Dear friends and family,
Howdy! I hope all has been well! I am excited to share about the ways the Lord has been working in my life. In May, I will graduate from Blinn Dental Hygiene school and be a Registered Dental Hygienist! I am so blessed to have been led to a career that I am truly passionate about and love. I plan to stay in College Station, TX and work here after I graduate. College Station has stolen my heart over the last 7 years of living here while going to school.
I am writing to share with you the opportunity God has provided me to use the gifts He has given me. From June 1 through June 29, I will be going to an orphanage in the community of Bulembu with other Dental Hygienists and Dentists. Bulembu is on the border that separates South Africa from Swaziland. In this community, hundreds of children have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. During this 4 week trip, we will be assessing and treating the children, teachers, and house mothers. Many of these children have never had any form of dental treatment before. We will also spend time teaching the children and house mothers how to take care of their teeth with brushing and flossing so they continue to take good care of their teeth when we leave. Other than dental work, we will be helping children with school work, playing games with them, and leading bible studies. I believe this opportunity will be a huge blessing to the people in Bulembu, but I also know I will grow tremendously in the process.
I would like to specifically ask for you to pray for me and the rest of the team going with me. Also, please pray that our financial needs are met. The cost of the trip is $3,000, which covers my transportation, housing, and meals. If you would like to financially support me, I would be very grateful. My first financial deadline is February 24th and the final deadline for the full amount is May 19th. Donations are tax deductible if you would prefer to write a check and they can be made out to Grace Bible Church (my name cannot be on the check otherwise it will not be tax deductible).
Feel free to contact me with any questions and I look forward to sharing this experience with you! Thank you in advance for your prayers and financial support!
- Ryan Hooks
- Bill Birdwell
- Beverly Rummer
- David Tietze
- Jesse and Danielle Younger