Hannah Bender

My Story

In some ways, my story began with a passing comment.  

“You should think about doing this with us all the time!”

        I was sitting by a fan in a makeshift pharmacy in a little town in Nicaragua. Bradley and Kelly Edmondson worked in the pharmacy that week, and God used a simple conversation to direct the next steps in my life.

        At the time, I had roughly five years of experience as an ICU nurse, and I was traveling on my second medical mission trip with MMO. As a college student, I believed the Lord could be calling me into a church-planting ministry. I joined a young church plant as a sophomore and watched as God grew our little congregation and helped us to reach our community with the gospel. I loved the church and sought opportunities to encourage other young church plants after college. In 2016, I spent a year travel-nursing across the country and used time and resources to encourage other churches and church plants along the way. After returning home to Greenville, SC, I began training new nurses in the ICU setting and also taught clinicals with nursing students. The Lord gave me a burden for teaching, and I also began leading Bible studies for college girls through my church. During this time, I took my second trip with MMO as a volunteer.

 

        I love MMO’s vision of helping local churches. Our medical teams partner with churches to use the tool of medicine as an avenue for the gospel. After we see our patients, a local church member asks for the opportunity to share the gospel with them. These people hear about Jesus in their own language and many come to place their faith in Christ. As a nurse, I saw patients who knew that they were dying of cancer but could not afford even ibuprofen for pain. It’s a good thing to share medicine and education with patients, but it’s an infinitely better thing to love them and introduce them to a church who shares Jesus with them.

 

Our medicine will eventually run out,
but the spiritual impact of these trips can be eternal.

 

        As I heard of MMO’s desire to increase educational opportunities for students within their ministry, I knew that the Lord was leading. He has combined all of my passions: nursing, teaching, and helping churches, into one exciting new role.

        In the summer of 2019, I began serving as the Director of Educational Services. In this role, I work directly with nursing and medical students on our medical trips. I enjoy impacting future healthcare providers as we treat patients ethically and lovingly. I also will help build internship opportunities for students interested in full-time medical mission work in the future.

        I am currently seeking financial partners and prayer partners. To cover the cost of these medical trips and supplement my income, I need to raise monthly financial support. Will you please pray for me in this new role and as I raise support? God has clearly directed this far in my life, and I know that He will continue to provide through faithful churches and partners like you. If you are interested in giving, click here or mail a check to:


Medical Missions Outreach
Account #103
289 Jonesboro Rd, Suite 364
McDonough, GA 30253

 

Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement!

Hannah

 

 

     

 

Hannah's Life Verse

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Psalm 18:30