International Servants is a nonprofit Christian Mission bringing hope to children and families in Belize. Ministries: Belizean Churches, Children's Ministry, Feed-A-Child Center, Medical Mission, Save-A-Child's Life program, Orphan Ministry and Belize Mission Trips

Belize, Central America, is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, with thousands of needy children and families living in jungle villages in desperate poverty. Our missionary focus is on serving in the areas of greatest spiritual need and helping the poorest of the poor. Most of the villages where we serve are several hours from Belize City, in the interior of the country in jungle villages. 

International Servants was founded in 1990 by a Missionary to Belize, Dr. Paul Whisnant, and is governed by its Board of Directors. Dr. Paul serves as our Belize Mission Director and oversees our Belizean Pastors, Missionaries and Belize Mission Trip Volunteers. 
 



Press Release:
Dr. Paul Whisnant named Ambassador of Belize (Humanitarian)

UPDATE: Dr. Paul celebrates 28 years serving Belize as a Missionary.

While on a short-term Mission Trip to Belize in 1989, Paul Whisnant felt called by God to full-time missions. Five months later, as a 19 year old teenager, he withdrew from college, packed a few items in a backpack and bought a one-way plane ticket to Belize, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

He arrived with only $50 in his pocket and lived in a grass hut made of leaves and sticks, in a remote jungle village. without electricity or running water. The locals taught him how to survive by eating iguanas and taking baths in the jungle river with the crocodiles nearby. The Mission he started in that jungle hut in 1990 is now International Servants.

His many years living in the jungle as a missionary in Belize produced a wealth of fascinating stories that led him to speak in the US, Africa and Asia, inspiring others to make a difference with their lives. Whether he's speaking to 600 teenagers at the Smokey Mountain Youth Conference in Tennessee, 200 business leaders at the corporate headquarters for Chick-fil-A in Atlanta, GA, 700 Pastors in South Africa, 100 of our Mission Trip volunteers in Belize, or in the chapel at the 20,000 member Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX, it's his humor and commitment that'll keep you on the edge of your seat; but it's Paul's passion for Missions that you'll remember the most.

Dr. Paul Whisnant, PhD, was born in the small town of Cordele, GA. He studied undergrad at Bryan College in Tennessee and his Masters work at CIU in South Carolina in Inter-Cultural Studies. In 1990, he moved to the jungles of Belize and lived in a grass hut as a full time missionary. In 1997, he was appointed to the National Executive Board of the Baptist Association of Belize. In 1998, he was appointed to the post of Embassy Warden by the United States Embassy in Belize. In 2004, he was Ordained as a Southern Baptist Minister. In 2009, he was awarded a Honorary PhD in Missions by the Board of Trustees at IBC. In 2008, 2011, 2012 and again in 2013, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the United States Embassy's Ambassador to Belize for his service in Belize. In 2014, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the United State's Embassy Consul for his assistance to US Citizens in need (in Belize) on behalf of the US Embassy. In 2016, the United States State Department and the United States Embassy appointed Dr. Paul to the post of Citizen Liaison (honorary, voluntary position, where Dr. Paul will continue to assist the US Embassy and US Citizens in need in Belize.)

Dr. Paul has served as our Belize Mission Director, and a full time Missionary, with International Servants since 1990, resides in Belize (and near Dallas, TX), is married to our Belize Medical Director, Amanda Whisnant, CPNP, and has 2 children. Dr. Paul, and his wife, Amanda, were born in the US and are dual Citizens of both the US and Belize. 

Fun Fact: Dr. Paul graciously eats whatever is served to him (including iguanas, scorpions and rats), but he can't stomach mashed potatoes.  

Video: Belize Mission Trip Tour Dr. Paul leads Ed Young (Senior Pastor of the 20,000 member Fellowship Church of Grapevine, TX) on a tour of our Mission work and Churches in Belize.

Video: Meet Dr. Paul Whisnant.   Photos: Paul serving as a Missionary in Belize.

 

 


KEY LEADERS

We want to always give praise and glory to God alone. God has blessed International Servants with hundreds of wonderful Belizean Staff and Volunteers who serve faithfully in Belize as Pastors, Missionaries, Children's workers and Cooks for the Feed-A-Child program. We've also been blessed with hundreds of amazing volunteers who've come from all over the USA to help us by serving on our Belize Mission Trips. Many of our volunteers come to Belize to serve with us 10-25 times, as Team Leaders and Coordinators. Others serve as volunteers in the US as Area Representatives or Fundraisers. We wish we had room to list everyone we are grateful for, but below are a few servants we'd like to share with you who sacrifice for the cause of Christ in Belize. Please pray God gives them wisdom to lead and strength to do His work. And pray God continues to raise up more leaders to help us.


   
Dr. Paul Whisnant, Belize Mission Director and Board Member for International Servants. Dr. Paul has served as a full-time Missionary to Belize from 1990 to the present. Video: Meet Dr. Paul. In 2017, Dr. Paul was appointed as the Honorary Humanitarian Ambassador for the country of Belize. Video: Dr. Paul being named Ambassador of Belize (Humanitarian).     Mrs. Amanda Whisnant is our Belize Medical Director for International Servants and Dr. Paul Whisnant's wife. As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she leads our Belize Medical Mission Teams and coordinates our Save-A-Child's Life program. Video: Meet Amanda as she shares a success story from our Save-A-Child's Life Program. 

   
Dr. Steve Stewart, PhD, is our Belize Executive Director and a Board Member for International Servants. Dr. Steve is also the Academic Dean of Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary, a Southern Baptist Ordained Minister and the former Senior Pastor of a 3,000 member Church (Atlanta, Georgia area). Meet Dr. Steve.     Kris Fagala, with his wife, Rhonda Fagala. Both serve as Team Leaders for International Servants. They own Construction and Real Estate companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They are actively involved in their home Church and a College Ministry in Fort Worth, TX. Video: Meet Rhonda.
   
Rev. Dewayne Geoghagan, Board Member for International Servants. Dewayne is a Southern Baptist Ordained Minister and the Senior Pastor of a Baptist Church in Florida.     Dr. Paul with Rev. Greg Alford. Greg is a Board Member for International Servants, a Southern Baptist Ordained Minister and the Senior Pastor of a Baptist Church in Florida.

   
Rachel Whisnant, Missions Liaison for International Servants. Rachel previously worked at Precept Ministries with Kay Arthur for 10 years, as an International Liaison Assistant. Additionally, she serves at Camp Victory in Samson, AL. She's also Dr. Paul's younger sister. 
    Dr. John Adams is a D.O. specializing in Pain Management, serves as our Medical Advisor and on our Belize Medical Mission Team. His wife, Cher, and their children, have also served on multiple Belize Mission Trips with us. Cher is a very gifted painter and has painted murals inside several of our Churches.

   
Dr. Paul Whisnant, our Belize Mission Director, with Pastor Crisanto Tush. Pastor Crisanto has served with International Servants for over a decade as a Church planter and Missionary, starting Churches throughout southern Belize.     Pastor Marcus Teul praying to dedicate the new Church building one of our Belize Mission Trip Teams built with International Servants. Pastor Marcus has served as a Baptist Pastor faithfully for many years in his Mayan Indian village.
   
Dedicating a Church in Belize. Left to Right: Dr. Steve Stewart, Executive Director of Development, Pastor Gregorio Cano and Dr. Paul Whisnant, Belize Mission Director. Pastor Cano is also the local Justice of the Peace.     Pastor Miguel Tush serves with International Servants as a Church planter and Missionary, starting Churches throughout southern Belize in, and near, his Mayan Indian village. His father is also one of our Belizean Pastors.
   
Mrs. Charla Knapp, FNP, serves as our Area Representative for Louisiana and has led several Mission Teams from her Church. She serves as a Nurse Practitioner in our Belize Medical Mission Clinics.     Mr. Rich Van Dellen, EMT-P, serves as our Area Representative for Iowa and has led Mission Teams from his Church. He serves with our Pharmacist's, coordinating our Pharmacy for our Belize Medical Mission Clinics.
   
Mr. Andrew Holzschuh, Video Coordinator for International Servants. Andrew has produced several of the videos (and graphics) on our website. He owns a freelance Video Production company in Dallas, Texas. His wife, Kristen, is a Nurse at a local Children's Hospital and an amazing chef.     Mr. John Dickenson, Photography Coordinator for International Servants. John's come to serve in Belize with us many times, shooting photos so you can see your donations and prayers at work. John is a private IT contractor from Dallas and is an active member of the 20,000 member Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.
   
Dr. Mandy Davenport, PharmD (with Mrs. Amanda Whisnant, CPNP, our Belize Medical Director). Dr. Mandy is our Pharmacy Advisor, has served as our Pharmacist in our Belize Medical Mission Clinic several times and led a group from Georgia to serve with us on a Belize Mission Trip.      Mr. Ryan Walker, with Mrs. Kelly Walker. Ryan has served as a volunteer Team Leader, Coordinator and Fundraiser for over 10 years, leading Teams on Belize Mission Trips with us from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Ryan and Kelly also both work for a Fortune 500 Company in Georgia.
   
Pastor Kent Fuller, Missions Advisor for International Servants, with his wife, Mrs. Marion Fuller. Kent has served as a Pastor and Missionary to Belize for decades with Avant. Pastor Kent performed the wedding for Dr. Paul and his wife Amanda.     Rev. Curt Sparkman, with Mrs. Michele Sparkman. Curt is the Teaching Pastor at a Baptist Church in Texas. He's led several Church groups on Belize Mission Trips, as a Team Leader for International Servants. His wife Michele is a Non-Profit Lawyer.
   
Mrs. Jenny McClendon is a PA in Emergency Medicine, has served in our Belize Medical Mission Clinic several times and is the former star of TLC's Raising Sextuplets. Her husband, Levi, has served on our Construction Team and owns his own tech business in Arizona. Video: Meet Jenny.     Pastor Andrew Spires is a Youth Minister at a Southern Baptist Church in Alabama and has led several Belize Mission Trip teams with International Servants, from Churches in both Alabama and Georgia (for over a decade). His Church youth group also helps sponsor our Feed-A-Child program.

   
Pastor Anselmo Coh serves with International Servants as a Church planter and Associate Pastor, serving a Baptist Church in his Mayan Indian village. He's also a great hunter, and makes some of the best roasted Gibnut.     Mr. Randy Bartley, with Dr. Paul. Randy has been to Belize with us many times, serving on our Construction Team. Randy's family owns a business in the Gas and Oil industry in Dallas, Texas.
   

In Memory of: Mrs. Ruth Whisnant (Dr. Paul's mother). She served as the first Secretary of the Board of International Servants. She was a full-time Missionary for 35 years with CBM Ministries in Cordele, GA, while also serving for decades at Camp Victory, in Samson, AL, leading 1,000's of children to Christ.

   

In Memory of: Samson Whisnant (Dr. Paul's dad). He served as a Mission Advisor for International Servants and was a full-time missionary for 47 years with CBM Ministries (Cordele, GA), while also serving for decades at Camp Victory (Samson, AL), leading 1,000's of children to Christ.

In Memory of: Rev. Marvin Dobson, former International Servants Board Member. Pastor Dobson also started several independent Baptist Churches and Christian Schools in Tennessee, serving as a Pastor for 47 years.     In Memory of: Rev. Otis Brady, former mentor and Mission Advisor to Dr. Paul Whisnant. Rev. Brady served as a Missionary with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for 38 years.

International Servants

PO Box 337, Grapevine, TX 76099
PO Box 350070, Palm Coast, FL 32135
817.382.8484


 

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