Protective Services Detail Team, Church Security Training
MISSION TEAM LEADER: James Price
Mission After Action Report:
With only a few weeks notice, DVM was able to provide an M-PSD Team (Mission - Protective Services Detail) and Tactical Operations Center support to La Cima World Missions and Church of God, Honduras. DVM also provided security training to local NGOs and churches.
La Cima World Mission's Dr. David Sperow made all arrangements for locations and meetings for DVM using his impressive experience in the region.
DVM ran a snap campaign to fundraise for the mission. Our sponsors, Social Good Fund, provided administration and fiscal sponsorship, have ensured DVM's PSD mission to Honduras was a success and allowed the team to concentrate on the tasks at hand.
The team protected dentists in urban slums held by gangs and rural areas where the residents are so poor, they can’t afford $40 to have a tooth pulled. Some of the 200 patients seen had dental problems for years, seriously affecting their work, schooling, and quality of life. Roughly 400+ problematic teeth were extracted by La Cima World Missions.
Dr. David Sperow of La Cima World Missions said that usually, he has to stay on guard at all times when working on a mission, but could finally relax and do his job. “Having extra sets of eyes and ears that knew what they were looking and listening for was a major weight off my shoulders. I was able to focus 100% on patient care and making sure the clinic was operating smoothly. In the past, I have had to stop what I was doing to ensure that a ‘shady character’ kept on moving or evaluate potential bad guys that… raised red flags”.
Dr. Sperow added that because of the security, many more people could be helped than on other missions. “[La Cima World Missions] ended up with only five cartridges of anesthetic left... when our time was up and the last patient was seen. I have never gotten that close to running out of a critical supply item and I planned the supply order based on our 'typical' pace of patient care. I have usually prepared to have at least 25% of our supply left over at the end of a mission. The fact that we almost ran out is a testament to the improved efficiency and effectiveness of the team”.
When asked what Dr. Sperow thought the DVM PSD Team Members did the best, he responded “It was a flawless performance on every level. For me, being freed up to just deal with clinical care was huge. For the churches and their staffs, the security training conducted by James Price was priceless and they were extremely grateful”.
Our NGO wouldn't have been able to assist La Cima World Missions without the help of our sponsors, and the generous donations sent from every corner of the globe.
HASF is planning additional M-PSD Missions to Honduras.