Open Hands is in support of a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978, bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilising people and resources worldwide, serving all people without regard for race, gender or religion.

A dream that began in a young man’s heart has become reality — a big, white, state-of-the-art hospital ship that delivers hope and healing to people around the globe living in dire circumstances.

This team uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, with more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year, more than 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations serve with Mercy Ships. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time.

Open Hands has a hands on relationship with this team if the form of a key member of Open Hands a significant longterm volunteer for the organisation.

Other Global Regions

Open Hands is in support of a team of Bible translators that seek to bridge the gap between the Church and the Bibleless peoples around the world. These teams are composed of Bible translators, literacy evangelists, Church planters and a variety of support personnel working to see transformed lives through God’s Word in every language. They are serving 38 million people in 73 language projects in 17 countries.

These teams aspire to be the best problem-solving teams with a focus on helping a people without God’s Word. The aim is impact their context with Scripture, equipping them to translate it into their language and use it to transform their community. Helping a people group go from Bibleless to Bible impact constitutes our sharp focus.

The four primary strategies for this team of Bible Translators are to:

Mobilize God’s People

  • Praying to the Lord of the Harvest
  • Calling and equipping God’s people everywhere to pray, give, and volunteer with us
  • Recruiting, training, and sending missionaries, including any children in the family for excellent service
  • Involving each missionary to mobilize God’s people through partnership development efforts
  • Equipping Bibleless people for partnership

Provide enduring access to God’s Word

  • Determining the need through survey
  • Translating Scripture
  • Developing sustainable literacy programs
  • Joining with others to provide oral, visual, and written Scripture-based materials for Church planting and discipleship

Disciple the Bibleless by maximizing the impact of Scripture

  • Living in a way that glorifies God to exemplify the impact of the Bible on us, including personal evangelism and works of compassion
  • Working with existing churches to transition them into greater use of Scripture in their own language
  • Establishing and strengthening churches to maximize the use of the translated Scriptures, working together with partners where they are present
  • Promoting the use of local art and music to increase scripture impact
  • Ministering through community development and community health evangelism in ways that promote the use of Scripture either by building the church’s economic capacity to partner in mission or by softening the hearts of people groups resistant to Scripture

Accelerate the mission through team work

  • Cooperating and partnering with others
  • Building effective teams
  • Caring for missionaries and their families by promoting mutual love and concern
  • Providing administration and leadership at the international and national levels
  • Providing support services in the field