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For the second year in a row, needy Des Moines, Iowa, residents received a day of caring, in part from Dr. Randall Ruisch, a Christian dentist in Des Moines, and in part from Paul Canfield, former Open Bible Global Missions Director, and Vivian, his wife.

Vivian Canfield and Erlinda Moreno pray with a participant.

Vivian Canfield and Erlinda Moreno pray with a participant.

Last year Dr. Ruisch, known for serving those in need locally and overseas, began holding an annual free dental care clinic for the community. He invited Paul and Vivian to attend so they could minister to people’s spiritual needs. Erlinda Moreno, pastor of Centro Cristiano Restauracion, an Open Bible church in Des Moines, assisted with ministry to Spanish-speaking people. The Canfields and Erlinda offered prayer to people after their treatment and presented the gospel to those who were interested. Most were open and appreciative, and several came to faith in Christ.

One woman was living out of her car. Estranged from her husband and children, she confessed to meth addiction. She wept and placed her faith in Jesus when the Canfields prayed with her. The lady was in the dental chair for hours because she needed numerous crowns on her teeth. Before she left, the Canfields made arrangements for her to enter a homeless shelter. With new teeth and a new outlook on life, she has more than one reason to smile!

Paul and Vivian Canfield with Pastor Erlinda Moreno

Paul and Vivian Canfield with Pastor Erlinda Moreno

Another man had recently returned from the Middle East, where he served in the military. His experiences had left him in despair. He too wept as the team prayed the sinner’s prayer with him. Paul remarked, “It is amazing to see the deep-seated needs people have and their willingness to share and open their hearts when given an opportunity.”

The team gave everyone who received dental care a New Testament, Christian literature, and a special invitation to attend church at either First Church of the Open Bible in Des Moines (for English speakers) or Centro Cristiano Restauracion (for those who speak Spanish).

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