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There are many health needs, but dental health takes a back burner a lot of the times according to one local dental care provider. Dublin First Baptist Church hosted the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Medical – Dental Center this past Saturday, February 25th, 2016.

The Medical/Dental Bus Ministry of NCBM began in 1989 to help physical and spiritual needs in North Carolina communities.  NC Baptist Men (Baptists On Mission) offer the use of the mobile medical/dental units to Baptist churches, other Christian denominations, and service organizations within North Carolina who wish to reach out to people in need according to the Baptist Men of North Carolina’s website. 

The mission was scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the local church. According to the church’s Women’s Mission Union (WMU) Director, Mrs. Jenny Kirby, patients were at the church waiting at close to 5:00 am and a total of 37 people registered. 

“It really meets a need.” Jenny Kirby, WMU Director. “I wish we could help them all,” Kirby continued.

Not only did the Baptist men and women volunteer their time and resources for the mission, but so did local dentists, and dental care staff. Dr. Charles Allen and his staff from Elizabethtown, along with Dr. Colin Osborne and his staff from Lumberton and Dental Hygienists, Melissa White and Jessica Hill pulled duty helping about 25 patients with dental care.
The work began before 8:30 a.m. and ended well after the 4 p.m. deadline. Dr. Allen said their had been fillings and teeth pulled during the day.
Those registered all received a care packages, spiritual tracks and information on where to receive dental care at a cost discounted according to their income.

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