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Rajo: A Story from the Africa Mercy

  • Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Rajo-Mercy-Ships-clubfootIn the developed world, children ask their parents for many things: toys, pets, candy and other sweet treats, and roller-coaster rides courtesy of daddy's arms.  But in Madagascar, Little Rajo would often ask his father, Tojo, "Please, Daddy, arrange my feet."  These words made Tojo want to cry.

Daddy's All Star Champion


Until this morning, I had never heard of clubfoot—the condition that curved Rajo's left foot and made walking difficult.  This sweet child had suffered with clubfoot since birthuntil his father found Mercy Ships®.

Four-year-old Rajo is a happy-go-lucky, friendly boy.  But he experienced ...

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A 19-year-old Tumor: GONE!

  • Tue, Mar 31, 2015

mercy-ships-africa-mercy"I heard about Mercy Ships® on the radio.  There is someone who can help me here in Tamatave."
--Sambany, Mercy Ships® surgery recipient

Sambany is a 60-year-old man who lived with a bulging tumor growing on his neck for 19 years.  With lost hope, he said that every day, he was just waiting to die.  But the potential of healing through Mercy Ships® sparked a flicker of promise, and Sambany set out to meet the crew.

"Six people had to carry me on their backs.  We walked for two days," Sambany says.

There were complications and a significant chance that ...

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Coffee & Care Commonalities

  • Tue, Mar 3, 2015

coffee-mercy-shipsWhen I was in high school, I worked at Starbucks.  Up until my employment there, I had not been much for coffee.  The ambiance-loving, stoked-about-life teenager that I was fared well in that coffee house environment.  AND, that's where my love (friends call it "obsession" or "addiction") for coffee began.

Between creating fun drinks like caramel macchiatos, wiping counters, and refilling the Splenda containers, I had a wonderful opportunity to observe people's behaviors.

Some customers came in every single morning (if I had the budget for it, I'd do the same!).  Other customers appeared sporadically, every few ...

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