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…


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…


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…


Radiology via RadConnect University of Alabama

Situation   Opened in 2005, Soddo Christian Hospital is a 139-bed, full-service facility serving Wolaita – a lush agricultural region…


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…


National Maternal Mortality rate has been cut in half!

We have had some wonderful success stories as well with the delivery of one mother six weeks early who also had preeclampsia but has gone…


You know you’re a missionary in Africa when . . .

We’re guessing that some of you reading this were probably fans of the Late Show with David Lettermen. Each Late Show would end with a…


Our generator needs an overhaul

Surgery by Flashlight? Soddo Christian Hospital Flashlights are fine for picnics and camping, but electricity is crucial for a hospital.…


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…


Celebrating God’s mercy and grace

Celebrating God’s mercy and grace I know I always keep saying this, but seriously the cases I see here never cease to amaze me. Three…


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…


Seeing the Bright Faces of Ethiopia’s Next Generation

Our feet crunched on the dry eucalyptus leaves in the forest behind our house. In the distance, we could hear the rushing water of the…


Meet Sok

Meet Sok. She plays an irreplaceable role at Soddo Christian Hospital, which ultimately translates into excellent medical care for patients…


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…


Keeping Babies Warm

In Soddo, we are up above 6,000 feet elevation.  So, for much of the year, it is fairly chilly.  One of the challenges for us is to keep…


We Celebrated Our 10 Year Anniversary!!!!

Soddo Christian Hospital has now been open for 10 years, and to celebrate we hosted a 10th Anniversary Celebration in June. Weeks of…


“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…


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…


A Team Effort

The hospital has been buzzing lately about a young woman whose life was saved.  And with good reason!  She may be one of only a few…


Simret’s St.ory

Simret (left) with Debebe - two of our CT technicians this past year This week we said goodbye to an employee that has been a special…


Road Safety in Ethiopia

Today, we hear from Dr. Tim Teusink, one of our co-workers here in Ethiopia who is based in Addis Ababa.  He wrote about an unfortunate…


Our Youngest Fundraisers Ever!

Our donors are truly amazing.  Occasionally, we have a donor (or group of donors) who are so extraordinary that we have to share the story…


SCH History – Part Five

In 1996, the Derg regime had fallen.  Dr. Harold Adolph, a former SIM missionary surgeon at the previous mission hospital in Soddo, was…


Our New Year’s Resolution

Another Christmas season has come and gone.  We have celebrated the coming of the One and Only Savior who redeems the world from sin and…


Teamwork at SCH

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Medicine + the Gospel – History of SCH Pt. 4

In 1946, the missionaries returned to Soddo, having found a vibrant church had grown in their absence.  In addition to this, they…


SCH Promoting Women’s Health

At SCH, we care about the whole person.  Of course, we provide great medical care when patients come to the hospital.  But we are also…


A Church Born in a War – History Part 3

  When we last left our story, the missionaries in Soddo were seeing new converts under the looming threat of war.  What had once been…


Ebola Training

The current Ebola epidemic is devastating.  Already, it has taken more lives than all other Ebola epidemics before it.  We pray that this…


History of the Mission to Soddo, Pt. 2

How is a church born?  In Soddo, it happened like this: In 1928, the Lambies had arrived in Soddo to set up the mission station.  Along…


History of the Mission to Soddo, Pt. 1

Dr. Thomas Lambie At SCH, we are standing on the shoulders of Christian pioneer missionaries and missionary doctors who went before us.  As…


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…


Happy New Year!

  Melkam Addis Amat from Soddo Christian Hospital! "Praise the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all His benefits." Psalm 103:2 ነፍሴ ሆይ…


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…


Battling the Brain Drain

What is the “brain drain” anyway?  In developing countries all over the world, the “brain drain” refers to the tendency of qualified and…


All Things to All People

What does it mean to be a Christian hospital?  Do you treat everyone?  Do you force people to adhere to your religion in order to be…


Fantastic Visitor Video!

Andre Ishak, his wife Jeanine, and their son Brandon just visited us for about 10 days.  Dr. Ishak is a Hand Surgeon, and he performed many…


Taking the Mission Beyond the Hospital

At Soddo Christian Hospital, we are investing in our staff through discipleship.  And some of them took what they were learning to the…


21 New Hips!

Recently, we had the privilege to be visited by a joint specialist from the US.  Dr. Clint Barnett is an orthopedic surgeon at the Scott…


Thank you, Dr. Gray and family!

Recently, we waved goodbye to the Gray family who have been a part of this hospital for the past six years.  Dr. Paul Gray came to Soddo to…


Just Another Week at SCH

Here are a few patient stories from the past week: 1.  A young woman was in a terrible car accident, and fractured both of her legs.  Oh,…


5 Things We Love about the CMDA Conference!

How many medical conferences have you ever heard of that offer these classes all at the same course?: Tooth extraction for the……


Giving Away Your Birthday

What does it mean to "give away your birthday"?  We found out when one generous little boy from Indiana did it when he turned nine. You…


One Day Too Late

"If only she had come in one day sooner."  I can't tell you how many times I think that here.  Elfinesh was a 32 year old woman in the…


Happy World TB Day 2014!

You probably haven’t heard much about tuberculosis, or TB.  Maybe you remember that Nicole Kidman’s character Satine in Moulin Rouge died…


The Blind See

"It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." John 9:3 This is how Jesus…


Barnabas’ St.ory

Every Wednesday morning, the hospital staff at Soddo Christian Hospital gathers together before work for a chapel service led by the…


St.rategic Gospel Work

Our team has been at Soddo Christian Hospital for just two short days, but already we’ve seen and experienced so much of God at work. One…


Caring for the Caretakers: A Visitor’s Perspective

In 2013, my husband Kyle and I had a conversation about both his passion and his discouragement about the missions partnerships we were…


Our Remote Team Member

Did you know that you can serve on an African mission team without even leaving your home state?  Well, you can! A few years ago, we met…


Putting Our New Gifts to Work!

Recently, we started running our brand new CT scanner. And it's already making a huge impact in the way we care for patients.  We were also…


Help From Within & Without

We are so energized by our donors and volunteers.  We have folks who are giving financially to the hospital.  And we have folks who come…


On Her Own Two Feet

Imagine being 27 years old and having never walked upright.  That was the plight of Mihret.  She had been born with a congenital knee…


Soddo Snakes!

We want to introduce you to Jackson.  Jackson is nine years old, and lives in Oregon.  And he has a heart for Ethiopia. Jackson with one of…


To Walk Again

This is what a broken neck looks like: About seven months ago, a 17-year old young man came to us after an injury.  What you see above is…


What Will $100 Buy at Soddo Christian Hospital?

Getting lost in all the talk about Obamacare and health insurance?  Want to see some real information on what we can do with $100? Soddo…


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…


100 Giving $100

  We need your help!  In the next 100 days, we want to find 100 donors to give $100 per month for a year! The care at Soddo Christian…


Servers and Soddo

Take a look at these photos: These are not things that you might be used to seeing in a mission hospital.  But the reality is that all…


A Modern Miracle

Tibial osteomyelitis And Jesus replied to them, "Go and report to John the things you have seen and heard... The lame walk."  Luke 7:22…


You Can Put St.ock In Us!

Would you like to gift stock to Soddo Christian Hospital?  We can accept it! St.ock gifts are a great way to donate funds to patient care.…


The Ambulance Is Here!

A few months ago, we posted the project for an ambulance and the need.  Well, God answered our prayers, and provided the funds and now, the…


The Work of God

Two of our staff go out into the rural areas around Soddo every week to deliver much needed prenatal care.  Over 95% of women in rural…


How Much Injera Do We Eat?

Ever had injera?  Well, if you're reading this from Ethiopia, then the answer is "yes".  But if you're anywhere else in the world, you…


SCH Graduate Makes History

Recently, the very first graduate from the PAACS program in Ethiopia did something unique in his own country. He led a team that separated…


Hot Zone in Soddo

Last week, we had some pediatric patients come in with upper respiratory symptoms.  A few of them had a rash and had been given…


What? You don’t have Idraparinux?

What kinds of medications are available at an African mission hospital, and from whom do you procure them?  These are questions that we get…


Welcome Home!

The PAACS apartment building from the outside Move-in day! There's no place like home!  And now, after many years of prayer and…


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…


Feeding the Soul

Look at all those onions! These are three of our committed kitchen workers at SCH. Our hospital is unique in that we provide three meals a…


Another Surgeon For Ethiopia

This is a guest post from Dr. Jon Pollock, originally featured on his personal blog.  Dr. Pollock is a staff surgeon at Myungsung Christian…


One in a Million Babies

One in 729,000.  That is the odds of having quadruplets naturally - without the aid of fertility medicines.  And for this young Ethiopian…


A Miracle at Soddo

Yeke sitting up and eating, three days after he nearly drowned. The parents were shrieking in grief and disbelief as they ran their 14…


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…


The Best Hospital in Ethiopia

So I'm a little biased, but I think that Soddo Christian Hospital has a chance to be the best hospital in Ethiopia.  Does that matter?  Is…


12 Things for Non-Doctors to do at SCH

Okay, so we're not gonna ask you to jackhammer (unless you really want to).  But one question we do get a lot is: "I'm not a doctor.…


What’s Your Specialty?

At Soddo Christian Hospital, we offer all types of general and specialized care.  Here's a sampling of specialized services that we offer…


Where is Soddo Anyway?

We get asked this question a lot, so we thought we'd show you.  Here is a map of Ethiopia: As you can see, the capital city Addis Ababa is…


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…


96% means 96 cents on every dollar donated goes to the Hospital in Ethiopia

Not many charities can claim this, but we promise you 96% of the money you donate will go directly to Soddo Christian Hospital in Ethiopia…


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.…


Welcome to the Blog!

Welcome to the Soddo Christian Hospital blog! We hope that this will be a place for you to hear from our staff on various goings-on at the…