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 to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples.

But do we treat anyone who comes in the door, no matter what their faith or background?  Of course we do!  We are proud to serve the people of this part of Ethiopia.  Fortunately, as our reputation has grown, now we are also seeing patients referred to us from all over the country.  And these patients come from all types of backgrounds.  Some are Ethiopian Orthodox, some are Muslim, some are animistic, and some are Protestant.  We see and treat them all.

In the hospital, our staff will offer to pray with patients regardless of their background.  We believe that a person's health should be attended to physically and spiritually.  We find that our patients really respond to the fact that we care about them in this wholistic manner.

Often, if a patient is open to hearing about it, we will share with them the life-giving message of the Gospel.  We don't force it.  But we do give them the opportunity to hear.  We play the Jesus Film in the hospital.  We will often provide a Bible in Amharic.  By God's grace, we have seen over 500 patients profess faith in Christ since the hospital opened its doors.  But even for those that kindly decline, we aim to provide excellent care just the same.

Welcome to the Blog!

welcomeWelcome 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 hospital and in the area of medical missions. Here are 5 things we hope to achieve with this blog:

  • Tell amazing stories - There’s a lot going on here in Soddo!  There are patients being healed physically from longstanding infirmities, staff members growing in their faith, and long term missionaries serving alongside and training nationals.  We want to tell you all about it!
  • Answer your questions - What do you want to know about the hospital?  About missions in Africa?  About Ethiopia?  Ask us questions.  You can email us at or go to our Facebook page, and put your question there.
  • Introduce you to some incredible people – We have some devoted, compassionate staff we’d love for you to meet.  Some are Ethiopian, and some are expatriates.  All are providing quality medical care in the name of Jesus Christ.  We would love to tell you more about them.
  • Show how your donations are making a difference – Through your generous giving, we are building new buildings, getting state-of-the-art medical equipment, providing Bibles to patients, subsidizing surgeries and care for the poorest of the poor, and all sorts of other amazing things.  We want to give you feedback on all of it.
  • Be a resource for you – Do you have friends interested in medical missions?  Do you know someone who is considering a career as a medical missionary?  Maybe you need some information on health in Ethiopia.  We are here on the front lines, and we want to give you information that you can use.

Thanks for stopping by!