Hope Smiles team members and partners are continually seeking to understand God’s love as revealed to us through Jesus more fully. This is love with a particular form and shape. This is self-giving -- not self-seeking -- love. This is love in action, seeking to share the gifts, talents, and opportunities we have with the world around us. This love is defined by sacrifice. This love will NOT put other people at a disadvantage so we can rest comfortably. Our challenge is constant yet simple: How can I love the person in front of me?
Hope Smiles team members and partners want to be the best. No one should work harder than us, no one should study harder than us, and no one should treat people better than us. We want to do great work in service of God. We recognize our talents are meant to be developed, and that fuels our focus each day -- each breath we take is saturated in significance as we develop the talents God has given us. Eventually God will set all things right. Today, pursuing excellence means we need to do everything we can to love, learn, and improve.
Team members and partners at Hope Smiles recognize and assert a fairly revolutionary idea -- life is not about me. Life is about God and other people. In pursuing that life, we find significance and meaning. Humility allows us to simply enjoy our journey together as we strive to transform lives through quality, compassionate dental care. If we are loving people well, everything will work out for us. If we put ourselves before other people, we will fail at Hope Smiles.
Our mission is simple, but not easy. Engaging new cultures and entering into the pain of the world will make us uncomfortable. Hope Smiles team members and partners willingly engage the pain and suffering of the world and speak peace and healing into the lives of people who otherwise would not receive it. We learn about people who are different than us. We listen humbly. We courageously develop dental teams to serve unreached communities. It would be easier to do what always has been done. Courage demands we tell a different, better story when it would be easier to ignore the pain and suffering of the world.
Our calling is development work rather than relief work. While short-term relief work that addresses acute dental needs is an important and worthy goal, Hope Smiles team members and partners believe that must be incorporated into a plan addressing the long-term issues of employment, sustainability, and continuity of care for unreached communities. The Hope Smiles clinical model achieves this -- an initial investment, or “seed” is planted in an unreached community. Once the “seed” is planted, it will grow into a sustainable, locally-owned dental revolution as local teams finally receive the training and equipment to transform their own communities!
Hope Smiles seeks to awaken hearts and mobilize a global community of leaders to restore hope and transform lives through dentistry.
Hope Smiles develops and empowers servant leaders to restore hope and transform lives by mobilizing and equipping sustainable dental teams in unreached communities throughout the USA, Haiti, & Uganda.