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Hospital Ships – Mercy and Hope – #WATWB


Quote of the Day: In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it. Marianne Williamson, American Spiritual teacher

Today’s post is part of the We Are the World Blogfest, where bloggers are asked to post about something positive in the news. Please visit this sight for more information or to join!

Do you know about Mercy Ships that are international floating hospitals? They are able to travel from port to port providing care to people in nations where medical care is very limited. They have served many African nations, and show up in the aftermath of hurricanes. Here’s a short video on the Mercy Ship.

Many of the staff are volunteers. They provide hope and healing to people with deformities and debilitating diseases. Many of those patients are shunned from their communities. What they give them is a chance to not only survive, but thrive, and to go back to their communities to live and work and pass along the love they received on the Mercy Ships. 

Not all of us are called to serve on Mercy Ships, or travel to other lands to work and to heal. We all can offer our love and support right where we live. We can also support those who do travel out into the world. Every act of kindness sends a ripple effect out into our communities and beyond. Try Kindness today.

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt: What is a recent act of kindness that you’ve witnessed? 

  1. Hi Mary – I have heard of Mercy Ships … but this was interesting to hear more of what they do – and to hear what the hospital ship has on board. Fascinating and so wonderful to know they are out there helping people who tend to be shunned within their communities.

    Thanks for sharing with us – my post will go up on Tuesday … cheers Hilary

  2. Hi Mary, I love the quote you have shared. Happy weekend.

  3. That’s pretty amazing. It would take a special person.

  4. I did know about Mercy Ships. Only because I went to a doc who occasionally volunteered on one. They are in my estimations one of the best, kindest ideas on this earth. Thanks for sharing this post and reminding me of their existence.

  5. Julie Watson says:

    Lovely post, Mary. I love what you said about kindness. It has a ripple effect no matter where we live. I have a friend who served on one of the Mercy ships at the age of 70 years old and is thinking of going again.

  6. I did not know about Mercy Ships. Thanks for sharing this and participating in #WATWB. This is an amazing gift for the African people and others who would otherwise not receive important medical care. Another example of how people around the world have heart and compassion for others and make it their mission to help. Kudos to the employees of the Mercy Ships and those that make them happen.

  7. I had heard of Mercy Ships after the recent hurricanes but I still knew almost nothing about them. Thanks for filling in the blanks. Amazing that there are ships out there doing this impressive and important work. Thanks Mary for sharing this.

  8. Not for profit, but for kindness and elevating the world. Lovely.

  9. Thank you Mary – really, extraordinary. These #WATWB posts are so affirming and fulfil their mandate of spreading light … I’ve heard of Mercy Ships. There are so many good organisations out there and wonderful volunteers who take in and care for those in need and indeed those who are shunned.. it’s great that we can ‘spread the word’ and maybe get thinking of we each can volunteer of ourselves ..

  10. Mercy Ships are wonderful. It’s so essential for these people to know they’re important enough to be cared for, even if they’re unable to reciprocate, or if they’re being shunned by their society. What a way to show love and compassion.

  11. I’ve not heard of Mercy Ships and it was am grateful you shared this information. It should be a universal mandate that everyone has access to adequate health care. Compassion and kindness come in all kinds of forms – including floating ones.

  12. I was very pleased to read of these Mercy Ships. May their voyages be safe and all ports bid them welcome.

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