Making a practical difference

Starship Health paediatric nurse Vivien Welsh always knew she wanted to work with children. She entertained both teaching and nursing as career options. But time with a Christian missionary organisation based in Brisbane and travelling in India and other parts of Asia convinced her nursing was the right … Read More

Physios play key role in mission of Mercy

Hannah Rutherford recently volunteered with the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. The Mercy Ship was docked in Madagascar, and Hannah describes how she was impacted professionally and personally as she worked alongside the international teams providing healthcare services to people in extreme poverty.   After … Read More

IT specialist serving the poor

West Africa is a completely different world to ours. It smells different, it looks different, the traffic is chaotic with motorbikes coming from all directions. One of the most significant differences, however, concerns the health system. It is basic and insufficient to serve the people of the country, … Read More

Volunteering with life experience

Transition from the intimate environment of Whangarei hospital’s Special Baby Unit to wards on the world’s largest civilian hospital ship is positively challenging for nurse Ellen Parker. The idea of volunteering her professional skills had been growing for years when she heard first-hand from an anaesthetist how compelling … Read More

Using his power for good

Approaching the end of his apprenticeship electrician Nathan Collis had a hankering to do some voluntary work overseas – something that involved using his industrial electrical skills. “I was going to be made redundant as Pacific Steel shut, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to go,” explains … Read More

Healing while they sleep

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There was a stonemason, a jailer and a fisherman. What sounds like the beginning of a tall story is in fact a doctor’s morning rounds of hernia patients aboard the world’s largest civilian hospital ship. No stranger to voluntary work in developing countries, Dr Tony Diprose recently returned … Read More

Inspired by her faith

Nine years ago a friend passed Sharon Valentine a newspaper clipping, saying ‘I thought of you when I read this.’  The article planted the idea of volunteering with Mercy Ships, and it stuck in the back of her mind.  As years went by and her circumstances changed, Ms … Read More

She had no name

Nurse Sue Clynes from Tauranga served two tours-of-duty in the Africa Mercy operating theatres. There is one day that stands out from many others in Sue’s mind. Here is Chara’s story; The child was only on the cusp of womanhood, yet she had already suffered far beyond the physical … Read More

The adventure of a life-time

Warkworth’s Jessica Palmer was ready for an adventure. Her imagination was captured after hearing about about a Christian hospital ship serving Africa’s poor. “I felt inspired that I could travel to new country, use my skills, knowledge and compassion through my nursing practice, meet new people, bring hope … Read More

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