Saturday, June 30, 2007

So know dear friends that the work here in Liberia goes on! It is heart warming work. So we continue to shine! You in your small corner and I in mine.

This is picture of Min one of the gaurds from the ship. Each time we leave the ship we have to scan our card. It is for security so they know where we are if there ever was an emergency they could quickly go to the computer and know immediately who was on and off the ship.
The best part of the Africa Mercy is having the patients come for surgery. The wards are starting to fill up with patients again. It is a pleasure and delight to work with them.

Friday, June 29, 2007

June 29, 2007 was the last day both ships docked next to one another. It is strange to walk off the African Mercy now and see open ocean. It feels like we have moved again similar feeling to when we sailed from Ghana to Liberia. We are all adjusting to the change.
These pictures are pictures of the Mercy Ships logo being painted over on the Anastasis in preperation for the Anastasis being recycled. The Anastasis sailed to be recycled on June 29, 2007. It was a little sad to see my home for the first eight months of living in Africa sail away. For me it was only eight months others it had been 10 to 20 years.

These are a couple of pictures of the inside of the hospital on the African Mercy. The first is a picture of one of the wards and the other is a picture of the ICU. Things are very different than the Anastasis. The African Mercy was designed as a state of the art hospital ship where as the Anastasis started out as a passenger ship and was renovated to a hospital ship.

Through the transition this is a lot of what we did. Moving every thing one can imagine from the Anastasis to the African Mercy.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

May 29,2007. The president of Liberia came for a tour of the new ship. She has made many positive changes for Liberia. It is our prayer that the she may continue with peace loving ways.
May 30,2007 was a memorable day. They had the symbolic ceremony of passing the torch from one ship to the other. Each crew member stood in a line from one ship to the other and passed the torch.

The Africa Mercy arrived May 21, 2007. It is now docked beside the Anastatsis. Between the last day of surgery and the arrival of the African Mercy the crew have been busy packing the Anastasis. Now with arrival of the African Mercy the crew is starting the process of bringing everything needed from the Anastasis to the African Mercy.

There are many interesting road signs in our travels across Liberia.

Psalm 150:6 "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
We have so much to be thankful for.
Sense the last surgery May 2 and screening days May 3 and 4. We have been packing up the Anastasis waiting for the Africa Mercy's arrival. The Africa Mercy arrived May 21, 2007.