Mission to Mexico

May 26-30, 2018

Fue mi segundo año regresando a la parroquia la Inmaculada Concepción proveyendo asistencia dental y anteojos a los feligreses. Padre Fernando Rodriguez y Padre Gregory Woodward LC me dieron la oportunidad de volver.


El padre Fernando Rodríguez LC y el padre Gregory Woodward LC una vez más me dieron la oportunidad de servir a su comunidad con atención dental en la Inmaculada Concepción en Quintana Roo. La gente es maravillosa, y hay mucho que hacer por ellos.


Siempre hay una gran demanda de gafas para leer, pero descubrí en esta misión que muchas personas también necesitan gafas de sol. El sol es muy fuerte y las personas sufren dolores de cabeza e irritación ocular debido al sol. Tener una tabla con letras me ayudó a probar su visión e identificar sus necesidades.

En esta misión, el doctor Oscar Castillo se ofreció a brindar atención dental en su clínica, permitiéndome trabajar con él y llevar a los pacientes a un mejor servicio en su lugar, ya que todavía no tengo una clínica dental completa. La oficina era hermosa, bien organizada con una recepción para que los pacientes se registraran.


¿Puedes ver el logo de HTJH en la cirugía?


Fue conveniente trabajar en la clínica del Dr. Castillo porque también tiene una farmacia en el mismo edificio, para atender a los pacientes que necesitan medicamentos, analgésicos, antibióticos, enjuague bucal, etc. Su práctica es: grupo médico médico dental 6, Avenida Leona Vicario M2 85 L & 2 SM 200 Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo.

La clínica del Dr. Castillo me impresionó profundamente porque su esposa Marta, una asistente dental, también asiste a la farmacia. Marta trabaja duro, es una buena esposa, excelente madre y gran amiga. Ella ayudó durante esta misión para garantizar que tuviéramos todo lo que necesitábamos y todas las habilidades estaban disponibles para servir a la gente.


Para muchas personas fue la primera vez que recibieron atención dental. Aprendieron a no tener miedo al cuidado dental. Me sentí bienvenido y amado por ellos.


a todas las personas que ayudaron a hacer posible esta misión. Todos juntos, con su apoyo y amor, tocamos a muchas personas en México. ¡Dios los bendiga a todos!


-Susana Scarlet Sandoval  


Cuidado dental

Lectura y gafas de sol

Los niños recibieron rompecabezas y chanclas.


15 familias pobres recibieron una bolsa de comestibles llamada "Viveres", que incluye pasta, salsa de tomate, azúcar, harina, sardinas, etc.


Mission to Guatemala

October 22-23, 2017

Corpus Christi St. Francisco de Asis Orphanage, Centro Nutricional Patzun Chimaltenango, Guatemala​​

It is always a great pleasure to return to this home and see my children and my wonderful friends, the Franciscan sisters.

There was great joy and surprise when I arrived on Sunday, October 22!  Lots of children were waiting to celebrate the “day of the Missionary”. They came from small villages and together we all celebrated holy mass and had a lovely time.

My niece Paula, my cousin Angelica and Dr. Victor Morales participated in this activity. I had the opportunity to talk to the children and share with them the experiences and challenges of being a missionary. My message to them was:  “Never give up”, “follow your heart” and “do not be afraid”.


After the ceremony, I gave some sports balls to each of the villages so that the children can play and have a good time.


Every child at this mission received a book, a holy card, rosary, toothbrush and toothpaste. They were also given a new hat because it is cold at this time of the year and they need to keep their heads warm.

The home also received a Christmas ornament.


Also some of the sisters received a book because they will use it to read to the babies at bedtime.

Dr Morales and my family provided dental care to the children and the nuns.  They were all very happy. “No cavities and good clean teeth!” they said with a big smile.

I’m very grateful to Mr Maurice Muñoz of the company Kuraray, who generously provided primer and bond to enable us to do effective restorations.  On this mission I was also able to use a cordless Prophy Handle tool to polish teeth. It works wonderfully and is very convenient.

Thank you very much to Mr and Mrs Victor and Kathleen Utgoff for their donation to enable me to purchase this fantastic tool.  

64 people received dental care on this mission. 


My dear friend Thelma Gary, her husband and friends also donated items for babies, like blankets, diaper rash cream, baby clothes, balls, etc. I distributed these at both locations on this mission.  


I was so touched to see single mothers and their children from outside come and be fed by the nuns. They were all eating together at the entrance of the house.   One big happy family!


a todas las personas que ayudaron a hacer posible esta misión. Todos juntos, con su apoyo y amor, tocamos a muchas personas en México. ¡Dios los bendiga a todos!


-Susana Scarlet Sandoval  

Mission to Guatemala

July 31-August 4, 2017

On this mission I visited two orphanages:


1. Hogar del Nino "Nuestra Senora Consoladora" Located at: Km 15, Calzada Roosveelt 13-65 Zona 3 de Mexico Email: parhogar@hotmail.com

My second year going back to this home.

At this place, nuns feed many homeless people three times a day. I got them a Holy Rosary this year and we all prayed together. The homeless people brought their own plastic containers to receive their food. 

I was surprised to see the same room that I used last year because it has an old used kitchen cabinet with a sink. I was very happy to have the sink so I could wash my hands and instruments and the cabinet to put my stuff in such as my instruments and curing light.


I did have two docotors helping me at this place. Dr. Morales and Dr. Lopez. The boys were happy to have their teeth clean and recieve their toys: a mini car and a plane. They like it very much. Some of them love to color when they are waiting to be seen. It was a good time. 


Some of the sisters and boys received reading glasses with saline drops to help them have fresh vision and no itching. They also received religious items. 


I was impressed by how the boys were so well organized at meal time. They get their plates to receive their food. They put dirty dishes in place and have big smiles after dinner. 


We prayed for peace and also we prayed to set up a dental clinic in the room where I worked. There is too much dental need. It is not just the boys, but the sisters, the homeless and many more people as well.  I hope to get donations to reach $6,000 so that I can set up a dental clinic which will need a permanent dental chair, dental unit, lamp and some instruments to start with.


I hope and have faith that this will be done in a few months from now. 

2. This was my first time visiting Hogar de la Nina "Madre del Consuelo" 

Located at: Cuiapa, Santa Rosa, Carretera a El Salvador Km 65.5 El Boqueron.

Email: hogarsantarosadelimalasamericas@yahoo.com


Driving from the city of Guatemala to Cuilapa takes about three hours, because some of the roads are not very good plus traffic is very heavy.


It is a very hot and humid place. 

At this home there is a school named Santa Maria Goretti. Morther Ilse gave me the opportunity to serve and car for about 86 girls and a few boys.  They were so happy when we arrived, smiles and hugs welcomed us.


The days were very busy here in Cuilapa. For many of the girls it was their first time seeing a dentist. Some of them were scared and cried. They didn't know what to expect. It was a challenge but everthing went well. Children go their teeth cleaned, examined, flouride and they learned how important it is to take care of their mouths. Since there was no dental clinic here I used a living room. 


They received tooth brushes, dolls, holy rosaries, holy cards and toys. The sisters and a few children got flip flops and reading glasses. The flip flops where a blessing because it is too hot there and the sisters were very glad to wear something more comfortable. Some of the sisters need dental care and I stayed up late at night to be sure they got some care. The reading glasses for their children went very well. Some of them can see better now, which makes me very happy.

Children love their dolls, puzzles and we prayed together. It was a nice time because during our prayer time the guitar was playing. It was so beautiful to hear the children's voices. ​


At this home they have a room where nuns and children make beautiful jewelry from recycled paper. It is a great opportunity to learn, also they sell the jewelry for a very low price to bring in some income to the home. 


a todas las personas que ayudaron a hacer posible esta misión. Todos juntos, con su apoyo y amor, tocamos a muchas personas en México. ¡Dios los bendiga a todos!


-Susana Scarlet Sandoval  

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