If all goes according to plan (which nothing on Mercy Ships ever does, just to be totally honest) we should be sailing out of here this afternoon.
I can't wait to see my family and I don't want to leave Liberia and I'm scared I'll be seasick and I'm so ready to get out on the open water and just see the stars that have been hidden by the lights of the port for ten months now. I feel like there's not enough room in me for all this. Like I'm held together just barely and any slight bump is going to be enough to tear my seams and send me spinning like a firework through the sky.
Oh how exciting to be at sea! Yes, you will REALLY see the stars. I helped deliver a sail-boat from Portland to Honolulu once, and the night watch ended up being my favorite. I memorized Psalm 19 on that delivery.
I'm Ali; twenty-nine years old, and married to Phil, an electrician, also known as The Husband of Joy (HoJ for short). We're parents to Zoe (who is quite possibly the cutest baby ever), and we live on board the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, the M/V Africa Mercy, where we work with Mercy Ships to bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor in West Africa. The whole crew, from cook to captain, is made up of volunteers from more than thirty countries who are dedicated to bringing the love of Jesus to the world. So many people say they love their jobs enough to do them for free; we're a ship full of people who actually get to live that way. (I moderate all comments, so don't worry if yours doesn't show up right away. If it won't let you post, please e-mail me at alirae[at]quist[dot]ca. I love hearing from you!)