Most of you will have seen this post on my Facebook already, but it’s official. The M/V Africa Mercy will be my home till 2019. It’s a bit scary, but I am very excited about staying on the ship.
Surgeries have started and it has been so fun to see patients as they come on board and leave after surgery. I hopefully will be getting off ship to visit the HOPE centre soon. It is were patients can live while they continue the recovery process. I was able to visit in Benin and really enjoyed my time. Many of my friends have gone here and have loved the experience.
Now that the hospital is up and running we have many new crew members on board. We have many new nurses and surgeons on the ship as well as new Housekeepers, engineers, and receptionist. It has been fun to see how the Lord uses different skills to further his kingdom. I love how multicultural the reception team has become. We have a Canadian, two Brits, a Beninois, and an Aussie. It is often this way on the ship. My group of friends all come from different places and have different backgrounds, but we are all here with the same purpose. We want to be part of something that is bigger then ourselves. We want people to know the love of Jesus and experience physical healing. Each has a different role that helps create the whole.
Often times you will find my little group of friends in the dining room late into the night. We have a table that we have claimed as our own. The tea table as I call it is a place we talk about life, Jesus, and the ship. (And drink tea. Tea has become a very important part of our conversations.) It’s only the beginning of the field service and we have already had many conversations around this table. There is nothing special about it. It looks like every other table in the dining room. The only difference is the people that sit around it with me. We tend to giggle (a lot), but we also have conversations that remind me why I am here. Conversations that remind me of the Character of God and what he has done for me. Even though it is still the beginning of the field service when I think about my time in Cameroon one of the images that will come to mind is the tea table.
If you remember a couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of the first patient coming on board before surgery on my Facebook. As surgeries continue please pray for the recovery process that many go through. Thank you for your prayers and support. I am so thankful that I get to be involved in this.
If you are interested in seeing some of the patient transformations you can follow the field service on Instagram @mercyships.