"I don't know teeth but I do know the mouth," said Laughlin speech therapist, Jill Eckert a few weeks prior to her departure for Banda Ahenkro, Ghana in West Africa. Jill is currently participating in a dental and medical mission trip that will serve hundreds of people in the Ghanaian bush with her church, North Community Church. Her professional training in speech pathology makes her familiar with how a mouth should function, making her skills translatable to the simple dental procedures that will be performed by her team this week.
Jill has been taking this trip with a small American team for many years. They are currently based in a rural village, Banda, from October 12 - 25th. They brought with them medical equipment and medicine to care for hundreds of Ghanaians each day in clinics that are set up under tents in very remote parts of the country. The short-term team supports long-term, in-country Banda missionaries from Pioneers Africa organization. Jill has been greatly impacted by this trip in many ways.
You can follow her adventures from the team's blog at http://nccinghana.blogspot.com/. You can also stay updated with the team's phone call updates from Ghana at http://www.nccinwexford.org/calls-from-ghana-2012 - Jill gave the fourth update on October 18th.