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There's something rewarding about a “labor of love” that keeps the wheels churning even when the destination always looks "a little" further, right? 

Our most recent trip to Ethiopia this past May only strengthened that initial vision, but we couldn’t help but ask important pre-departure questions: “Would this trip be different?” “How far along would the construction of the new hospital wing and the additions to Bethel Children’s Village be?” “Would the students at Bethel Medical College have any critical needs?”

We landed in Addis Ababa with the combination of excitement and those uneasy, but humbling butterflies. With our two physician assistants, Gohar Abrahamyan and Melissa Casas, we went to Bethel eager to get to work, but also catch up with our Ethiopian family. As per their always-generous greetings, Dr. Asfaw and the team received us with that one-of-a-kind Ethiopian hospitality and the children at Bethel were wearing their classically sincere smiles.

Meeting after meeting, we discussed progress, but more importantly, we had the chance to see just how many improvements and resources are still needed, especially in patient care. We met with a group of patients who had to bear the scars and disfigurements after being severely burned. Despite insufficient resources, the plastic surgeon did some amazing work to help correct some of the issues. He mentioned this was an all-too-common problem and expressed just how crucial the need is for more training and qualified physicians.

It was at that moment that we were reminded how our unified commitment can affect and impact lives. Beyond the buildings and beyond the structures, there are people who have needs. And with your continued support, those needs CAN be met.

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