Answering God's Call
During my church’s Missions Conference in February 2008, I surrendered to go on one mission trip
but God had bigger plans. In July 2009, a team of nurses from my church invited me to go on a medical mission trip to Ivory Coast, West Africa. Upon my return, I knew without a doubt I would be going on more medical missions trips! God has opened many opportunities for me to provide restorative and surgical dental treatment and minister God’s Word to people in remote villages in Africa, a prison
in the Dominican Republic, and children in orphanages and schools in Eastern Europe and Central America!
I was born and grew up in a country located in Central America called Panama. Since my father was from New York in the United States, I spoke English as my native language. My mother is from Panama and is fluent in Spanish and English but since my father was from New York he never learned to speak Spanish. Although English is my native language, I am fluent in Spanish, as well.
For most of my life I was Catholic, and I attended a Catholic school while growing up in Panama. When I came to the United States to attend college, I was so focused on my schooling, that attending church completely ceased. After the birth of my first daughter, I decided it was time to start attending church, once again.
My two daughters were baptized as infants, like I had been, and I became active in a local Catholic church, in Texas. Approximately nine years ago, I felt a desire to find some type of Bible study, which would enable me to learn more about what God’s Word taught. A couple of ladies I knew, who were from Romania, had been praying for me. They invited me to visit their Baptist church one weekend, so I attended the ladies Sunday School class, then the worship service, and was captivated, because the pastor was preaching God’s Word. My friends’ church was an hour drive away from where I lived, so I decided I would visit churches of a different denomination, each Sunday.
When I shared this with my youngest daughter, she told me about Lavon Drive Baptist Church, in Garland, Texas, where one of her school classmates had invited her to attend the Wednesday Evening youth group. I know, without a doubt, that the Holy Spirit gave me the desire to read and study God’s Word, and God opened doors for me to attend Lavon Drive Baptist Church. I heard my pastor preaching the Truth and Good News of Jesus Christ. After attending the Sunday morning and Sunday evening services for seven weeks, I went forward during the invitation inquiring about joining the church. The Associate Pastor and his wife came to my house later that week and led my two daughters, one of my daughter’s boyfriend, and myself to trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. My life has never been the same!
I am a pediatric dentist and had a private practice for 26 years. In 2009, I began going on short-term mission trips to provide dental care to those that had great needs. In 2012, I started going to school at Dallas Baptist University to earn a dual Master’s Degree in Global Leadership/Missions and in Children’s Ministry. During my course of study, the prayers at the beginning of the class, lectures, homework, and class assignments, revealed to me that I had a ministry, which could be used by God on mission trips.
Early in 2015, I knew God wanted me to sell my dental practice and surrender to full-time ministry with a Christian non-profit organization, which starts churches and operates nutrition centers, orphanages, foster homes, schools for the poor and needy, as well as medical and dental clinics in forty different countries throughout the world. By the end of last year, I had sold my private practice, exchanged my big home for a much smaller home and I could not be happier!
In February 2015, I started working part-time while raising support to go into full-time ministry.
Upcoming Mission Trips
Romania (March 2016)
Egypt (July 2016)
Panamá (September 2016)
Completed Mission Trips
Ivory Coast (July 2009)
Guatemala (April 2010)
Panamá (September 2010)
Guatemala (March 2011)
Panamá (September 2011)
Philippines, Cambodia (January 2012)
Missions, Texas (June 2012)
Greece and Romania (May 2013)
Japan (October 2014)
Spain (May 2015)
Mexico (January 2016)
Panamá (September 2009)
Kenya (July 2010)
Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam (January 2011)
Dominican Republic (June 2011)
Kenya (October 2011)
Mexico (March 2012)
Guatemala (October 2012)
Guatemala (March 2015)