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March 2017 Dental Mission

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REPORT TO:  Board of Directors & interested parties

From:  Roger Plante (coming from reports handed in by the ten missionaries.

Date:  March 27, 2017

Re:  Mission to Sacred Heart Mission, Seaford Town, Westmorland, Jamaica.

My heart is filled with gratitude to those very special fourteen persons who participated in the March mission to Sacred Heart.   This was the first “three discipline outreach” we staged and everyone  involved said it was a huge success.  Father Lukasz Szweda, pastor at Sacred Heart and the two sisters proved to be exceptional organizers and hosts to the team.

Participants in the mission were:

Father Lucasz Szweda, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish—organizer and accommodator
Paul Connor, Akron Ohio, Optician, JOP Board Member and Group leader 
Dr. Beth Love, dentist from  Dublin, Ohio (dental)         
Dr. Philip Baer, Optometrist from Estero, FL (optical) (third mission with JOP) 
(Dr.)  Raysa Hache, NP, Miami, FL (medical) (second mission to Sacred Heart)  
Paulette, Johnson, Dental Assistant, Ft. Lauderdale (second mission to Sacred Heart)  
Warner, Dublin Ohio, Hygienist, associated with Dr. Love’s office 
Shannon Mc Cloud, Thomasville, GA, RN
Shelica Anastari, Med Student, Tallahassee, FL
Helen Fusco, Lay assistant,  Akron OH—sister of Dr. Love and business associate with Paul Connor
Gavin Hart, Kingston, JA Registration person….Gavin is part of the choir that comes to St. John each year—He volunteered to be the registration person for this mission.
Sr.   Athanasic, R.N.  staff at Sacred Heart
Sr. Jhorna, CNA and General assistant at Sacred Heart   Pharmacy and ongoing patient care.

Boxer our friend from St. Pius who is always present when we need a helping hand.

I have had such glowing reports from the participants it would take some 25 pages to include all of the information given to me.   Here are the basic facts about this mission.   It was a huge success and interaction between the three teams working in unison proved to be incredibly good.

The dental folks experienced problems with the main portable dental unit and fortunately our service representative from Kingston repeatedly came to the rescue of the team and with the addition of subsidiary compressor and water cooled high speed hand-pieces, the problem was resolved….but not without causing a severe backup hiccups in the dental patient schedule……all of which was worked out and in the end, all patients booked were seen and treated.

Link to full report                                                

March 2017 Food Drive

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What we do in His Name is always an Inspiration to others

The annual J.O.P. Food Drive at St John the Evangelist church in Naples, Florida, on the weekend of March 4-5, 2017,  supported our ministry in Jamaica with enthusiasm and lots of food donations. An ocean bound container left the parish grounds on May 6th with six hundred labeled cartons of food and goods. Over five hundred of those were cartons of food. Among them were 129 cartons of cereal, 106 cartons of pasta, 97 cartons of canned vegetables, and 34 cartons of rice. Each carton of rice contained approximately 35 lbs of rice packages.  Additional cartons contained soup, flour, oatmeal, canned fruit, beans, juice, and shelled nuts. Not all cartons listed on the manifest contained food. Donated optical and dental supplies, handmade clothing, text books, and a carton of handmade toys made by a wood craft club in Naples, were also entered on the container’s manifest.

In the name of those Jamaicans who will receive the food and goods collected, we extend sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of the Food Drive.  What we do in His name is always an inspiration to others to do the same.

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