Ethel and James Twing

This site contains the story of an amazing couple who gave their all in Africa!

In 1969, Dr. James A. Twing, and his wife, Ethel, a licensed practical nurse, were sent by the Lake Orion Medical Group, in Michigan on a six-month rotation to Heri Mission Hospital, Tanzania, East Africa. After they returned from Africa, the Seventh-day Adventist Church sent them on permanent assignment to the hospital. This is the story of their work, his untimely death, the amazing work done accomplished by his widow who became a registered nurse, returned to Africa, spending more than 35 years there in ministry.  This ministry is carried on today their memory by her children.


July 30, 2014, at 6:10 am, “Mama Twing,” also referred to by her grandchildren as "Grandma Africa," passed to her rest.  Her obituary appears at this linkA memorial website has been created so you can Celebrate Her Life, leaving messages of love, remembering who she was, and how special she was to you.  Please use this link: 

Ethel's work in Africa was originally organized as Twing Memorial Projects. The ministry is now a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in the United States called Twing Memorial Ministries. In Africa, the work is carried out under the direction of Pastor Musa Mitekaro through a NGO called Twing Association for Health & Education Development (TAHED).   

Musa Mitekaro

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