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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Praise always Bring Back Hope

I can't say I am enjoying Ship Yard, its hot, sticky, living in a mettle home with no aircon and being below deck is not the most pleasant environment.  Work has been a bit harder, energy has been low and my tooth has been playing up again, and I can feel a summer cold coming on.

The day was a touch one, emotions all over the place for various reason, but in the middle of all this, God is good.  Community meetings that I just didn't feel like going to was just what I needed.  Starting off with praise and worship and being reminded of who God is, how great, amazing, compassionate and powerful and feeling His greatness even in a small way brought my heart in the right direction and being reminded of our mission and why the ship is here, in her own hospital, being fixed and refitted, again, pulled me higher.

Why do I forget so easily?
Why do I let worry and fretting come in? That only leads to evil, His word says.
Why do I stop even for a moment, looking to the One who can help and wants to help?
Why, because I am frail, and He know it, He knew I would need Him, He knew those I love would need Him, He knew that is would all be too much for me, He knew forgiveness would be needed, He knew that Grace, Compassion and Long-suffering would need topping up and He knew that I would need all that from Him.  So, He sent Jesus, He sent Him to live and die and raise from the dead, He sent Him to be my Savour and Redeemer and I am so glad He did.

Where would I be without Him.
Where am I with Him.

And, today, He also send me good friends, friends from afar, to talk to, to prayer and to help.

Praising Him always brings back Hope.

1 Corinthians 13,




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Week One in Canarie - A Tweet

Weekend  : The weekend was very full, it was hot, it involved tons of walking, and ships moving out of the ocean.  Yip, really, into Dry Dock.  I have some photos that I will post.  They sailed the ship around to an area, they had already built a mould of the bottom of the ship, we sailed in and a diver went down and made sure everything was line up as it should be and then they raised up this prebuilt mold and it lifted the ship.  Once that was done, three trucks or power trucks came and pulled the ship to its holding place for dry dock.

Whilst this was happening, we all had to get off the ship, so we went down to Port Mogan for the day, 3 buses, some bright red crabs, many sailing boats in the water, tons of hotels and people on the way, we walked far, and relaxed a bit in this town.  This is the same town or near to it that the lads and I will be going to in July.  Dogs, I saw dogs, they were so cute, having not seen dogs for so long, it was a treat, dogs always make me smile and think of God's creativity and humour and compassion as He give us such loyal friends.

So it was back to work today and with no aircon on the ship, I was feeling rather sick by the end of the day and was very happy to get to my cabin.

The ship is really high now, when you walk up the stairs, you get to deck 7 and you feel like you much highter than before, because you are. The view is very different and suddenly we have tons of new people aboard too, and no more French, but Spanish. Things have changed rather dramatically in so many ways.  The food is different, the people are different, many many many people have left, hopefully to be seen again, but many perhaps only in the next life.  The view is different, the temperature is different, the language different the computer  systems changing and the ship itself is transformed in its look and its feel.  No longer a hospital for people but a ship hospital, all its revamps and fixes, bandages and overhauls.

Prayers:  Heat& protection.  Heat because its really hot and I  tend to feel sick in the heat, half an hour of humidity is enough to make me nauseous and get a head ache, so I would much appreciate prayer for the next few weeks.  Protection for everyone around the ship as they work and walk around a working dock. and travel around a new place.

Please also continue to prayer for my mom who is still in hospital but moved to rehab today, she is not having a good time and its been hard being here where I can't help.  My aunt too has lung caner and needs prayers for full healing.  My tooth is also playing up again, not too badly but enough to make me wonder if I do need that root canal and cap.

Friday, 16 June 2017

First Few Days in Gran Canary

Our Home is turning into a maintenance time, the hospital is no more a hospital and their are workmen all around.

Everyone was excited to be here and lots of people took the walk to the Port gate and into town, that is about an hour walk, I see some Mercy Hips being shed, but then if you eating ice cream then maybe not.  It was wonderful to see little dogs on leads, something you dont' see much of in Benin and I have so missed the animals and pets that are around, something good about were I am now.

Many many goodbyes are happening and of course many hellos as well.  There are more new people each time I look.

When we walked down to town, we took our little town with us, wherever we went, we saw Mercyshipers along the route, sitting down and having a meal and watching the sun go down.  We saw a lady walking down dressed in African gear and we called out, Mamma Africa, and she came over and had a chat with us, there really was a lot of joy amongst us all as we ventured out.  The new African crew members who have not travelled outside Benin before were exploring this new land.

The other thing that struck me was the greenery and trees, and along the Port main walk, are trees from Madagascar,  go figure.

There are new sites and sounds everywhere and each time I walk past the window, I have to adjust to the different view  Home that move.  I will post pictures soon.

In the next couple of days, we will go into Dry Dock, I am working on Monday, most of the ship have been asked to go ashore because there will be no water, toilets, cold food etc, as we enter into the dry docks, it should be an interesting experience.

News on mom:  She is still in hospital but seems to be doing well.  I will be speaking to her again tommorrow.  Please keep her in your prayers, for a good recovery, for her to grow strong and get good nutrition in her.  It is very worrying, but I am asking the Lord to be were I cant and know He will be.

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