Medical Missionaries to Ethiopia

Bringing hope to the suffering in Ethiopia


We are the Love family, and we are serving long-term as medical missionaries in Ethiopia.

The story began when we met on an internship in Ethiopia in 2003, and after numerous trips back to Ethiopia and many years of medical school, residency, public health training, and work experience, we are eager to return to the place where our story began all those years ago.

Tim is a board-certified general surgeon and plans to work with the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons at Soddo Christian Hospital.  Laura is a social worker and plans to focus her energies on schooling their children and caring for their family.  We have three children: Sam (8), Pip (5), and a new baby named Ruthie. 

Read on to learn more, or check out ways to join us. 

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Nestled in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a vibrant and beautiful country that has suffered greatly from issues of poverty, famine, underdevelopment, and an overwhelming burden of illness and disease.

Among these issues is a dire shortage of healthcare workers, particularly surgeons.


If you live in a large city in the United States, there are likely more surgeons in your city than there are in the entire nation of Ethiopia, which boasts a population of more than 105 million people.

Of the 7 billion people in the world, only 2 billion have access to surgery if they need it.

In countries like Ethiopia, 9 out of 10 people can't access basic surgical services (WHO), leaving many people suffering and dying with conditions that could be treated with surgery.

The rich and the poor have a common bond,
the Lord is the maker of them all.

-Proverbs 22:2


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Please take time to watch this wonderful video. As portrayed, our vision is to-

  • work alongside Ethiopian men and women who care for the sick

  • help train the next generation of Christian surgeons

  • proclaim the hope of Jesus to the sick and suffering 


To do this, we plan to join the remarkable work of the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons at Soddo Christian Hospital, training Ethiopian surgeons while simultaneously discipling them in their faith. 


Why are we leaving the comforts and familiarity of America to do this work in Ethiopia?  

To put it simply, the love of Christ compels us (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).  

Jesus left the perfection of heaven, subjected himself to the brokenness of living in a human body in a sinful world, and poured out His life for sinners like us, to the point of death.

We believe that His followers are called to enter into the broken places in our world and pour themselves out in love for others.

Living and serving in Ethiopia is how He is calling us to do that.


Interested in partnering with us?


We cannot do this work alone.  We are seeking to gather a team of people to partner with us through receiving our updates, praying for us and for Ethiopia, and supporting us through financial giving.  

There are not resources available in Ethiopia to fund this work, so our ability to live and serve in Ethiopia depends on the generosity of people like you who believe in this vision.  

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