Waves of mercy

May 2016 - Cover Story
by Sarah Strickland

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May 2016 - Cover Story

If you had told me ten years ago that I would celebrate Christmas, dip my toes in the Indian Ocean on New Year’s, and cheer my alma mater to a national championship—all from an island off the coast of Africa, I’d have been hard-pressed to believe you.

Growing up as a student at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, missions was a familiar concept, but it was never on my radar. I graduated from Clemson University in 2012 and settled into my job as a cardiac nurse at Oconee Memorial Hospital. I had dreams of somehow using my life and career to make a difference. It was far beyond my imagination, however, that my dream would include spending 14 weeks in Madagascar serving with an organization called Mercy Ships.

A coworker’s casual mention of Mercy Ships one night in early 2014 led me to research and eventually apply for a position aboard the world’s largest civilian hospital ship. It was there I had the privilege to care for some of the most amazing people I’ll ever meet. I gained an experience I will carry with me forever.

In 1964, a young man named Don Stephens was on a mission trip in the Bahamas when Hurricane Cleo made landfall. While his group emerged unharmed, there was significant loss of life and property in the region.

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