International Missionaries of New Hope Free Methodist Church

Mercy Ships (Ruben & Ivanna Figueroa)

About Mercy Ships:

Mercy Ships delivers free, world-class healthcare services to the forgotten poor in developing nations. Essentially it is a floating hospital ship that is provides an efficient platform to deliver world-class care to countries with extreme poverty and limited access to healthcare facilities. More than 1,500 crew members from around the globe serve annually. Each one volunteers his/her services to help fulfill the mission of Mercy Ships. Ruben and Ivanna are serving on a 2 year field service with Mercy Ships.

About Ruben & Ivanna:

Ruben chose to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard to fulfill his love of the ocean and his desire to serve his fellow Americans in this life-saving service. He spent 6 years with the USCG, but felt a strong urge to go down a different path where he was free to serve God the way he really wanted to. Ivanna was drawn to the field of nurse-midwifery, but after a 4-year degree and 2 years on a medical-surgical unit, she realized her passions may lie elsewhere. She wants to get more experience and explore the world of nursing before going back to school to further her career. Circumstances up until this point prevented them from pursuing service with Mercy Ships, but countless small details lined up to get them to this point. Mercy Ships allows them the unique opportunity to serve together while utilizing the skill sets of each one.

God Can Use YOU!

We are confident that God has uniquely positioned us and called us for this mission. We have no doubt that he will get us there because He brought us this far. Mercy Ships relies on a team of volunteers who pay their own room and board, travel and personal expenses in order to provide the life-changing, hope-giving surgeries and health services for free that make it so desperately needed in developing nations. The organization requires that we raise 100% of our own support. We believe that God will use people like yourself to support us toward our mission. We need to raise $1700 per month to fully meet our needs and their budgetary requirements. Any one-time gifts or ongoing monthly support would be greatly appreciated.
— The Figueroas

How you can get involved:


GoClean (Elizabeth Primus)

about GoClean

Did you know that out of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones but only 4.5 billion people have access to working toilets?  Intestinal disease caused by contaminated water is the highest killer of children (Approximately 2 million) and adults (2-4 million) in the developing world. In Rwanda, because flush toilets require scarce water, pit toilets and improperly built septic tanks are often the rule.

GoClean is an organization that is dedicated to saving lives by providing clean sanitation and water, through “point of use” water purification and sewage technologies as well as education and training. It was founded by Elizabeth Primus, a hydro-geologist, in 2011. Elizabeth decided to study hydrology because she wanted to dig wells for people who need water. Her hydro-geology professor once said "many of you are going to end up as sewage engineers, but that's OK because sewage engineers have saved more lives than doctors." At the time she didn't think he was talking about her but after studying the problems with the water in Rwanda she realized that you can’t combat the diseases associated with contaminated water until you deal with sanitation issues. Specifically the cross contamination between sewage and drinking water.

GoClean is training people in Rwanda to build basins (composting toilets) and leading them to develop businesses building basins and teaching others to do the same.  The Bason (waterless toilet), developed by Johan van Lengen is a prototype based on technology diffused worldwide, transforming human waste into organic fertilizer. It is "waterless" because there is no use of water to flush and it is compostable once it passes a biochemical process where microorganisms and bacteria convert the waste into organic fertilizer without pathogens. It is "ecological" because of its natural biological cycles that do not pollute the environment. The Bason is inexpensive, costing an average of 70 USD to build and it is simple to build. 

Furthermore, GoClean is partnering with B9Plastics and Sawyer water filters to provide people with point of use water purification technology. One out of five people in East Africa dies from water contaminated by sewage and many more are sickened every day.The need for clean water and waste management in Rwanda is paramount. GoClean needs ongoing support for travel and supplies. This organization has the potential to benefit thousands of people.

how you can get involved:

  • Pray for Elizabeth and for GoClean
  • Donate through the church contribution page (Place "GoClean" in the memo)
  • Spread the word to others who may wish to support efforts to provide and maintain clean water
  • Buy jewelry from Elizabeth's etsy site (all profits from the sale of jewelry will go to the trip expenses)

Learn more at GoClean: Clean Water for Rwanda and https://gocleaninternational.wordpress.com/