Nursing Abroad

The Gift I Didn’t Deserve

Last Year… It was about 8 PM, and the plastic surgery patients were suffering from cabin fever after a month on board with no windows. We often took them to the outer decks after hours to get some energy out. Dylan’s grandma was holding the mobile phone to her ear and holding me tight with […] Read more…

Our Favorite Moments of 2015

2015 It’s over! The year has finished and if you’re reading this, you made it on to the next one. This next year is one more example of God’s grace in our lives. Even with our mess-ups and regrets, we get another chance to live the life we dream of, the abundant life God promises […] Read more…

When Routine Takes Over

Breathe. It’s supposed to happen involuntarily. We don’t need to tell our body to do it every few seconds. Each breath gives us oxygen and yet we carry on without thinking about it. Breathe. It’s the name of our monthly hospital gathering. It’s set apart because at this gathering we tell stories seen through our […] Read more…

Deep Wounds

It’s been the focus of every work day for the past 4 weeks. I’m staring at them, analyzing them, writing about them in patient charts, talking about them, and praying for them. These wounds are, for now, the reason I get up in the morning. I’m there to cleanse them, dress them, pray for them […] Read more…

Fearless

Already an eternity ago, our time in Texas was a time of delving into the foundations of this organization. We immersed ourselves into the Word of God, into who God is, what he wants with us, and how much he loves the poor. This is a very simple concept, but also deep and complex. The […] Read more…

The Checklist Team

The hospital opened, ward shifts have started, patients are trickling in and out as we fill a growing number of hospital beds. This is all so exciting, but there’s something else that deserves attention. A small team was sent out today to Fenerive Est, a town just north of the port city of Tamatave. Their […] Read more…

In the Midst of Transformation

Hello everyone this is Ruben!  This is my first of what I hope will be many posts as time goes on.  I’d like to start by sharing an experience that greatly impacted me several weeks ago. As the Ship Security Officer I typically don’t walk around the Africa Mercy in scrubs,  but I found myself […] Read more…

Survivors

Herynlyn on the dock Her name is Herynlyn. Her mom looks younger than my youngest sister, and she herself is a toddler. She wandered into a cooking fire and her bottom lip is crookedly stretched tightly to her chin. She doesn’t know the difference between herself and other little girls yet, but she will in […] Read more…

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