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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Africa Mercy

Well, I have just one month to go before I head out to live and work aboard the Mercy Ship named the Africa Mercy. Everyone has been asking me what will life be like living and working aboard a ship. I have seen some photos of the ship, but really I haven't had a good idea of exactly what I am about to embark on. On the Mercy Ships website I came across a really great video tour of the ship I will be on. If you are interested in viewing the video click the link below. The video is about 17 minutes long, but is well worth it. The video is hosted by Don Stephens - the founder of the Mercy Ships organization. The video shows all the main parts of the ship including living quarters and the hospital area. It also really conveys the heart of the mission of Mercy Ships - to serve the poorest of the poor by following the example of Jesus Christ.

Click on this link to watch a fantastic tour of where I will be living.

I hope you will take the time to watch the video. Everytime I watch it I get tears in my eyes - I am so excited to get to partner with such a worthwhile organization. And, let me just say thank you again to all of you - for your support of me and the Mercy Ships. Thank you for partnering with me to follow the example of Jesus Christ - to love others.

5 comments:

tyronebcookin said...

Hello Jen, just curious incase I have missed it, what will your job be here on the ship?

Here is a good link for other un-official blogs of people already on the ship http://mercyshipslinks.blogspot.com and would you like to know what we are eating for meals? http://AFMmenu.com

Michal & Nigel blog link has good pictures, and also Megan Petock has good nurse & general stories and lots of pics and stuff.

Some good things to know (so you can start checking which electrical things you have can take/bring 110v - 240v)

we have three prong british plugs and they are 220v (US is 110v)

Most computers already have a converter built into that big bulky plug you get with a laptop

Adapters (but not converters) are available for purchase in the ship shop (so your computer would need the adapter for the three prong british setup)if you are bringing your own laptop.

If you find yourself with more specific questions I can try to help, just send me an email or leave a comment on one of my blogs.

I run two blogs myself, one with my wife (which is on the mercy ships links, we are Tyrone and Stephanie) and the AFM menu I started because I am the galley manager/chief cook.

Jen said...

Tyrone,
Thank you so much for all of your helpful info!! I look forward to meeting you and your wife next month:) Jen

Tracy said...

Wow Jen - I love the video! It really gives us a sense of where you will be and some assurance that you will be safe as you can be.

Tyrone - it was great checking out your adventures on the Mercy Ship. You are going to love meeting Jen - she has a heart of pure gold!

Tracu

Melissa said...

Ahh! I needed a password to get to the video?! I wanna see! I wanna see! Help!

Melissa said...

Nevermind! I got it to work.

Looks like an AWESOME experience, Jen.