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Thursday, 03 July 2008


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There are also personal website and blog links for people currently working with Mercy Ships, it is not an official Mercy Ships site, but gives a wide range of links to choose from for several different perspectives of people 'inside' the organization.

Also I keep a menu and food info of the galley on board

Thanks for the personal 'promo' thru your blog and generous compliments for the organization.

Wonderful people, selfless, generous, kind. Really, best kind of people - and they do provide much needed assistance.
4years only in Liberia; that means there was more someplace else. And before that, I understood, were some time done helping Africans from aboard of two other ships that are now scrapped.

And the tide is never slowing.

Does it tell something to you - or those people?

Oh, I know, I'm an armchair general and these people are the action heroes. True, very much true. Still, we do have brains, to exercise on occasion, if only for as means of blood circulation prophylactics.

Says Paul Theroux:
Almost wherever he goes he never sees any Africans involve in the process of helping themselves. All the projects and programs are funded, staffed and run by foreigners using foreign equipment purchased in foreign countries. Theroux concludes that the Africans see no reason to do anything about their problems as someone will always come and do it for them.

Interesting point made by Theroux and one that our two speakers were well aware of. They keep their efforts, other than the medicinal ones on the ship, very small scale and to the point. For example, Liberia is filled with amputees from the war so they teach local people how to build wheel-chairs using *locally available materials*, that is, bits and pieces of detritus and local bamboo and so on. Also, they go out to the villages (such as remain!) and *re-teach* local people basic things like how to grow a garden of vegatables - skills that would have been passed down before but so much family life has been destroyed that people simply do not know how to help themselves.

Also, virtually all of the villages have wells but they're uncapped so the water is quickly polluted. One of the main jobs inland is to cap the wells with a bit of cement and fit old-fashioned hand-pumps from India! Primitive - but it works!

Thanks for this great post! I love the work of the MERCY SHIP and love hearing their stories of how they are working in and ministering to the people of Liberia. Liberians are close to my heart as my adopted son is from there and our week in Liberia was LIFE CHANGING!



On the contrary, thank you and your friends for the excellent work you do.

My husband and I are currently on the Africa Mercy and have been involved with Mercy Ships since 2001, we thank you for your heartfelt blog about out work place and home.

Yes, I heard from Tyrone earlier. Best wishes in all your endeavours.

I too have heard a talk about the Mercy Ship recently. A young Chinese evangelical Christian had spent 2 years working on board as an eye surgeon at his own expense. The pictures of the gross malformations, long-standing cancers, suppurating limbs and pathetic children ought to make even the whingeing Brits get back to work. There was no problem getting the audiance lob in the odd £100 as the bag went round.

Thanks, Terry, and I have ear-marked your site for further inspection.

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