|One of my neighbours spends a lot of time to gather money for the Mercy Ships. These ships are actually hospital ships. She also tells about the work done on the ships, and she makes beautiful cards for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, well... for all sort of occasions. She sells them for this great cause.Watch this video to see how this work on the ships can make a difference in a child's life. But not only children benefit from the work of the Merci Ships, adults also do.|
|The boy in the video had been operated on his legs, and got straight legs, which meant that he could live and play with the children of his hometown.|
Mercy Ships has operated in more than 70 developing nations around the world, with a current focus on the countries of West Africa.
A major inspiration for Mercy Ships founder and President Don Stephens was the work of the international hospital ship SS Hope. Stephens' research showed that 95 of the 100 largest cities in the world were port cities. Therefore, a hospital ship could deliver healthcare very efficiently to large numbers of people. The birth of Stephens' profoundly disabled son, John Paul, also inspired him to move forward with his vision of a floating hospital. A visit with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, further deepened his commitment to serving the world's neediest people."