Patient stories of hope

Young Hawa African girl smiling after facial surgeryRead Hawa's Story

The people in Hawa’s village believed the 6-year-old girl was cursed.

Pulcherie has sight restored receives surgery onboard hospital shipRead Pulcherie's story

Blinded by cataracts, Pulcherie had never seen the face of her own baby.

Young Aicha African girl with body burns recovering after surgeryRead Aicha's story

Badly burned in a house fire, little Aicha hid from everyone.

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Volunteer stories of mercy

Mercy Ships nurse volunteer tells her storyNursing Africa to health

"What they give back to us is more than we could ever give."

Mercy Ships medical volunteer tells her storyHelping the blind to see

"You can’t help but be changed when you serve the Lord."

Mercy Ships crew member tells his storyLove and acceptance

"I'm not the same person I was when I left home."

Mercy Ships crew member tells his storyDriven to serve others

"Any little part I can do to help is worth it."

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35 years of healing the world's poor

Mercy Ships female African patient smilingMercy in action

How the world’s largest charity hospital ship provides care and neighborly love.

Why we serve the poor

Many of the world’s poor suffer or even die from easily treatable medical conditions.

Don & Deyon Stephens founders of Mercy ShipsFrom dream to reality

Discover the origins and history of our international humanitarian organization.

Mercy Ships volunteer doctor operates on patientTraining local doctors

Our mission to leave a lasting impact in Togo.

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Mercy Ships Blog

Volunteer Blood Donors Saves Lives, Jun, 14

The theme of the World Health Organization’s World Blood Donor Day for 2015 is "Thank you for saving my life." Mercy Ships volunteers saved the life of Sambany, a man with a 16-pound facial tumor, by donating blood for him during a free operation onboard the hospital ship. The blood of seventeen people from six nations now runs through his veins. Sambany and many other surgery patients have received blood donations from the volunteer crew, the “walking blood bank” on the Mercy Ship.

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Mercy Minute

Don Stevens - Mercy Minute

Don Stephens

Founder, Mercy Ships

Every day our Founder, Don Stephens takes a minute to explain how you can make a lasting difference in the world.