We are on day 10 of our sail from Togo in West Africa to South Africa – we have already travelled over 1,800 nautical miles. A friend took this photo yesterday. Here is the description from the captain of the day “As anticipated, the weather deteriorted overnight and the sea conditions have worsen. The winds are from the southeast at 40 kts, gusting to 50 kts. The ship is rolling moderate to heavy and pitching heavily. There is heavy spray on deck and sometimes the spray envelops the bridge. The weather forecast call for similar weather through Tuesday.”
We greatly appreciate our many partners during this field service in the nation of Togo. In this photo are Donovan Palmer, our Managing Director, and Pierre Christ, our Government Liaison, who served as his translator. I am sitting with Ambassador Apaloo who I initially met last year while during assessment work. Mr. Apaloo was instrumental with our first visit to Togo back in ’90 – which was our first visit to the continent of Africa.
As we are nearing the end of our field service here in Togo, we are taking the opportunity to express our appreciation to our many partners. We hosted on board representatives from the government, non-governmental organizations, churches and other organizations. In this photo, I am part of the receiving line as the guests arrived on board.
One of my responsibilities as Programs Administrator with the Africa Mercy is to coordinate and host the ‘Off Ship Ministry Site Visits’ for the general crew – both short and long term – to visit the various ministry sites that are located off the ship – these include the dental clinic (as seen in the photo), field eye team site, screening site, Program Support Facility, and Hospitality Center.
On Friday afternoon, we hosted our Togolese dayvolunteers at the Thank You Reception for them. This is a photo of three of our dayvolunteers who served with us in Mercy Ministry, an area here on board in Programs which I am responsible for. They did a great job this year, especially Emmanuel to my left in the photo.
Photo of some of the crew of the Africa Mercy during this Togo ’10 Field Service in Lome. Communications scheduled the shot to be done after our emergency/fire drill on Thursday afternoon. I am located on the far left hand side, second row with the bright yellow vest on (which is what we wear for Emergency Medical Team).
Yesterday I was able to attend the wedding of a couple who met here on the Africa Mercy – Christian Gbaguidi from Benin and Gea from The Netherlands. He was smiling the entire service. They were married in his church in Cotonou, Benin – Benin is the neighboring nation to Togo where the ship is on field service location. Benin is celebrating their 50th Year of Independence from France today.