Our Pediatric ward is crowded

This week, I was amazed at how crowded the hospital grounds are.  I quickly learned that families stay on the property when their loved ones are hospitalized.  When all beds are filled, which is a common occurrence, some sick and injured patients stay in the yard waiting for a vacancy.  Families huddle together, sleep under […]

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Yehone, “his name means, “Let it be”

Yehone is a newborn baby at Soddo Christian Hospital. “Let It Be” is the meaning of his name, but that is an impossible task for his young mother and grandmother, both of whom anxiously await the outcome of a surgery on which they’ve just been debriefed. Yehone’s family has traveled to Soddo from their local […]

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Doctor helps at-risk women

Dr. Mark Karnes likens the work he does to a well-known Christian proverb: “Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.” Both as a Christian and an OB/GYN, he hopes to achieve a lasting impact in Ethiopian healthcare by treating at-risk women and instructing other medical professionals there. The 1967 Heath […]

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A gift from a recent visitor, new mural in the Pediatric department

You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. Psalms 139:13 & 14 Thor Simpson, the brother of SCH Missionary Taylor Simpson, recently spent part of his visit […]

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The God of Ethiopia

This poem was written by a recent visitor to Soddo Christian Hospital. He wanted to remember his visit and this was the method God gave him for remembering his trip. Where do we find God in Ethiopia, Do we find Him in the bright, round eyes of a young boy in the hospital huddled close […]

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times

Dear Friends and Family, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens, The Tale of Two Cities. At Soddo Christian Hospital it is the best of times…we must be doing something right for the hospital is maxed out. But this makes it the worst of times… because the hospital […]

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Meet Sok

Meet Sok. She plays an irreplaceable role at Soddo Christian Hospital, which ultimately translates into excellent medical care for patients presenting to the hospital. Learning about how laboratories run, industrial oxygen concentrators, ordering of supplies for different departments – such as sourcing IV contrast for CT scans, suction catheters and oxygen face masks, etc. She […]

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A day in the life of a Soddo Christian Hospital team member

 “A man has been stabbed in the neck. He is going to die.” These words, spoken calmly and as a matter of fact by the ICU head nurse, came as we were doing an early morning ward round prior to our planned weekend getaway to nearby Awassa. Glancing up at Dr. Ryan and Dr. Kyley, […]

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“Now I will kick a football,” she laughed as she moved her new knee.

  This is  sweet Birhana from the Jinka area; which is located near the Kenya border. She has endured 14 years of pain. Birhana came to Soddo Christian Hospital 3 years ago and was told she needed a new knee, but at that time a total joint replacement was not an option here at SCH, and the replacement […]

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God is using a CT scanner to reach five million Ethiopians with the Gospel

  In 2013, an anonymous donor gave nearly $1 million in equipment to Soddo Christian Hospital. While the donation contained dozens of important items, the gem of the collection was a brand new computed tomography (CT) scanner. By itself, this one piece of equipment is helping us spread the Gospel to the five million people […]

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