Summer Newsletter 2019

MAP International publishes its quarterly "Medicine For The World" newsletter to share with our most passionate supporters meaningful stories of hope.

Read MAP's latest newsletter below highlighting stories of health and hope that you helped make possible.

A Ministry 65 Years In The Making

Dear MAP Friends:

As I walk out into MAP’s distribution center, full of medicines ready to send to those in great need overseas, it’s hard to believe this incredible ministry started with just one man.

How Ray Knighton Started MAP

Ray Knighton wasn’t trying to start an international ministry 65 years ago. He was just trying to meet a need. You see, he had met doctors and nurses serving in medical missions in some of the most remote parts of the world. Men and women who had sacrificed so much to serve people who had so little….

They had wonderful training—but without even the most basic medicine, they couldn’t save lives or treat simple illnesses that soon became life-threatening.

Ray wanted to help, so he told their story to everyone who would listen. One day Art Larson, from 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.  Ray had no warehouse and only a small office. The donation filled his entire office and all the hallways. And so began the work of MAP International.

How We've Grown

Yes, our work is now more sophisticated. We have to carefully match the needs overseas to the medicines available and work with our pharmaceutical partners to provide exactly what is needed. We must make sure the shipping is done properly and the valuable medicines are delivered safely. And yet, in many ways, our ministry remains as simple as it was 65 years ago.

MAP provides medicines and health supplies to those in greatest need in many of the world’s forgotten corners. And we do it in partnership with friends like you who often sacrificially give so others can receive the help they so desperately need.

A Sound Investment

For every dollar you contribute, you help MAP International provide more than $68 in donated medicines and health supplies to people in need.

We can make this statement because MAP receives generous donations of medicines and health supplies and has relatively low expenses. Last year alone, we were able to provide nearly $523 million in medicine and health supplies with just over $10 million in total cash expenses, including $7.6 million in program expenses.

As you read the stories, please remember that it is because of you and others like you that this ministry is possible. We can’t tell you often enough how each and every gift you send to MAP provides comfort and care to so many in need.

With deep gratitude,



The Crutch of Success

MAP CEO releases his inspiring autobiography

“We have a perfect job for you as president and CEO of a nonprofit,” the recruiter had said.

“What nonprofit?” I asked.


“Who uses a map? Everyone uses GPS.” She clarified, “No, it’s not about maps. It stands for Medical Assistance Programs.”

I was not interested and I told her so.

That evening, I told Sook Hee about the call. “What did you tell them?” she asked.

When I told her what I’d said, she asked, “Aren’t you going to at least pray about it? They’re a Christian organization. What if God wants you to go there?”

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Read the full excerpt from MAP's 65th Anniversary Newsletter.

65 Years of Medicine For The World

When Ray Knighton founded MAP International 65 years ago, 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.

Missionary doctors did their best, but they needed the medical supplies and medicine they knew were available in the US but were seemingly impossible to find in remote parts of the world.

Ray Knighton had heard the stories in his role as administrator of the Christian Medical Society (CMS). And he’d mentioned the need to those he met.

So one day Art Larson, from 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.

Read the rest of the story in MAP's 65th Anniversary Newsletter.

Disaster Health Kits for Venezuela Refugees

When the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort departed Miami on June 18 for South America, the ship carried the work of more than 200 MAP International volunteers who packed 2,500 MAP Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) to aid refugees who have fled Venezuela.

USNS Comfort - MAP Disaster Relief

MAP International’s signature DHKs provides antiseptic wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other essential items to prevent the spread of illness for people caught up in disasters. Many of those fleeing the upheaval in Venezuela have gone without both medicine and basic health supplies for weeks or even months.

Comfort medical teams will pull in to ports in Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago for working visits.

2019 Bill Foege Global Health Awards

The third annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards presented by MAP International was held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Delta Flight Museum.

The award, named to pay tribute to Dr. Bill Foege, a global hero best known for eradicating smallpox, honors individuals and organizations for their commitment to making advancements in global health.

This year’s award recognized Ted Turner, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ambassador Andrew J. Young, Jr. for humanitarian achievements in combating diseases worldwide.

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