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Review for Mercy Ships Operations, Lindale, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Caring for another, giving of oneself, going the extra mile, listening carefully, and showing great mercy – these are the traits the care givers on the great white hospital ship demonstrate every single day, day after day. Volunteers all, the surgeons, nurses, lab techs, X-Ray technicians, medical support staffers, dentists, dental hygenists, ship’s crew, cooks,teachers, servers, coffee baristas, and cleaners actually pay their own way to be on this hospital ship in West Africa. Yes, you read that correctly. They are true volunteers in every sense, willing to spend their time and resources to do something positive, needed, and life-affirming.

The Africa Mercy is a state-of-the-art hospital ship; the only privately-owned and sponsored one in the world. She is staffed by volunteers; people such as you and I who realize that millions of West Africa’s people have no access to badly needed medical and dental care. Without regard to race, gender or religion, those in need are served. In Africa, 75% of the people live near a port city. The Africa Mercy comes into a port, providing a clean, controlled medical facility all ready to serve. The volunteers go out into the country to find people in need and bring them back to the ship for care. Radio advertising in the African country also helps to encourage people to come to the ship for help.

I have worked in and for volunteer organizations for all of my adult life, and it is my considered opinion that the volunteers I have met through my work with Mercy Ships are the most open-hearted, giving, generous, and caring I have ever encountered. There is an extraordinary spirit of “we CAN do it!” in the volunteers. I have been proud to be a part of the Mercy Ship’s volunteer staff, I continue to support Mercy Ships financially, and I represent the organization whenever I can to let others know about the good work being done.

Another aspect of Mercy Ships that should be mentioned is its highest rating by the Better Business Bureau as an accredited charity. Every dollar contributed is matched (one and one half times) by contributed goods and services, thanks to many generous corporate donations of medical equipment and other goods. Mercy Ships is financially transparent; its annual financial statements are posted on its website for the world to see. It is not as a Pollyanna that I affirm Mercy Ships to be honest and caring; I’ve seen the world, and the world is enriched by the work of Mercy Ships and her volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Attempt to raise find more donations so that Mercy Ships might build a second hospital ship.

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Role:  Volunteer