Bringing hope and healing to the world’s poor for over 40 years

Our Mission.
We follow the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor.

Our Vision.
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to transform lives and serve nations, one at a time.

Our Core Values.
Desiring to follow the model of Jesus, we seek to:

  • love God.
  • love and serve others.
  • be people of integrity.
  • strive for excellence in all we say and do.


Mercy Ships volunteer nurse with young African patient in cast

why a ship?

A ship is the most efficient platform to deliver a state-of-the-art hospital to regions where clean water, electricity, medical facilities and personnel is limited or nonexistent. And, because more than 50% of the world’s population lives within 100 miles of the coast, we can reach more people who need care.

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Mercy Ships founder Don Stevens

Don Stephens, Founder

Don Stephens founded Mercy Ships in 1978 with the purchase of the Anastasis, where he and his family lived for ten years. During his time as President, Don directed and led thousands of professional volunteers from over 40 nations with offices in 16 countries.

He’s also the voice of “The Mercy Minute”—a radio broadcast aired on over 840 stations daily—and the author of three books: Trial by Trial (1985), Mandate for Mercy (1995), and Ships of Mercy (2005). In 2009, he was awarded the International Humanitarian of the Year award from Variety International.

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the volunteers who keep us moving ahead

From the Captain and our Chief Medical Officer to deckhands and administrative assistants, it takes an enormous number of dedicated people to keep a floating hospital ship like Africa Mercy going strong.

meet our crew