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Balance by Bradley Edmondson Perhaps it was to teach us by example the truth of the verse that states that it is the goodness of God that leadeth…to repentance. The partnership of medical professionals, non-medical laborers, missionary church planters and the Lord becomes vital, vibrant and vigorous when one thinks of the task. What is the task? It is to share the saving Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and thus see people saved through that good news. It is vital in order to go to heaven. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, vibrant means “pulsating with life.” The very message of the Gospel pulsates with life for the hopeless and needy. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary also defines vigorous as “carried out forcefully and energetically.” The Scriptures summarize the task aptly in Luke 14:23 when the master of the house instructs his servant to Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. To get involved in medical missions through the Helps Ministry of CLAIM, please contact Carl Vonnoh at cjvclaim@gmail.com or call 423–313–5391. W Ministry, like life, is successful when we learn to keep a proper balance. Nine years ago Bradley and Kelleigh Edmondson had a vision of balancing church planting with medical missions work. God had called Bradley to the ministry and given his wife the compassion and skills to be a Family Nurse Practitioner. After working with a group of medical professionals in Peru and coupling the medical work with evangelization, the Edmondsons were burdened to assist missionaries and church planters all over the world. Based on firm biblical principles, Medical Missions Outreach (MMO) is determined to use medicine as a means to draw people to a place where they can receive medical attention and more importantly, spiritual attention. MMO partners with medical and non-medical volunteers from all over the US and Canada to work alongside missionaries to reach their communities for Christ. The goal is not only to see people trust Christ but also to get them “plugged in” to a local New Testament independent Baptist church. We know our time, resources and skills are limited, but if we can provide some help and give them hope in Christ, we have accomplished much. g 19