More about Mercy Ships


It all began with an overheard prayer in the midst of a hurricane, meeting Mother Teresa and the birth of their special needs son. These events drove an idea that would see Don and Deyon Stephens and the international volunteer crew with Mercy Ships deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world.

More about our work..

Our Volunteers

The Mercy Ships crew are volunteers from more than 40 nations including New Zealand, all of whom give their time and expertise for free. Mercy Ships doesn’t just take doctors and nurses – we need all skills, we need your skills; teachers, dentists, cooks, seafarers, engineers, IT professionals and many others donate their time and expertise to help make mercy happen.

maritime, medical and general volunteer roles with Mercy Ships

Our Patients

In low-income and lower-middle-income countries, nine out of ten people have no access to basic surgical care. Mercy Ships charity hospital ships sail directly to these people to offer the medical care they need – for free.

Since 1978, medical missions by Mercy Ships have worked with compassion treating people in 56 nations, providing services worth over NZ$2.49 billion that have helped more than 2.8 million people in tremendous need. Our current focus is on sub-Saharan Africa.