A Bigger World: Aicha’s Story

Aicha’s larger-than-life curiosity was on display — just because she couldn’t see the world around her, didn’t mean she wasn’t already leaving her mark on it.

Read M'Mah Benessa's Story

A small lump became a dangerous tumor on M’Mah Benessa’s face. If left untreated, she could lose her sight, and her eye.

Read N'nady's Story

As a young child, N’nady’s legs began painfully bending outward. By the time she was a teenager, she could barely walk.

Read Sekouba's Story

A growing tumor inside Sekouba's mouth impaired his breathing, then threatened his life.

Read Gamai’s Story

She was just a toddler when painful burns all but destroyed her arms and dreams. All Gamai wanted was to be like other little girls.

Read Adama's Story

Adama was blind for nearly a year. She'd never seen her babies' faces. She thought this was her fate, forever.

Read Mafouidya's Story

Mafoudiya felt invisible. It was hard to see past her deformity. Her cleft lip caused her emotional and physical pain.

Read Djazim's Story

Djazim developed a condition known as windswept legs. His exuberance diminished. His future was in danger.

Read Julienne's Story

Julienne’s bowed legs grew worse each year. So did the rejection, shame and isolation.

Read Pierre’s Story

Without proper nutrition growing up, Pierre’s twisted, windswept legs threatened his future.

Read Salamatou and Mariama's Story

When poor nutrition caused a bone deformation in two sisters, their entire futures were threatened.

Read Edith's Story

When Edith was 7, a tumor started growing on her face—just like the giant one on her mother’s face.

Volunteer stories of mercy

One last ride to serve others

Today, Milo Falsing is the volunteer captain of that very ship

Denise Ngum, Electrician.Adventure of a lifetime

Denise never knew the opportunities she would discover volunteering with Mercy Ships.

A tangible hope

Dr. Gary Parker has had a front-row view of the great surgical need.

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."

Mercy Ships nurse volunteer tells her storyMaking lasting change with love

"I have been changed and I have grown here."

40 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.