MOSES LAKE CHURCH is a Seventh-day Adventist religious institution and a meeting place for Christians and believers, but just this Friday and Sunday half the building transformed itself into a massive dental clinic. This was the second time the Moses Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church has supported the free dental clinic.
Pastor Clinton Meharry, along with Caring Hands International, an Adventist charitable organisation based in Eugene, Ore and its founder Randy Meyer worked together to provide free dental services to the people of Moses Lake, Washington area. Meyer met a member of the Moses Lake church at a particular conference and was invited along with their clinic to Moses Lake, which leads to this event.
Meharry discussed the process from the 1st steps of filling out forms, getting their X-rays and getting their blood pressure checked to get their teeth cleaned, filled, or extracted by professional dentists depending on their dental needs. All of these were free of charge. They had seven volunteer dentists who came all the way from Hermiston, Olympia, Spokane, Yakima, Sunnyside and Quincy as well as Moses Lake to lend their services. They also had hygienists, X-ray techs and people taking health information who volunteered to work without pay.
Not only did they provide dental services. Haircuts and massage therapies were also available for the patients to enjoy. A nacho bar was also set up for them to avail in case they got hungry.
Sandy Larsen, the organiser of the clinic and a volunteer herself, emphasised having about 60 volunteer workers aside from the medical professionals. These volunteers aged between 10 to 80 years old. She also mentioned how they had to be detailed when planning this event.
The founder of the Caring Hands International, Randy Meyer, said he supplies all the medical apparatus, the dental chairs and equipment, and that the Moses Lake Church provides the volunteer medical professionals and the other support staff in this mission. The church also shouldered the expenses in keeping their trucks running and on the road. Meharry said they had a yard sale to provide funds for this. In fact, that Friday morning, they had a positive response from interested buyers despite the 90-degree-plus heat. That might have been their last day, but it indeed was not the least. The excess funds they’ve gathered from this yard sale also goes toward polishing the interior of the church building. The outside is already complete and ready, but the inside still has work that needs to be done.