The Face of Hunger

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Byron Conner M.D.

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A compelling presentation of a devastating humanitarian crisis on television propelled Dr. Conner and his wife and two children on a missionary trip to Ethiopia. The crisis was a famine in Ethiopia which threatened the lives of many thousands of Ethiopian citizens. It has been estimated that four hundred thousand to five hundred thousand perished due to the famine in 1983–1985, and millions were made destitute. A robust international response was mounted to assist the people of Ethiopia, and many relief and humanitarian organizations responded with food, clothing, blankets, and medication; along with logistical and medical teams to respond to the crisis. For Dr. Conner and his wife, the service in Ethiopia (1984–1987) was the beginning of a new way of life of community outreach and ministry. Despite leaving the mission field after the period of service, they considered themselves as missionaries but to their own country of America. This book is a presentation of the service abroad and the aftermath.

“Conner’s servant heart is evident throughout this intriguing and educational firsthand look at the challenges of being a medical missionary. “

Byron Conner M.D.

Byron Conner, M.D. was born in Denver, Colorado, the oldest of eleven children. He joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church at age nine. He attended Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1966-1968 as a premed student and 1970-1972, majoring in sociology and then theology. He served in the US Army from 1968-1970 including a tour in Vietnam. He attended San Bernardino Valley College and California State College at San Bernardino (now a university) to take up courses he done poorly at Union. He attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine from 1976-1979. After his residency, he did two years of duty with the US Public Health Service, an experience the prepared him for missionary work.


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