Medical Ambassadors International

The information in this column was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/29/2021. To update the information in this column, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Summary

Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) is a Christian organization working to impact people around the world by addressing the root causes of poverty, disease, and hopelessness.

We use the strategy Community Health Evangelism (CHE) to partner with God in transforming communities worldwide through fully combining community-owned-development with discipleship.

MAI does not do development for others. Instead we coach locals on CHE principles, who teach CHE to their own communities in some of the world's poorest places. They do development.

Local people own and manage their CHE plans. Medical Ambassadors International provides trainers who bring knowledge and encouragement. Often the villagers use low-tech, low-cost solutions. These plans build on established relationships and focus on preventing problems, as well as promoting spiritual growth.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Medical Ambassadors International
PO Box 1302
Salida, CA 95368-1302

Website: www.MedicalAmbassadors.org

Phone: (209) 543-7500

Email: info@med-amb.org


Organization details

EIN: 942691184

CEO/President: Ravi Jayakaran

Chairman: Steve Belton, M.D.

Board size: 10

Founder: Dr. Ray Benson

Ruling year: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


Purpose

MAI envisions a world of thriving communities where people experience reconciliation of broken relationships, restoration of hope and health, and dignity through following Jesus.

At Medical Ambassadors International, we strive to follow the example Jesus set for holistic healing. We use a development process called Community Health Evangelism (abbreviated CHE; pronounced chay; in some countries, depending on the context the program, is referred to as Community Health Education or Community Development Education) that addresses the needs of the whole person - physical, spiritual, emotional, and social. By using CHE, Medical Ambassadors is equipping individuals to be independent workers and evangelists in their own communities.


Mission statement

Mission: Equipping communities through Christ-centered health and development


Statement of faith

Medical Ambassadors International subscribes to the following statement of faith:

We believe that the Bible, in its entirety in the original writings, is the inspired, inerrant, infallible and authoritative Word of God.

We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious death and the atonement through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His imminent personal return in power and glory.

We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful man, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ provides the only grounds for justification.

We believe in the regenerating ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose power the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life eternal.

We believe in the spiritual unity of the Church, which is the Body of Christ, composed of all who are regenerated through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the reality of heaven, hell and satan, which gives urgency to Christ's command to reach all of the world with the Gospel.

Donor confidence score

Show donor confidence score details

Transparency grade

A

To understand our transparency grade, click here.


Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating539 of 102236 of 76
Fund acquisition rating598 of 102439 of 76
Resource allocation rating733 of 102451 of 76
Asset utilization rating268 of 102222 of 76

Click here to read Medical Ambassadors International's response to our ratings


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
9%9%7%12%12%10%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%8%7%12%12%10%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
78%99%99%100%99%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%9%8%10%11%9%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
22%1%1%0%1%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
79%76%77%73%73%77%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
92%90%98%114%104%104%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
73%68%76%83%76%79%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
8%10%2%-14%-4%-4%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
10%15%4%-23%-6%-5%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%14%15%17%16%14%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.811.261.531.651.441.28
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
2.041.361.481.501.381.38
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.731.712.282.491.981.76
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
11.1212.8211.646.1913.7215.62
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.080.080.090.160.070.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.936.464.824.045.626.37
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
12%7%8%14%5%5%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
3%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
97%74%60%52%66%74%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$811,770$563,849$600,502$705,235$737,874
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$12,071$25,862$34,519$183,030$246,454
Short-term investments$653,723$570,957$542,773$539,946$526,923
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,477,564$1,160,668$1,177,794$1,428,211$1,511,251
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$535,147$562,442$594,277$536,290$572,062
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$535,147$562,442$594,277$536,290$572,062
Total assets$2,012,711$1,723,110$1,772,071$1,964,501$2,083,313
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$99,185$84,146$175,423$88,468$79,562
Other current liabilities$16,099$15,539$15,000$15,643$17,183
Total current liabilities$115,284$99,685$190,423$104,111$96,745
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$19,515$35,614$51,153$0$15,643
Total long-term liabilities$19,515$35,614$51,153$0$15,643
Total liabilities$134,799$135,299$241,576$104,111$112,388
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$874,682$733,296$757,603$866,844$996,232
With donor restrictions$1,003,230$854,515$772,892$993,546$974,693
Net assets$1,877,912$1,587,811$1,530,495$1,860,390$1,970,925
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$2,785,074$2,672,907$2,564,166$2,701,955$2,561,228
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$32,453$24,420$3,077$13,086$7,701
Other revenue$2,770$3,590$9,396$4,068$1,505
Total other revenue$35,223$28,010$12,473$17,154$9,206
Total revenue$2,820,297$2,700,917$2,576,639$2,719,109$2,570,434
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$1,931,459$2,039,501$2,129,051$2,064,361$2,041,688
Management and general$361,245$405,149$500,496$446,987$373,160
Fundraising$237,492$198,951$302,987$318,296$249,673
Total expenses$2,530,196$2,643,601$2,932,534$2,829,644$2,664,521
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$290,101$57,316($355,895)($110,535)($94,087)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$290,101$57,316($355,895)($110,535)($94,087)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Ravi JayakaranPresident/CEO$170,941
Suzette MontezController$75,105

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019


Response from ministry

90% of the impact of Medical Ambassadors is generated through the efforts of unpaid volunteers, trained directly or indirectly by Medical Ambassadors' paid staff. None of this productive effort shows up on the program side of Medical Ambassadors' audited financial reports. If these volunteers were paid, program/overhead ratios would look very different. However, paying these volunteers would impede both the multiplication and sustainability of programs. Sustainability and multiplication are key element of Medical Ambassadors' impact/overhead ratio. This ratio is much more impressive than the financial figures suggest.


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: info@ministrywatch.com


History

In 1975, as South Vietnam was falling, a man named Dr. Raymond Benson was on the last airlift from the roof of the American Embassy.

Dr. Benson's vision was for Christian medical professionals to establish clinics around the world. His hope was to heal people physically and spiritually introduce them to Jesus Christ. Out of that desire, Medical Ambassadors was created.

While Dr. Benson was correct in his assessment of the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world, he did not anticipate that thesamepeople would keep coming back to the clinic with thesamepreventable illnesses, often leaving no time to address spiritual needs. It became clear that this clinic-based model was not sustainable. In fact, MAI was creating a culture of dependency within the communities we were trying to help.

Considering this, Dr. Paul Calhoun, current president of Medical Ambassadors, transitioned to a new model. Instead of going into a community and giving free care, MAI entered bringing only questions. Instead of giving the communities what we thought they needed, local leaders were asked, "What do you need to be happy and healthy?"

Their answers guided our focus and lesson plans were developed on various topics. In time, the available lessons included far more than only health topics. Depending on what the local leaders determined their communities needed, there were teachings on how to work together and solve problems, teachings on agriculture, literacy, family relationships, micro-enterprise, coping with disability, and more.

The genius of this approach was that the education could be replicated at the grassroots level, neighbor to neighbor. Instructors teach learners who become instructors who teach learners who become other instructors who teach other learners-well, you get the idea.

Certainly, there were still physical needs requiring professional medical attention-clinics and hospitals continue to be essential. However, 70-80 percent of people in these clinic lines could now be helped at the community level.

This development model under the leadership of Stan Rowland, became known as Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Evangelism...because seamlessly woven into the lessons of health are basic biblical truths: you can be clean on the inside as well as the outside; you have great value because you are wonderfully and beautifully made by God.

Today, we are proud to be a work in progress. We are committed to learning from the communities we work with and listening to God. We deeply desire to align ourselves with His plan and power.


Program accomplishments

  • Have trained many other organizations - 600 directly or people trained by people we've trained
  • We freely give away our expertise to other organizations
  • CHE Curriculum Search Engine by MAI for 12,000 lessons
  • Ongoing lesson development and field testing
  • Development of curriculum specific to meet the needs of women, children, and men with Women Cycle of Life, Children's CHE, and Men Matter
  • Working/consulting/developing programs in over 100 countries
  • Over 50,000 volunteers worldwide
  • Small headquarters staff so donations are used globally
  • Churches planted all over the world

Needs