Ellie Hamby lives in Abilene, Texas and is an international documentary photographer. She has traveled to 107 countries and all seven continents “always with my camera at my side.” She speaks about photography and her photographs have been featured in magazines, brochures and exhibitions both in the United States and Africa. Her international business, Photos by Ellie, features her photographs on postcards, bookmarks, and note cards. Currently she serves as a Director of Zambia Medical Mission. This medical mission takes place in the country of Zambia every July and provides medical care in very remote areas to approximately 13,000 Zambians over a two-week period of time. Ellie maintains a home in Namwianga, Zambia and continues to return there several times each year to help oversee the work of Zambia Mission, which includes schools, a hospital, a radio station and several orphanages. She serves on the board of Zambia Mission. Ellie has three children who have blessed with grandchildren.
Dr. Sandy, as many of her patients call her, now limits her practice to patients who are residents in long term care facilities and hospice care. She enjoys the challenges of geriatric patients and feels the Lord has called her to work with the very frail and fragile patients who are in the “November and December” of their lives. She has served in the past as president of the Texas Geriatric Society. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Windcrest Health and Rehab and she is one of the physicians for Hospice of the Big Country. But Dr. Sandy wears other hats besides her “doctor” hat. She is a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. She is also a widow. The love of her life, her husband, Don Hazelip, died 20 years ago. She is also a published author and lecturer and has spoken in the United States, China, Germany, Croatia, Romania, Russia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Zambia on women’s health issues. She also has participated in and taught Bible lessons for Ladies’ Retreats in those countries. One of her greatest joys has been the experience of taking her grandchildren on short term mission trips during the past 18 years to Zambia, Russia, China, Cambodia, and Romania. But let me give you fair warning, do not ask her about her four “youngest” grandchildren, who are all adopted from China, unless you have a lot of time to hear all about “how cute, smart, and wonderful they are.”