It is quite a challenge to bake on the ship. Even when we are in port the ship is often on a lean, causing cakes to slope to one side. This cake tasted great but it failed on the aesthetics department!
We are a family of three; Andrew, Jodie and Jessica (aged 17) from Tasmania, Australia who are currently serving in Cotonou, Benin West Africa on the M/V Africa Mercy, the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, through Mercy Ships International. God has called us on a journey that has been many years in the making. For this season we call West Africa home as we seek to bring hope and healing to the poorest of the poor.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Deck 8 Fun!
Sometimes we go off ship for extra fun-here is Jess very intent on catching fish at River No. 2 Beach.
All ready for ballet class. As well as ballet, Jess does panio and hand bells. She has also started a drawing club on Saturday afternoons. On Sunday evenings Jess goes to Kids Bible Study too.
What a beauty!
When all else fails, there is always hanging with friends!
Monday, March 28, 2011
It was National Clean Up the Streets Day as well.
Here are Peter and Andrew in our rented beach hut eating lunch. Andrew and I both had prawns and rice and Jess had chicken and fries. We didn't have to get up as everything was brought to us.
The beach huts
Jess having fun in the transparent, turquoise water.
The name of this boat pretty much sums up everyday life for most people in Sierra Leone.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
|The patient-poor monkey. Jess named him Freddy.|
|Intubating an adult. I think they lost a few teeth in the process!|
|Learning how to suture from the Africa Mercy's Chief Medical Officer and maxillo facial surgeon, the very humble Dr. Gary Parker.|
Thursday, March 24, 2011
|First patients going up the gangway.|
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
We don't have too much of a view from the ship as
we have quite a high wall made of shipping containers.
If you go right up to deck 7 and 8 you can see over the
containers. It is also very smoky and hazy.
|This is our berth just before we came in.|
|A run down building typical of most in Freetown|
|An amazing sunset that we can view every night!|
|Does this look safe to you???|
Thursday, March 17, 2011
This is our first sighting of Sierra Leone-very early on the
morning of Sunday 27th Feburary. It was wonderful to
see land again after 2 weeks at sea. We could smell
the smoke and see the haze from miles away.
Here we are in our finest. It is the ship's tradition that
everyone who comes on deck to watch our arrival
into our host nation honours that nation by dressing
well. For the women, knees must be covered at all
The marching band that performed for our arrival. We
sang the Sierra Leone national anthem accompanied by
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
There are many different things about living on
a ship as opposed to living in a house on land.
Like the fact that we have five things on our
bedroom ceiling-a light, a sprinkler, two air
conditioning vents and a PA speaker. The
inside of our front door has a map of the ship
with an escape route bolted to it as well as
instructions on how to use a life jacket. We
had many stubbed toes before it became
automatic to step up and over whenever
we leave or enter a room. Our walls are
magnetic and our bed had wooden sides
Before sailing EVERYTHING needs to be tied, bungyed or
bluetacked down. You put your TV/DVD and microwave
on the floor, tie your fridge to the screws in the portholes,
bungy or tie your cupboard doors and blue tac down or put in
drawers all loose items. Even taking all precautions we still
managed to have groceries fall on top of us, the couch slide
across the floor several times (with us on it), the fridge door
burst open (someone forgot to bungy it shut) and the cordial
fly out like a guided missile. All in one day! Good times. You
can also judge the roll of the ship by how far the curtains swing
out! How many degrees is the photo below?
Disposible surgical caps make great dust filters for the A/C
vents.They have also come in handy, of late, for catching
Below are two of the ten portholes in our cabin.
We are very lucky, some people have none! This
is the view from our lounge somewhere in the
Atlantic Ocean sailing between Durban and Cape
Town, South Africa. Water views everywhere-even
from the toilet if you leave the door open-lol!
Before we begin sailing all the watertight doors are closed.
For extra motivation, these lovely signs are posted on the
wall for our veiwing pleasure!