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Mary Hermiz

When Mary was 4 years old, a WGM missionary nurse came to speak at her father’s church. Myra Martin was dressed in her nurse’s uniform and cap and told stories of her service. Mary realized then that she wanted to be a missionary nurse, and that desire never left her.

Mary was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania. When she graduated from high school in 1964, she was eager to start nursing school, but Mary felt the call to first attend Circleville Bible College, now Ohio Christian University. It was a struggle to turn her desires over to God’s will, but she submitted, and Mary graduated with a degree in sacred literature in 1968. After that, she received her diploma in nursing from Alton Memorial School of Nursing in 1971. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Evansville (Indiana) in 1972 before taking midwifery with Frontier Nursing Service (Kentucky).

Finally, her dream to be a missionary nurse was realized; Mary signed on to serve in Papua New Guinea with Churches of Christ in Christian Union, a sister organization of WGM. From 1974 to 1983, Mary helped run a health center that served 10,000 people and was involved in training new nurses and serving in administration and evangelism in rural PNG.

Mary retired in 2012, but since then she has taken multiple trips to PNG and took other nurses with her. PNG still suffers from many preventable illnesses, and Mary hopes to improve the church’s medical clinics’ outreach into the surrounding communities by using Community Health Evangelism strategies.

Read more about Mary's story here

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