Christmas . . . whether you live on land or onboard our hospital ship, the Christmas Season is a wonderful reason to celebrate!  As the Christmas Story is told over and over again to each generation, the fascination with God becoming a man, being born in a humble manger and living among us never grows old.  What hope we have, and what joy fills our thoughts and hearts at this time of year!

For those of us in Mercy Ships, Christmas is a special time of celebrating the One we follow as our model.  Our mission statement is engraved in granite in the reception area of our hospital ship:  “Mercy Ships follows the 2000-year-old model of Jesus.”  Indeed, He is the center of all we do onboard our hospital ship and in each National Office around the world.  We work together to put mercy into action to serve the forgotten poor.

In the midst of this festive season, our hearts are saddened by the plight of our many dear friends in West Africa who continue to suffer from Ebola. Let us join together in praying for the end to this terrible outbreak.

How grateful we are for each crew member, staff member, board member and financial partner who joins us in extending mercy every day of the year!  As you share the joy and love of Christmas, we hope you realize the important role you play in the lives of individuals, families and communities in Africa.  Merry Christmas!

Don and Deyon Stephens