Dear Friend of MAP,
If you visited MAP International headquarters, you might be surprised. Our building is humble and is mostly a large warehouse where we sort and prepare medicines for the next shipment. Our staff is small—with fewer than 50 full-time employees.
There is nothing fancy about the MAP facility. It is efficient and effective for getting this important work done. I can tell you what else is effective about MAP. It is our partnerships.
Our partnership begins with you. We consider you a partner with MAP because, without your donation, we couldn’t do our work. This work starts the moment you visit our website to make a donation or sit down to write a check to support our mission. You truly begin the process of helping and healing.
It’s carried through with our faithful, diligent staff who assemble exactly the right medicines and health supplies needed in the mission field. This special partnership is then extended through dedicated organizations that share our passion for service as reflected in Matthew 25:36 and bring these urgently needed provisions that last mile.
This includes organizations like Convoy of Hope, which you can read about on the back cover. Organizations like Convoy help transport our medicines to the front lines of need. Their staffs and ours communicate regularly, helping us know exactly what type of medicine is needed. Nothing gets wasted.
The Carter Center is also an important partnership for us to reach those who need medicine and health supplies. One of the reasons President Carter is considered one of the greatest US Presidents is because of the extraordinary work he has done after he left the White House.
The Carter Center team works effectively to meet the needs of people in West Africa who suffer from neglected tropical diseases and mental health issues. In places like Liberia, where civil war and the recent Ebola outbreak have taken their toll not only physically but also mentally, MAP provides medications through the Carter Center to help heal the body and the mind.
Another form of partnership is with doctors, nurses and other health workers who take mission trips to countries where medicines are desperately needed. As Dr. Gerhart explains below, the medicines from MAP make all the difference in providing effective care in remote places. Every year, MAP provides mission packs to thousands of teams going overseas. The stories of healing they send back are breathtaking.
We also partner with many pharmaceutical companies who either donate medicines or sometimes make them available to us at a discount. These medicines are of the highest quality— the same treatments you would receive from your pharmacy—and are effective for many months or years to come.
Without all of our partners, MAP wouldn’t be effective. But with you, the results are nothing short of miraculous. As we celebrate more than 13 million people’s lives being touched in 2018, we bow our heads in thanks to the Lord and clap our hands, in thanks to friends like you. Please know that every single day, we give thanks for you, our partners. On behalf of the millions whose lives have been changed—and saved—by your support, thank you!
With deepest gratitude,