Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!
- Friday, August 19, 2016
On #WorldHumanitarianDay, Mercy Ships® celebrates students in Africa who can return to school because they received surgeries to remove tumors, straighten crooked feet, repair cleft lips or correct other maladies that once made them outcasts.
My back-to-school season often looked like a trip to the mall with my mom for new clothes, and a Starbucks-in-hand at Target while we filled the cart with notebooks, folders, glue, and mechanical pencils. While I was always excited to see the friends I hadn't been able to connect with all summer, I typically dreaded even thinking about getting back into the routine of ...Read Full Post »
- Thursday, July 28, 2016
"Showing mercy to one another is why all of us are here." - Don Stephens
My first few months of marriage have been nothing short of sweet. In fact, my husband and I have been pleasantly surprised at what a smooth and fun transition newlywed life has been.
However, as blessings and burdens often go hand-in-hand, building a new life together and staying on the same page isn't always easy.
In the midst of miscommunications and disagreements, I've been challenged to not only extend mercy-- but to accept the mercy that's given to me.
Let's be real ...Read Full Post »
- Thursday, June 30, 2016
Over my four years as a student at Azusa Pacific University, I was blessed with many things, but one of my favorites has been a solid community that's extended beyond campus and into the "real world."
I not only made some of my best friendships during my time there, but stepped into post-grad with older women who are intentional about pouring into me, and younger women who are eager to learn from and with me.
While all of these relationships are important in their own way, there's something so special about being loved, supported, challenged, and grown by ...Read Full Post »
- Thursday, May 12, 2016
Don't you just love it when someone, whether it be a stranger or a friend, brightens your day with kindness?
I experienced this just yesterday while my dentist struck up a conversation with me during my x-rays. We talked about life, work, family- the list goes on! I remember thinking to myself that she didn't have to give me the time of day as she prepped me for my cleaning. Yet she took her time and took interest to transform my trip for the better.
It's easy to go through the motions of our "everyday", but to ...Read Full Post »
- Friday, April 8, 2016
Have you ever extended mercy to others because of the mercy extended to you?
Two men ran out of gas for their boat. Once they realized this, they quickly docked the boat and began walking up the nearby road carrying two five-gallon gas cans.
As the men passed by a group of construction workers on a break, one of the workers called out to them, "Hey! Take my truck!" They took the truck, got some gas, and returned it to the worker. No less than a year later, one of the two men gladly lent his car to others ...Read Full Post »
- Wednesday, March 23, 2016
What would it take to push your dreams into action?
In the beginning, Don Stephens (founder & CEO of Mercy Ships®), had a life-altering encounter with Mother Teresa. While Don went to be the question-asker, the tables were turned, and Mother Teresa transformed his perspective with three simple questions:
1. Why were you born?
2. What's the dream in your life?
3. What are you going to do about?
As he told this story at an event last week with such joy and passion, I couldn't help but think about how questions as simple as this could encourage someone ...Read Full Post »