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The Last Post from Pointe Noire

The Last Post from Pointe Noire

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in News & Updates | 0 comments

I can’t say I’ll never come back to Africa, nor can I say I won’t come back to the ship some day, but this season is wrapping up for me. If you’re expecting correspondence from me, I’ll be getting to you soon. Hopefully I’ll have some time to spend reflecting on here once I’m home, but it’s time to wind down...

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The Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville)

The Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville)

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Blog, My Job, News & Updates | 2 comments

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...

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I’m Still Alive – Nobody Freak Out

I’m Still Alive – Nobody Freak Out

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | 3 comments

So I was hoping to save this update for when I had an apartment and was all settled into life here in Paris. It seemed like a nice idea at the time, to share the anecdotes and random stories from the other side where I would be “safe and sound.” But that hasn’t happened yet, and I’ve decided to share with you earlier than planned...

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In Transitory

In Transitory

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | 0 comments

Texas, to put it simply, is still a strange place to me. There are so many poisonous animals and plants… I felt safer in Africa. Conversely, my dad and I were in traffic in Houston the other day (on our way to drop off paperwork with the French Consulate), and all I could think about was how much faster I could go weaving through traffic on a...

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Shipyard Shiftings

Shipyard Shiftings

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | 2 comments

There’s kind of a big announcement buried in all of this, so bear with me. I’m also writing this on night shift… so bear with me double if you would. I joined Mercy Ships around two years ago to do my training in Texas and Haiti. A couple of months later, I flew to Africa for the first time to join the ship during a shipyard phase in...

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Screening Day – Togo 2012

Screening Day – Togo 2012

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | 2 comments

So as you may have heard by now, we held our national medical screening this week here in Lome, Togo. These screenings are usually done only once per field service, and are where we hope to fill our surgical schedules for the time spent in each country. In this screening we were looking for cleft lips and pallets, facial tumors, burn contractures, and noma...

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