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Screening In the Flesh

Three weeks ago we were just starting to screen Malagasy patients for surgery. The wards weren’t open yet; nurses were still setting up the wards. I still didn’t know what nursing would be like here. All I had were stories. When Mercy Ships arrives in any given country, we have to find our patients. The […] Read more…

Honesty

I think about writing almost every day truthfully. There is so much happening every day, all around me that I’d love to tell you about, but I get stuck. Sometimes it takes a week to simply process an experience I had weeks ago. I’m not always sure what my readers are most interested in hearing […] Read more…

Spare Time

At some point in the past month I had this very ambitious idea to try to organize all the things I wanted to pray for. I hear so often about how instrumental this spiritual discipline is, how it changes the way we look at everything around us, including our deepest concerns. I would sit to […] Read more…

Foreigner

I haven’t been to dozens of countries, but I have been to quite a few before I joined Mercy Ships. I’ve gone for pleasure, for study and for the Kingdom. Once I joined Mercy Ships, the ship even brought me to Spain and South Africa prior to Madagascar. But those countries spoke languages I was […] Read more…

Unpacking

Capetown seems really far away both in distance and time. Literally another universe away. We’ve arrived in Tamatave (Toamasina) Madagascar, a massive island that is home to 14,000 species of plants and 175,000 species of wildlife that can be found nowhere else in the world. The only home of the lemurs. A place that only gained […] Read more…

One with Table Mountain

I’ve done so much self-reflection in the past month and I tried to resist, I swear. At home it’s easy to ignore what’s going on inside you more frequently. When you feel restless, lonely, anxious, angry or hurt there are easy ways for us to focus on something else or vent our feelings. Here in […] Read more…

For Fun

It’s one of those days that just blows my mind yet again. How in the world did I get so lucky? I’m laying in bed on board the Africa Mercy as we get clearance from the port of Capetown, South Africa. Last night my window had ocean, tonight it has lights, other ships and vessels, […] Read more…

8 Days of Ocean

It has been hard to keep current. Internet is so slow. Sometimes it’s impossible to access Facebook, Gmail, really anything besides my Mercy Ships email. So my thoughts have been piling up inside. Luckily, I think 3/4 of the ship is sleeping right now, so the world wide web isn’t as clogged up as it […] Read more…

Plans Change. God’s Call Remains

It’s all so ironic. “Irony: a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.” And it’s definitely amusing. Ruben felt the nudge, or maybe a push, last summer to do something more significant with his life. He knew God was asking for […] Read more…

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