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Invitation to Join Our 2018 Mission Trip to Guatemala

Dr. T. Bob DavisDear Dental Mission Volunteer:

As the founder and leader of annual dental mission trips to Central America since 1977, I would like to invite you to apply to join our next dental mission trip to Guatemala during Spring Break 2018

Did you join us for our previous dental mission trips to Mexico, Nicaragua or Guatemala during Spring Break?  If so, you know how rewarding it was to bring dental care and spiritual encouragement to those most in need.  If not, please consider joining us this year for the experience of a lifetime.

We are returning to Guatemala this Spring Break (March 16 – 24, 2018)…start fundraising now!  [2018 UPDATE: FLY IN FRIDAY EVENING AND RETURN SATURDAY NOON FOR HOUSTON GROUP – REQUIREMENT TO BE ON NON-STOP DESIGNATED FLIGHTS. DALLAS GROUP SATURDAY MORNING DEPARTURE AND SATURDAY RETURN.] We are inviting students from Baylor and UT Houston and perhaps a few other schools.  I am in great hopes that we can put together a team of 100 to complete the assignment God laid on my heart in 2010 while visiting this site and having been there for 6 years now.

Please pray as you are reading this and then consider what God would have you do.


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Our Vision and Mission Goals for This Trip

Vision: Create an experience that is compelling for dental personnel to learn about and become short term dental missionaries.

Mission: To involve as many dentists, dental students, pre-dental students, hygienists, hygiene students, assistants, techs and translators as God provides each year on the trip.

Goals:

  • To gather equipment and supplies yearly that complement the needs for the Mission;
  • To plan efficiently and effectively for the team members to know of and choose to participate in the Mission;
  • To prepare for the safety, health, timeliness, and environment of cadre;
  • To combine dental volunteerism with spiritual mentoring;
  • To make a memory of a lifetime for all involved in any way.

Our Plan

A high school in town has 1000 students that we will aim in 2018 to include a surgical project (wisdom teeth extraction) as an included service to our existing numerous restorative and emergency care procedures. Thus the need for more oral surgeons this trip.

I trust you realize that such a mission is what we were really created for and have already been called to do as Christians, were given a dental license for, and have grown up into His likeness for.

I am aware that practicing dentists are already scheduling recall appointments for March and need to set aside the week for the trip.  And dental students are already thinking about spring break and what they can do then.  Many of you will need to find some financial resources to help with this venture.  It is no different than any church group going on the mission field for short term missions – it is bigger than yourself.  Do not hesitate to ask for others to join in with you since you have helped so many others go on their trip.  Now it is time for you to offer the professional gift that no others possess to impact the world for Christ, in YOUR time.

We will fly to Guatemala on Friday evening.  Saturday will include the set up of the dental clinic for exams, prophys, x-rays, fillings, extractions, oral health motivation, fluoride and a few other surprise treatments we always get to perform that God has awaiting us.  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday will be our clinic time with a brief R & R Wednesday before leaving on Saturday.  I am acutely aware of your urgent desire to keep costs to the bare bone minimum and will assure you we have always done that.  Since airline flights are the biggest cost in our mission, be sure to purchase your tickets early to keep your cost as low as possible. Make your decision NOW, in order to reduce cost of all other expenses of the trip. Check application for flight options.

2018 Change: DO NOT PURCHASE AIRLINE TICKETS NOR PAY EXPENSES BEFORE APPROVAL OF APPLICATION!! 


Our NeedsEverybody

Here are the personnel needs:   15 dentists, 65 dental students, 3 hygienists, 7 dental hygiene students, 5 assistants, and 5 pre-dents –  plus any translators, spouses, children of teammates or friends of the missions family!!!!! Our target number is 100 dental health professionals and students.  Pray for that!!  I know we can do it with 100.

Will you consider joining us for this literal crusade of health and spiritual impact?  Please respond with an email to tbob@tbobdavis.com as to your availability and interest level so that I can begin the detail planning for equipment and supplies necessary to be available when we arrive.  That is no small feat and I know you understand the mammoth task it is now to take such things across international borders, fly on planes, and purchase in that country.  I am up to the task of providing for your experience! Now will you agree to join us to donate your heart and hands to the effort?

You can help by encouraging your own staff, friends, or classmates to join us.

I can’t wait to hear from you!
Gratefully,

T. Bob Davis, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Fellow Academy of General Dentistry, Master Academy of General Dentistry, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, Fellow International College of Dentists, Fellow Academy of Dentistry International, Fellow Pierre Fauchard Academy.


Application

2018 Update: This year we require each new applicant to notify me of your interest by submitting by email a Cover Letter attachment with the 4 signed documents plus passport photo. This cover letter would include your name, brief description of yourself,  brief description of how you heard about the trip, and brief explanation of why you are going. 

(1) Cover Sheet, (1) Signed Code of Conduct Agreement, (1) Signed Acknowledgement of Truths and Purposes Held by This Mission, (1) Signed Fundraising Contract, (1) Signed Travel Release Form, and cell phone photo copy of passport. Simply download the PDFs, open and electronically sign using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Save and email to tbob@tbobdavis.com.

Upon receipt of those papers, I will notify you of your acceptance to be a part of the team.

Third, once accepted on the team, proceed to fill out the required personal information form online. Fill it out accurately and completely. Please note, the online form will not let you skip a required question/answer. You may fill out the “Apply Now” shown below which is a Google Docs form that populates all your info in an Excel spreadsheet.

Fourth, Once the application is submitted, then you should purchase your airline ticket (Houston group flight on United and Dallas group flight on American). Following purchase, send me a copy of your airline notification confirmation with all details (total cost, flight #’s, and arrival/departure times and days) to tbob@tbobdavis.com.

Fifth, Pay expenses through Venmo link below.


Flight Details

  • Departure: Dallas (DFW) to Guatemala City (GUA)
    American Airlines Flight #1025 – 3/17/18 – Depart 9am; Arrive 11:22am
    Return: Guatemala City (GUA) to Dallas (DFW)
    American Airlines Flight #1025 – 3/24/18 – Depart 12:25pm; Arrive 4:50pm
  • Departure: Houston (IAH) to Guatemala City (GUA)
    United Airlines Flight #1755 – 3/16/18 – Depart 10pm; Arrive 11:50pm
    Return: Guatemala City (GUA) to Houston (IAH)
    United Airlines Flight #1903 – 3/24/18 – Depart 12:35pm; Arrive 4:35pm

Dallas Group American Airlines Fare per person until Thanksgiving= $688.   30 seats saved. AA#1025- 3/17/18 – 9:00-11:22am,  DFW-GUA // AA#1025- 3/24/18 – 12:25-4:50pm,  GUA-DFW

Houston Group United Airlines Fare per person until Thanksgiving= $778.   50 seats saved. UA #1755- 3/16/18 – 10:00pm-11:50pm,  IAH-GUA  // UA#1903- 3/24/18 – 12:35-4:35pm,  GUA-IAH

These are very reasonable fares considering what has been in years past and what are quoted now.  For safety and security, equipment and supplies travel with us, together in buses from airport to GUA Compound, we fly together on these non-stops. PAY THE AIRFARE ON VENMO TO @TBob-Davis. Pay the EXPENSES separately in a separate payment for the Expenses on VENMO.  DO NOT MIX THOSE, make 2 payments (air/expenses). Please MAKE PAYMENTS BY THE NAME OF THE PERSON  SIGNED UP FOR THE TRIP,  not parents or friends.  Your payment will assure your being on the correct flight since we will have in your application your birth date and passport number with date of expiration.  So FILL OUT YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE AS YOU PAY YOUR AIR AND EXPENSES- THEY MUST COORDINATE.

**2018 UPDATE REMINDER: YOU ARE REQUIRED TO FLY ON DESIGNATED NON-STOP FLIGHTS. REASON: MASSIVE PROBLEM WITH NUMEROUS TRIPS BACK AND FORTH TO AIRPORT AND DELAYS PERTAINING TO PICK-UP/DEPARTURE TIMES, COST, AND SAFETY ISSUES.

****You may sign up until late December and until January 17 but after that there is no refund available, fees are different until then and airfare may be more.


Next, proceed to pay Expenses of the trip via Venmo (link below). This year’s donations and payments will be handled via Venmo. Create an account and send the necessary amount to @TBob-Davis. If you are not sure how much to pay, please refer to the ‘2018 Mission Trip Overview’ in the upper right toolbar on this page. For previous trip attendees, Venmo will be replacing PayPal, which avoids all service charges.

To Former Teammates: The new online format eliminates days of translating and transferring submitted data from paper to online forms. It does so by automatically populating a spreadsheet that will include all lists I need to operate the trip efficiently, and answer your questions quickly. This will allow the answers to essential questions to be provided on a moment’s notice. Thank you for your cooperation in this change. This will save an immense amount of time for our leaders and eliminate any errors during transfer that require me to chase you down last minute. Again, thank you for understanding! You’re the BEST!

Expenses

  • $600 for Doctors who have been on at least 4 previous trips as Doctor or student, when paid by Thanksgiving Day (a 50% reduction).
  • $800 for Doctors and Students who have been on 1-3 previous trips as Doctor or student, when paid by Thanksgiving Day (a 30% reduction).
  • $900 for Doctors, students, spouse, children, hygienists, assistants, and all other personnel who are first timers, if paid by Thanksgiving Day (a 20% reduction).
  • $1100 ALL FEES REVERT TO $1100 FOR ANYONE IF PAID AFTER THANKSGIVING DAY UNTIL THE DEADLINE, JANUARY 17TH, 2018
  • $1300 LATE FEES APPLIES WITHIN 8 WEEKS OF START DAY OF TRIP FOR THOSE WHO PREFER LATE DECISIONS AND HIGHER COSTS — HA! January 17th, 2018.
  • Fees are non-refundable after January 17th, 2018. To insure the lowest total cost for the trip, an early airline ticket purchase and on-time Thanksgiving Day payment of expenses can save 20-30% overall.

Follow the link below to apply:

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Donate Here!

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This year’s donations and payments will be handled via Venmo. Create an account and send the necessary amount to @TBob-Davis. If you are not sure how much to pay, please refer to the ‘2018 Guatemala Application‘ in the upper right toolbar on this page.



Photos from previous trips:

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Click Here for photos from the 2013-2016 Trip to Guatemala


It was wonderful and truly gratifying to glorify God through helping many children in Guatemala. Although I came to this mission trip to help others, I realized that all the people of Guatemala and our team, offered me more than I could ever imagine."–- Bethany

This was my first mission trip and as everyone keeps asking me how my experience was, even though I've said it a million times, I don't think I'll ever get tired of telling our stories - of how God used us for just that one week and how He personally has transformed my heart."–- Belinda

I absolutely loved the trip and think that everyone completely loved it."–- Kelsey

I believe this trip really helped me in my journey of faith and trust in God."–- B