Medical Ambassadors International

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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.

Contact information

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


Phone: (209) 543-7500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 942691184

CEO/President: Ravi Jayakaran

Chairman: Steve Belton, M.D.

Board size: 10

Founder: Dr. Ray Benson

Ruling year: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


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

The strategy of Community Health Evangelism/Education (CHE) operates on a principle of maximizing available resources within the community to enable it to move towards a sustainable and empowering outcome. Disasters in a community, depending on their intensity, often leave the community with depleted resources in building back a viable survival strategy.

Mission statement

Mission: Equipping communities through Christ-centered health and development

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.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating927 of 111295 of 121
Fund acquisition rating1066 of 1113111 of 121
Resource allocation rating936 of 1113105 of 121
Asset utilization rating338 of 111235 of 121

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$19,513$15,164$12,071$25,862$31,519
Short-term investments$743,818$712,670$653,723$570,957$542,773
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,708,943$1,744,080$1,477,564$1,160,668$1,174,794
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$464,022$499,514$535,147$562,442$594,277
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$3,000
Total long-term assets$464,022$499,514$535,147$562,442$597,277
Total assets$2,172,965$2,243,594$2,012,711$1,723,110$1,772,071
Payables and accrued expenses$129,795$102,838$99,185$84,146$175,423
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$129,795$102,838$99,185$84,146$175,423
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,837$19,515$35,614$51,153$66,153
Total long-term liabilities$2,837$19,515$35,614$51,153$66,153
Total liabilities$132,632$122,353$134,799$135,299$241,576
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$978,693$1,181,813$874,682$733,296$757,603
With donor restrictions$1,061,640$939,428$1,003,230$854,515$772,892
Net assets$2,040,333$2,121,241$1,877,912$1,587,811$1,530,495
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Total contributions$2,881,744$2,935,111$2,781,058$2,657,176$2,539,429
Program service revenue$2,450$6,441$1,927$1,035$2,274
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$15,138$12,379$17,406$14,495$17,636
Other revenue$1,949$3,581$3,812$13,910$13,814
Total other revenue$19,537$22,401$23,145$29,440$33,724
Total revenue$2,901,281$2,957,512$2,804,203$2,686,616$2,573,153
Program services$2,072,368$2,055,097$1,931,459$2,039,501$2,129,051
Management and general$337,446$322,079$361,245$405,149$500,496
Total expenses$2,878,162$2,711,321$2,529,149$2,639,225$2,921,093
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$23,119$246,191$275,054$47,391($347,940)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$23,119$246,191$275,054$47,391($347,940)


Ravi JayakaranPresident/CEO$145,079
Suzette MontezController$83,180

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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 5/16/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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.

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