Morrisons Volunteer on Mercy Ships

$7,451 of $16,400 goal

Raised by 33 people in 30 months

We're excited to announce we have been accepted aboard Mercy Ships!!!
Briana will be serving as a Staff Training Facilitator and Will as System Administrator aboard the Africa Mercy ship.

What is it?
Mercy Ships  is a global charity which has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. The goal is to bring hope and healing to some of the most marginalized people in the world by providing free surgical services to the poor and medical training for health care professionals. Mercy Ships follows the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor. Hospital ships are used to transform individuals and serve nations, one at a time.

We will be working aboard the Africa Mercy, which as the name suggests, serves the nations of the African continent, typically spending about 10 months in each country. In the next year, the Africa Mercy will be going to the country of Benin  in West Africa.

What will we be doing? 
Although neither of us are physicians, it takes people with all kinds of skills to keep the work of Mercy Ships going. We are excited to be able to apply our skills and knowledge to support Mercy Ships' life-transforming work. 

While on board, Briana will be serving as a Staff Training Facilitator. She'll  be responsible for the design, planning, and coordination of training programs to meet the needs of the ship community. She'll also be involved in mentoring managers, facilitating language training, tutoring for basic math and English, and leading excursions to build cultural awareness.

Will's position will be as System Administrator. He will be taking care of the ships computers and networking backbone. Both Briana and Will are likely to take on other responsibilities, as needed.

Why are we raising funds?

Every Mercy Ships volunteer pays their own way so that every dollar donated to the organization can go directly to help the world's forgotten poor. Although we’ve been saving money for this purpose, we would not be able to serve long before our limited funds run out. We’re asking our family and friends to partner with us to help extend our stay and impact more lives.

Mercy Ships estimates that our joint monthly expenses will be about $1800/month, which covers room, board, and basic health insurance. We are hoping to stay with Mercy Ships through June 2018. Together with one-time costs such as training and air fare, the total amount we will need is $36,400.  We're putting our personal savings towards this goal, but we need to raise an additional $16,400 in one-time and recurring gifts to get us through June 2018.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Mercy Ships, please see Mercy Ships' CrewMates  system (

When will we go?
The next available Crew and Staff Training in Texas starts in September, and we will be serving with Mercy Ships by mid-October. The ship is scheduled to be in Benin through June 2017, and then it will travel to an unannounced country.

Additional Information.
Please let us know if you have other questions!

We know that not everyone one can support us financially; if that’s you, please know that we greatly value your prayers and understanding as we embark on this new season of our lives. Please let us know if you plan to support us in prayer while we're with Mercy Ships.

Thank you.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support! 

Keep up with us on our blog!


Note: Everything communicated here reflects our personal story and is not reviewed by Mercy Ships. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Mercy Ships.

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Along with some friends and family's monthly pledges we are now close to half way to funding our trip! Huge thanks to everyone who has participated and supported us! Every few days when thinking about quitting our jobs and going to Africa we are hit with a wave of... oh no! What if this is the wrong decision!? But then we are like, no - it's definitely the right decision and we have this amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
So here is a video about seeing the glass half full vs half empty. Question for you... do you think you have Short Alleles or Long Alleles?
Half Full or Half Empty?
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Will Morrison
30 months ago

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far! We are overwhelmed by your generosity and well wishes! We really appreciate you!

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$7,451 of $16,400 goal

Raised by 33 people in 30 months
Created June 8, 2016
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Eric Bechtel
28 months ago

We had friends who did something similar with a ship full of doctors who provided vision care to people in Azerbaijan. May you be richly blessed and may you richly bless those you serve!

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Kimberly Green
28 months ago

ATL sends good wishes to Briana and Will! Best of luck to you both.

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Will Morrison
30 months ago

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far! We are overwhelmed by your generosity and well wishes! We really appreciate you!

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