To Lent or Not To Lent (Observing For the First time)

What in heaven’s name is Lent? How does something that slipped past you for years unnoticed prop itself right in front of you, blocking your vision, demanding that you dig deeper in order to understand a day that never required any second glances before? Why was I so excited to go to the ship’s Lent […] 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…

Thoughts on Papa, Jesus and Sarayu

It was my third time reading this book. First time, my mind was blown. Second time, I was brought to tears by some of the images presented. Third time, a bit less enchanting, but still I was able to glean so many lessons. Another warning: The Shack will probably annoy you if you get uptight about theology. This […] Read more…

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Sharing: How to Cultivate a Culture of Generosity

The sharing economy A friend of mine, Gigi, commented a few nights ago and it got me thinking a lot about how I found myself in a sharing economy accidentally. I shared my chocolates from my Christmas package with her. She said it made her feel so good that people were always sharing things with her on the […] Read more…

Love in the Mail

Christmas came to cabin 4424! Ruben and I received our Christmas package from his parents yesterday, just in time for 3 Kings Day, or Dia de los Reyes. We got boxes and boxes and boxes of candy and snacks. We got GOYA ingredients so we can make food from home. We are stocked for months hypothetically. Realistically? […] Read more…

Privilege

Today I’m dedicating my writing to the phenomenal Malagasy people who I work with. I only hope I can do as much justice as possible when speaking of them because they are the spine of the work we do. The day crew. I talked about them just a few days before Christmas in my Ghost Stories […] Read more…

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5 Ways To Survive a Depressing Christmas

There is something special about the Christmas season, even prior to Christmas Day. There is anticipation and excitement. There can also be a building feeling of dread. As Christmas traditions trigger memories of years past, it gets increasingly difficult when you know something is missing, like your family, or the ones you really want to […] Read more…

Ghost Stories

In spite of all the differences between nursing in the U.S. there are some similarities to how our hospital runs. The ward nurses work rotating shifts so I could be working either days, evenings or nights. We get one chunk of nights (usually 3 or 4) per month. Since Christmas break is next week, there […] Read more…

Redeeming Moments

As mentioned at the end of my last post, there were moments that I had the privilege of experiencing in the midst of not knowing why I was here. In the midst of feeling naked and uncomfortable, these little glimpses of heaven sustained me. As I washed Clarene’s club feet with Chlorhexidene to prep for […] Read more…

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