Annual Report

President’s Annual Report

For the past thirty-six years God has been quietly using Medical Ambassadors in his process of gradually changing individuals, families and communities. You and many people like you have been participants in this effort with God. I want to convey what he has been doing through you, so we can praise him together as a team. Here are some examples of what God has done.
This process of change has been quiet in many places where the Gospel of Jesus is not welcome. Because of your prayers for people in these hard places, the Holy Spirit is motivating many to change and protecting them when they do. Change often starts with health and “moral values” training for children. The changed lives of children make their parents more open to the work of God’s Spirit.
In some places, the effects of the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) strategy have been anything but quiet. Local television in the Congo carried the story of kids teaching their peers, and even their parents, how to wash their hands more effectively. Your contributions resulted in highly acclaimed disease prevention.

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God is at work around the world through Medical Ambassadors. Because you have been part of this team.

MAI: The History

At Medical Ambassadors International we build relationships with the world’s most vulnerable people and together we work to heal communities both physically and spiritually.

In 1975, as South Vietnam was falling, a man name Dr. Raymond Benson was on the last airlift from the roof of the American Embassy. Dr. Benson’s vision was for Christian medical professionals to establish clinics around the world. His hope was to heal people both physically and spiritually. Out of that desire, Medical Ambassadors was formed.

While Dr. Benson was correct in his assessment of the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world, he did not anticipate that the same people would keep coming back to the clinic with the same preventable illnesses. It became clear that this clinic-based model was not sustainable. In fact, we were creating a culture of dependency within the communities we were trying to help.

In light of this, Medical Ambassadors transitioned to a new model. Instead of going into a community and giving free care, we entered bringing only questions.
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Board Chairman

The Board’s primary responsibility is to always act in the best interest of the ministry (the Corporation). Its duty to the ministry should be greater than even its duty to MAI’s Executive Committee, administrative staff, Regional and Area Coordinators, and donors. Although this principle seems somewhat of a paradox, it is not only supported by corporate law, but also by common sense.

I want to sincerely thank you for your faithful prayers, personal involvement and financial support of Medical Ambassador’s International (MAI), as we seek to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). Your partnership has been a tremendous encouragement to all of the members of the MAI team.

Community Health Education/Evangelism (CHE) is now in 90 nations, serving over 2,010 communities, with more than 2,700 trainers and 13,550 volunteers, touching the lives of better than 550,000 people.

As an organization we continue to demonstrate strong financial controls, spending below our annual budget and having over five years of top ratings from our audit firm (CapinCrouse, LLP). In addition, MAI has received an outstanding four-star ranking (highest level) from Charity Navigators (U.S. leading charity evaluator).

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Our God is doing a wonderful work through MAI. As we educate some of the poorest people in the world, they gain a sense of ownership, which promotes self-sustainability. Because they also learn about God, the transformation is both physical and spiritual The stories of the African chief who helped his people reduce the incidence of malaria and of the beaten wife who found Jesus to be the source of love, chronicled in the summer Healing Lives magazine, are examples of this wholistic, life-changing work. We seek to follow God and his Great Commission by healing lives and transforming communities.

This is made possible by your partnership with MAI and the Lord. To Him we give all of the credit, honor and glory.

Frank Marsh

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CONTACT:
Medical Ambassadors International
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Salida, CA 95368
Phone: (888) 403-0600
Website: MedicalAmbassadors.org
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Medical Ambassadors International 2017