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More Than a Tour: Are You Ready to Come On Board?

The moment you set foot on the gangway, immersive sights and sounds will transport you to a field service with Mercy Ships. An inviting stairway of hope will be climbed by over 150,000 patients. Every step a move towards transformation. Every step a foot closer to...

Born to Play – Adam Zidane

It was no surprise that 9-year-old Adam Zidane loved playing soccer. He was born on the same day as a 2009 Champions League match, and he was named after the famous French soccer player, Zinedine Zidane. Nothing brought his father, Abdoulai, more joy than watching his...

Partnering to Reduce the Burden of Disease

A patient was brought into the operating room at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. It was a child with a cleft palate. Dr. Chris Kapeshi, the senior maxillofacial surgeon in the country, stepped aside to allow his visitor, Mercy Ships volunteer ENT...

New Beginnings on a New Ship: Joff and Kari Williams

A new year is beginning, and a brand new hospital ship is preparing to sail to Senegal. Every area of the ship – from the hospital wards to the crew cabins – is coming to life. New faces are also beginning to populate the vessels of the Mercy Ships fleet. Faces like...

Mansare’s New Confidence

Young Mansare dashed around the dock, his frayed sandals flapping as he ran and his laughter bringing a smile to his mother’s face. “Look at him. Look at him walk,” his mother, Simone, said. “He can really play now. Before, he would get tired and come back after ten...

Powering Hope and Healing as a Seafarer

Benji Aryee remembers vividly the moment he first stepped aboard a Mercy Ship. It was April 10, 2010. “It was exactly lunchtime, 12 o’ clock,” Benji said, laughing as he recalled his own excitement. When he walked up the gangway, he said to himself, “Finally. Finally....

Healing For Houssainatou

Ten-year-old Houssainatou lives in a town in the highlands of Guinea with her parents and her four siblings. If you ask Houssainatou, her childhood has been a happy one: she talks about playing jump rope with her friends, helping to take care of her little brother,...

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