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My name is Hannah Bender. I am a nurse serving as the Director of Educational Services with MMO. I grew up in rural western NY. I was exposed to the medical scene as a fifteen year old patient, and God used my illness to lead me to nursing. I moved to Greenville, SC for school in 2009 and continued to work there after school as both an ICU nurse and clinical nursing instructor. During nursing school, I felt the Lord calling me to full-time service, potentially in church-planting. I traveled on several MMO trips as a volunteer and in 2019 joined as a staff member. This role combines my passions for nursing, the church, teaching and traveling into one amazing opportunity. When I'm home, I love hiking, playing tennis and exploring new places with friends and family.
To read more about my story and to find out how you can partner with me view my support page.
Fun Facts About Me
My favorite trip location is Arequipa, Peru. Driving by themountains every day to get to clinic was incredible! I also loved working with the people of Peru.
The best piece of advice I've ever been given is “You’re not that special." At the time it was not the piece of advice that I was anticipating, but it helped me to take the focus off of myself during a difficult struggle. I realized that others had experienced the same problems that I had. If they were able to get through their trials, I could as well. 1 Corinthians 10:13
If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve celebrating with friends over ice cream. I don’t care what we’re celebrating; the how is all that matters.
A piece of advice I would give a volunteer team member who wants to join one of our trips would be stop considering it and just do it! You will never be completely prepared. There will never be a “perfect" time to go. Stop making excuses, and just go. We would love to work with you!
Cats or dogs? I always say that I am a a wannabe dog-person. I didn’t grow up with animals, but if I had to choose I prefer dogs. Honestly though, I don’t have any animals and am not home often enough to care for any. I can’t even keep plants alive.
My favorite word in the English language is kerfuffle.
If I could snap my fingers and become an expert in something it would be languages. I wish that I could pick up languages easily and speak to anyone in their native tongue!
The most inspiring part of my job is that I absolutely love working with students in our clinics. Hearing questions surrounding healthcare from students helps me keep a fresh perspective and inspires me to never lose their excitement for helping people.
The most important thing I learned before high school was how to make friends quickly. My family moved around often when I was younger. By the time I was in high school, I had already lived in four different homes and two different states. This helped me make friends quickly in each new area and also taught me the art of packing/unpacking which has definitely come in handy with my current role.
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be a toss-up between flying and healing. Both would be pretty great powers for our trips. :)