July 02, 2018
C of O students serve communities in Belize
College of the Ozarks students, faculty, and staff traveled to the Central American country of Belize June 16-24. Students provided community health services, worked in private and public hospitals, conducted community clinics, and supported the local church. During the trip, the group provides care to more than 500 individuals at the clinic and interacted with more than 1,000 individuals.
College of the Ozarks senior nursing student, April Knect, helps a Belizean child listen to his heartbeat. College of the Ozarks students, faculty, and staff traveled to the Central American country of Belize, June 16-24, 2018.
The community health team conducts a science experiment with children during the College of the Ozarks trip to Belize.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks students, faculty, and staff traveled to Belize June 16-24. This is the eighth year that the College has traveled to Belize.
While in the country, students served communities in many different regions, including the town of Billy White, Bullet Tree Falls, Duck Run 2, San Ignacio, and San Marcos.
The trip served four purposes. Students provided community health services, worked in private and public hospitals, conducted community clinics, and supported the local church.
During the trip, the group provided care to more than 400 individuals at the clinic and interacted with more than 750 children in Belizean schools.
“Our community health team partnered with local ministry, community health, and medical leaders in the community to teach children,” said Andrew Bolger, campus minister. “They spent the days teaching and playing with the nearly 750 children.”
“We went in and we learned a lot from the kids. We also did experiments with them,” said Haley McAnally, junior psychology major. “We got to teach them science projects, hang out with them, teach them how to brush their teeth, and how to make toothpaste.”
Participants traveled into the surrounding regions outside of San Ignacio, including Bullet Tree Falls, and served many communities with their heads, hearts, and hands.
“They are really generous with who they are, and they love seeing you and want to interact with you,” said April Knecht, senior nursing major.
“Talking with the Belizeans, whether in English or (through an interpreter) in Spanish, revealed their joy and contentment even as they struggled with unimaginable poverty,” said Hannah Gray, senior nursing major. “I learned from their example that resting in the joy of the Lord is not dependent on circumstances but on faith alone. We went to Belize with the intention of ministering to the people there, which we did with joy. But the Belizeans touched my life by demonstrating the sincerity of lives based on truth.”
Jason Good, senior nursing major, from Sparta, Missouri
Hannah Gray, senior nursing major, from Tulsa, Oklahoma
Talley Hagood, senior nursing major, from Ozark, Missouri
Lauren Hutchison, senior nursing major, from Highlandville, Missouri
April Knecht, senior nursing major, from Overland Park, Kansas
Josh Loseo, senior nursing major, from Dauao City, The Republic of the Philippines
Haley McAnally, junior psychology major, from Dittmer, Missouri
Elizabeth Miller, junior chemistry major, from Branson, Missouri
Morgan Porter, senior nursing major, from Lebanon, Missouri
Shelby Thomas, senior nursing major, from Crane, Missouri
Ryan Vance, senior human and molecular biology major, from Bolivar, Missouri
Dr. Andrew Bolger, campus minister
Dr. Carol Breaux, assistant professor of chemistry
Shirley Davis, wife of President Jerry C. Davis
Dr. Jeffrey Elliott, chair of human and social services
Dr. Diane Smith, associate professor of nursing
Bonnie Todd, associate professor of nursing
To read the trip blog, visit: https://cofomissiontrips.blog/2018/06/15/belize-mission/
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
07.02.18 – Tara McCloskey