Why Do You Serve?

Onboard the ship each person is asked three basic questions by everyone they meet:  Where are you from?  Where do you work?  How long are you here?

Answers become almost instinctive:  Northern Virginia in the United States (always put the country, because there are people from all over the world).  Dinning Hall.  End of sail (when the ship reaches South Africa). 

Each of these questions (and the corresponding answers) are fairly simple, short and to the point.  But at times, I want to ask another question:  Why are you here? 

Answering this question goes deeper than the surface, but begins to reveal the character of the person and who they are. 

For me, that question begins during my trip to Uganda last summer.  In a conversation with Pfieffer, while over in Agule, about photography, he mentioned the possibility of doing photography aboard Mercy Ships.  So, when I got home a year ago i loosely looked into it, then kept the option in the back of my head. 

Then, as I was applying for different missionary positions throughout Africa, Mercy Ships appeared again.  So, I applied for the Photography position, but stated that I would be willing to work wherever they needed help.  And I got placed on the dinning hall. 

There are other stories like mine throughout the ship, but one of the disturbing things that I noticed was the amount of grumbling and complaining of specific crew members (who will remain unnamed).  What I dont get is how one can volunteer for a position on ship, then complain about it?  After serving for a week, month, year it would seem that if this isn’t the place for you, you are not forced to stay, you can leave. 

Sorry ’bout the small rant at the end, but I just needed to get it off my chest.

God Bless and PEACE


1 Comment »

  1. Anonymous Said:

    dining. one n. dinning = not a word

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