Barny in Ethiopia

I arrived in the capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on New Year’s Eve and have been working in a Christian hospital and medical school. I primarily work in the ER teaching doctors, nurses, and students, and taking care of patients as well as teaching some courses in the medical school. Even though teaching here, I have also learned a lot, especially about diseases we don’t have or that are very rare in the US. Ethiopia is still quite poor and that means people get sick more often and cannot get the medicine they need like we can—it breaks my heart.

Being away from home for a full year has been difficult. I miss my family, my friends, and of course, my cats. I also really missed being at camp this summer. I know without a doubt that this is where God has called me for the year to show the love of Jesus through my teaching and by serving others.
I want to thank you campers and staff for your generosity in supporting me with the camper offering this summer. What a huge blessing and surprise that was for me. Until next summer...

Love, Barny

Barny volunteers and receives no compensation for his work so if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help with his expenses please use this link: and enter Thompson, Jeffrey or his number: 005825