With five days left on Mercy Ships, I’ve been thinking about a whole lot of stuff. But one of the things that has crossed my mind more than one time is the abundance of roommates I have been able to have during my 8 months on board. I counted…and as far as I can remember, I’ve had 21 roommates (from all around the world) throughout my stay. Each and every girl had her own personality and her own corks. We’ve had snorers, sleep talkers, sleep walkers, and some other interesting sleep habits. But through all the corks, clutter, and talking on the phone while everyone else is trying to sleep…we’ve made bonds that are so strong I don’t think they will ever be broken.
My roommates were also my workmates at some points. Along with my traveling partners, and meal dates. I’ve spent so much time with each and every one of my roommates, and (although I’ve been through many of them) have managed to get along with every single one.
One of the most wonderful things about living here for so long has been the opportunity to watch my roommates grow. Spiritually mostly. For example, one of my roommates in November came on board having no relationship with Jesus Christ at all. By the time she left, she had bought a Bible from the Ship Shop and shared openly with me that she found out what a true relationship with him looks like!
We’ve cried together, prayed for each other, laughed until we couldn’t breath, and experienced some once in a life time experiences together. My roommates have played a HUGE role in enjoyment of Mercy Ships. I really don’t think that I could have asked for a better 21 roommates. Here are just some memorable pictures of them: