Dr. O.Z. Helmer of Texas knows that it takes a team effort to provide the important dental care the DVI clinic offers to children, young adults and seniors. We’re so glad he’s part of our team and hope you’ll join us by volunteering a week or more or with a tax-deductible gift this holiday season. Here is Dr. Helmer on one of his many visits to DVI and his story in his own words.
Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI) has been a huge blessing to me on my travel adventures to Jerusalem as a dentist volunteer. As a born-again Christian, I have an impassioned interest in the welfare of the Jewish people. I feel that God has His hand on this nation and therefore, anything I can do to help maintain their sovereignty and freedom, I am more than willing to do.
About 12 years ago, I saw an article in the American Dental Association News advertising the need for dentists regarding indigent children at DVI in Jerusalem. When this article resurrected again on my desk, I knew this was the answer the Lord had for me in traveling to Israel. After my initial two-week adventure, I knew that this would be an annual event for me.
It has been a privilege to work with all of the staff whose dedication in their service to DVI has been a blessing. They reflect smiling faces and are committed to the best dental care available. Because fluoride has not been added to the drinking water, the decay rate is much greater than in the U.S. Many of the patients have multiple areas of decay which keep the dentists busy.
The children, for the most part, are very cooperative and appreciative of the dental care they receive. The dental need in Israel is tremendous, and growing exponentially. Many of the children suffer from tooth abscesses which not only keep them awake at night, but also keep them from attending school. They desperately need dental attention.
DVI is supported by donations only. Without consistent gifts and donations, keeping the doors of DVI open to attend to emergency dental problems would terminate. Please consider being a part of the team in this wonderful ministry dedicated to treating the less fortunate children in Israel. Your contributions are for a most worthy cause and the smiling faces of these kids will not soon be forgotten. They replace the tears of pain often due to the rapid tooth destruction that decay presents.
My wife and I are financial supporters and would invite all who read this to consider even a small contribution on a monthly basis…the children of Israel need a “dental hand” in the eradication of tooth decay. Learn more about volunteering here.
Read more stories about DVI’s patients and dentist volunteers HERE.
Make your tax-deductible donation HERE!