MEET STEVE

As the President and CEO of MAP, I want to personally thank you for visiting our website and taking the time to learn more about how we are able to help those in need.

The Crutch of Success

Screen Shot 2019-07-09 at 10.07.16 AM“If only I’d been given a sixty-cent dose of polio vaccine, none of this would have happened.…”

Born in Korea in 1956 soon after the end of the Korean War, Steve Stirling was stricken with polio at age one. Five years later, marital and financial struggles caused his father to abandon him at an orphanage.

Shortly afterward, his three-year-old sister was left there as well.


The Crutch of Success tells Steve’s incredible story of early years in the orphanage, his adoption into a large, loving family in Alaska, and his determination to succeed.

Order your copy today and help MAP International provide medicine and health supplies for children in need.

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Steve Stirling's Story

I’ve been humbled at how God has had his hand upon my life, and by the personal and professional experiences, God has provided to prepare me for this calling to lead MAP International.

To help you understand my passion for reaching out to the world’s hurting and hopeless, I’d like to share a bit of my own story.

I was born in South Korea.  When I was one year old, my father went to console a friend whose child had contracted polio. Unbeknownst to him, he brought the polio virus home to me.

Read About Steve's Commitment To Eradicate Polio

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A Personal Commitment To Polio Eradication (Video)

Hear Steve in His Own Words Share His Story

By the time I was five years old, my family could no longer take care of me and I was left at an orphanage. My care at the orphanage was made possible because of donors who sponsored me, giving sacrificially to support children.

When I was 11 years old, I was adopted by a family in Alaska, and I came to America. For me, joining the MAP family feels like “coming home.” It’s a culmination of my personal and professional life experiences.

I have traveled around the world, and I have seen suffering firsthand. Every day, people in developing countries endure great pain and many die, because they lack access to medicines and medical care. It doesn’t have to be this way. Medicine can change lives.

A $0.60 vial of polio vaccine would have prevented me from getting polio. This is why I believe God has called me to be the voice of millions of children who desperately need life-changing medicines.  We don't choose where we are born. It's our blessing to bless others who need our help.

 I know God made me for this purpose. He has given me these experiences, even polio, to prepare me to be used by him. I’m not bitter, because I know God is using this for his glory. One day, in heaven, I will walk and run again! Meanwhile, if I can prevent a child from suffering, I will.

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A $0.60 vial of polio vaccine would have prevented me from getting polio which has afflicted me my whole life. This is why I believe God has called me to be the voice of millions of children who desperately need life saving medicines. We don't choose where we are born and it's our blessing to bless others who need our help.”
- Steve Stirling, President & CEO, MAP International

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