Ways to Serve - Join the Friend Ships Team!


Over the years, wonderful folks, skilled and unskilled, old and young, men and women from every walk of life imaginable have joined our short or long term staff.  Each one of them began as you - wanting to make a difference! Friend Ships is the working person's ministry! It is ideal for lay people as well as the professional and the skilled to serve. All you need is to love God with all your heart and have a desire to show His love to a lost and dying world. Whether you are looking for a ministry opportunity, volunteer work, short term mission or a full-time missionary position, Friend Ships can offer you them all and even more! You can Volunteer for a short or a long period of time. This could be from a few days to a couple of weeks, several months or many years. Each of these options are a vital part of enabling Friend Ships to minister God's love to a hurting world.

Experience the profound effects of truly living by faith! There is much work to be done and many people needed at Port Mercy in preparation for our future missions. We are looking for individuals interested in assisting with all of the many things that go into preparing a ship to sail--anything from housekeeping to cargo loading to cooking for crew! No special skills are needed, just willing hearts and hands! Whether you come for a day, a month or for a year, each person that puts their hand to the plow is part of these missions to touch and change lives.
At Port Mercy our headquarters in the U.S.A. You could work in the office, manage the warehouses, prepare the cargo for the ships, get involved in food ministry and much more.

Staff are committed, hard working individuals or married couples, who come from every continent and walk of life. They may serve for a short or a long period of time, two months or longer. These soldiers have had the courage to leave their comfort zones and come to live, full-time, at one of the Friend Ships facilities, on land or at sea. They work hard every day to gather, organize and load donated goods, pray for the needs of the organization, distribute food, maintain and repair ships, and carry out the administration. Some even travel across the oceans by ship to deliver blessings around the world. Staff members are the Friend Ships core group which make our programs possible.


If you are interested in serving at Friend Ships in Lake Charles, LA. Click here to fill out online questionnaire form to volunteer at Lake Charles, LA - Port Mercy or you can copy and paste below questions into your email:

1. Name, age and where you currently live.

2. Physical limitations or health conditions.

3. How you heard about Friend Ships.

4. When are you available and for how long?

5. Please tell us about your interest in Friend Ships and why you would like to serve with us..

Please note these questions are to serve at Port Mercy in Lake Charles, LA. Please feel free to email any additional questions with the above answers.
Email to: portmercy@friendships.org

After receiving your email and answering the questionnaire, we will respond with an application and/or related information.
All programs are provided free of charge. All staff are volunteer. The work is truly faith based. We go and He provides. Positions are available for full time crew, short term volunteers, church and organization work teams and medical staff. If you are interested in being involved, click here to email.


Feeling like God is calling you?
Come for a day, a week or a few months.
Wanting to give a year, two or more to missions?
Ready to say, "Here am I; Send me!"

WE HAVE A PLACE FOR YOU! Come! Be a part of our team of volunteers who have come from all over the world to fulfill their call to:

Feed the hungry.
Clothe the naked.
Heal the sick.
Bring hope to the broken hearted.
Preach the Good News of Jesus Christ!


Work Teams are sent by churches and schools from near and far. Adult Work Teams and Youth Groups (14 years and older) offer invaluable assistance to Friend Ships operations. Being part of an Adult or Youth Work Team is a very important way to serve with Friend Ships. Each year, many such Teams assist at our various facilities. Email us if you have questions.

Lake Charles, Louisiana: At our PORT MERCY headquarters we do have accommodations on one of our ships for out of town work teams depending on the time scheduled it may vary. We welcome volunteer teams to come for the day, weekend, week or longer depending on the availability. Most of the work activities for Teams will involve some aspect in one of these areas depending on the needand priority at Friend Ships.


Friend Ships also hosts Work Teams onboard the "Spirit". Though, due to circumstances and the locations of our ships, groups may not always be able to serve at those facilities on the desired dates. Please email us for more details on booking your group today. Work assignments vary but people of all skills, along with general laborers, can always be effectively utilized.

For information on bringing or sending a Church or College Work Team to any of the Friend Ships locations, please email the Groups Coordinator.


For those who want to join with us in spirit but cannot join with us in person, becoming part of the Friend Ships "Special Forces" Prayer Team is ideal. This prayer team consistently prays for the needs of Friend Ships and its staff. The Prayer Team Leader keeps the members informed of the needs and also of the answers to specific requested prayers in addition to the activities of Friend Ships. Everyone is eligible to join - all that is required is a belief that God hears and answers prayer. For information on the Prayer Team, Please email personnel if you have any questionsand put in the subject area, Attention: Special Forces.


Friend Ships team ministers to disaster victims. In this way, you be equipped to prepare a group from your church, school or community to join Friend Ships on the scene and become part of our team.

Once we have obtain the below information we will be contacting you with more travel details i.e. suggested airports to flight into, directions and a brief list of suggested items to pack for your time here at Port Mercy.


"Friends" of Friend Ships encompass a wide variety of wonderful people who care about people in need! Friends are private donors or churches who give money to help buy fuel or cover the expenses of running Friend Ships.  Friends are companies and individuals who donate goods to aid our operations or ship overseas. How blessed we are by their overwhelming generosity! Friends are people who encourage us and love us; who let us know that they support the work we do. Yes, Friends share their ideas, resources, prayers and hopes with us. That is why we call them "Friends"!

If you have supplies, equipment or services to donate, please email us.  If you would like to make a financial contribution, please make checks payable to "Friend Ships Unlimited" and please mail them to our Gulf Coast Office.  All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated!

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