Mercy Ships

Operates a fleet of three ships that provide relief and development services to developing countries around the world. An all-volunteer crew of 500 people representing 35 nationalities has provided mobile medical and dental teams, surgeries, and various construction, agriculture, and water projects that support education and development. Mercy Ships’ three vessels have operated in South and Central America, the Caribbean Basin, west Africa, and the Pacific Basin. The flagship, M/V Anastasis, is the largest private hospital ship in the world. Mercy Ship’s is affiliated with Youth With a Mission.

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Places individuals in 1 week to permanent service projects around the world.


There are a wide range of positions, some of which require professional training. Applicants interested in long-term opportunities are expected to participate in a discipleship training school.

Financial Arrangements

The program covers room and board and a stipend. Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements for short-term trips (3 months or less).

Contact Information

Web Site:


Mercy Ships International Operations Center
P.O. Box 2020
Garden Valley, Texas 75771-2020

Phone: 1-800-MERCYSHIPS (within U.S.) or 1-903-939-7000

Fax: 1-903-882-0336

Registration / Application

The application process begins with a survey on the Mercy Ships web site.


History: Began operations in 1978.

Field Projects executed: 3 in 2000.

Advisors sent on field projects: 200 in 2000.

Budget: $12,751,276 (fiscal 1999)

Regional Activitiy: Mercy Ships currently has projects in 20 countries in 4 Regions (Africa: 5, Central America: 5, Caribbean: 6, Western Europe: 4)

Mission Statement

Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the poor and needy around the world, primarily through ocean-going vessels, providing medical care, relief, development, and education.

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