Eleven Students on a Mission

Conway, Ark. (January 22, 2014) – Eleven Hendrix students spent part of their winter break on a mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic.

The trip was one of three student mission trips this year sponsored by the Hendrix Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling.

The student participants include:

  • Chloe Lorraine Brown, a junior from Lees Summit, Mo.
  • Bethany Hope Cartwright, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Abigail Ruth Condit, a sophomore from Tupelo, Miss.
  • Emily Deer, a senior from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jacob Scott Higgins, a sophomore from Greenwood, Ark.
  • Anna Colleen McCorquodale, a sophomore from Austin, Texas
  • Michael Robert McMurray, a sophomore from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Justin Cole Murdock, a junior from Conway, Ark.
  • Farai Musariri, a sophomore from Zimbabwe
  • Leaetta Lee Odglen, a freshman from Newport, Ark.
  • Emily Frances Williams, a senior from Rome, Ga.

Students were accompanied by Hendrix Chaplain Rev. J. Wayne Clark and Brent Owens, assistant director of student activities. The group worked for five days doing construction work (e.g. mixing concrete, hauling gravel, moving cinder blocks, etc.) with an organization called Rivers of the World. They also attended a church service where they assisted local workers in building a school. The school will have eight classrooms and will be used for children during the day and adults in the evening. They also visited a hospital and an orphanage.

More often than not, we take the resources so freely awarded to us for granted,” said Musariri. “If I took one thing from this trip, it was probably an appreciation of the investment that people have made on me. I was blessed beyond measure, and I am sure that beyond any reasonable doubt, I will never forget the smiles on the natives’ faces despite their impoverished lifestyles.”

“Doing for others who could in no way return the favor is life’s greatest satisfaction,” said Odglen.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.