Medical Missions: Belize, Paraguay, Ecuador

Beth Horner in Belize

Our most recent issue of ACU Today magazine features alumni who serve as medical missionaries, committing their time, energy and other resources to bring healing and the Gospel to those in need. We asked other Wildcats to share their favorite #ACUmissions photos and stories as well.

Enjoy this sampling from two alumni and and a current student who are serving as the hands and feet of Jesus around the globe:  

Beth (Kruse ’76) Horner
San Angelo, Texas

I go with the North Belize Medical Mission, overseen by the Central Church of Christ in Bryan, Texas.  I thought the first mission trip was a “one-time thing,” completely out of character for me, but God had a different idea, and I have been a team member for 18 of the 21 years the mission has been going.

At various times, all of my children and my husband, Bryan (’76), have also gone.  My daughter is Hayley (Horner ’04) Rodgers; my sons are Beau Horner and Brady Horner, who is the youth minister at Westgate Church of Christ in Abilene. We moved away from Bryan/College Station many years ago, but continued to travel with the team.

We set up clinics in four different villages, and our services include dentistry, eyes and glasses, checkups, and prescription and maintenance medications. We do minor surgical procedures and, of course, spiritual service, counseling and local church support. Bob Wolfert is the team leader.

My job is translating Spanish for the doctors. English is the official language, but many Belizeans speak only Spanish. A few speak a form of Deutsch (there are Mennonite villages), and many of the much older residents speak Mayan. So it is never boring!

Dr. Jeff McKissick (’97)
Asuncion, Paraguay
I graduated from ACU in 1997 and my wife, formerly Amy Crittenden, R.N., attended ACU from 1995-98. We have been working in Paraguay, South America, as full-time medical missionaries since 2005.

I am a family physician, and half of our work is free medical care to the poor of our rural community while the other half is church planting in this unreached corner of Paraguay.

We work full time with SIM, the same missions organization to which Dr. Kent Brantly (’03) was attached during his time in Liberia.

Whether you serve as a full-time medical missionary or devote your vacation days to volunteer, we ask you to share your favorite photos online with the hashtag #ACUmissions. Include a sentence or two telling us about the photo and why it is meaningful to you. Or you can email your favorites to Robin Saylor,