In our ‘A Closer Look’ series, we highlight an organization which puts high value on humanitarian work and the development of vulnerable locations. We are honored to have Mercy Ships as our fifth highlighted organization in this edition of ‘A Closer Look’.Mercy Ships is inspired by SS HopeMercy Ships is a faith-based international charity and currently operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world. They provide humanitarian aid like free health care, community development projects, community health education, mental health programs, agriculture projects, and palliative care for terminally ill patients.A major inspiration for Mercy Ships president and founder Don Stephens was the work of the international hospital ship SS Hope. Which originally was a US Navy hospital ship: the USS Consolation. Consolation was donated to Project Hope in 1958, and under its new name served from 1960 until 1974, when she was retired. Don Stephens’ research showed that 95 of the 100 largest cities in the world were port cities. When you are near port cities, a ship proves to be the most efficient platform to deliver health care to regions where clean water, electricity, medical facilities and personnel is limited or nonexistent. Mercy Ships continued the work SS Hope started with the purchase of the Anastasis, where Don Stephens and his family lived for ten years helping people who need it most.