Monday, 12 November 2007

A letter from Mercy Ships Founder/President

Dear Africa Mercy Crew,
After considerable prayer and process, a decision has been made to formally accept an invitation from the Liberian Government to return in 2008. This is a shift in our original plans, but is consistent with our long term strategy. As you will read from the Letter of Invitation from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the continued service in Liberia allows us the ability to impact this region in a larger and more lasting way. Mercy Ships will continue to have the opportunity to work with the Liberian Government and other charitable organizations to begin projects that will bring significant health care infrastructure to the people of this region. The Africa Mercy will use its 2008 service to build the foundation for these projects in Liberia. It is our plan to move the Africa Mercy to Sierra Leone in February 2009. However, some Sierra Leone community development projects will run concurrently without the Africa Mercy in port. Mercy Ships is privileged to have this opportunity to make an even larger impact on the people of Liberia and West Africa. The opportunity to help the people of West Africa build for their future must always remain at the forefront of our goals. Change may bring frustration for some, but it is through our ability to react to change that we continue to set the standard for bringing Hope and Healing to the Forgotten Poor of West Africa. May God continue to bless Mercy Ships and the Crew of the Africa Mercy. May our hands and minds be used to bring hope to His people! Looking forward,
Don Stephens
Founder and President
Mercy Ships

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