Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships is an international faith-based organisation with a mission to increase access to health care throughout the world.  As a Christian charity, Mercy Ships freely serves the poor without regard to race, gender or religion.

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to transform individuals and serve nations, one at a time. Through the deployment of the world’s largest charity hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships works with host mercyshipsmissionboardnations to help fill the gaps in health care systems, while serving the immediate needs of their population.

The Africa Mercy hospital ship is now just leaving dry dock after yearly summer maintenance in Tenerife. Before that the ship had been in Benin, West Africa from August 2016 to June 2017. The ship is going to Cameroon, West Africa in August for a 10-month stay in port, and the Africa Mercy will be performing over 4,000 life-saving operations onboard.

Whilst in Cameroon Mercy Ships will deliver surgical and dental care to those who cannot afford it, or when the surgery they need is not available. Mercy Ships also provides long-term resources and sustainable development. Surgery performed on board includes orthopaedic procedures, cleft repairs, thyroid and head and neck tumour removal.

Mercy Ships provides a variety of training opportunities for medical professionals (surgeons, nurses, administrators, and community health workers), along with curative surgical interventions.  Collaborating with qualified local and international partners, Mercy Ships programmes offer holistic support to developing nations striving to make health care accessible for all.

Trendlewood Church members Ed and Ruth Sheffield help with the provision of a pathology service on the ship.  In early September 2016 they went for two weeks to the ship to help with medical screening using a rapid on-site diagnostic cytology system. They plan to join the ship in Cameroon next year. When back home Ed uses an internet-based diagnostic system to communicate with the laboratory on board.  Prayer points please are:TOE1201_CREW_SHEFFIELDS_DB10_LO


  • People were very welcoming in Benin and outreach has been very successful
  • Another pathologist Bill Walker has got involved and will go to Cameroon in September.
  • Good news is that work on the new Mercy Ship, the Atlantic Mercy continues.


Specific Needs

  • People who have stayed for a length of time on the ship can find it difficult to say goodbye to friends they have made and the transition back to their home country can be difficult. Many will be looking for new jobs when they get back.
  • People have to finance themselves to get to Africa and pay fees to work on the ship so prayer for their fundraising is appreciated.
  • That there will be sufficient numbers of volunteers to fill available posts to enable maximum capacity for the surgical work that needs to be performed.


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