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Monday, January 23, 2006

Africa Mercy Tour - Part 2

Hello, Friends!
We heard from many of you and that you enjoyed to tour of the ship...so we thought we’d continue on the tour, today. But first....we have to tell you our exciting news! We were able to pick our cabin...it is 4423! It’s on deck 4 and just down the stairs from the Dining Room. It is easy to find and this is the main reason that we chose it! Again, God has blessed us so much!

Many crew have picked cabins before (and we are holding ours loosely) and have had to re-pick due to the tenure, seniority and length of service of other crew (including us) coming after them. So we feel very blessed to be a part of the crew on the ship and now selecting what will probably be our future home for years to come! Most of the cabins for couples are basically the same...so really it doesn’t much matter which one, but since we were given the opportunity to pick...we picked this one so Rob would be able to find it easily after a long...hard day! When the full crew gets onboard and there is a maze of cabin doors down the hall.....we don’t want Rob going in the wrong one! Actually, he hasn’t gotten lost on the ship....but the ship is very big and his nickname is still "wrong way Rob"! As the ship keeps changing daily...Rob has to keep finding new landmarks! Once all the scaffolding comes down...it should be easier to find your way around. Here’s a picture of us in the new cabin on Saturday...the day we selected it!

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All the ceiling panels are stacked up behind us and just awaiting the inspections before being installed. We have a window and a bathroom! Yeah! …Of course most of the couple cabins have a window and also all the cabins have a bathroom! The cabin is 22 square meters or about 66 square feet. We are standing by the wardrobes and the beds will go in behind us. Our understanding is that there will be two twin beds that we can push together …. So a King size bed! Wow! Note: Rob's new jacket! He loves it! You can’t miss him! Connected to the wardrobe on Rob's side is a small desk and shelves and drawers. I’ll load some more pictures out on http://www.flickr.com/photos/mercywatch. The ceiling is not yet in but it is a hanging ceiling and it will be just about 4-5 inches above our heads…just above the wardrobe tops. The window is just about centered in the cabin and the door is just about straight ahead of me. We are standing about halfway into the cabin nearer to the back. There is a sink and cupboard on the wall that is in front of where Rob is standing. The bathroom is behind the sink…just as you come in the cabin to the left. We hope this helps you get a feel of what’s going on!

OOPs - I thought I hit Preview.... Africa Mercy - Part 2 Rob and Denise Miller Jan 23 2006 05:24PM Hello, Friends!
I'm sorry for the last email...we were still working on it and editing it down...so it may be a bit wordy! I thought we hit preview...next thing I knew it said posted successfully! OOPs!
Anyway...you can see we are excited about our home to be! To continue the tour...

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Rob taking a peek at the carpet for the cabins! It's a pretty blue with a beige speck in it. Of course...I like it ...it's blue (my favorite)!
OK...let's go down to Deck 3...the hospital! Some of the equipment has been installed.. here are some of the autoclaves (sterilizers). These pictures were taken in December and this equipment is now unwrapped and installed.

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The view looking down the hospital corridor... hasn't changed a lot recently, but they've been putting in the sinks and electrical panels in the wards.

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And when you think that this was just a huge empty open bay for railcars! The ceiling...was not even there (there was no deck 4 at all just open to below for the railcars). WoW! It's changed ALOT!!! And it won't be too long and this corridor will be busy with Doctors, nurses and PATIENTS who would never be able to go to a hospital that can transform their lives!

Rob and I had duty on a Saturday a couple weeks ago and he took me ALL over the ship for our rounds. Our first round took 4 hours..I saw every nook and cranny on the ship!!! A round usually takes about an hour to walk up and down all the corridors (inside and outside on the decks) and see if you see, hear or smell any thing that doesn't seem right. So I hadn't been on the ship much and was not very familiar with it....so he showed me all around!

It's getting late here...so we'll say Cheers! to you and leave you with a picture of Rob (my favorite subject!) sitting in one of his favorite spots up on deck 7 overlooking the Tyne River!

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And me with our friend, Jim Peeler, from Atlanta...just stopping by for a couple hours to see the Africa Mercy! He and his wife were in London and he came up to the Northeast for the day! Janet...stayed in London to shop!
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We are encouraged by the great responses that we have been getting from these brief newsletters with pictures...so we will try to keep them coming! Thank you so much for your encouragements!! This past week we have had some internet problems and have been unable to upload many new pictures...but we'll keep trying and in the next letter we'll have some more recent pictures of the ship!

We pray that God will bless you abundantly as you seek Him more and more this new year! "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. " Colossians 3:15-17

God's blessings,
Denise and Rob
Mercy Ships, M/V Africa Mercy
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