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Ellen Doyle

Status: On the Field

Location: Africa
Field: Cameroon
Ministry: Medical Missions Assisting Church Planting



Ellen Doyle has been a medical missionary in Cameroon, West Africa, since 1998. Ellen grew up in a Catholic home and was saved in Steamboat Springs, CO, as a young adult. She went to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for her Associate's Degree in Nursing and finished her BSN at Bob Jones University. In 1993 she went to Armenia with Dr. & Mrs. John Dreisbach, and it was there that she got a burden to become a full-time medical missionary. After completing a degree in Biblical counseling, Ellen began deputation and arrived in Africa in 1998.

For two years, she worked in the capital city of Yaoundé with Dr. Carol Loescher and Carrie Wright. They had the privilege of establishing a medical clinic affiliated with a Bible seminary.

In 2000 she moved to the far north of Cameroon in the sub-Sahara region in hopes of starting a mobile medical clinic, but the government would not authorize the endeavor.  After serving the nomadic people in that region, God directed her to Foumban for about ten years to assist Dr. Carol Loescher with the medical ministry among the Bamoun and Fulani people groups.

One of Ellen's favorite medical outreaches was participating in jungle clinics. Missionary Tom Needham used his airplane to evangelize unreached villages not accessible by vehicle. The clinics were effective in helping plant churches in these remote areas.

Along with the bush trips, Ellen spent many enjoyable summers volunteering as a camp nurse and counselor in the northwest part of Cameroon. Unfortunately, the political situation in Cameroon erupted in 2017, and the aviation/jungle ministry had to be curtailed for safety reasons.  The conflict also impacted the camp, and it had to be closed.

In 2013, the Lord led Ellen to the town of Bafoussam where she continues to minister.  Her primary ministry has been assisting the church plant under Mark Barilla's direction.   She is actively involved in Bible studies with neighborhood ladies and enjoys helping with children's Sunday school with Marnie Krause. When medical opportunities arise, Ellen also gives advice and assistance to those who are sick.

In 2016, Ellen was diagnosed with cancer.  She has undergone surgery and treatments since that time.  Her intervention is not feasible in Cameroon due to its limited resources, so she travels periodically to Germany for follow up evaluations and treatment.  Ellen enjoys participating in the church ministry in Heidelberg while there. Her greatest joy would be to carry on the Lord's service for many years to come.

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