Address Africa: I'm moving to Senegal


Mercy Ships is a global faith-based charity operating the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world. Joining the Africa Mercy team will be a missions-centered endeavor for me as the organization follows the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor. For 40-years, Mercy Ships has provided free, world-class healthcare to developing nations along the coast of West Africa. 


I have been selected to serve as a writer on the communications team of the Africa Mercy which will be docked in Dakar, Senegal. This opportunity comes following a decade of health tragedy including cancer and multiple surgeries of my own. Through the duration I launched and maintained a thriving freelance writing career.  Click link below to read my story:



My one-year of volunteer service begins August 2019 following a four-week training at the organization's International Support Center in Lindale, Texas.


Following two-weeks of practical, hands-on service working with Africa's forgotten poor, I will join the ship in Senegal.


This experience was handpicked for me by God. The training fosters invaluable personal growth, and I am in a  season of bold spiritual service. At the end of last year, I asked God to change the trajectory of my writing life, enlarge my territory, and sustain my health. He did all three. Who better than me to pen the surgical journeys of the poor? I have a heart for the human condition. I am ready, and I feel both lucky and blessed.


This is missions work, and I must fund my own volunteerism through donations and pledges. 

My campaign asks first that you join me in prayer throughout this endeavor.

I am asking secondly for single donations of $25 per person. That's it. $25.00

Don't have the funds today?

 Pledge any amount and pay before May 31st. I leave in June. 


My Africa Mercy Budget (One year service)

Onboarding  Training (Texas)                                                                                  $1,700
One-way Flight to        (Texas)                                                                                  $    160
One-way Flight to (Senegal) from Texas                                                          $1,440
Re-entry Flight to U.S.                                                                                                 $1,500

Crew Fees

$350.00 per month
(room/board upon ship)                                                                                            $ 4,200

Immunizations                                                                                                                $    980

Health Insurance                                                                                                           $ 1,080
(overseas coverage)
$90 per month

Personal expenses:                                                                                                     $ 4,440

(Monthly breakdown)

·         Emergency/Holiday flight ($125 per month)                                 $ 1,500

·         Cell Phone                                                                                                            $        40

·         Storage unit                                                                                                         $        45

·         Toiletries                                                                                                               $         15

·         Clothes                                                                                                                   $         35

·         Outings/excursions                                                                                        $      100

·         Prescriptions                                                                                                      $        15

·         Meals, snacks and souvenirs, postage                                                $        50

·         Tithes/Offering                                                                                                 $        50

·         Christmas/Birthday                                                                                       $        20

                                                                                                                      TOTAL     $ 15,500

Note:   Tuition ($1,700); one-way flights ($3,300)
                and immunizations ($980) will not be included 
                in monthly budget.

                $15,500 - $4,280 (equals)  $ 11,220                      TOTAL MONTHLY BUDGET (equals)  $935

* my equal sign is broken!!!!!

Your support helps me play an integral role as a writer on the  Mercy Ships 
 communications team. Once again, I ask that you view my story:

My Mercy Ships Story 

Thank you in advance,

Follow the link below to see life aboard the ship:

A Great Tour of the AFRICA MERCY 



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