disorderliness and frustration, the Oral Care Camp went very well; and, I also think they enjoyed the information given, especially information about the tooth and body connection.
I was able to teach most of the girls and house-mothers, mostly in smaller groups as they were able to come. I have hopes that next week it will be more organized. I do have plans on teaching tooth care to the Joshua House boys and the James 1:27 Widows and the caretakers for the babies.
The Oral Care Camp will run for another three weeks on Saturday. These camps are meant to give small, quick “bites” of information no longer than 30 minutes.
Today’s seminar touched on brushing: when to brush, how to brush, and why brushing the teeth is so important, and that there is more than one reason to take care of our teeth and to have a pretty smile.
A special thanks to Dr. Tom Bieber, DDS, from
Clear Lake, IA, for donating the tooth model. It was a hit. They really liked it. Their comment was “Bèl dan blan” which means “Beautiful white teeth”.