Having had a lifetime of exposure to missions, I discovered Medical Ambassadors and its strategy of Community Health Evangelism/Education--and felt, "THIS is better than anything I've seen so far!" The ownership by local community members and the emphasis on whole-person development made it stand out. we've witnessed enormous impact on individuals and families as they learn to solve their own problems. When they also find a personal relationship with a God who loves them, life indeed begins to change for the better. My husband and I decided to retire early and get personally involved with MAI. That was ten years ago and we still are great enthusiasts about what this organization does!
MAI believes in the power to change communities which are remote and seem of little value to the developed world. Change comes from within the community itself with the guided help of MAI volunteers. It is needed change, as the community's most pressing needs are identified and then addressed by the community itself, holistically, with training and guidance from MAI volunteers. The changes are permanent in that the community, and not some outside agency, owns them. This holistic approach addresses both the physical and the spiritual needs of the community, as the Gospel is integrated into the training and is also MAI's motivation for changing the world, one community at a time.
This organization is run with the highest integrity and commitment to the spread of the Gospel through the empowerment of individuals and communities. The community development training conducted is solid, consistent, and effective. MAI is making a solid difference, improving lives and inspiring hope throughout the world.
Having had the awesome privilege of being an MAI staff member since 2005, I have seen repeatedly how the people within the organization work tirelessly serving others, whether in the home office or around the world.
Communities need to be empowered to change themselves, not given hand outs. We have observed first hand many communities where MAI has done just that, giving the skills and training that enable them to use local resources and to take ownership of Health and development needs. This is the only way that the Health problems of developing nations will be solved. It is all about prevention.