Medical Teams International (MTI)

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Medical Teams International (MTI) demonstrates the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty by sending volunteer medical and emergency response teams, distributing humanitarian aid, and providing community development and children's ministry programs. Medical Teams International has provided disaster response and emergency relief to refugees of wars and to victims of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and famines. In addition to disaster relief, Medical Teams International provides long-term health development programs in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Central America. Its Mobile Dental Clinics also serve thousands of low-income adults and children in the United States.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Medical Teams International
PO Box 4288
Portland, OR 97208


Phone: (503) 624-1000


Organization details

EIN: 930878944

CEO/President: Martha Newsome

Chairman: J. Michael Goodwin

Board size: 15

Founder: Mr. Ron Post

Ruling year: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Medical Teams International is a Christian global health organization, demonstrating the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. We deliver medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race. We respond to disasters around the world--and here at home--by sending teams of volunteer medical professionals and medical supplies to care for the sick and injured. We also mobilize long-term health promotion initiatives, collaborating with established partners within each community to ensure that our programs have a sustainable impact.

What makes Medical Teams International different from other similar local and international humanitarian aid organizations? Primarily, our work is supported by volunteers and leveraged by in-country partners to deliver more care and more humanitarian aid per donation dollar.

Medical Teams International is a non-denominational, faith based, non-governmental agency. As such, we incorporate transformational development in our programs, encouraging and monitoring the physical and spiritual development of the people we care for. We only work where we are invited to do so and work closely with local health authorities to help assure positive outcomes, even after we return home.

We were founded over 30 years ago, which has allowed us to develop efficient processes, strong partnerships and enthusiastic support from a growing team of volunteers and donors. Our volunteer opportunities are frequently short-term engagements, rather than those offered by others that span six months or more. This gives highly skilled professionals the ability to integrate volunteering into their busy careers.

Mission statement

Medical Teams International uses the following to express its mission:

"The mission of Medical Teams is to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty."

Statement of faith

Medical Teams International has given the following as its statement of faith:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God; the only infallible Rule of Faith & Practice.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the eternal Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth; His substitutionary death on Calvary for our sins; His bodily resurrection from the grave.
  • We believe in salvation by faith through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe all men are lost apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the true church are those who have accepted Jesus Christ into their lives and have become His disciples.
  • We believe in the present working and moving of the Holy Spirit in the lives of men and women.
  • We believe in the instructions of Jesus Christ to care for the hungry, the sick and homeless.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating488 of 102242 of 85
Fund acquisition rating656 of 102456 of 85
Resource allocation rating313 of 102433 of 85
Asset utilization rating546 of 102244 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$11,893,118$29,581,611$20,466,221$19,696,098$25,271,622
Short-term investments$2,781,389$2,517,271$2,963,742$3,297,365$3,737,403
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$29,343,682$37,914,299$25,211,293$24,298,602$30,208,001
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,628,916$7,420,715$7,133,748$7,865,322$8,417,635
Other long-term assets$8,064,965$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$13,693,881$7,420,715$7,133,748$7,865,322$8,417,635
Total assets$43,037,563$45,335,014$32,345,041$32,163,924$38,625,636
Payables and accrued expenses$2,993,321$2,574,922$2,186,748$1,701,436$1,369,516
Other current liabilities$1,427,098$1,062,430$17,742$21,582$42,322
Total current liabilities$4,420,419$3,637,352$2,204,490$1,723,018$1,411,838
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$4,420,419$3,637,352$2,204,490$1,723,018$1,411,838
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$300,834,281$31,996,170$25,918,227$26,071,518$32,211,258
With donor restrictions$8,533,716$9,701,492$4,222,324$4,369,388$5,002,540
Net assets$38,617,144$41,697,662$30,140,551$30,440,906$37,213,798
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Total contributions$61,704,440$86,507,592$58,908,494$61,845,721$114,855,747
Program service revenue$727,800$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$263,952$128,648$239,459$466,847$311,964
Other revenue$3,757,998$969,468$835,893$915,852$1,040,669
Total other revenue$4,749,750$1,098,116$1,075,352$1,382,699$1,352,633
Total revenue$66,454,190$87,605,708$59,983,846$63,228,420$116,208,380
Program services$60,755,587$68,340,390$53,227,801$62,821,879$115,613,823
Management and general$3,632,206$2,545,358$2,291,439$2,290,754$1,988,658
Total expenses$69,534,708$76,048,597$60,284,201$70,001,312$122,607,525
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($3,080,518)$11,557,111($300,355)($6,772,892)($6,399,145)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($3,080,518)$11,557,111($300,355)($6,772,892)($6,399,145)


Martha NewsomeCEO$306,464
Jon BeighleVP MARKETING & DEV.$216,805
Pamela S BlikstadFORMER VP/CFO$206,419
Roger SandbergVP FIELD OPERATIONS$198,115
Cynthia BreilhUS PROGRAMS DIRECTOR$156,474
Stephe DeanDIRECTOR, INFO. SYSTEMS$148,037
Joseph DiCarloGLOBAL AMBASSADOR$137,609
Gayle RietmulderVP/CFO (NEW EFFECTIVE FY20)$80,620

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

Response from ministry

Posted on March 27, 2003

The board of directors, staff and volunteers of Northwest Medical Teams appreciate so much the favorable comments provided by MinistryWatch and the supporters who were solicited for input in this year's evaluation. Our work is first and foremost to glorify God and extend His love to hurting people around the world. We're blessed to be a part of Kingdom work in a very tangible way... saving lives, for today and perhaps for eternity.

We appreciate the opportunity to clarify some of the issues cited by our critics, including:

1) Not enough emphasis on evangelistic outreach.

In almost every situation, and especially in our long-term international development projects, we partner with local Christian groups to extend their efforts to build relationships with non-believers. We also provide funds and volunteers to extend Bible-based ministry to children in Romania, Mexico and Moldova.

2) Afraid that the organization will stray from its Christian roots and turn into just another secular "relief and development" type organization.

Every board member signs an evangelical statement of faith as a condition for membership. Our mission, which can only be changed by the board of directors, specifically states we will "demonstrate the love of Christ" to people affected by poverty, conflict and disaster. We are very intentional about this element of our work. All staff members and volunteers agree to respect and support our mission statement.

3) Too much emphasis on short-term help; not enough sustainable impact.

By its very nature, disaster relief is short-term -- providing immediate life-saving assistance for people and communities stressed beyond their normal capacity to provide basic health services. Once the most urgent needs are met, local government and social services should be able to sustain on-going recovery and re-development. At the same time, we try to design our disaster response efforts to develop local capacities and to promote long-term sustainable impact whenever possible.

The majority of our volunteer work, however, is non-disaster. We send out short-term development teams, but as part of on-going long-term projects. In Mexico, Moldova, Romania and other countries, our short-term teams have served continually for 10-15 years. Entire communities, orphanages and medical institutions have been transformed by this long-term commitment. We also distribute humanitarian aid through 150 partners around the world to sustain long-term community development projects that help the most needy people. Major efforts in Central Asia and West Africa have explicit long-term community development objectives.

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify Northwest Medical Teams' philosophy and operations on these three important points. Anyone with questions is welcome to contact us via email or telephone.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/29/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Our story began in November 1979. Ron Post sat in his easy chair watching the nightly news. He watched scene after scene of suffering flash across the screen. The news was showing thousands of Cambodians trying to escape the Khmer Rouge by fleeing to Thailand.

Ron watched as aid workers picked up a young girl's body from a rice field. He looked across the room at his teenage daughter and thought, "What if she lived in Cambodia? Would anyone care about her?"

Suddenly, a thought came to him as clearly as if someone had written it on a piece of paper. The idea was to recruit a medical team to help refugees.

Ron, a businessman without any medical experience, didn't know how he was going to make it happen. Doubts filled his mind.

Ron prayed for answers and doors began to open. He boldly took steps to put a team together. In two weeks' time, a group of 28 volunteers were on their way to Thailand.

That was the beginning of Northwest Medical Teams - now known as Medical Teams International.

Since 1979, we've provided life-saving medical care for people in crisis, including survivors of the Rwandan genocide, the South Asia tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

In 1989, we launched a Mobile Dental Program, providing free dental care to people in need right in our neighborhoods.

With our history and experience, we've grown into our role as experts in disaster response - disasters that are both natural and manmade. Right now, we're responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the largest refugee crisis the world has ever known.

Our staff and volunteers care for the hurting in frontline clinics, refugee camps and remote villages. In places where mothers and babies are dying. Where outbreaks threaten to overtake entire communities. Where local health systems are overwhelmed or non-existent.

We are a highly-regarded humanitarian relief agency - known internationally and locally for our expertise in refugee health care, disaster relief and mobile dental programs.

Program accomplishments


Medical Teams International has communicated the following needs:

  • Donations. You may give a gift by calling 1-800-959-HEAL (4325). Or you may donate online at

  • Volunteer. Get involved on a more personal level! Our volunteers experience the personal reward of helping the unfortunate. If you are interested in an experience that will change your life, find out How To Volunteer.

  • Donate Supplies. Gifts-In-Kind (GIK) are a company's first-quality, excess products or inventory donated to assist those in need.

  • Get involved through your church. Accomplish your church's mission of demonstrating the love of Christ to a world in need by getting involved with Medical Teams International through prayer support, financial partnership, disaster support stand-by, volunteer teams, and distribution.