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Mercy Ships®

Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!

Mercy Ships® to Deploy to Benin: Summer 2016

  • Friday, January 29, 2016

Mercy Ships® is off on the right foot this New Year!  

The Africa Mercy has just received work that they are officially approved to deploy to the nation of Benin for the August 2016-June 2017 field service.

With that exciting news in hand, here are some fun facts about Benin:

  • It is one of the most stable and safest countries in the region
  • It has a history of peaceful transitions between governments through democratic elections
  • It has a progressive government striving to modernize the country and eradicate poverty
  • It is still considered one of the poorest nations in the world ...
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A 3-year-old Santa

  • Friday, December 18, 2015

shipThis Christmas, as we celebrate the Lord's mercy, how will you offer mercy to others around you?

In a recent broadcast of the Mercy Minute, Don Stephens tells the story of Santa -- but not the big bearded one in a red suit.

This Santa is a 3-year-old girl who lives in Madagascar and experienced a terrible tragedy.  When she was just two years old, Santa was severely burned by a pot of water, damaging her tongue, left cheek, and neck.  With no proper medical care available, Santa's mother was frantic and distraught, thinking the injury would cost this ...

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My Wisdom Teeth Saga

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015

crewIf you've had your wisdom teeth removed, you would know that there is typically a sit down with the dentist a few days prior to talk through the procedure.

If you knew me, you would know that I am terrified of all things medical and that this did not go well.

I didn't even realize the full extent of this fear until my fiancé, Brian, called me back in sheer panic.  After listening to the voicemail I had left him post "sit down", he thought they had found something cancerous in my x-rays.  To his disbelief, my bawling ...

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Why An Unfulfilled Dream Might Just Be A Good Thing

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015

womenHave you ever had a big dream about to come to fruition when all of the sudden something unexpected knocks you off your feet, leaving you feeling discouraged, hopeless, and pretty much anything but joyful and fulfilled?

This happens to a staggering number of women during childbirth in Madagascar, where Mercy Ships® is currently serving.  These women dream of having a baby and becoming a mother, but develop a childbirth injury called Obstetric Fistula.

After a long and painful delivery these women receive another burden rather than rest, and often feel isolated, devastated, embarrassed, and worthless. The pure joy of ...

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The Best Kind of Lemonade

  • Monday, September 28, 2015


Can you imagine getting engaged and planning out the whole wedding only to discover that it would be called off entirely last minute?

In a recent feature of "The Mercy Minute®," Don Stephens talks about Phil Laboon, CEO of an internet marketing company, who went through just that.  He lost his bride and his $15,000 dream wedding went down the drain.

Phil, however, decided to make the best out of a heartbreaking situation.  He turned the wedding reception into a charity event benefitting Surgicorps International, an organization that provides free "medical care to disadvantaged individuals around the world". 

Phil ...

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The Africa Mercy Departs for Another Year in Madagascar

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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  • 303 Eye Surgeries
  • 365 Maxillofacial Surgeries
  • 110 Plastics Surgeries
  • 335 General Surgeries
  • 101 Women's Health Surgeries
  • 55 Orthopedic Surgeries

From November 2014 to June 2015, this is what Mercy Ships® provided to the impoverished people of one of the most destitute countries - Madagascar.

This totals almost 1,300 surgeries in just one year, which resulted in restorative hope and confidence for many who never dreamed possible.

This month, after spending several months in dry dock for vital upgrades and repairs, the Africa Mercy departs for another year of life-giving activity since the ministry's inception in 1978.  Mercy Ships® ...

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