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Africa Mercy

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In 1978, a team led by Don and Deyon Stephens began the process of finding a suitable vessel to fulfil their dream of a hospital ship that would reach out to the world's poorest people.

On July 7th 1978, this dream became a reality. The first Mercy Ship, a retired ocean liner called Victoria, was purchased for £600,000. Don and Deyon began recruiting crew for the ship and raising funds to bring the Mercy Ship into compliance with international standards.

Africa Mercy, Newcastle

Ongoing efforts over four years resulted in the transformation of the passenger vessel into a hospital ship. With the addition of 3 operating theatres and a 40 bed ward, the vessel became an 11,701 tonne floating hospital, carrying a volunteer crew of 350 from all over the world. In 1982, the vessel sailed as the newly christened Anastasis – the first Mercy Ship.

Following the Anastasis was the Caribbean Mercy, and now the latest addition to the fleet is Africa Mercy. Africa Mercy is currently berthed in Blyth and is being fitted out prior to its first voyage to Western Africa.

Following the example of Jesus, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing. Mercy Ships is committed to alleviating human suffering and distress by bringing world-class medical and community services to the world’s forgotten poor, empowering them to fulfil their God-given potential. Please visit the Mercy Ships Website for more information.

story | by Dr. Radut