Family, On our way to Ethiopia!
Between 1984 to 1987, me and my family served as missionaries to Ethiopia in East Africa. My wife stayed busy taking care of two children, and attending to our home. I spent most of my time travelling around the country overseeing and supervising the work in 1 General Hospital and 12 mostly rural clinics. I id spend 6-months total of one of the rural clinics. I also was ill for 1 month with illness due to hepatitis from which I recovered completely. While I was in Ethiopia, I also was responsible to make sure the hospital, and the 12 clinics had adequate medical supplies. I spent 3 months in Makale at one of regional clinics, went home from 1 month, then I had to return for another 3 months in Makale. The trip to Addis Ababa was to resume the duties, about 400 miles by plane.
I was finally able to return to be with my wife and children. I had spent a total of 6 months in Makale. My travelling days were not yet over as I had to make brief trips to the clinics and the hospital in Western Ethiopia. I was still responsible for the clinics and hospital to receive all needed medical supplies. I made arrangements for this.
Finally, the time arrived for our vacation which we referred to as “furiough”. We decided to go Nairobi, Kenya and we spent 2 weeks there. We returned so I could resume my duties. There were no major changes in my work. My wife is trained as a nurse but she did most work helping me.
Finally, our three-year time of duty came to an end. We returned to our hometown of Denver, Colorado. I left Ethiopia but I felt like I left a piece of my heart there. I did not realize it, but I did not know but I will always have Ethiopia as a part of my dreams.
When I returned home, I took up my duties as Internal Medicine physician as I have been trained in this area even prior to going to Ethiopia. I resumed this work, but I also got involved in community outreached. This because most intense when I along with a team of individuals got involved with the Barbershop/Salon outreach ministry. This involved going to Barbershops and Salons and doing blood pressure and blood sugar readings. We finally increased our service so we had 14 barbershops and salons and a team of workers to visit churches as well to help the congregations. This work was in addition to our work as a physician and my wife who is a registered nurse. Therefore, we feel we are doing still missionary work just as we did when we were in Ethiopia, And, it is rewarding, as it was when we were in the mission field. We thank God we are still able to help people