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

Indomitable Elina

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Six-year old Elina and her mother were coaxed out of the bushes. They had been waiting, undetected, for the crowds to thin at a medical screening center in Madagascar. After a Mercy Ships nurse named Ria invited Elina to come out of hiding, she discovered the disfiguring burns … Read More

Victorien’s brave journey

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A boy can cope with a lot of set-backs, but rejection by his friends is a crushing blow. When Victorien’s cheek began to swell, a dentist identified an abnormality in his mouth and said he needed to go to the city to be examined. As Victorien and his … 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

Tender mercies shown by dental team

  It is becoming a habit for Dr Hadleigh Reid to spend his down-time overseas – providing free dental treatment for some of the world’s poorest people. The Wanganui dentist is serving his second tour of duty in Africa with Mercy Ships. This month-long humanitarian adventure has taken … Read More

Fifalina

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At almost 10 Fifalina was the size of an average four-year-old because of her crippling disability – but she has the courage of a warrior. Fifialina aptly means ‘happiness’. Her indomitable spirit and her mother’s faith saw the remarkable come to pass as their hope turned into healing. … Read More

Hoanaky’s restoration

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Hoanaky laboured hard for four days in her remote village in Madagascar’s far south. Exhausted, she finally delivered a stillborn baby. Her loss was compounded by the impact of the traumatic delivery. The prolonged pressure of the baby’s head damaged muscle and tissue, creating an abnormal opening between … Read More

Hope On My Horizon

Peter Woolston stood dejected,  leaning over the ship’s railings wondering, what’s next?’  It was 1983.  The eighteen year-old musician-in-the-making had just taken a tour of the Mercy Ship Anastasis in his home port of Wellington, New Zealand. Peter was deeply inspired.  He was captured by the vision to … Read More

They came by the thousands

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The Mercy Ship arrived in Benin in August and the crew quickly began screening patients for surgery. Crowds of people lined up each morning before dawn. They were hoping their wildest dreams of healing were about to be realised. Some brought babies and children, others an elderly parent. … Read More

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