Making a Hospital Ship Home: Clementine Tengue’s Story

It was a conversation with her pastor, all the way back in 1995, that changed the trajectory of Clementine’s life. Clementine was working at her church when she heard that a hospital ship would soon be arriving in her home country of Togo. She was immediately intrigued — enough to leave her job to serve onboard as a local day crew. She didn’t mind what the job was; she would serve wherever she was needed. Almost two years later, Mercy Ships founder Don Stephens asked Clementine to step into a newly created role ministering to patients, saying, “Every hospital has a chaplain.” Connecting with people all day — and sharing about her faith? It was her dream come true.

As soon as possible, Clementine plans to return to her ship home. After spending time filling vital needs on the Africa Mercy, she will embark on a new adventure as hospital chaplain onboard the Global Mercy®.