Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Diarga and his aunt spent three months with Mercy Ships — first on t... he ship where he has the operation to straighten his legs, and then at the HOPE Center hostel for rehabilitation and physical therapy. Just stretch your arms out quickly and you’re bound to touch someone! There will be no fakery here! I’ve had some pretty intense conversations with people here – make sure to ask people the reasons why they came to Mercy Ships, nearly everyone I’ve asked has had an incredible God story. In SHIPS OF MERCY, Don Stephens and the team explain the beginnings of Mercy Ships, discussing the early, smaller ships, and continuing onto the giant African Mercy. Sounds like an amazing n rewarding experience, although i know from my own travels, these dont usually come without some intense n tough times too. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion. Taylor Perez New York native Taylor Perez had a 40-year career at sea, the last 28 as a master of cable ships sailing the world. By teaching and sharing health care practices, supportive health care can be passed down for generations to come. Watch me beat children at tug of rope! In addition to surgery, Mercy Ships is focused on building health expertise,infrastructure and sanitation within a country. One of these is that nice long shower that everyone loves. Everyone is friendly - you can sit down at any table in the dining room and be greated by friends. My burning question coming here was will I be able to workout? Privacy Policy The family cabins vary in size (6-berth and 4-berth) according to how many in your family, and depends on which ship you are serving. I’ve never heard anyone complain about it amazingly. With cereal! There is a gym on board. After acceptance by Mercy Ships, Dunne and his wife Tammy left their jobs, sold their car, rented out the family home and undertook a six week introductory course in Texas. ( Log Out /  Coffee break just squeezes in above work as most important things of my morning. A short while later, Djimby and her grandmother were on their way to Dakar, where the Africa Mercy was docked. Mercy Ships not only provides medical treatments to those living in poverty across the globe but also educates communities. Only 12 left in stock (more on the way). Back in my first week I sat at a new table every single meal and made friends of nearly half the crew. Best meal of the day. We have found a powerful way to share our blessings and our hope is that you will do the same. Miracle of the mercy ships Most people would look at an ocean liner and think “floating luxury”. No matter where you are, if you whisper a joke someone will hear it! I'm a simple guy that wants to motivate and inspire the world through the amazing power of words. Maybe you’re a prospective volunteer and have stumbled upon this blog while desperately searching for any information that might tell you what it’s like to actually live on a hospital ship in Africa. ), visiting seniors, the Hope center, watching Jesus Film with locals, cuddling abandoned babies – You can do all of these things and more! Surviving the devastation wreaked by a tropical hurricane and witnessing the human suffering it left in its trail inspired Don Stephens to set up a hospital ship for the world’s most vulnerable people. Last week we had an African team leading and though I didn’t understand any of the words the spirit was definitely moving! And so with that I say goodnight! Maybe you’re a friend of mine who just wants to know what a day in my life is like. Yay! Also i’m not getting paid. I love it! There are maybe 20 kids age 6-14 there and they are awesome. Add the 200 local Congolese day workers and you get about 600 people running around this floating hospital. In Stock. I’ll leave it to the eagle eyed readers to pick out shop stuff from the picture. Especially if you’re an introvert like I am. Their inspiring work has brought them awards and honours. Ship Friends who have come to visit (and the ones planning to visit!) A most enjoyable read – thanks for the latest news. Based in West Africa and staffed entirely by a crew of 400+ volunteers, the non-profit relies on Dell Technologies to streamline and simplify their IT, so they can focus on serving those in desperate need of life-saving surgeries and care. Mercy Ships is a global charity organization that runs a fleet of hospital ships to bring healthcare to developing nations all across the world. Seriously, African’s love Jenga. There are also many bible studies and small groups that you can join if that’s your thing. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. If you’re a runner! I’ll write all the fun stuff you can do! That’s where Mercy Ships and the Africa Mercy, a floating hospital aboard an ex rail ferry, comes into play. Change ). He has written three books about Mercy Ships and is the voice behind the Mercy Minute, a daily radio broadcast aired internationally. Dance at local church! The authors explain all the long legal hurdles, equipment problems, staffing issues, money--you name it. One afternoon, a neighbour stopped by with some incredible news —there was a hospital ship coming to Senegal with volunteer medical professionals providing free surgeries to people who needed it. Or maybe you’re a stalker, in which case i’ll politely ask you to stop reading even though I know you won’t. They also have most of what they have at home so you can totally get your crazy specific Starbucks specialty if you’re willing to explain it slowly to whoever is working. Though we don’t do a lot of field evangelizing here (or at least personally I haven’t), there is still a strong emphasis on Christ-like community and it seems like everyone is always up for talking about God – which I love. I’m not trying to start a stereotype or anything but who would have thought that of all the games in the world the one that would transcend language and culture was Jenga?? For Don, Mercy Ships has become a lifelong driving force. Everyone else eats hard-boiled eggs and porridge, but I need my fiber. I don’t know why but doctors and nurses really seem to like running. They’ve got some free weights, a bench press, a ghetto pull down bar; decent stuff. I’ve spent many happy evening chatting with people – there are 40 different nations here so the stories and variety is nearly endless. Their inspiring work has brought them awards and honours. Once you’ve got your fill of quiet time then head back into the social atmosphere for some fun! As a result, Mercy Ships’ work can increase ten-fold in the community even once the vessel sails. But don’t let that influence your entire decision to volunteer, it actually is the smallest inconvenience. They then joined the Africa Mercy in Tenerife prior to its departure for the Republic of the Congo. Thank you so much, My Daughter is comeing the end of March 2016. The answer is yes! We sure grew to love them. There is so much fun stuff in town! In conclusion I’ll just list a few other things that maybe new people would want to know: – The culture on the ship is super unique. Don received the Two Hungers Award and the Religious Heritage Award and in 2009 he and Deyon were honoured with the Variety Club International Humanitarian Award. - Your fancy is tickled at least once a month. This item: Living On Mercy by Dan Penn Audio CD $12.69. So that you know this is a realistic portrayal of life on the ship! Swim the beach! ( Log Out /  Last week we went with one of the day crew to listen to live music. Every time I go down there they are playing Jenga. 'Come experience the joy of living in an international community working together to bring hope and healing to others,' said fulltime Mercy Ships volunteer Capt. The Dunne’s decision has had a profound impact on their lives. On my tour, I met fifth graders learning synonyms and eighth graders building apps. Also they are amazing at it. In comes Mercy Ships. I’ve yet to be bored. Child Protection Policy. If it is day time I please ask you to close your eyes and imagine it is night so that we are all on the same page here. You can watch a short video of our history below. You feel like you are really makine a difference for less fortunate people. However, just 6% of them serve the billion-plus people living in the developing world. Fun times and fresh air to be had by all! Nurture your network and further your business goals with smart intelligence … Thank you so, so much for posting this (even though it’s a year and a half later that I’m reading it!) KEA Kids News: Two years on a boat, family prepares for life at sea The Pollards will have to leave their goats behind when the family starts a new life on a Mercy Ship floating hospital. – The library has a great selection so don’t worry too much about bringing ten million books. Appreciate you taking the time to write this! I had no idea of the complexity required to get a hospital ship ready. For more information, visit mercyships.org. You’re advised not to run alone (though it’s not too bad to stay within the port – roughly 2-3k) but luckily there are running groups all the time. I usually go out three times a week or so in the evening so if you join us feel free to find me and tag along! For Don, Mercy Ships has become a lifelong driving force. Do you want to make a difference in your community? Mercy Ships is a great place to work. I was feeling sympathetic until i read about the starbucks n swimming pool – lol. You can sit at literally any table and be welcomed. So that’s a brief overview of life on Mercy Ships. Luckily there are many places that you can sequester yourself for some quiet time. He and Deyon spendt ten years living on board the first Mercy Ship with their family before relocating to the International Operations Centre in Texas. People take weekend trips to other towns or go camping sometimes. In the past year, it has performed about 3000 cataract surgeries. More work and dinner and stuff. Since then, four ships, including the current vessel, the Africa Mercy, have served in 150 ports throughout developing nations, bringing hope, relief and healing to the most vulnerable people. The Complete Duo Recordings (CD/DVD) by PENN Audio CD $14.99. – I brought ten shirts and I wish I’d brought a few more. Mercy Ships operates a fleet of hospital ships, the "Anny" being the largest -- a towering 52-year-old, 550-foot vessel carrying a standing crew of more than 350. This week we are supposed to go and buy fabric at the Grande Market so that we can tailor a traditional African outfit (though i’m not sure if that’s happening yet). As a teen, she told people “I’m going to become a nurse and then go serve with Mercy Ships.”. Good news for extroverts, you’re living in an environment where you can literally always talk to someone if you want to! – If you enjoy writing bring extra notebooks they are hard to find here. The food is really tasty here. Come up to deck 7 each day in the afternoon and get some air with the patients! More than 25 years ago, a group was brainstorming on how to solve this common problem. Simple. Haha I’m just kidding. Some of these things are things I hope never to do, but most of them seem to involve playing with patients. I am delighted to give my support to Mercy Ships.". Come here for all your shampoo, toilet paper, chocolate… I’m sure there’s other stuff there but honestly that’s all I’ve bought so far. I share it with 3 other dudes: two african fellows named Innocent and Emmanuel and a tall guy named Andrew who is on vacation somewhere right now. We would then assign you a special code to give your donors, ensuring gifts made for you through Mercy Ships are tax-deductible. Eat at restaurants! I got the opportunity to play with one of the worship teams and it was amazing. The one i’ve spent the most time at is the boy’s orphanage. So if people aren’t super social when you meet them it could be because they just said goodbye to one of their good friends and they aren’t quite ready to fill their seat yet. If you're a single crew member, you'll bunk in a multi-berth cabin. God be with all you do .Deanna, ps I want to go, Hey Kyle! People are always coming and going and it’s unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It took years for this idea to reach fruition, but in 1978 Don’s goal became reality when he and fellow fundraisers paid $1 million US for the Victoria, a former cruise liner, and work began to convert her to a hospital ship. A great man once wrote a poem about breakfast that has really stuck with me: Is that this is the hungriest I’ve been today.”  – Kyle Siemens. Curl up in one of the comfy couches in midships, or hide in the library (one of my favorite places). It is this dynamic that allows Mercy Ships to provide the medical care and development assistance free of charge to the poorest of the poor. SHIPS OF HOPE: In the past 40 years, Mercy Ships New Zealand has conducted 85,000 free surgeries and trained 40,000 healthcare professionals. Thanks for the inside scoop about life on board! However it sort of gives you a birds eye view of how many people you’ll be living with while you’re here. FREE Shipping on orders over $25.00. View information regarding our DGR status. ( Log Out /  Don is also a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary. Many of the one thousand members of the U.S. Navy medical team and civil service mariners serving on the USNS Mercy -- the hospital ship in the Port of … Once you’ve found your friends there is tons to do. This environment is unique because most of the ship’s volunteers live AND work on board. Challenge someone to Jenga and prepare to get beaten! In case you are OCD and want to count… there are roughly 400 people there. In 1982, the vessel, refitted with three operating theatres and a 40-bed ward, sailed as the Anastasis – the first Mercy Ship. The classes are taught in English. All inside!” (Photo credit: Mercy Ships) What are some of the challenges? Mercy Ships is on a mission to help the people behind this staggering statistic,” the Mercy Ships website states. “With 50 percent of the world’s population living near a coast, our hospital ships are able to provide a safe surgical environment that can reach the most people along the shores of Africa’s developing nations. Bringing hope & healing to the forgotten poor, © Mercy Ships Australia. Doctors perform 313 million surgeries every year all over the world. A few of the family cabins on the Africa Mercy have a sofa-bed for the parents; each cabin has its own bathroom and kitchenette and ample storage space. You’re in a closed environment for a long time and it’s invaluable to have that little piece of home to cling to when things get a little crazy. The possibilities are limitless (as long as you are super creative). Each cabin is designed to maximize space, and most have a private bathroom, small closet and desk area for each person, and internet access. Former Prime Minister of the UK, "Their work goes beyond healing and comforting the sick... it provides a sense of hope that is badly needed in the places they work. Woo fiber! REALLY??! Mercy Ships is staffed by volunteers from over 40 nations, who raise their own finances to travel to the ship and pay towards their cost of living while serving on board. Honestly though you probably won’t be spending too much time in your cabin, there’s too many other fun things to do! Thanks for the info – I’m leaving in August with Mercy Ships in Benin – your post has been super helpful in getting my expectations sorted out . The company is very responsible with the funds that are donated. Hike the gorge! So that’s a brief overview of life on Mercy Ships. The kids living on board attend a school called The Mercy Ships Academy. View information regarding our DGR status. ABN 30 097 037 922. Donations of $2 or more to the Relief Fund are tax-deductible. Do you love physical contact? I have room for my ukulele (i wish i’d brought more instruments) as well as all my clothes! In 1964, 19-year-old Don was visiting the Bahamas as part of a youth group when Hurricane Cleo swept through the region, in what was a one-in-a-hundred year storm. I’m heading to Madagascar to volunteer in February and this was one of the most helpful posts I’ve found as far as getting an idea of what to expect.. and getting me even more excited. It’s got everything you could need (and a few things you could want)! Being able to see what God is continuing to do on and through Mercy Ships; Being a part of a healthy & vibrant church community (Christ Community Church) Knowing we are where … Serving with Mercy Ships has opened my eyes to the joys of loving people well right where you’re at.”. Breakfast! We have a church service of sorts twice a week: on sunday and thursday. In the aftermath of the storm, he was struck by the words of suffering local people who pleaded for a hospital ship to treat their injured and provide urgently needed medicines. Those interested in supporting Mercy Ships can volunteer, donate or sponsor a crew member. Have you spent countless nights laying in bed, burning with desire to know the answer?? We have a shop on board! Be safe and come home safe. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Of course they are running around the hospital, the galley, the academy (there is a legitimate K-12 school on board), the engine room and many other places, but that comes later. Now i’m a jaded 3-weeker and i’ve sort of found my crew, but I still make it my goal to sit with the guy sitting all alone. Processing Donations Through Mercy Ships Once you’ve applied and have received your offer letter to join, you can elect to process donations through Mercy Ships. The culture is positive and supportive. 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