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Former Missionary Doctor Byron Conner Shares Gripping Personal Account of the Famine in Ethiopia

After watching a telethon about the growing famine in Ethiopia in 1984, the physician believed it was God’s will that he should do something to help.

Centennial, Colorado – WEBWIRE

Dr. Conner’s life as a medical missionary in Ethiopia is one of self-sacrifice and love and compassion for the least of God’s children.

Dr. Byron Conner, then a physician with the US Public Health Service in Earlimart, California, was surfing channels during one sleepless night when he stumbled upon a fund-raising presentation by World Vision for famine victims in Ethiopia.
The scenes of the famine replayed over and over in his head that he felt someone should be doing something about the global calamity that threatened thousands of lives. He gradually started to feel that that “someone” should be him.
In his memoir titled “The Face of Hunger: Reflections on a Famine in Ethiopia” (Christian Faith Publishing, 2016), Dr. Conner shares compelling and enduring memories of working among the famine victims in Ethiopia.
“The Face of Hunger” speaks volumes about the challenges of being a medical missionary (and a missionary family, as Dr. Conner took his young family with him) and his up-close-and-personal encounter with famine, which devastating effects he witnessed during his missionary work in the country.
Dr. Conner rued the poor healthcare system, which he believed exacerbated the suffering caused by the famine. He was dismayed and horror-struck that some children would die in the feeding program, despite efforts to aid them. He acknowledged he could do so little to change the political, social, economic and health situation, which made a difficult situation, more arduous.
Nevertheless, Dr. Conner persisted in his mission to help the Ethiopians whenever he could, especially in the face of starvation and infectious diseases; the most serious health issues he and his colleagues had to deal with. He overcame his moments of depression and discouragement thanks to his strong faith and friendships with the Ethiopians and his fellow missionaries.
Dr. Conner stayed true to the calling of his faith and vocation. Through “The Face of Hunger,” he hopes to inspire his readers to become missionaries if possible and exhorts them to harken to the clarion call for action and compassion. In addition, there is an appeal to serve those in need right here in America. “We can’t solve all of the world’s pain and suffering, but we can try anyway,” said Dr. Conner.
Dr. Byron Conner’s “The Face of Hunger: Reflections on a Famine in Ethiopia” is available at Amazon (, Christian Faith Publishing (, and Barnes and Nobel booksellers. 
The Face of Hunger: Reflections on a Famine in Ethiopia
Written by Byron Conner M.D.
Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Published date: October 3, 2016
Paperback price: $15.95
About the Author 
Dr. Byron Conner is a published author, an Army veteran, medical doctor, a father, and a missionary.

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