Patient stories of hope

Read Gamai’s Story

She was just a toddler when painful burns all but destroyed her arms and dreams. All Gamai wanted was to be like other little girls.

Read Adama's Story

Adama was blind for nearly a year. She'd never seen her babies' faces. She thought this was her fate, forever.

Read Mafouidya's Story

Mafoudiya felt invisible. It was hard to see past her deformity. Her cleft lip caused her emotional and physical pain.

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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

Leaving a Legacy: Dr. Sandra Lako’s story, Jun, 3

For many volunteers, serving with Mercy Ships can be as transformational emotionally as it is physically for the patients we serve. One former volunteer, Dr. Sandra Lako, shares her story.

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Mercy Minute

Don Stevens - Mercy Minute

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.