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- Monday, July 20, 2015
What would you be willing to give up to change the life of a loved one?
A recent blog from Mercy Ships® entitled "What a Difference a Week Makes" tells the story of Zakael, a seven-year-old boy from Madagascar.
Zakael developed a cyst on his neck shortly after birth, and his family was desperate to have the deformity removed but did not have the means to get it treated.
After seven years, Mercy Ships® showed up! Zahael, Zakael's father, stepped out in faith by deciding to take his son to the ship, selling the family's last remaining treasures ...Read Full Post »
- Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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"You were born with the ability to change someone's life, don't ever waste it." —Unknown
Mercy Ships® clearly and intentionally embodies the deepest meaning of this quote. Last week, the crew ended its 217-day stay in Madagascar. Many life-changing surgeries, conversations, and learning opportunities transpired during the field service.
Check out these stats from the trip:
In the operating room ... 1267 surgeries
In the health education courses ... 318 participants
In the health care education mentoring program ... 50 participants
From the orthopedics team ... 55 surgeries
Total patients ... over 5,000
On Facebook last week, Mercy Ships® posted:
- Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Today is a special day set aside to honor those men and women who work long and exhausting hours for the sake of our health. It's National Nurses Day—the kickoff of National Nurses Week (May 6-12, every year).
During National Nurses Week, Mercy Ships® has the profound privilege of commending thousands of nurses who have volunteered aboard its hospital ships since 1978. What a legacy!
Check out these astounding Mercy Ships® stats—possible because of the nurses who serve:
78,000: amount of free surgeries provided to patients
183,000: people who learned basic healthcare from Mercy Ships® ...
- Tuesday, April 28, 2015
In 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.
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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 birth—until his father found Mercy Ships®.
Four-year-old Rajo is a happy-go-lucky, friendly boy. But he ...
- Tuesday, March 31, 2015
"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 ...
- Tuesday, March 3, 2015
When 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 ...