Every year the Africa Mercy (AFM) receives vital upgrades and repairs to continue serving the forgotten poor. This is an important stage in this Mercy Ships' efforts. The AFM is lifted out of the water and hauled onto train tracks back into dry dock in shipyard. Its a fascinating process to watch. There are so many aspects to this operation that ultimately make the medical outreach in West Africa possible.
Like the ship, non-technical crew often take this time away from the busyness of field service to restore themselves for the upcoming challenges that lie ahead. I sketched to reflect on the enormity of the ship and its purpose.