Chelsea Dentistry Aims to Bring Smiles and Faith from Home

August 23, 2013

(280 Living) In June, owners of family dentistry Chelsea Comprehensive Dental ventured all the way to Peru and back again doing what they say was an answer the Lord’s call.

Ryan and Dawn Draiss took their teeth-cleaning and cavity-checking skills to areas of the third-world country to perform treatments on those less fortunate. They partnered with e3 Partners Ministry to provide missionary guidance and medical services to areas of Peru.

“We had a mobile medical unit with doctors, nurses, pharmacies and a optometrist,” Dawn Draiss said. “We basically packed up everything up and took it to a certain location.”

Their stay lasted nine days, and most of the places they traveled to were without electricity or running water.

As people there received treatment, the Draiss’ are able to share their beliefs, Dawn said.

“It normally leads into, ‘why are you here?’” Dawn said. “Our answer is: because God gave us the talents, we feel like we need to use them and then we explain why we feel the need to come down here and help.”

During the time they were gone, the Draisses risked closing their business.

“I think God has blessed us,” Dawn said. “We very well could have come back with a slow schedule, but we came back loaded up. It spills over into our attitudes and the way we run the business.”

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