Patient stories of hope

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.

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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

Assiatou’s first steps, Feb, 12

Assiatou leaned forward gingerly, pressing her foot to the ground — heel first, then the sole, until even her toes were flat on the hospital floor. She shuffled forward carefully before a smile broke out across her face. It was only a tiny movement, but for the 18-year-old, it was a step towards healing. When she … Continued

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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.