Lester & Deborah Dornon

Lester Dornon was born in Japan, the son of Methodist missionaries. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He felt a call to practice medicine in a place where people have little or no access to healthcare. That desire led him and his wife, Deborah to Nepal, arriving with two small children; a third child was born while they served there. Debbie was born in Middletown, OH, where she is a member of First United Methodist Church. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College, a United Methodist-related school in Berea, OH. The Dornons' three children - Rachel, Luke, and Hannah - are now grown.


Lester is assigned as senior physician at the Tansen Hospital in western Nepal in Asia. The hospital in Tansen is related to the United Mission to Nepal, established in 1954 as a partnership between the people of Nepal and a coalition of 20 Christian organizations on four continents. Read Tansen's 2018 end-of-year report here. Nepal is a small country high in the Himalayan Mountains, where poverty is widespread and health facilities in limited supply. Tansen and other United Mission facilities not only treat the sick but train Nepali doctors and other medical staff to eventually assume full responsibility for the hospitals. Debbie is assigned as coordinator of expatriate services at the Tansen Hospital in western Nepal in Asia. She is in charge of an office that helps personnel and their families from many countries deal with issues such as housing, visa processing, creating bank accounts, and accessing other services. Read their latest newsletter here.

How You Can Help

By supporting Lester and Deborah, you can save the lives of people who need access to medical care in the impoverished country of Nepal. Like all United Methodist missionaries, Les and Debbie are responsible for raising their own support through covenant relationships with individuals, groups, and congregations. To support the Dornons, you may contact them directly at lesdebbiedornon [at], donate online, or send a check to The Advance, 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, with 'Lester Dornon, #10919Z' or 'Deborah Dornon, #10920Z' in the Memo line.