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40 stories of healing

40 MERCY SHIPS STORIES, FROM THE BEGINNING

It began, in part, with an overheard prayer on a hurricane-battered island.

The blood, sweat, faith and tears of Don and Deyon Stephens and thousands of visionary volunteers, saw a 20-year-old retired Italian ocean liner become a vessel of mercy. That first hospital ship grew into a fleet of hope and healing.

The patients who found their way to this hospital ship encountered unconditional love that healed them – inside and out. Volunteer professionals from all over the world embraced them; providing free essential surgery, medical treatment, love and unconditional acceptance.

The Mercy Ships’ crew were changed by these encounters; their patients were transformed. These are some of their stories.

Story of Rafael

RAFAEL, MEXICO 1987

Spread the word about Mercy Ships for special occasion

PAULA, HONDURAS 2003

Story of Hawa

HAWA, SIERRA LEONE 2005

Story of Tellez Children

TELLEZ CHILDREN, GUATEMALA 1987

Story of Camacho

SENORA CAMACHO, MEXICO 1987

The founders, Don Stephens and Deyon

HOW IT ALL BEGAN, 1978

Story of Dreige & Eddy

DREIGE & EDDY, CONGO 2014

Story of Sao

SAO, LIBERIA 2007

Story of Ebenezer

EBENEZER, GHANA 2006

Story of Gisele

GISELE, CONGO 2014

Story of Kumbuna

KUMBUNA, GAMBIA 2002

Story of Sambany

SAMBANY, MADAGASCAR 2014

CAVILLA, BENIN 2001

Story of Laurence

LAURENCE, GHANA 2006

Story of Bintu

BINTU, SIERRA LEONE 2002

Story of Serah

SERAH, MADAGASCAR 2016

Story of Sahondra

SAHONDRA, MADAGASCAR 1996

Story of Blessing

BLESSING, LIBERIA 2005

Story of Kaltoumi

KALTOUMI, CAMEROON 2017

HURRICANE MITCH, NICARAGUA 1998

Story of Fifalina

FIFALINA, MADAGASCAR 2015

Story of Jatu

JATU, SIERRA LEONE 2010

Story of a message in the bottle

YASAWA, FIJI 1998

Story of Sidiatu

SIDIATU, SIERRA LEONE 2011

Story of Monique

MONIQUE, CAMEROON 2008

Story of Isabelle

ISABELLE, EL SALVADOR 1999

Story of Yaya

YAYA, GUINEA 2012

Story of Niki

NIKI, COTE D’IVOIRE 1991

Spread the word about Mercy Ships in schools

MARIA, EL SALVADOR 1999

Spread the word about Mercy Ships for special occasion

LORETTE, PHILIPPINES 1999

© Mercy Ships

GRACE, CONGO 2013

Story of Felicia

FELISIA, BENIN 2000

Story of Mama H

MAMA H, GUINEA 2013

Story of Paul Pascal

PAUL PASCAL, CAMEROON 2018

Story of Benigno

BENIGNO, GUATEMALA 2001

Story of Aminata

AMINATA, SIERRA LEONE 1993

Story of Jimmy

JIMMY, MADAGASCAR 2015

Story of Patrick

PATRICK, SIERRA LEONE 1992

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