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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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 in southern Ethiopia where corn, wheat, barley and other flora are harvested for export. While geographically stunning, Wolaita is one of Ethiopia’s more populated and impoverished regions within a country already considered one of the […]

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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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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 home with a live baby. Dr. Ross has been a Godsend to us. We also have a new GP, named Dr. Sifora. She has spent the past month with me […]

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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 goofy “top ten” list (“Ten Reasons that Captain Kangaroo should be president of the United States, that sort of thing). As part of our newsletter today, we’ve decided to do […]

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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. Our faithful Olympian/Caterpillar generator has over 7600 hours of running time since 2009. It currently needs a MAJOR overhaul. The cost will be about $9500. Will you consider making a one time donation gift to […]

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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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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 weeks ago the ER called stating they had a pregnant mother critically ill and would I come right away to the OR because they were transferring her there. The story […]

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