History of the Mission to Soddo, Pt. 1

At SCH, we are standing on the shoulders of Christian pioneer missionaries and missionary doctors who went before us.  As we approach our ten-year anniversary in a few months, we thought we’d take a look at where we began, and how far God has brought us. Dr. Thomas Lambie was a medical missionary with the […]

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Neurosurgery at SCH?!?

What do you think happens when you combine the following: A country with the highest number of pedestrians struck by vehicles relative to cars on the road A brand new CT scanner among a population of 5 million people who previously had none If you answered, “a lot of new diagnoses of head trauma”, you’d […]

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Empowering the Next Generation

Imagine a missionary doctor sitting under a tree in Africa, seeing patients as they line up from far and near.  She sees 100 patients a day or more.  In a year, perhaps 3000.  In ten years, 30,000.  Not a bad contribution to the problem of suffering in her country.  But imagine how burned-out, how completely […]

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The Other Side of the Knife

by Mark Karnes They say doctors make the worst patients, but I really don’t believe that.  Last week, however, I had the opportunity to check that theory out.   For the past four years I have experienced a lot of shoulder pain to where I could not sleep at night on my right side and could […]

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Mission Hospital Closes

Just two weeks ago, the Hospital Vozandes-Shell at the edge of the Amazon rainforest closed its doors forever.  Shell was a mission hospital that operated for 55 years, spreading the gospel and providing lifesaving treatment to the people of that area.  However, government-backed hospitals began to open in recent years.  This government-subsidized, even free healthcare became […]

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White Coat Ceremony

What is a white coat ceremony, you ask?  Well, according to Wikipedia, it is the ritual that marks the transition of a student of medicine from the pre-clinical years to the clinical years.  The white coat has been worn for over 100 years by medical professionals, and is clearly associated with the trade.  Everyone likes […]

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Outside the Walls

The hospital serves a vital need in Soddo, the Wolaitta region, and our state known as “the Southern Nations.”  We provide high quality care to many who need it.  But one of our desires is to reach out from here – particularly with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Some of our staff, Dr. David Ayer […]

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6 Ways We Are Reaching the Poorest of the Poor

Being a mission hospital means taking care of the poor.  We are commanded to do this by Jesus, and it is something we desire to do.  If we offer free care, we will be inundated with patients.  How could we possibly treat them all?  If we charge for the care, we may overlook many who […]

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Sustainability, Mission Hospitals, & the Early Church

How do you do medical missions in a sustainable way?  Medical care is expensive, and providing it to the poorest of the poor is financially implausible.  And yet, those with a Christian worldview know that God commands us to “act justly and to love mercy” (Micah 6:8).  Basic economics teaches us that doing so will […]

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Does a mission hospital treat everyone?

This is a question that we get asked a lot.  So we wanted to address it.  And the answer is… yes! Our hospital is a mission hospital.  You can read all about our mission and values here.  But suffice it to say, that we exist not just to treat people with excellent medical care, but […]

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