*** CURRENT - 2020 - If your interested we're making some REALLY TERRIBLE videos based around food and family over at tyronebcookin.com . Our plan is to get better as we do more. LOL!***
[JULY 2019] THANK YOU for following our journey these last two years as our family served with Mercy Ships! We appreciate your prayers, encouragment, financial support...We are so grateful for you partnering with us! -- We are now back in Alabama trying to transition back into our community. ~ The Barton Family

Saturday, April 9, 2016


We work on the worlds largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. It operates completely by volunteers! 

Tyrone is the Food Service Manager and Stephanie is a nurse in the ship hospital. Our boys, Tytus and Ezra, are attending school on board. [Read our story on the About Us page!]

Working in Africa the ship provides FREE care to those in desperate need.Removing tumors, giving sight to the blind, correcting clefts, fixing fractures, and more!

Almost 50% of people in Africa have no access to a hospital or doctor. Children, teens, and adults suffer and die every day from curable or treatable causes. One child in eight will die before age 5.
  • Babies born with cleft lip and palate more often than not die from malnutrition 
  • Tumors grow until they are grotesque which causes disabilities, or threaten lives 
  • Cataracts blind children and adults keeping them from an education and jobs 
  • Lack of treatment or a simple surgery leads to complications, lifelong disability or death 
  • Many family, friends, and community believe they are “cursed” and reject them from society 
What’s the solution? More than 50% of the world’s population lives within 100 miles of a port city. That makes a hospital ship the most efficient platform reaching areas where clean water, electricity, medical facilities and skilled staff are almost nonexistent. The Africa Mercy provides a controlled, safe and clean environment for everyone.

And the best part? Mercy Ships shares the Gospel and shows the love of Jesus to thousands that come through every year for help!

None of this would be possible without your involvement! Financial giving, volunteering, prayer, sharing via social media channels, you’re our best promoter!

As a family of faith, we need your prayers! As volunteers, we need financial partners! 

Will you partner with us today? Your financial partnership provides for our family. We pay crew fees, school fees, international insurance, and travel expenses. Recurring giving works best to meet our monthly budget. Thank you for considering being a financial partner! 

➤You can give securely online at http://mercyships-us.donorpages.com/crewmates/TyroneBarton -OR- use our DONATE button. Your giving is tax deductible through Mercy Ships.

➤To make a donation by mail, send a check made payable to Mercy Ships, PO Box 2020, Garden Valley, Texas 75771. In the “For” line of your check (above the routing number) use our specific designation code 1606. It helps to attach a small note saying “Barton Family”.

P.S. A letter of endorsement from our home churchSummit Crossing Community Church. More information about Mercy Ships can be found at MercyShips.org

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2020 UPDATE: We are back at tyronebcookin.com doing cooking posts on our blog and our Youtube channel Youtube.com/tyronebcookin.