A word from our CEO, Tom Stogner:
“And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8
The past few weeks have reminded us of the issues of racism and we are saddened by the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others around the world. Mercy Ships is an organization comprised of people from over 40 countries, and we value the rich cultures that make up our crew and staff who serve the most vulnerable people in Africa, caring for those we serve, strengthening healthcare systems, and building relationships together.
The core values of Mercy Ships are: Love God, Love and serve others, Be people of integrity, and Be people of excellence in all we say and do. As an organization we individually and corporately ascribe to follow these core values. However, we must proactively also affirm and join the world in saying that black lives matter. To do anything less would be an injustice to those we work alongside and to those we lovingly serve.
Silence is never the solution, and Mercy Ships refuses to neglect our responsibility. We choose to stand firm against racism. This is an injustice that impacts our culture each and every day, and our hearts are with those of you who have been deeply affected by these recent events. I am committed to do all that we can in Mercy Ships to eradicate racism.
As an organization, we follow the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, providing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor. Please join me in ensuring that we hold tightly to this calling each and every day, committing to treat each individual with the same love and compassion as Jesus did. All of us should wholeheartedly lean into the conversations and be committed to look outwardly and actively in our fight against racism, facilitating any change necessary. In all of this, we need to pray that this moment in history will be a significant moment of lasting transformation and change.
CEO Mercy Ships
About Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.53 billion, treating more than 2.71 million direct beneficiaries. The Africa Mercy is crewed by 400 volunteers from up to 40 nations, an average of 1000 each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. With offices in 16 nations, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time.