AUGUSTA, Ga. (BP)--All he wanted was a vacation -- Yellowstone National Park sounded nice. Instead, Dale Twilley wound up pulling teeth in Venezuela. It was the Toccoa, Ga., dentist's first time out of the country, and more importantly, his first medical missions trip.
Before he knew it, Twilley was hooked. Now 61, he's made 13 short-term mission trips to six different countries over the past 12 years, traversing four continents, extracting more than 5,000 teeth and personally leading at least 250 people to Jesus along the way.
The journey sounds a little like a dentist's version of an Indiana Jones movie.
Machete in hand, Twilley has traveled up the Amazon River, bushwhacking his way through dense jungle to reach remote indigenous villages. He's pulled teeth in Brazilian prisons and diagnosed gum disease in Rio de Janeiro's infamous slums. And he's crossed Mongolia's steppe and stood on China's Great Wall -- all to make Christ's name known.
But more recently Twilley's passion for both medicine and the Gospel took him somewhere closer to home -- Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., host of the International Mission Board's Medical Missions Mobilization Summit.
The July 8-11 event brought medical professionals and members of Southern Baptist churches from across the United States together ... Read More