The Evolution of an International Ministry
Over the last week we have been excited to announce that Medical Ministry International has expanded to Holland and to Canada. This combined with our National Office in the United States has provided 3 National Offices in support of the International Ministry that is headquartered in Texas, USA. We are very excited about this expansion of visibility, coordination, and partnership to serve the poorest of the poor throughout the world. This is a very important step in the process of providing world wide support to the efforts of the ministry and operating within a high level of oversight, accountability and optimization of all the gifts that God has provided. Our International Staff, Board, etc. that are comprised of an international operations team from Canada, Holland, New Zealand, and the United States is focused on this challenge and more lives will be changed moving forward than ever before.
The work of an International Ministry is quite intricate and requires continual analysis, assessment, and execution to ensure that the ultimate goals of the ministry remain in focus and able to maximize our opportunity to serve the least of these. Many ministry’s prefer to give the impression that the organization can be loosely aligned and that all groups involved can operate doing their own thing, but in hindsight reality provides a different view. You can think of this like a chain, as long as the links of the chain are strongly bonded together and working to achieve the same goals, the chain provides strength and power to hold the operations together. If at any time, a link begins to fail, the entire chain begins to weaken and soon the reliability of the chain do not function and eventually will break. The same can be said about any organization, but especially a ministry.
We have sought to bring Medical Ministry International from an organization that has been doing good work, but not in an optimum manner, to one that is accountable and transparent in its efforts to address the issues of poverty. It has been a difficult journey as many long term members of the organization preferred to work in the previous loose structured past where detail and process were considered an obstacle. Detail, process, and accountability actually provide just the opposite. Our volunteers, donors, and prayer warriors expect the International Ministry to optimize every single gift that God has provided in our work to reach the poorest of the poor. We must credit the International Board of Medical Ministry International, members of which have all served in field with the international ministry some for over 30 years, that witnessed issues that needed new management and oversight to ensure the ministry was able to increase our service to the poor. Medical Ministry International has made great strides in this effort over the past few years, and there is more to be done.
The future of this ministry is extremely bright, but it has come with some difficult decisions along the way. Some long term supporters have opted out of the requirements for membership in the international ministry, and we wish them the best in their efforts. We have been asked numerous times to allow past processes to continue, but these processes caused the international ministry to become weak and not provide the proper return on God’s blessings. We have continued to stay focused on our task and the international ministry is in the best position it has ever been to thrive. We now have two National Offices in North America and one in Europe that are building support so that the work of the ministry can continue to evolve and grow in a very strong and accountable manner. An international ministry cannot operate as a bunch of separate entities working autonomously from each other under a loose umbrella, and those that wish to operate in this manner will not be able to continue forward with the international ministry. God has made it very clear that we are to be good stewards and that our leaders continue to seek his guidance as we journey down difficult roads. We are grateful to all who continue to support the ministry and your dedication will reap much reward as this work continues bear more fruit for the kingdom.