Canary Islands: Mike Benson

Mike's Bio

Over the years Mike has been drawn to several local outreach or service projects, giving time and effort when and where able.  Events in 2013 caused him to reflect on his faith and turn to God in ways that he had been hesitant or unwilling to in the past.  Further volunteer work at Southeast Community Outreach's food bank helped open the door to a deeper commitment to service. 

Mike found this opportunity with Mercy Ships to extend his efforts in volunteer service.  He is very excited to do what he can to help a great organization provide services and care we often take for granted to a desperately needy population.  


Team Description

This team of individual volunteers will fill a vital role as the ship performs scheduled maintenance and renovations in a dry-dock setting in the Canary Islands. This necessary maintenance will prepare the ship for the following years’ service in Africa. Volunteers can serve with the Dry Dock Team anytime in between June 15 and August 7, for 2-7 weeks, and tasks might include installing bulkheads in several areas, pulling electrical cables and installing transits, deck-mounted shelving,  new office equipment, tables, and bulkhead shelving, hospital lead-lined bulkhead panels, running small bore piping, cleaning and painting.

Partner Description

A global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the world's forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, serving gall people without regard for race, gender or religion. Mercy Ships operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, providing free health care, community development, agriculture and water projects, mental health programs, AIDS/HIV prevention and care to terminally ill patients in developing nations around the world, with a focus on West Africa.

Tax Deduction

Your gift is tax deductible and will be included in a year-end giving statement.