STORIES

Meet Walter Pretorius

“Skilled or unskilled, medical professional or not, Mercy Ships has a role for everyone with the right calling.” If you thought Mercy Ships only recruits volunteers with medical qualifications, meet Walter Pretorius. Originally an accountant, he held a series of...

Claire’s Path to Freedom

For a barely four-foot-tall woman named Claire, social rejection was a daily reality. The focus of this negative attention was an enormous goiter hanging conspicuously from her neck like a sack of oranges. In the chaos of the street market in Pointe Noire, Congo,...

A Weight Off His Shoulders

Jean Bosco is a farmer. Just north of Congo’s capital city of Brazzaville, fields bear the mark of his honest labor – hectares of cassava, gardens of blooming eggplant and tomato, and lime and mango trees providing welcoming shade from the African sun. Jean and his...

Mairamou’s New Beginning

Mairamou should have been excited about her future … a sparkling, joy-filled future. And she had been excited for a while. She and her husband had eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a long, painful labor, she lost the baby. The tragedy was...

Joan Kotze

“I like to encourage,” says Joan. “That’s me – I’m an encourager.” “Would you like to learn how to tie a suture?” says Joan Kotze (ZAF), winking at me from behind a makeshift operating table set up in E ward of the Africa Mercy. Dr. Romaric, a Beninise surgeon...

Isabelle’s Journey

Isabelle lives in a small village in the mountainous center in the far north of Madagascar. The surrounding harsh terrain makes the area almost inaccessible, especially during the wet season when the dirt roads become mires of red mud. The 13-year-old loves her...

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