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Miami Co. Couple Heads to Africa to Change Lives
PLEASANT HILL -- A young Miami County couple is packing up, leaving their jobs and family behind to move to Central Africa.
Jordan and Katie Stull will spend the next two years on an Africa Mercy Ship, which provides health care to the sick.
"Selling our cars, renting our house out, yeah it just feels very surreal, we're very excited," said Katie Stull.
The Africa Mercy Ship will provide free medical services and surgeries to thousands of people from Congo-Brazzaville, Central Africa. This global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978.
"See the intensity of the need and the hopelessness of the situations, especially the medical situations it just, it forces you, it forces anybody to ask well what can I do," said Jordan Stull.
This trip is the first mission trip the couple is doing together, but separately, the two have been traveling across the nation to give back to the less fortunate. Katie grew up in West Africa where her parents worked at a hospital. Jordan has done numerous mission trips, but it was a tour the Stulls took back in January that solidified their commitment to two years in the Congo.
"The adventure is not about us, the adventure is about the African people and ultimately it's about God who we believe is leading us to do this," said Jordan Stull.
Mercy Ships have over 1,600 volunteers annually worldwide. 900 of these people volunteer their services to the Africa Mercy and actually have to pay room and board to stay on the ship. Fortunately, the Stulls were able to raise their monthly budget that includes crew fees and other expenses $1,600 per month fee through family and friends.
"It's 480 people from 35 different countries all living on a boat together and that's just a very different social environment," said Katie.
The Stulls are also leaving behind their jobs. Jordan has been working in family business, Stull Woodworks for years, but he'll use his carpenter skills on the ship. Katie will work in hospitality.
"Life really isn't about us, it's about other people and it's about using what we have to make someone else life more hopeful," said Jordan.
The couple is leaving Monday and will return for a few weeks Christmas of 2014 before heading back to Africa. We'll catch up with them then and show you all the work they've accomplished.
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