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 through Youth With A Mission in Ghana. There he met many Mercy Shippers who were committing to Mercy Ships long-term. They shared about Mercy Ships’ mission of bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor.
“It was hard for me to picture a ship, treating people but I began to look into it. I went on the internet and I looked at pictures of patients before and after and they were almost unbelievable for me. I couldn’t believe it was true.”
Femi decided to join the ship in Benin in 2009 as day crew and after serving two field services as day crew he decided that he was being called to the ship full time. He served for 15 months as a receptionist before moving to the deck department.
“I had no knowledge of what the maritime industry is like, I knew almost nothing about sea faring.”
Two years later and Femi has climbed the ranks from deckhand to deck rating, working towards an able seafarer license and will soon be able to apply for an officer of the watch license. Femi has had the benefit of training sponsored by Mercy Ships, which he can use internationally should he decide to pursue a career as a sailor.
“The good thing about working in the deck department is that there is opportunity to learn every day. Just when you think you know it all there is still an opportunity to learn.”
According to Femi, it is the drive to excellence that sets Mercy Ships apart from other organizations.
“I see excellence in all that we say and do. People’s motivation and creativity is normally tied to the income they get and here is a place where you serve without being paid yet you strive to do everything with excellence. That’s really special.”
We are so proud of Femi and all volunteers onboard the Africa Mercy. They truly are the lifeblood of Mercy Ships!
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As we approach the close of this year, let us take a moment to reflect on the challenges and trials faced by so many, especially those who have experienced profound loss. This season, while we gather with loved ones to celebrate, let’s also remember those who are still suffering, those who have lost their way, and those who have lost their faith in a better tomorrow.
During this holiday season, we invite you to join us in this mission of compassion, faith, and renewal.
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This Christmas season, let’s come together as a community of faith and support to bring restoration to people who have lost so much. Mercy Ships Canada is on a mission to heal and transform the lives of Children and adults in need. Your gift, rooted in faith, can make a significant difference in the lives of countless people. Your support will bring back smiles, health, and faith to children and adults who have suffered for far too long. Donate today and make this Christmas truly meaningful.
At Mercy Ships Canada, we serve those who have lost hope, bringing healing and transformation. Our volunteers, inspired by their faith, work selflessly to perform surgeries that renew not only bodies but also faith and hope. This Christmas, be a part of the miracle by making a donation to Mercy Ships Canada. Your contribution will help renew faith and offer a second chance at life. Together, we can make a significant impact on those who have suffered for too long.
As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of the immense power of faith and the importance of giving back to those in need. This Christmas, you have the opportunity to be a beacon of hope, healing and transformation for those who need it most.
Your support this Christmas will not only change lives but also reaffirm the spirit of giving and faith. Join us in spreading love, hope, and healing.
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Our journey continues, and we’re excited to have you by our side as we embark on new adventures of compassion and change.
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