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

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

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