Christmas on the Mission Field

Dr. Mike Chupp is joined by several missionary members of CMDA to share their Christmas and holiday memories from the mission field.



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Lester Dornon, MD, DABFM, and Deborah Dornon

Lester grew up in Japan and came to the U.S. to complete medical school at Northwestern University. His completed his family practice residency in Peoria, Illinois at Methodist Medical Center. Soon after that, he went to Nepal to serve at the United Mission Hospital Tansen along with his wife Deborah and their two young children. Their youngest child was born there in Tansen, and they stayed on the mission field for 12 years from 1990 to 2002. They returned to the U.S. to put their children through higher education, and then Lester and Deborah returned to Nepal in 2012 and served for another 10 years. They are currently in Indiana, as they spend time with family and pray about the future.

Doug and Ruth Lindberg are both family physicians. Doug joined CMDA as the director for the Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions (CAHM) in 2020. They both graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2003, and then they completed their family medicine residency at Waukesha Family Practice Residency outside Milwaukee in 2006. The Lindbergs served in South Asia as healthcare missionaries from 2009 to 2013. They returned to the U.S. in 2013 for what was intended to be a one-year home assignment, but a series of events, including a life-threatening cancer diagnosis for Ruth, led them to permanently relocate back to Wisconsin. Ruth is now miraculously cancer free since 2015 and is working on a book about her healing. Doug is thrilled to utilize his experiences as a healthcare missionary and family physician to advance the cause of healthcare missions with CMDA. In addition to his work for CAHM, Doug continues to practice part-time as an urgent care physician for ProHealth Care. They have two children, Maddie (13) and James (10) and a golden retriever puppy named Scout.

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