I’ve sent out the emails, but now it’s time to be a bit more public. Mercy Ships has asked me to come back to the ship as their PR Coordinator for the upcoming field service to the Congo. After some long discussions, a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to take them up on their offer and take the job. This July I’ll be headed to the Canary Islands in time to sail down to the Republic of the Congo for what will be a 10 month field service. I’m excited!
What’s a PR Coordinator?
The PR Coordinator position is essentially a host and a go-between. My job will be to take care of media teams (like 60 Minutes) who come to the ship looking for a story. I’ll take them around and help them get what they need while working to keep our crew happy with their presence. I’ll also host Vision Trips, major donors who come to visit the ship for a first-hand look at what it is we do.
Here’s the piece 60 Minutes ran on us a few months ago:
How long are you going for?
I’ll be arriving at the ship half-way through July and will sail to the Congo from there. We’ll set up shop and be in country for 10 months, after which I’ll sail back out with the ship. When all is said and done, it will probably be a year in total.
Wait wait wait… Congo? Like rebels and fighting and killing Congo?
No, you’re thinking of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kinshasa. The rebel elements are thousands of kilometers away to the east. We’ll be on the west coast in the Republic of the Congo, a separate country on the northwestern border of the DRC.
Hey now, I thought the Congo was landlocked.
Well you were mistaken, but it’s an easy mistake to make. The Congo is a massive swath of landlocked territory, but they managed to carve a patch of it all the way out to the Atlantic, so they do have access from the coast. We’ll be in Point Noire, a large port city on the coast.
How are you able to do this? Do you need help?
How incredibly thoughtful of you to ask. I do, in fact, need help, as I’m a full-time volunteer with Mercy Ships. The majority of my support is already in place, but I have lost some to attrition over the last year and could use about $350/mo more in monthly commitments. If you would like to support me, you can do so by clicking here. Gifts can be recurring or one time, and all are welcome and appreciated!
I am/know someone famous and would like to arrange a trip to the ship.
Awesome! Not to jump out of my depth here, but I can point you in the right direction to connect with our international media coordinator in London. You can email me at jay[at]jayonaboat[dot]com.
You can also email me there if you have any questions that you’d like to ask somewhere other than the comments. Which brings me to the comments! They’re just below, feel free to leave one!