Thursday, July 11, 2013
Mercy Makes a Difference
‘60 Minutes’ to again feature Mercy Ships and their mission to bring hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
LINDALE, TX (ANS) -- On Sunday, July 21, 2013, the CBS television program “60 Minutes” will re-air an inspiring 12-minute segment featuring Mercy Ships (www.mercyships.org) and their mission to bring hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor.
Pelley discovered that the Mercy Ships team of dedicated and compassionate volunteers permits the pursuit of its mission to bring hope and healing to the poor, mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and during his time aboard the hospital ship, Africa Mercy, he said, adding that he experienced seeing that love in action firsthand.
Meanwhile, in another ward on the ship, three siblings that were born blind, ages one, three and seven, each had their own “miracle moment.” After surgery to remove congenital cataracts, each opened their newly repaired eyes and gazed at their mother for the very first time ever.
Since 1978, Mercy Ships volunteers have performed these and more than 67,000 other surgeries, as well as helping deliver services and materials, totaling over $1 billion dollars, in developing nations.
Volunteers from around the world, like Engineer, Tom KenKnight, from the USA and or Sterilizer, Juan de Jesus, from the Dominican Republic, make the Mercy Ships mission a success. Some crew live onboard for several years while others volunteer for several weeks or months.
Volunteers fill roles such as cooks, schoolteachers, ward and operating Room (OR) nurses, pharmacist assistants, housekeepers, registered clinical dieticians, agriculture and nutrition facilitators, business analysts, anesthesiologists, hospital supply coordinators, plumbers, carpenters, IT managers, bio-medical technicians and orthopedic surgeons, to name a few of more than 100 different volunteer positions filled by 1600 volunteers annually from more than 35 nations.
“The feature on 60 Minutes allows Mercy Ships to share our story with a national audience. It also gives you an opportunity to share your Mercy Ships experience with those in your own circle of influence.”
The segment will be part of the hour-long program that begins at 7 p.m. Eastern & Pacific Time and 6 p.m. Central Time on a local CBS station.
Stephens went on to say, “Will you spread the excitement about what is happening in Mercy Ships, as well as get the word out about 60 Minutes?”
He asked people to watch the “60 Minutes” program with family, friends, and members of your congregation and community and also communicate information about the show "using email, Social Media, and channels at your church, school and work place."
Stephens added, “Meanwhile, please pray that the many people who watch the segment will consider partnering with us financially, volunteering with us, and remembering us in their prayers.”
About Mercy Ships:
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, impacting more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries.
Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from over 35 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on www.mercyships.org
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