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I don’t know what you’re facing today… but God is bigger. He is able to overcome every obstacle in your life. Jesus said: “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). He didn’t say ‘some’ things; He said ‘ALL’ things.
Docked in West Africa today is the largest, charitable hospital ship in the world: the Africa Mercy. The volunteer crew on board this floating hospital see God do ‘all things’ – all the time.
Mercy Ships provide free, world-class surgeries for the poorest African families, like Baby Paul’s.
“The crew follow the model of Jesus: we help the blind see, the lame walk and the outcast return home with dignity.”
Patricia Royston volunteered on the Africa Mercy for over 10 years.
“We were so scared, we thought he would die.”
Baby Paul’s mother would stay up, rocking her starving son by the light of an oil lamp, desperately trying to comfort him. When we met Baby Paul, his skin was paper-thin, and his tiny frame weighed just over two kilograms. He was born with a double cleft lip and palate. Severely malnourished, Paul was days from death.
Thankfully, Mercy Ships saved Baby Paul’s life. When he was strong enough, our volunteer surgeons operated and repaired Paul’s lip and palate. Today, you would hardly know he was the same child. Paul’s beautiful smile lights up the room.
Tragically, 17 million people a year are dying needlessly. They are dying from diseases that are preventable, curable or treatable. Lack of surgery kills more people than malaria, TB and HIV/Aids combined.
Living in the UK, we have access to world-class surgery and healthcare. But 2 out of 3 people in the world don’t have access to safe surgery when they need it – that’s 5 billion people. Of these, the poorest billion live in Africa.
Mercy Ships won’t rest until we eradicate the diseases of poverty in Africa. We believe God can do ‘all things’. We believe in bringing hope and healing to Africa’s forgotten poor. And we believe everyone deserves access to surgery.
If you believe what we believe, let’s work together to save lives in Africa. Download your free MAKE HISTORY pack from www.mercyships.org.uk/church now, or call Mercy Ships on 01438 727 800.
By Darren Richards, Church Partnership Manager for Mercy Ships UK
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