Trading flight wings for sea legs

As emergency nurse Michelle Baines looks over her early morning flight schedule, it’s a paradigm shift from her volunteer work in Africa with Mercy Ships. Ms Baines journaled an early start a world away; “This morning, as I sat eating breakfast – watching the local Beninese fishermen with … Read More

Our Ships

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Africa Mercy (current flagship) Deployed 2007 History Acquired in 1999, the Dronning Ingrid underwent conversion from a Danish rail ferry into the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship. Sponsored by corporate and individual donors, the purpose-built Africa Mercy has five operating rooms and an 82-bed ward. Facilities & Features … Read More

Why Africa?

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Many nations in Africa are ranked by the United Nations Human Development Index as the least developed nations on earth. There are only two doctors per 10,000, New Zealand has 10 times that ratio. On average 170 of every 1000 African children die before they are five, compared … Read More

Our current field service

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In August of each year, Mercy Ships begins a new field service in an African nation. For the next 10 months the hospital ship is docked in a port city, and thousands of patients who have been screened for surgery arrive for their free, life-changing operations. Screening shot? … Read More

Crew blogs

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These crew members blogs share some of the most remarkable accounts of the breath of God bringing hope and healing through ordinary people like you and me. They are featured with permission. Capture a poignant glimpse of the most astonishing moments as our crew members share every day life … Read More

Mercy Ships Founders

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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. … Read More

The Mercy Ships Story

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“Over 35 years ago, God took a huge risk” – that’s the way Mercy Ships founder Don Stephens describes the beginning of a story that has touched millions of the world’s poorest people. A devastating hurricane, meeting Mother Teresa and the birth of his special needs son drove an idea … Read More

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