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Africa Mercy is not just about free surgical care provided to
the poorest of Africa’s poor. It is not just about planting hope
in the midst of despair. It is not just about capacity building
in resource-poor countries. It is not even just about making
a difference in the lives of tens of thousands, one life at a
time, and one country at a time. The real story of the Africa
Mercy is about mercy—a merciful community, diverse and
always changing, that has chosen to show its love through
its actions. And in a world where evil actions are not only
done, but also often publicly celebrated, the people of the
Africa Mercy remind us of what we, as humans, can accomplish when we are driven by mercy.
As I get ready to start my long trip home, I will cherish
the vision of mercy I have experienced these last two weeks.
And if I can apply that lesson in my own life— among my
family, my patients, my colleagues—then I will succeed
in keeping part of the Africa Mercy experience within me,
until I join this loving community again at a new port in a
new country. ♦
Africa Mercy medical crew
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