J. Moore practices in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Bobby J. Moore, DMD, MAGD went on his first mission trip to South Africa IN
1992. He went on his second mission trip
in 1993. Since that time he has been
associated with Baptist Medical and Dental Missions International and has made
eleven mission trips since becoming associated with that organization. Bobby becomes very excited at any opportunity
to talk about the hundreds of people he has had the opportunity to serve by
meeting their dental needs. He tells of
how many of them walk miles to stand in lines sometimes numbering in the
hundreds to wait their turn to receive medical and dental treatment. Bobby’s mission team built a childrens home in Honduras which started with I girl
and now serves 200 children. The team
bought a pair of milk cows for the children’s home without realizing that both
cows were going to have calves. The
couple of milk cows has grown to a herd of 60
cattle. That is only one of the multiplying
factors you hear about when you have the opportunity
to discuss the mission work with Bobby Moore.
The team also started a fund to help the villagers in receiving surgical
treatment they could not otherwise afford even though a major surgical procedure
costs only $200.
To many the idea of spending a week
or two without all the conveniences to which we have become accustomed would
not seem to be a welcomed opportunity.
But Bobby talks of sleeping bags, makeshift showers and sanitary
facilities, limited electricity, and substandard clinical facilities as a real
opportunity to give back in appreciation for the many blessings in his life.
One of Bobby’s fellow team members
(Dr. Morgan Rousseau), states: “The
mission team that Bob and I travel with to Honduras serves villages that
usually have little to no access to dental care and very limited access to
health care in general. Honduras does
not pay for extractions through their national health care but they do provide
funding for replacing teeth with dentures or partials. So, when word spreads
that an American team of Drs/Dentists is in a village, people will walk
sometimes for miles just to have a tooth extracted. For them, an abcessed tooth could easily be a life and death
situation. On a typical day, Dr. Moore
will see approximately 30-50 patients extracting approximately 80-120 teeth.
Many patients, especially teenagers will have anterior teeth extracted as soon
as they detect a cavity because they know they can get a partial at some point and be spared potentially painful and life-threatening situations. We are
working in the villages 4 days very long hrs. with
head flashlights for illumination. It's
not unusual for any number of animals to be running beneath our feet and
portable patient chairs as we work.”
In addition to being the teacher of a men’s Sunday School class, Bobby is a popular lay speaker, always willing
to share his experiences with churches and civic organizations in hopes of
challenging others to join and share his experiences.
And just to be
certain that life never became dull he found himself treating one of the police
dogs for his hometown canine unit. The
lives of countless people have been made better because of Dr. Bobby Moore of
Muscle Shoals, Alabama. As is the case with most benevolent
individuals, Bobby shuns praise for his efforts and prefers giving the credit
to others, feeling that he is the one blessed with the opportunity to meet the
needs of others. He and his wife
Patricia also find time to enjoy their children and grand children.
Dr. Bobby Moore has been selected by the nominating
committee to be the next Secretary for the Alabama AGD. The election will take place in September for
a term to begin on January 1, 2009.