uring these challenging times, our volunteers have been busy. Many returned to their homes to do what they could for their nations.

Eliphaz Essah is one of our dedicated volunteer crew members who has recently used his skills to help his community in Benin.

Eliphaz, who speaks ten languages (Ewe, Krio, Lingala, Fon, Mahi, Kotafon, Yoruba, Goun, Mina, English and French), usually leads the Mercy Ships Food for Life programme, which teaches the importance of good nutrition and efficient farming techniques. However, due to the current situation, he returned to Benin and started a new project.

“For a long time, I had been holding a vision to produce an instant infant feeding flour rich in protein that can be used to supplement nutrition. I felt that now was the time for this vision to grow.”

Eliphaz has donated this new flour to several orphanages, providing meals where resources are dwindling and hope was failing.

“Amongst the unknowns, I decided not to sit at home and do nothing, but to allow all the experiences of the last few years and the many things I have learned as Project Manager for the Food for Life program to shape my vision for this season and allow God to transform my circumstances.”

Like many in the Mercy Ships family, Eliphaz’s mission to bring hope and healing didn’t stop during these challenging times.

Thank you, Eliphaz, for your incredible ingenuity and sacrificial service in this season!