Meanwhile, Mercy Ships is reporting that rising fuel prices are presenting a challenge to their worldwide hospital-ship ministry. The group estimates that they will spend $200,000 more on fuel this year, stretching an already tight budget. There’s no word on whether the additional expense will curtail medical trips. Mercy Ships’ fleet transports medical personnel to impoverished nations to help the people physically and spiritually. The group is known for their Christian leadership in worldwide health care.