MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's not unusual for local churches to take missionary trips to our neighbors in the south, but the upcoming trip for a Montgomery church is about to take on added significance. Dr. Dan Hudson will put his dentistry skills to work this week in Haiti, the very country slammed by Hurricane Matthew last week.
"The devastation occurred largely in the western part of the country," he said.
900 dead, 60,000 displaced, according to published reports. Dr. Hudson will be part of a team of eight from Eastern Hills Baptist Church. The group leaves early Friday morning. Dr. Hudson admitted he just might be overwhelmed by what he encounters; the abject poverty, the hurricane damage, so many who've gone so long without basic medical care.
You may recall it was just six years ago when a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti killing 200,000 people.
"We not only want to fix their teeth, but this is a permanent, long-term relationship," he said.
Team leader Dan Harrison says they will spend their time in Jacmel, Haiti, some 100 miles away from the eye of Hurricane Matthew passed over.
"We'll be going into the village surrounding the clinic and doing routine health checks," said Harrison.
The team will consist of two dentists, a nurse, and non-medical personnel. They will stay one full week.
"Will be a lot worse than I ever imagine," Harrison explained.
Hudson and Harrison know their visit won't be a panacea to all what troubles the Haitians today. They do believe, however, they have the power to relieve their suffering somewhat and offer them the light of hope.
"A lot of what we'll be doing is feeding," said Harrison, in short, live out what they consider a crucial part of their faith.