|From the Mercy Ships Facebook Page|
How do you show tourists from around the world a fully-functioning state-of-the-art hospital ship when there are no patients aboard? Simple. Create a Hospital Tour Experience and allow nurses, hospital staff and crew to share their stories of bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor! Last Friday, the Africa Mercy opened for three days of public tours in Cape Town, South Africa. The response was overwhelming. Over 1,200 visitors toured the ship on the first day alone. By the end almost 5,000 visitors included supporters who have been following Mercy Ships for years, kids, who were amazed by the sheer size of the vessel and many doctors, nurses and medical staff in training who excitedly asked about opportunities to serve. Who knows how many of them will be future crew members.
We sailed away from Cape Town yesterday and are on our way to Madagascar. It was an amazing 2.5 weeks in Cape Town. It was very refreshing as well. I have been on many hikes, walks and runs in the fresh air with beautiful views. I never expected to be in Cape Town this October but it was a pleasant surprise. Please pray for us as we sail as well as for our team setting up for us in Madagascar. We plan to arrive in Madagascar on Saturday.
Here are a few more pictures from Cape Town.
|The view from the top of my favorite hike-Lion's Head|
|We got to take all 18 of our elementary students to a South African Aquarium!|
|You don't have field trips like this in West Texas.|
|Charlotte, Xavier and I at the park after there Aquarium|
|I enjoyed my first official "High Tea" while in Cape Town|
|We enjoyed amazing sunrises as we ran in the morning.|
|Seals playing outside our classroom window.|