A good hospital is a safe shelter for people in need of healing. And a good hospital requires resources—things that are hard to find in some places. Mercy Ships has found a way:
“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.”
Since their beginning in 1978, Mercy Ships has performed more than 84,000 surgeries in almost 600 ports. “Healing continues long after the ship departs.” Mercy Ships tries to leave the host nation better than they found it: with better training, tools, and infrastructure .
Oh Lord, may we all leave the places and people we visit better than we found them! Bless Mercy Ships crew and organizers as they bring healing to hurting people and places.