The Torch Ceremony



Today marks a very special moment in Mercy Ships history, as crew gathered in Senegal for a torch ceremony symbolizing the sharing of the flame from the #AfricaMercy to the #GlobalMercy. The first torch was lit on the Africa Mercy and brought down the gangway by Captain Djurre Jan Schutte, who served as the ship’s first captain when the last torch ceremony took place: “I remember how special that moment was 15 years ago, and now I have again the honor of sharing our flame with our new vessel, the Global Mercy.” The torch was brought to the Global Mercy, where long-time volunteer Dr Gary Parker used its fire to light the next torch alongside a crowd of more than 500 Mercy Ships volunteers, united in the mission to bring hope and healing.


#TogetherWithAfrica #MercyShips Photo Credit: Elizabeth Page Brumley