In Memory of Françoise André

With a heavy heart, Deyon and I announce that our dear friend Françoise André has gone to join her Heavenly Father on February 24th. Françoise and her husband Henri have been instrumental in growing our organization.

Since its inception, Françoise André has served on Mercy Ships’ governing board, as well as many years on the Board of Directors of Mercy Ships International (MSI) with great distinction and immeasurable value in support of our charitable mission. Over her tenure as an MSI Board member, Françoise André has served as an outstanding member of the Mercy Ships Global Association and the Mercy Ships Switzerland National Office where her wisdom and business acumen were a guiding force.

During their time with us, Françoise and Henrí André worked tirelessly towards the successful growth and strong development of MSI as a global healthcare charity. This included their important leadership in the initial acquisition, refitting, conversion, and financing of the very first hospital ship for Mercy Ships, the Anastasis, as well as the recent financing of one hospital ward on the Africa Mercy — the Francois André Ward — and deployment of the new hospital ship, the Global Mercy. Their involvement has significantly expanded Mercy Ships’ healthcare services and ability to serve disadvantaged people in Africa.

Françoise André’s deep faith in God and commitment to serving in Mercy Ships’ mission was characterized by her admirable character, her gracious humility, compassion, and wisdom, her personal relationships as a mentor to Mercy Ships volunteers, and her extraordinary, magnanimous support of Mercy Ships and its charitable mission for so many years. She was treasured and loved by all who felt her presence in our Mercy Ships family.

Mercy Ships has been incredibly blessed and privileged to have Françoise André as a friend and supporter, and we will miss her. We pray that God gives the André family strength and peace while we keep our eyes forward towards the prize set before us all, as Françoise did in life.