Why Serve

Why a Ship?

50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, our floating hospitals are the best way to reach and treat people in need.

Why Africa?

There are only two physicians per 10,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, many people suffer and die from treatable conditions.

Why You?

It takes a wide range of people and skills to run a hospital ship, and our all-volunteer crew makes it happen. If you want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others – including yours – we’d love to meet you.



We follow the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor.



Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to transform lives and serve nations, one at a time.


Core Values

Desiring to follow the model of Jesus, we seek to:

  • love God.
  • love and serve others.
  • be people of integrity.
  • strive for excellence in all we say and do.

You always said “One day…”
Make that day today.

You always said
“One day…”
Make that day today.

If you’ve always wanted to use your unique talent and skills to transform lives and make your mark on the world, we’ve got an opportunity for you. The work of Mercy Ships impacts the lives of many  – patients, families, and volunteers. It’s a transformative experience that enables personal and professional growth, and we’re looking for you to join us. Come aboard and find your crew.