Don and Deyon Stephens founded the charity together, spending ten years living on board the first Mercy Ship with their family before relocating to the International Operations Center in Texas. You can read the full story of Mercy Ships here in the free downloadable ebook Ships of Mercy.
Don has been widely recognised for his work, receiving the Two Hungers Award, the Religious Heritage Award, and is a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary. In 2009 Don and Deyon Stephens were honoured with the International Humanitarian Award by the Variety Club. Don lectures internationally and is the author of Trial by Trial, Mandate for Mercy and Ships of Mercy. Don is the voice behind the Mercy Minute, a daily radio broadcast aired internationally.