Self-proclaimed medical missionary to the asphalt jungles of the North American Division, Molly Geddis, received an award for Excellence in Ministry, Saturday, January 28, during the Awards and InStep for Life Celebration at the NAD Health Summit in Lake Mary, Florida.
The award presented by Chris VanDenburgh, president of the newly organized Adventist Association of Faith Community Nurses (AAFCN), and Katia Reinert, NAD Health Ministries director, recognized her work as a parish nurse and her organization of the Healthy Heart Team, a lifestyle improvement program, of Portland, Oregon. As director, she has expanded the team to reach throughout the North Pacific Union including 27 churches. Her award also named her the #1 charter member of the nurses association which was established at this year’s summit.
Molly left nursing in 1976 to sell health books as a literature evangelist. She loved using the books to help people with their health concerns. Molly and her customers were learning together how to care for themselves in an intelligent way. That led to parish nursing and the rest of the story.
Molly, an energetic 85 year old senior, says, “You’re never too old to work for the Lord. I started the Healthy Heart Team in 2007 when I was 80. My secretary, Vi Huntington, is 88.”