Mission Trip with Mercy Ship
Organized by: Michele Shreve
EVENT DATE Nov 23, 2014
Michele's African Mission Trip on board the Mercy Ship
Can you envision a place where children who are born with a cleft palette or a deformity of their legs are called cursed? Or have a tumor growing from the enamel in your teeth, a tumor that if left untreated will grow to massive size and quite possibly cause your death, not to mention the disfigurement of the face that occurs. Can you imagine if you were a young child and because of a deformity or a tumor you were cast aside and given away by your parents, maybe even sent to live in an orphanage? What if this was your child and you could do nothing to help them?
Now, envision a child who is told daily that she is ugly, fat and not good enough. Imagine a child who lives each day wondering what abuse she will have to face that day. Or a child who knows she is not loved and tries everything possible to earn her parents love; but never succeeds.
Two totally different situations, but both that leaves a child or person broken in many ways. These situations leave the heart hurting, broken and desperate to be filled with something, desperate for anything that will bring joy. The first situation is the life that many people in the South Western part of Africa live. The second was my life as a child. Yes, I was that little girl who was always told she was not good enough, she would never be loved and no one would ever want her. Boy, were my parents wrong!! GOD, the creator of the universe, the KING of KINGS loves me and wants to lavish me with HIS Mercy and Grace. JESUS has filled that void and has healed and is healing my heart.
In early January of 2013, I saw an interview about the Mercy Ship on 60 Minutes. This ministry is dedicated to providing free life changing, life altering surgeries. These surgeries are not possible there in Africa, outside the Africa Mercy Ship. They provide orthopedic, obstetric, cataract and facial tumor removals on these precious people of Africa. The staff, crew and medical personnel all pay to be a part of this ministry, and they live on a ship for months at a time, many of them have been a part of this for years; one family has actually been on board and a part of the Mercy Ship for 26 years.
When the interview was over, I instantly knew that I had to do this, I had to pray and seek HIS wisdom and heart, but I knew, I knew deep down I would be a part of this wonderful ministry. I just did not know how. I knew I had to share HIS love and HIS truth with these precious people of Africa; these souls who have been cast aside, called cursed and thrown away; all because of how they look. I had to tell them that JESUS loves them and sees only beauty.
On 16 October - 16 December, I went to the Congo to be a part of the Mercy Ship. During my two month trip I served as part of the Dining Room Staff, preparing and serving food for the crew and family members onboard the ship. Due to the overwhelming impact of this experience, I must return to the Mercy Ship to continue serving the people of Africa. I know HE has called me to return and I know HE will carry me through this wonderful journey.
What I am hoping to accomplish while on the Mercy Ship:
- Minister GOD’s love, compassion and grace to the patients and family on board the Mercy Ship
- Have the opportunity to, once again, connect with other like minded Christian individuals and to be able to pray together for each other and the patients on board the ship.
- I will be visiting an area of Africa where many of the people there are not Christians. Africa Mercy Ship's volunteers have many opportunities to assist in bringing the gospel to the African people. The presence of strong Christian people there only to serve and love them will bolster their spirits and prayerfully bring many to truth in JESUS.
- I am praying I will have GOD ordained opportunities with the patients to share and show the love of JESUS. I know what it is like to be treated as the ugly duckling, to be considered the outcast and to be treated differently than someone else because of my appearance. I want these precious ones to know that no matter what, JESUS believes they are beautiful and worthy of love.
I'm excited about the opportunity and experiences that lie ahead. I hope you see the value in what I am wanting to accomplish while on board the Africa Mercy. As you can imagine, a trip like this requires a large financial commitment. I need to raise about $5,500 before I leave. If you can support me in a financial way, I would be very grateful.
So Where Does Your Money Go?
- Travel expenses to and from the ship. (this includes round trip airfare, taxes, fees and checked baggage): ~ $2,400
- Per month living expenses on the ship (this is includes, room, board and incidentals): ~ $2,500
- Monthly bills here in the states (insurance, storage an such): ~ $600
"In many developing countries, even basic medical care is a luxury. And in Africa, nearly 50 percent of the people have no access to a hospital or doctor.
Children, teens, adults and the elderly suffer and die every day from curable or treatable causes. Every year, 6 million vulnerable children die from preventable diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. One child in eight will die before age 5.
The challenge is enormous, but don’t let the statistics numb you. Every number has a name, a face and a story. And they will break your heart.
For more than 30 years, Mercy Ships and its committed partners and volunteers have followed the model of Jesus to bring hope and healing to the world’s poor one life, one community and one nation at at time." Mercy Ships.org
Other Ways You Can Help
- When you are finished making your donation, please use the share tool to let your friends and family know about this opportunity.
- Pray ~~~ simple as that sounds, it is a vital part of this journey. Prayer changes everything, prayer has power and prayer brings heaven to earth!