Deck 7

 Since the AFM Hospital is located on Deck 3 of the ship with no windows or outside access, the patients are brought up to Deck 7 twice a day to spend time outside, breathe fresh air, play games, sit and watch a sunset, have a break from the hospital rooms and enjoy the sunshine. Since I don't get a lot... Continue Reading →

Herbert the Snail

When I was a kid I loved listening to The Music Machine record, over and over and over. And there's one song that I still remember, a life lesson from Herbert the snail that I find myself singing in my head a lot these days: "Have patience, have patience Don't be in such a hurry... Continue Reading →

Lazare’s Orphanage

Within seconds of walking through the gate I had two little girls running to me, one literally climbing up me like a tree to get in my arms, a boy toddled after them and clung to my leg, all smiles and excitement. This is Lazare's Orphanage where a Mercy Ministry team has been visiting twice... Continue Reading →

Chaka Waka

I've discovered already how easy it is to go stir crazy on board the ship. And I am so thankful that we are able to go out and experience the culture and breathe some "fresh" air. A favorite spot of mine, and many others here, is Chaka Waka. Its a beach front food truck with... Continue Reading →

Hope Center

Part of Mercy Ships ongoing patient care is providing a place to stay for discharged patients and their caregivers who live too far to come back for outpatient care. Mercy has renovated and refurbished a wing of a local hospital to make it livable for the patients and has staffed it with crew and day workers.... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Africa

As soon as I stepped off the plane I was hit with that warm mugginess that clings to you like a scared child. I smelled something that reminded me of London amplified, the bittersweet scent of dense living, car exhaust, dirt, and another scent I couldn’t place. A passenger I had talked with at the... Continue Reading →

End of Intermission

This last week here in Scotland with my sister and her family has been a beautiful intermission, a time to refocus and prepare, and thanks to my adorable nephew, Sam, remember that simple things can be quite extraordinary. I don't think I realized when I booked my trip in this manner how much I needed this boundary as I left one... Continue Reading →

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