The need was widespread and heartbreaking
Mission hospitals and clinics all over the world lacked the medicines and supplies they needed to treat their patients.
While missionary doctors did their best with what they had, the medical supplies and medicine they knew were available in the US were seemingly impossible to find in remote parts of the world.
Enter Ray Knighton
An administrator at the Christian Medical Society, Knighton heard about the stories and, as a result, he mentioned them to just about everyone he met. One fateful day, Art Larson of the Schering Drug Co., called Ray and told him he had shipped 11 tons of medicine to Ray’s Chicago office.
Ray was shocked. “You did what?!” he famously responded as he had no warehouse and only a small office.
The donation filled his entire office and the hallways. But when he let doctors on furlough know the medicine was available to take back to their hospitals, they came to pick it up and take it back to where it was urgently needed. The need was obvious, and the response was soon overwhelming.
Since 1954, MAP has served millions of people through the help of partners, donors, hospitals, clinics, and medical mission teams, fulfilling its Christian mission to provide life-changing medicines and health supplies for the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people.How MAP Helps Today
President and CEO, MAP International
As President and CEO since 2014, Steve Stirling brings a wealth of experience as well as a unique perspective to MAP International.
While a child in post-war Korea in the early 1960s, Steve suffered a life-altering bout with polio – a disease which could have been prevented with a few cents’ worth of medicine.
It was a disease which made Steve dedicate his life to bring critically needed medicines and health supplies to some of the world’s poorest people
Before assuming the role of President and CEO of MAP International, he held executive-level positions with nonprofits including with Child Fund International, Heifer International, Universal Life Sciences, ChildHelp and WorldVision US. Additionally, he worked for pharmaceutical companies that include the makers of Tylenol, Advil, and Bristol-Myers-Squibb/Mead Johnson Nutritionals.
Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University and his MBA in Marketing and Finance at Northwestern University.
Steve and his wife, Sook Hee, have two grown children.
Steve Stirling’s Courageous Story
The Crutch of Success tells Steve’s incredible story of his early years growing up in an orphanage, his adoption into a large, loving family in Alaska, and his determination to succeed.
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