Oct. 24, 2005
MUW professor and husband enjoy foreign mission trips
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Suzanne Bennett, a professor at
Mississippi University for Women, and her husband
Sherrill regularly give of their time, talents and
resources to help others through foreign mission work.
They spent four weeks this past summer teaching students
at the World English Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
They also traveled three hours north to Kampong Cham
Province where she taught a four-day seminar on
orthopedic nursing to 26 nurses at the general hospital.
In addition, they spent one weekend in Siem Reap,
Cambodia, visiting the ancient religious temples
including Angkor Watt, one of the Wonders of the World
and the world’s largest religious shrine. They also
spent one weekend visiting in Siagon, Vietnam.
The couple began making these trips in association with
Partners in Progress world missions out of Little Rock
in 1987 after answering an ad in a religious publication
for health care workers and preachers needed to conduct
the first medical mission trip to Guyana, South America.
They fit the description perfectly. At MUW for 24 years,
she is an assistant professor of nursing in the
associate degree program, and he is a preacher, an
elementary school counselor and a licensed social
“We discussed doing medical missions with the church of
Christ even before we were married over 40 years ago,”
Bennett said. “We had to wait till our three sons were
old enough before we began these mission trips.”
She said it means a lot to her and her husband to be
able to help others in this way.
“We both love to share the gospel with others,” she
said. “First we try to treat their physical illnesses
and then we treat their spiritual needs.”
They also enjoy the trips because they like to travel.
Their previous mission trips have been to Guyana,
Surinam, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Burkina Fosa,
The Bennetts, who are expected to pay their own
expenses, plan to take a six-week mission trip to Aruba
next summer while the local missionary and his family
return to the United States for a visit with their
family and supporting congregations.
This trip will be special for Suzanne since she spent 12
years growing up on the island of Aruba where her
parents helped to establish a congregation of the church