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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Caribbean Mercy News of March 16-31, 2005



Point of Grace (christian recording artists) came to visit the Caribbean Mercy and that evening we attended their concert in Pensacola, Florida! Click on the title to read the news.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Happy Easter! Christ the Lord is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Please send us an email and let us know about your Easter Sunday! We had a wonderful one!

We began with a sunrise service on Aft deck at 6:00. The weather was mild but quite overcast and foggy ... so not much of a sunrise! After service we had a spread of pastries for breakfast. Quite nice!

Then about 7:00 am, Rob and I took a couple of our crew out to Bayou La Batre where they were attending Sea School and finishing up their BST. Amazing that they would have class on EASTER! It's quite a nice drive about 45 minutes from the ship each way.

After the drive, we showered and got ready for church. No Sunday School class on Easter, so we went to the New Song Service at Christ UMC. Enjoyed it a lot! After service we went to Panera Bread for a sandwich and some internet at a faster speed. Got some of the website updated...but didn't get it loaded out there yet. Came back to the ship and Rob took a nap, I worked on some DVDs and then we had dinner on the ship.

WoW! Kathy Long cooked a fabulous Easter dinner. Beef Wellington and Salmon, fresh asparagus, zucchini and summer squash sauté, new potatoes and Rolls! Caesar salad and tossed salad, and strawberry shortcake for dessert! Yum Yum!

Then at 7:00 pm, we had a Scavenger Hunt...complete with some tricks from the amazing race or fear factor, I think! It was great fun! Then we settled down...sat around and talked for a bit and went to bed! It was a great day! God is sooooo good!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

On the move.....


On the move.....
Originally uploaded by MercyWatch.

This Oil Rig went sailing by us and then sailed by the Holiday, a ship with the Carnival Cruise Line that is docked across the river from us! This ship leaves Mobile and sails to Cozumel every 4-5 days. You can see how big this oil rig is when it dwarfs the big Cruise Ship!

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Downtown Mobile


Downtown Mobile
Originally uploaded by MercyWatch.

This picture is of Mobile and the Convention Center in the left of the picture. Coming down the river is an Oil Rig ... you usually on pass them coming into Mobile Bay from the Gulf of Mexico...The oil rigs don't usually pass you!

Harrison Brothers' Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama

We are still in the ship yard in Mobile, Alabama. We will probably be here just about another month and may need to move from the Harrison Brothers' Shipyard where we've been to finish up some steel work in the cargo holds. We've had an interesting time watching some of the traffic up and down the river here!

Ready to Go!


Ready to Go!
Originally uploaded by MercyWatch.

Their church has a fundraising project to help with the church budget...selling Chocolate Easter Eggs! Wow! They are made with homemade fudge, divinity, etc inside! They sell these eggs to the community and personalize the large eggs!

Rev. John and Pat Hicks at St. Andrews


Rev. John and Pat Hicks at St. Andrews
Originally uploaded by MercyWatch.

We've been busy and promoting Mercy Ships when we can. We spoke last weekend at Rev. John Hick's church, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, here near Mobile. John and his wife, Pat, come and volunteer whenever we are in Mobile to cook for the crew! They started this last year when we were here in Dry Dock and have continued faithfully coming to serve us! They are a blessing!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

From www.pointofgrace.net

POINT OF GRACE TOURS EAST COAST! March 15, 2005
Last week saw the 'I Choose You' tour visit East Coast venues from Lodi, New Jersey to Central Florida. The two week trip included a touching 'tour' of the Mercy Ship, 'Carribean', which provides much needed medical services to third world countries (pictured). The 'ICU Reception' continues to be a special time with our friends and we look look forward to seeing many more of you in the days ahead! Remember, the latest concert listings, tour photos, and journal thoughts are just a click away!

From the Journal...
Mercy Ships March 21, 2005
Boy oh boy, what an eventful month- March madness for sure, but in a good way. We have actually been home for the last 8 days but before that we were back out on the ICU tour for 10 days. It was my favorite time so far. All the kids were with us, except Spence (he was in school). We experienced everything from snow storms in Virginia Beach, yes you heard me right, Virginia Beach, to roller coaster rides at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. We also had an unusual opportunity to visit the “Caribbean Mercy ship” in Pensacola, Florida. Meeting some of the staff and having brunch was a great reminder of how important this ministry truly is… We were blown away with the servant hearts of each staff member. The words we were left with were from a family that has been apart of Mercy Ships for 15 years and had two kids that grew up on a ship… “We have learned so much, this experience has allowed us appreciate the little that is needed to live and the enormous satisfaction of serving and helping others.” WOW, what a message!!! Take a moment to pray for Mercy Ships please, they are a tremendous blessing to the world.

Many blessings, leigh

(Note from Denise---I was able to sit and share with Leigh at the brunch on board)

To see their Biographies.. click here!
http://www.pointofgrace.net/index.php?content=bio

Friday, March 11, 2005

The crew from the ship at the Point of Grace Concert


The crew from the ship at the Point of Grace Concert
Originally uploaded by MercyWatch.

On March 11th, the crew was invited to the Point of Grace Concert in Pensacola, Florida. This is about an hour from where the ship is docked in Mobile, Alabama.

Point of Grace Concert

A group of us from the ship went to a concert by Point of Grace to promote the "Ship Mates" program by invitation from Point of Grace. We had a great time at the concert and Point of Grace came to the ship that morning! We had a great time showing them around the ship and talking with them about our ministry!