Patient stories of hope

Read Cecilia’s Story

Cecilia always smiled, even when her twisted knee made walking painful.

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.

Read Ernest's Story

Ashamed of the tumor that was destroying his life, Ernest hid in the dark.

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Volunteer stories of mercy

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."

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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.

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Mercy Ships Blog

Hope, Healing, and Dignity for All, May, 18

20-year-old Mairamou should have been excited about her future. She and her husband had eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a prolonged labor, she lost the baby and was left with a condition known as an obstetric fistula, making her incontinent. “People don’t want me there,” she said sadly. “They would tell me to go home because of the smell.”

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Mercy Minute

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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.