#sailwithus day 8

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Today, we sail passed Ghana…getting closer and closer to the adventure ahead in Congo! We are grateful for every step along the way. ‪#‎sailwithus‬ ‪#‎mercyships‬

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Did you know? Onboard the ‪#‎Anastasis‬, the ‪#‎AfricaMercy‬’s predecessor, there was a well drilling project. Mercy Ships crew members participated in Mainstay, a Mercy Ships program tasked with providing potable water and improved sanitation to rural villages in Ghana about an hour and a half away from the port. Crew members drilled 24 successful wells and educated 960 children on hygiene education. The team also trained 92 locals to be educators themselves, so that training could continue even after Mercy Ships left. ‪#‎sailwithus‬ ‪#‎mercyships‬

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Ghana, 2006: They abused her, rejected her, and threw her out. But Abibata forgave them.

Abibata’s first two pregnancies had ended in stillbirth at the home of her husband’s family. It wasn’t until two days into the third pregnancy that things got bad enough for the family to take her to a local hospital. But it was too late.

Abibata had lost the baby and in the process suffered a birth injury that left her incontinent called VVF. Unable to control her bladder, Abibata leaked urine all day and night. The smell was so strong that her husband sought a divorce and his family kicked her out.

A local nurse told Abibata about a ship that was coming to Accra that gave free surgeries, she says that at first, she thought it was a trick.

Abibata’s fistula was repaired, and she no longer leaks urine or smells. Through her physical improvement came an emotional healing, Abibata says she has forgiven her ex- husband and his family. She doesn’t want old wounds to keep her from starting over.

“Thank you for making me see there are good people in this world and for giving me a new life.” ‪#‎sailwithus‬ ‪#‎mercyships‬

It is such a pleasure for me to share these stories with you, to share the history of Mercy Ships. What a privilege I have to become part of their history. What an honor to become part of the story of Mercy Ships.

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

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