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[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

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.

The whole screening process is enough to break your heart. It's physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting.

Family Life! 

Tytus and Ezra have settled back into school. Ezra is in kindergarten this year and he is doing well! Tytus is excited to see his friends from last year and also welcome new friends in 2nd grade. His reading is improving along with several other areas.

In the midst of starting field service, work, screening, opening the hospital, and the boys starting school...you find time to enjoy the "moments". 

Recently we had a Pizza Night for the boys! 
  • pita/shawarma bread bought locally,
  • cheese, 
  • tomato sauce, 
  • pepperoni smuggled  back from the states in our luggage (nothing illegal)
  • And bits of toppings saved from meals on board.
We baked them in the Crew Galley (public kitchen for crew use) laying the bread directly on the racks in those tiny ovens!

Another great thing about the hospital opening is Open House! We brought the boys down for some fun & games(and often snacks!).

Thank you so much, every one of you, for partnering with us! Bringing hope and healing in the form of free surgeries and sharing the Gospel!

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