The Africa Mercy to Sail to Benin in 2016

After careful consideration, the Executive Committee of the Mercy Ships International Board has approved the deployment of the Africa Mercy to the nation of Benin for the August 2016 – June 2017 field service.  The Africa Mercy was previously scheduled to dock in Benin in 2014, but had to redeploy due to the Ebola outbreak […]

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Somaya’s Smile

In early April, just two days before her baby daughter’s appointment to have her cleft lip and palate restored on the Mercy Ship, Neny’s house burned down while she was at work.   Neny and Somaya were safe, but they lost every one of their belongings.  The precious Mercy Ships appointment card was burned, and Neny thought they had lost the chance for Somaya to receive the free surgery she needed. Neny was about to abandon all hope when she heard that the Mercy Ship was returning to Madagascar for a second season of service. In October she took Somaya to another screening near her village, and sure enough they were given another appointment for surgery. It was the second chance for her little girl that Neny had prayed for! Cleft palates are repaired through surgery but the journey for patients does not end with surgery. Weeks of speech therapy take place to teach patients how to adapt to their new palates. Jillian Davis, Africa Mercy’s dietician and infant feeding coordinator explains the importance of speech therapy: “Someone with unrepaired cleft […]

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The Countdown to #GivingTuesdayCA is on!

There’s BlackFriday and CyberMonday, but do you know about GivingTuesday? Held on December 1st #GivingTuesdayCA is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes […]

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Meet the Crew: Femi Adesanya

Growing up in Nigeria, Femi Adesanya never dreamed of a career at sea. He studied diplomacy and public relations and says it was expected in his culture to return home, find a good paying job and care for his family. However, Femi had a curiosity about missions and pursued training at a Disciple Training School […]

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Eat. Feed. Love.

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Eat. Feed. Love.! Eat Feed Love is committed to feeding a person in need with every purchase made, and was created with the purpose of aiding in the fight against world hunger through the discovery of great food. How are we partnering with Eat Feed Love? Through […]

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Saving Ronaldo’s Smile

The morning sun is already hot, and the lines of people waiting to have their dental problems relieved are long. In the island-nation of Madagascar, dental care is expensive and beyond the reach of most. Outside the local hospital gates, 17-year-old Ronaldo stands with the men, waiting in a line to be examined by the […]

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William Sees His Son.

William patiently waits as the bandages from his right eye are removed. The 29-year-old sits perfectly still as his eye is wiped clean. He slowly opens his eye as everyone in the room, including his wife and five-year-old son, wait with bated breath. Silently everyone wonders the same thing: “Did the surgery restore William’s vision?” […]

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Christian Book & Music Supports Mercy Ships

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 Purchase a Bible through Christian Book & Music, and support Mercy Ships! For the month of November, the Christian Book & Music locations in Victoria & Nanaimo are having a special promotion. Purchase a Bible (minimum […]

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Cecelia’s Story

For half her life, a hernia had restricted 10-year old Cecelia. She stayed close to home and could not run and climb with the other village children. Her mother Sidonie carried her daughter’s schoolbag and walked her to school every day. Any strain or weight-bearing activity was just too much for the little girl. Then […]

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