Mercy Ships is an international faith-based charity using volunteers aboard hospital ships to provide free, life-changing surgeries and training in Africa.
Following the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor. Our vision is to use hospital ships to transform individuals and serve nations, one at a time.
While living in Lausanne, Switzerland, Don & Deyon Stephens began a journey that led to the founding of Mercy Ships in 1978, with the purchase of the first vessel, the Anastasis. In 2007, Mercy Ships launched the Africa Mercy, the largest of the four hospital ships operated by Mercy Ships over the past 36 years.