Dental Team Treats 500 in Fiji

When a 26-member interdenominational dental team traveled from Anchorage, Alaska, to Vatuvonu, Fiji, in September, "picking out the spiritual campfire songs was the challenge!” according to Pam Libby, trip leader. “[They] all grew up singing different religious songs.” It took quite a bit of scrambling to pick out two songs they had in common. "Kumbaya" and "Amazing Grace" were well-used throughout the eight-day dental service project held at the Vatuvonu Adventist School.

Jim and Pam Libby, members of Anchorage's Hillside-O'Malley Church, soon recognized and honored the fact that the group's diversity provided a rich variety of spiritual gifts to share with the more than 500 individuals they treated. They also vividly recognized the great blessing each received by being exposed to and joining in with the Fijians as they worked in the clinic, visited their homes and worshipped together. “God calls us to go and serve no matter what," said Pam. “He gives us opportunity to ‘get out of our comfort zones’ and trust Him to guide us and live through us in any service adventure!"

February 01, 2004 / Alaska Conference