Speaking the Tooth in Love

A Dentist Reflects on His Mission to the Middle East

by Adam Algam, DDS

Speaking The Tooth

What is it like to leave behind a thriving dental practice and a comfortable life in America to go where God has called you? In Speaking the Tooth in Love, Dr. Adam Algam describes the joys, excitement, and trials of missional life in the Middle East, a place where all his ideas and expectations about Muslims and Christian ministry are challenged.

Seeing things through Eastern eyes greatly enriches his understanding of scripture passages that originated in this ancient context. He comes to recognize the shortcomings of his own culture as he watches God move mightily in this area of the world where there is great spiritual need.

Join Dr. Algam as he highlights both the extreme satisfaction and the real-life challenges that come with a life devoted to obedience to God through missions.

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by Adam Algam, DDS

Adam Algam is an American-born dentist with a heart for unreached people groups in the Middle East. He first committed his life to foreign missions during dental school after going on a short-term dental mission trip. Ready to embark on overseas service after graduation, he and his wife, Grace, were surprised to learn that they had been turned down by a mission organization—informed he didn’t yet have enough experience in his profession. They decided not to fight this initial denial of their plans but to see it as direction from the Lord. After much soul searching and prayer, the pair decided Adam should pursue further studies in orthodontics but keep active in general dentistry by working at various non-profit organizations in order to gain experience working with internationals. After a few years, the door finally opened for Adam, Grace and their three children to move to the Middle East. Dr. Algam has been active in Middle East mission work for fifteen years.