Sunday, 27 December 2009
Saturday, 26 December 2009
...home to 200 plus eighteen year old Russian merchant-navy cadets...
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
In this incident I was sprayed with sparks as the weld burst through the deck before setting fire to the insulation. Colin casually put the fire out whilst I ran around screaming like a girl. I now smell of singed hair. Olly
Monday, 21 December 2009
After the service we all went to Stella's cafe for the best British fry-up in the world. Each chip had been lovingly hand-made. Even our American and Canadian crew-mates were impressed!
I can't even begin to describe the good works that SCF does amongst the British ex-pat population in Tenerife. They work tirelessly with alcoholics, drug addicts, the homeless, sex-trade workers, vulnerable girls, young bar staff, broken families, the bereaved, the friendless, and the unloved. Many of the church have serious histories and shocking stories, and their commitment to the Lord is a great testimony of his love and the love of his people for the vulnerable ex-pats in Tenerife! Olly
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Monday, 14 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
996 reconstructive and plastic surgeries;
185 cleft lip and palate repairs;
1161 general surgeries;
2 local surgeons trained;
3,521 cataracts removed;
570 other eye surgeries (pterygia and stabismus);
2 local eye surgeons trained;
33,851 eye evaluations and other treatments;
7,083 pairs of sunglasses distributed;
5,689 pairs of reading glasses distributed;
18 community eye field workers trained;
154 obstetric fistulas repaired;
4 local surgeons trained in fistula repair;
231 orthopedic operations;
10,175 dental patients seen;
794 dental hygiene patients;
13,174 oral health education;
25 oral health teachers trained;
2 dental assistants trained;
28 patients received palliative home care;
6 Burkitt's Lymphoma patients received palliative support;
19 families trained in wound care;
10 agricultural staff trained;
23 local agricultural trainees;
1 hostel constructed for agricultural college;
19 mental health workers trained;
119 church & community leaders trained in mental health;
50 prison officers and workers trained in mental health;
2 church leaders conferences attended by 602 attendants;
and 12,000 people watched the Jesus Film and many made a commitment to Christ.
Wow! That's a whole lot of people. Nearly 80,000 have been directly exposed to hope and healing brought by the medical facilities of the Africa Mercy, and a great many of them made a personal commitment to Christ as a result of the love and care they were shown whilst receiving medical attention onboard or at our mobile clinics. Praise God! Olly
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
The Vultures have struck again! Their latest prey: Liberia, a country that ranks in the bottom 15 for basic living standards. With life expectancy at a shocking average of 45 years, the country's democratic government has been making concerted efforts to address the legacy of the civil war and crushing poverty. This morally reprehensible news is even more shocking in the context of Liberia’s recent victory in April, when the country reached an agreement canceling $1.2 billion of its commercial debt. This past weekend, while Americans enjoyed their turkey and mashed potatoes, Liberia had little to be thankful for when news hit that two Vulture Funds were awarded $20 million from a 30 year old loan and that was originally only worth $6 million. The UK Court’s settlement of $20 million represents all of Liberia’s 2008/2009 education budget and 150% of the funds allocated for health expenditures. In total, 25% of Liberia’s poverty reduction spending will go to two Vultures located in tax havens.
To read more on Blog The Debt click here. Olly
Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
The day the Big White Whale landed on the black shores of Africa was a blessed day to the Sons of Men.
It came with Angels to walk amongst the Sons of Men.
Why do I call them Angels? Let me tell you of my time with them.
I came on board the White Whale with rooms filled withthe lame
and the rough.
And deep into the darkest part of the night, I saw men and brethren,
maidens and ladies, though flesh as us, yet with hearts as Angels.
Sleeplessly and tirelessly they toiled through the night,
through the pains and aches of men;
they with hands to heal and mend,
bringing from above the Father's love to the Sons of Men.
Some they cut. Some they tie.
Some they seal, and yet others
they fix with tools untold.
Like messengers of the Most High they came.
Not thinking of their own, they risked their lives
and sailed the seas to lands beyond the endless world,
to shores of Men afflicted and in pain.
Their hearts and lives they came to share,
as Angels walking amongst the Sons of Men.
Some in this life are born to pass,
and some are born in life to live,
yet these Angels are born to preserve humanity.
Though some may see lives as waste,
yet with speed they move to save.
With words of love and touch of peace,
they endlessly toil to make right the wrong.
You were born as Men to your lands,
and yet as Angels you served the earth.
Gold is digged from earth beneath.
Treasures are hunted on high seas.
But love so pure and true
can only in hearts like yours be found.
Your labor in the Lord shall not be in vain.
For every life you touch and every soul you save,
For every bone you mend and every face you straight,
The Lord of Life and Light will light your path and guide your life.
For you are truly Angels amongst the Sons of Men.
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Above, the President's dining room, with the spotlights facing the guests (not at all intimidating!)
Above, the President of Benin meets Don.