Mercy Ships


Bringing christ’s love and healing to the world’s poor for over 35 years!

Our Mission

Mercy Ships, a global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Following the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the poor, mobilizing people and resources worldwide.

Our Vision

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

Our Values

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

Love God.
Love and serve others.
Be people of integrity.
Be people of excellence in all we say and do.

Don Stephens

Don Stephens founded Mercy Ships in 1978 with the purchase of the Anastasis, where he and his family lived for ten years. As President, Don directs and leads over 1,000 professional volunteers from 45 nations with offices in 16 countries.

He’s also the voice of “The Mercy Minute”—a radio broadcast aired on over 840 stations daily—and the author of three books: Trial by Trial (1985), Mandate for Mercy (1995), and Ships of Mercy (2005). In 2009, he was awarded the International Humanitarian of the Year award from Variety International.