Venice of Africa Ganvié

The Venice of Africa: Ganvié on Stilts

An Intriguing city A journey away from my steel-box home always overwhelms me more than it should. My lack of a car, a local phone, or a sense of direction make exploring feel like a monumental task. That’s why I’m glad we didn’t wait too long before heading out to Ganvié, the lesser known Venice of Africa. Ganvié was the first Beninois attraction I hoped to visit. I’ve been reading a book called Show Me the Magic written by a...

Travel Lesson

A Travel Lesson: How To Be Ruined Gracefully

travel lesson #1: Travelling ruins many. I suspect I was ruined before I started, and travelling has made it worse. Mercy Ships was not to blame. It was a trip to Spain during sophomore year of college that set off the craving. However, Mercy Ships has been the vehicle, literally and figuratively, to carry me farther into traveler-ruin. How do I go back to normal? Here’s the problem. Today you think highly of yourself and your culture. Tomorrow you hop on...

Reverse culture shock: My Experience

Reverse Culture Shock: My Experience

seven weeks of home Coming home was the highlight of my year! It was awesome, especially when I only get to do it ONCE a year. It’s a necessary step back so I can see the big picture. Reverse culture shock unfortunately played a big role. When I look back, I can laugh at how ridiculous I was being. Here are a few snapshots of my time to help you understand how I experienced reverse culture shock. Where is safest?...

Reinventing myself without disappointing myself

Reinventing Myself Without Failing

The letter I opened a letter that made me ask myself a hard question about goals for the future and the possibility of reinventing myself without being an utter failure at it. Snail mail is one of my love languages particularly while serving with Mercy Ships. “Out of sight, out of mind” holds some truth, even from those that love me the most. It’s just part of life abroad. The distance makes it feel like people forget about me, but...

Inspiration at work on the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships

Inspiration at Work in the Africa Mercy Community

working with real people Some people are never happy. They are always looking for the next “big thing”. The next job or house will make them feel like they’ve made it. Or they’re constantly hiding. They are always trying to cover up their mistakes, defend their actions and poor decisions even when they know where the fault lies. Some people are so insecure that they can’t bear to own it because it would leave them too exposed. We all know...

Building Community Guest Blog Finding Joy

Building Community Through Blogging

What’s the most appealing part about blogging aside from the actual writing? The community! As a member of a unique community on board the Africa Mercy, I think it’s awesome to find community across the oceans revolving around something I enjoy doing. The appeal is in meeting other bloggers and sharing with them, learning from them, and walking the journey together. If I wanted to write without interacting with others, I’d have a journal, not a blog. Although, I’ve got stacks of...