Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!
- Monday, February 2, 2015
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 ...
- Tuesday, December 23, 2014
In 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 ...
- Monday, November 10, 2014
When 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 ...
- Monday, October 6, 2014
Last week, CBS' 60 Minutes was awarded an Emmy for its feature on Mercy Ships® and the largest charity hospital ship, the Africa Mercy.
As I watched the feature, my attention was drawn to one of the nurses, Ali Chandra. She was gracious and kind, and possessed an obvious passion for serving the people of West Africa.
When the interviewer mentioned to Ali that some documentary viewers may be thinking, "I could never do what she does. Those poor people are terribly disfigured. I can't look at them," Ali's response was remarkable.
"People have been saying that to ...
- Monday, September 15, 2014
For the first time in its 36-year history, Mercy Ships® has redirected its course. Because of the anomalous Ebola outbreak in West Africa, 400 Mercy Ships® volunteers from 40 nations are sailing down a new path to engage with the nation of Madagascar as their next field service.
Donovan Palmer, Mercy Ships® Group Managing Director, stated, "While we had been looking at the possibility of coming to Madagascar, we have decided to come earlier and to postpone our plans with Guinea and Benin due to the Ebola crisis in the West Africa region."
President of the Republic of Madagascar, Hery ...
- Monday, July 28, 2014
Known as the face of love in action, Mercy Ships® has treated upwards of 535,000 patients in the poorest cities throughout the world. The ministry has taken Jesus to people through the avenue of medicine and healthcare for the past 30 years -- people who may have never heard of Him otherwise.
And while I tend to focus on the amazing care that professionally trained physicians bring to patients battling fatal diseases, I forget to ponder what God does in the lives of the staff and volunteers aboard ship.
Carys Parker is the 19-year-old daughter of Gary Parker, who has ...Read Full Post »