My friend Elizabeth from the Dominican Republic and her daughter Isabella, husband Jan is not in the picture, probably because he took the picture. She had major complications at birth, though she is doing much better. They will be rejoining the crew of the Africa Mercy in January and soon we will see them here in West Africa.
In Programs here on the m/v Anastasis, we have many different things going on. With permission from the council on board, I created an Opportunities Binder that is located near to the gangway. Inside there are many sign up sheets on what the crew can be involved with – from visits to orphanages, hospice, psychiatric hospital to helping on Saturday at the construction site. I am hosting groups on Wednesday to take them to 4-5 of the off-ship ministry sites – so for those on the ship, they can see for themselves what is happening in the various locations. There are other opportunities to sign up to share your testimony with the patients and to adopt-a-patient who will be in our wards.
Our friends on the Africa Mercy up in northeast England celebrated as they met together to have their community meeting on board the vessel itself – this was a special event, regular meetings will start once they all move to live on board in December. Here is a photo that a friend sent to me of them. They are still in the shipyard and thus need to have their steel-toe boots, helmets and glasses on. We are planning to move out of shipyard next month.