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Former BPC student serves in medical mission to Belize

Mandy Davenport Belize children

Mandy Davenport with some of the children at one of International Servants Feeding Programs in Belize. Davenport said the program had to decrease from feeding the kids daily to every other day because giving in the U.S. had decreased due to the economy. (Photo provided by Mandy Davenport)

By Kelley M. Arnold

Director of News and Public Information

MOUNT VERNON—Leaf-cutting ants, a jaguar skull, tarantulas, oh my!

             

Those are just a few of the more unusual sights former Brewton-Parker College student, Mandy C. Davenport, a Montgomery County native, saw on a four-day medical and dental mission trip to Belize last week.

Mandy Conner Davenport jaguar skull
Mandy Conner Davenport holds a jaguar skull one of the Belizean pastors, Pastor Crisantoas, killed near his grass hut. (Photo provided by Mandy Davenport)

Eclipsing the extraordinary experience of seeing these South American jungle creatures, however, was witnessing about 170 children accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior during this mission trip.

“We saw over 1,000 patients in the medical clinic and the dentist pulled hundreds of teeth, but most importantly about 170 children confessed Jesus Christ as their savior this week,” said Davenport in an email update to her mother, Deborah Conner, BPC Circulation Assistant.

Conner notified BPC’s Office of Marketing of her daughter’s trip after a status update on Brewton-Parker’s Facebook page asked for those on summer missions to list prayer requests.

Davenport, a pharmacist, traveled to Belize through International Servants, a volunteer organization that sets up one day medical and dental clinics in the remote jungle village areas where they have church plants.

International Servants also ministers through Bible schools and a feeding program for the children, and some team members provide construction needs. This is Davenport’s second visit to these remote jungles through International Servants. Her first trip was in 2006.

“I want to continue to give to the needy here,” said Davenport. “Most of the people we consider to live in poverty in America pale in comparison to what these people consider a normal life. What (some) consider poverty, they would consider riches.”

Jungle hut in Belize
One of the jungle huts in the area Mandy Davenport served in Belize on a medical mission trip May 30-June 5. (Photo by International Servants) 

The team’s continued prayer needs include support for the feeding programs, oral rehydration salts, vitamins, Tylenol, money for Bibles in the native language, stating there is only one company that prints a Bible in one of the main languages in their specific dialect and production is limited and therefore, expensive.

“These people can’t afford to buy or can’t even afford to get to the place where they could buy one without International Servants,” said Davenport, adding, “I can’t imagine being a believer without my own Bible.”

Davenport attended BPC from 1996-98, then transferred to the University of Georgia to complete her doctor of pharmacy degree. Davenport was the Star Student and Valedictorian of the 1996 Montgomery High School class. She is employed by Harveys Pharmacy in Statesboro (603 Northside Drive location). She and her husband, Terrill, are both members of Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Statesboro. Davenport met the director of International Servants when she and her husband were members of First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

Updates and prayer requests are posted on the Facebook Page: Belize Medical Missions Prayer Support. To learn more about International Servants, go online to www.belizemedicalmissiontrips.com or www.internationalservants.org.

             

Do you know of anyone else participating in a summer mission trip? Send an email to karnold@bpc.edu or post a message on BPC’s Facebook Page. The college is interested in learning about these important Christian service opportunities for its BPC Family and any participant prayer needs.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year, Christian college in south Georgia.

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Updated on: June 9, 2010 4:54 PM