Steve Stirling

Steve Stirling

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A Time to Stop and Ponder

As we hurry to finish last minute Christmas shopping, it’s easy to get caught up in all the ways this sacred holiday has become such a blur of activities.

I hope you can take a moment to stop and read the biblical version of the Christmas story as told in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2, verses 1-20:

Topics: MAP International MAP Christmas gospel of luke ponder reflect

Haiti One Year Later: Hope Flourishes Despite the Challenges

 

When Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti last October, MAP was one of the first to respond with urgently-needed medicines and supplies. Recently, I traveled to Haiti with board and staff members to see how Haitians are rebuilding their lives.

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By Steve Stirling

In Haiti, people say, if we have life, then we have hope. This is the story of survivors, people born into conditions unimaginable for many Americans. Yet given their lot, so many sing praise for the life they have, for and with the people who share this hope and journey.  Relationship with others weighs heavy on their self-esteem. If I am well with my brothers and sisters then I am well with God. They survive, together.

Topics: deworming Haiti Love A Child orphanage MAP International

Reflections on a Journey to Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia--I've been to a number of countries in Africa over the past 15 years, but this was my first visit to Liberia.  Liberians are resilient and gracious people.  They have prevailed against more than 12 years of civil war which tore apart the country, including the health systems.  In 2005, Liberians elected their first woman president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She has dedicated herself to rebuild the country (Dr. James Sirleaf, son of the president, serves on MAP's board). 

Topics: buruli ulcer Liberia leprosy

The World's Vunerable are Losing

First published in The Saporta report on November 14, 2016.

In the lead up to and aftermath of the recent presidential election, Americans have focused on winners and losers. They have watched endless coverage of the campaign, the election and now the analysis. Social media is lit up with debates and political hashtags.

Meanwhile, the most vulnerable people in the world have become almost invisible. The refugee crisis has disappeared from our television screens. The Zika epidemic is gone. And the people of Haiti are left to deal with the clean up from Hurricane Matthew and the cholera crisis with almost no attention.

Topics: disaster relief Haiti

Americans Too Distracted by Election to Notice Haitian Suffering After Hurricane Matthew

First published in The Christian Post on October 25, 2016.

The same day that the now-infamous tape of Trump speaking poorly of women was released, Hurricane Matthew was hitting the Caribbean hard. Two days later, during the second presidential debate, Secretary Clinton expressed frustration that Donald Trump was all about distractions that night. Much like the presidential candidates are trying to distract the American people from their downfalls, Americans are in turn being distracted from things that are a matter of life and death.

Topics: disaster relief Hurricane Matthew Haiti

Helping Special Children Lead a Full Life

Living with a disability isn’t easy. As a child in Korea, I contracted polio and lost my ability to run and play like other children. But because I was later adopted by an American family, I received excellent health care and today live a full life.

Topics: Health Medicines

The Modern Mission Trip

This summer, thousands of Americans will use their hard-earned vacation days to visit some of the neediest countries in the world. They will join volunteers from their church, school, hospital or community organization to venture out on a “mission trip.”

While the term may sound somewhat old-fashioned, today’s mission trips provide much needed volunteer help to some of the most resource-poor communities in the world.  Instead of Americans going to direct others how to live, most trips are directed by local leaders who tell the volunteers where they are needed and how they can best help based on the community’s needs.

Topics: Health Medical Mission Packs medical relief Medicines

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