Mercy Ships is back in Guinea for their fourth visit! Early in the morning on the first day of screening, many people had already been in line for hours. Most are waiting to see a nurse and hopeful for a surgery that could change their lives forever. By the end of the day, volunteer nurses would evaluate over 6,000 people.
It takes many volunteers to make this happen(not just nurses). Crowd control, security, chaplaincy, offering water…feeding the crew.
Both of us have been to screenings in the past. It can be overwhelming. We have seen mothers lift their babies over their head and passed forward until they are at the front of the line. They fear their babies will not be seen! — Sometimes the screening reveals issues we cannot help. Those are gently told “no” and offered counsel and prayer.
- pita/shawarma bread bought locally,
- tomato sauce,
- pepperoni smuggled back from the states in our luggage (nothing illegal)
- And bits of toppings saved from meals on board.
We baked them in the Crew Galley (public kitchen for crew use) laying the bread directly on the racks in those tiny ovens!