Acts of Mercy
The Mercy Ship, Anastasis, (translated as “resurrection, giving back life”) gives true meaning to her name. Victims of gross deformities come to the dock in droves in hopes of being healed, but who will be chosen? And how many can be helped? All of this and more is featured on the documentary. Filmed on location in Monrovia, Liberia, stories of the patients and their families unfold as they tell of their tumors, struggles with illness, and ridicule from their communities. Live operating room’s surgeries are highlighted in the documentary and patients are surgically transformed before our eyes with astounding results. Many people say this is the gift of an extreme makeover that really matters, because without the help of the Mercy Ship’s volunteer doctors and staff, many of these patients would die.
This film is an awesome display of selfless love as doctors and volunteers travel to Liberia on a Mercy Ship, the Anastasis, to help people with various maladies including large cancerous growths and tumors in their mouths, much of it caused by poverty. The video is graphic and shows the ugliness of these various diseases, including cleft mouth. Yet, the noble spirit of the volunteers shines through.
Since 1978, 5.5 million people have been reached by the mercy ships. This video chronicles such heroes as Dr. Gary Parker, Don Stephens (who was inspired by Mother Teresa and the Sisters of Mercy to help others), and dentist Dr. Keith Chapman. The final results of the patients, to borrow the phrase their “extreme make-over,” will leave the viewer with a warm heart.