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Story Changers

  • Mon, Feb 2, 2015

Ravette_Mercy Ships®One of my favorite things about the weekend is taking a walk through the neighborhood.  In fact, I did so just this morning.  A daily part of life—walking—can be so taken for granted.  But there are people like Ravette who are born with genu recurvatum, or "backward-bending knee."

Sitting in a chair, attending school, or climbing a staircase, were all struggles for the 11-year-old girl.  No one in her village was able to help her—not even the traditional medicine man, who ended up breaking Ravette's legs when trying to fix them.

The Africa Mercy
arrived in ...

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Merry Christmas from Madagascar!

  • Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Mercy Ships® Christmas-2In 3rd grade Sunday school last weekend, I asked the kids what the best Christmas present they EVER received was.  One boy said it was a skateboard, another child talked about a new puppy, and a sweet girl replied, "My family."

What makes the gift so perfect to each child
, I wondered?  Maybe it's how badly they've been needing or wanting a particular item.  Maybe it's that they thought they'd never get it—but it came, after all!  I'm not sure.  But I think for Mercy Ships® patients, it's a mixture of both ...

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Asking the Tough Questions

  • Mon, Nov 10, 2014

Don Stephens KYTXWhen Don Stephens had the dream-come-true opportunity to meet Mother Teresa in the mid-1970s, he was taken aback by the frankness in her purposeful question:

"Why were you born?"

Not expecting such a direct query, Don said that he "struggled through describing to her what was a dream that didn't have a full plan-of a hospital ship serving the poorest of the poor, particularly in Africa."

I heard Don tell this story last Tuesday night.  He said that Mother Teresa asked a follow-up question that day in Calcutta that was just as straightforward as the first:

"What are you ...

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