Sunday, February 3, 2019

New Year, New You?

We are a month in...How is everyone doing with their new year resolutions? I (Tyrone) have never been one for new year resolutions. Usually, I try to install change right away when I see problems or improvements I want or need to make. My one sentence advice (I know you didn't ask for it...) "Try not to make the same mistakes this year that you did last year and we will all be better for it!". 

This is the time of year that Stephanie is busy with the craniofacial program on board. At one point, in the beginning, they weren't sure if she would be able to work in the hospital. Being a PCG (or primary caregiver) is a full-time job in itself and can restrict any "outside" work potential BUT YET...

Her ID is labeled "PACU Nurse" but her title is Craniofacial Coordinator. How's that for being the PCG? We exercise a lot of flexibility (with each other) as her job requires more work and availability. But we have always been a family, a duo, that can jump in and do what it takes. Sure, they still want their mama more, but that's usually how it goes, right? -- I am very proud of my wife! It's important to me that she finds fulfillment in what she does.

Hospital Chaplaincy shares the Gospel with the patients. Incredibly 80% of the world, cannot or does not prefer to learn from reading. We are an oral society. Considering this Mercy Ships loves to use Simply The Story.  In addition, we use sim/secure digital/memory cards (for use in cell phones) loaded with audio Bibles and Gospel songs spoken/sung in local and tribal languages. -- Let's say you're in a country with many local and tribal languages. That doesn't mean you can read or write every language. The one electronic device that everyone seems to have in Africa is a cell phone. What better way to share the Gospel than to offer free resources to utilize this tool?!

It's hard to keep up with EVERYTHING but if you go to our Bartons On Board facebook page we post updates on everything from patients to prayer points!

For those who love all the details we also have the field service statistics PDF:
Mercy Ships Africa Mercy Statistics Guinea 2018-2019

Thank you for your continued support! We appreciate that you motivate, encourage, send personal notes & cards, and pray for us! You are such a blessing!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Year End Giving?

If you are considering giving at the end of the 2018 calendar year, we would love to have you partner with us as we continue to serve by bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor on the hospital ship, Africa Mercy.

Click the picture, use our donation button, or click the link at the end of this post for more details!

To read about our progress in Guinea CLICK HERE for a full report!

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and an exceptional year! As we get ready to go into the New Year we are so thankful for your prayers and support! Whether it was a financial gift, a word of encouragement, and/or the occasional email or letter, we appreciate you so much!

Thank you for partnering with us!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Who you say I am

Sometimes I feel like I can see my life from almost an outsiders perspective. The few times this has happened it has a theme and I feel like it is a gift. Let me explain. Everywhere I go on the ship I hear Hillsong's "Who you say I am". It has so much truth! "In my father's house, there is a place for me. I am a child of God, Yes I am!!"

These words have echoed in my head for the last month. A month that consisted of hard meetings that have decided that we will go home after this field service. A month that many patients had complications and outcomes that are less than desirable. A month that had so much sickness in our family. Friends this has been a HARD month.

But it also has been a month of God reminding me that I am chosen and not forsaken. When things are hard I can remember who I am. Simultaneously my boys are obsessed with a Pete the cat song called " Just gotta be you". They listen to it a lot. Hearing them sing "You'll never be happy being somebody else no matter how hard you try. Walking around in another cats clothes will only make you cry. You just gotta be you!" Ezra likes to walk to school listening to this on my phone. One day he restarted the song and sang and danced his little heart out in front of his 3 classmates and teacher. I have never been prouder.

No matter if we are a patient with a tumor, a mom, or a child in school shouldn't we live in light of who He says I am and just gotta be you?

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Struggle

Our family recently struggled through another round of viruses. We are better now. Only Tytus is still struggling with a cough. His cold type virus aggravated his asthma. While moving his nebulizer the cord caught on a drawer handle and I dropped it. It was not repairable. We brought out our old nebulizer and borrowed a transformer to run it (it was 110v and the ships is 220-240v). After a week the transformer burned out. We were offered another one to use. It burned out in 10 minutes. At this point, it seemed as nothing could go right for the better part of a month.
BUT God is good, patients are being healed, and the Gospel is being shared.

Our small group (on the ship) is dwindling as more of our group has left. It's sad to see our long-term friends in Mercy Ships leave. And It can be hard to adjust to new people in a personal setting. We enjoy studying the scriptures together and how it effects (affects?) our prayer life and passion for other people.

Stephanie and I are also using our "Mark journals" sent to us from Summit (our home church). I love the format of having the scriptures/book of Mark as part of the journal. That way we have the "word" and the journal as one unit. You read the scriptures on one page and journal on the opposite page (no cell phone app needed). We also follow along with the Sermons through podcasts.

Tytus and Ezra both have "Sunday School" on the ship from 6pm to 7pm on Sunday night. There is also church service on board starting at 7pm. You can also attend churches locally. That is why our services are at night, so people can experience a local church. Although for local services you may need a translator AND be prepared to spend the majority of the day away from the ship. We aren't there yet with the boys. Church in a foreign country can be a long process. Sometimes full of uncertainties for small kids. Bring lots of snacks and be prepared for awkward and embarrassing moments with your kids. There is also Ward church held every Sunday down in the hospital for our patients and that is open to the crew.

The hospital has been busy. Sometimes all we have to do is look outside our Cabin window to feel joy. Right now the dock "waiting" area is a happy place. Full of kids playing and running all over the place and mama's running after them. They will receive life-changing surgeries. Some will be so young they won't even remember. But their families will.

Each new field service brings its own challenges and we are definitely feeling them and working through it! -- Please pray for our family, the hospital team, and our precious patients!

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Field Service & Family Life!

Mercy Ships is back in Guinea for their fourth visit! Early in the morning on the first day of screening, many people had already been in line for hours. Most are waiting to see a nurse and hopeful for a surgery that could change their lives forever. By the end of the day, volunteer nurses would evaluate over 6,000 people.

It takes many volunteers to make this happen(not just nurses). Crowd control, security, chaplaincy, offering water...feeding the crew.

Both of us have been to screenings in the past. It can be overwhelming. We have seen mothers lift their babies over their head and passed forward until they are at the front of the line. They fear their babies will not be seen! -- Sometimes the screening reveals issues we cannot help. Those are gently told "no" and offered counsel and prayer.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

I know a couple of things...(Stephanie)

Docking in Conakry Guinea
So, here’s the thing. This is our second field service on the Africa Mercy as a family and I feel like I know a couple things. I know what food to buy and freeze from Las Palmas to keep our family happy. And I know that I can not approach this new field service the same as last year.

While we were home I read Katie Major’s second book “Daring to Hope”. Her first book documented her life as she moved to Uganda, founded a ministry, and adopted 13 girls. I thought her second book would follow suit and document her falling in love and having a biological son. I read her book on the beach, in coffee shops, and lounging at book stores.

I was exhausted from the 10 month field service. I navigated parenthood amidst 450 people while being a contributing member to community, and overseeing the crainiofacial program. I left Cameroon depleted.

During my “me time” I sat in comfortable chairs as I dove into Katie’s book. I was thinking it would be a light and fluffy love story, I was very wrong! Instead I found myself weeping at the aforementioned beach, coffee shops, and book stores as I read an authentic story of how to find hope when life is hard.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Back On Board! Shipyard.

Back on board! We have been back on board for awhile now. If your wondering how it is during *shipyard, well, its a contrast!

On one hand we are in a shipyard where all that is going on is hard work. It's not like a nice port downtown or dock by the beach. Dirty filthy work going on everywhere. Work that needs doing.

But on the other hand we are in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. And it's beautiful!

Shipyard is full of challenges and projects that need to get done. We have had no AC for a few weeks and maybe not for a few more. We have had scheduled times of...

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