PROJECT MEDSEND a/k/a MEDSEND

Extending God's Love through Global Healthcare

aka MedSend   |   Fort Mill, SC   |  www.medsend.org

Mission

In partnership with key Christian ministries, our mission is to strategically fund qualified health care professionals to serve the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.

Ruling year info

1993

President & CEO

Richard C. Allen

Main address

1838 Gold Hill Rd

Fort Mill, SC 29708-6919 USA

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EIN

75-2470543

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Christian (X20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The world is in great need of access to compassionate healthcare. Many nations are resistant to Christian witness and almost 50% of countries will not issue a missionary visa. Healthcare remains a highly effective form of Christian witness that can gain access to most countries with compassionate human care and an opportunity for a Christ follower to share the love of Christ. Consider this: * According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the world is 7 million healthcare workers short of the minimum ratio of patient-healthcare professional. * The WHO also states that 1.5 billion people in the world are medically underserved. * According to the Joshua Project, 3.1 billion people in the world remain in a category of "unreached" with the good news of the gospel. * The Voice of the Martyrs indicates that 3.3 billion live in countries that are "closed" to any form of Christian witness. The world is changing and the door is rapidly closing on traditional missions work.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MedSend International Program

MedSend's International Program provides grants to Christian healthcare professionals from the U.S. that remove the obstacle of educational debt. We also provide specialized training to equip these committed healthcare professionals for the unique challenges they face. Today, MedSend International grant recipients are bringing compassionate care and God's love to vulnerable people in 70 nations - including countries that restrict access to other Christian workers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

The MedSend National Scholar's program helps national believers obtain the advanced medical training and Christian mentoring they need to serve people who are poor and underserved in their home countries.

The need for Christian healthcare professionals throughout the developing world is staggering, especially highly trained doctors and nurses. According to the World Health Organization, 57 countries are at a crisis point, with fewer than 2.3 nurses, doctors and midwives for every 1,000 people – too few to deliver even the most basic level of care. Persecution of Christians is also increasing in many of these same regions and, as it does, more countries are restricting access for Christian missionaries and evangelists from North America.

Yet many Christian nationals in developing countries who feel called to serve in healthcare ministry cannot afford to pay for the healthcare training, especially at the professional residency level that is required for surgeons and other medical specialists.

This program currently sponsors the advanced medical training for 37 Christian national physicians in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Since inception the program has celebrated 16 graduates including one national who is now serving as Chief of Surgery in a mission hospital in Africa. These National Scholar's are equipped to serve those who are poor and in need of medical care in their own countries.

We partner with International Associates - organizations with established in-country Christ-centered medical residency programs that provide professional training, spiritual development, and leadership preparation for those who have already graduated from medical school. The International Associates recruit, train, and oversee men and women who possess the requisite intellectual ability, a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ and desire to share it, and the moral character and spiritual commitment to serve in areas of great need in their own countries. All MedSend International Associates are U.S.-based organizations that provide a high degree of verification and accountability.

We believe that God is using MedSend Nationals as part of His plan to reach all nations with His healing and love.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

This program provides grants and training for Christian healthcare professionals from the U.S. who are serving poor and underserved people in the U.S. MedSend's domestic grant recipients work at inner city and rural faith-based clinics, serving people who are marginalized, vulnerable and medically underserved.

Since 1992, MedSend has paid more than $2,000,000 in grants that have made it possible for over 80 healthcare professionals to serve in more than 31 Christian faith-based clinics in the U.S.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

The objective of the MedSend Longevity Project is “In partnership with our Associates and other partners we will set out to improve the average length of service of the MedSend grant recipient missionary by focusing on resilience and sustainability, seeking to improve their professional, personal and spiritual well-being”.

The challenges faced by missionary healthcare providers started long before Ebola and COIV-19.

The Longevity Project does not replace or re-create member care provided by our sending agency partners but expands care to meet the unique needs of medical missionaries.

Unique experiences of healthcare missionaries

The 24/7/365 nature of the demands on the healthcare professional
The level of death and disease they encounter which has not been addressed by their training or previous experience
The very real and often valid sense that if they take a break and people will die, take vacation and more die.
The sophisticated model of healthcare they have been trained under is non-existent.
The available tools and infrastructure are limited and inadequate to have outcomes similar to those they had previously experienced.
The stress of low resource environments has a negative effect on their confidence, effectiveness, productivity, spiritual life and relations with co-workers and family.

At MedSend we seek to provide, to our grant recipients, that which Jesus provided to the disciples as He sent them to heal and care for the sick. Jesus trained, mentored, equipped, supported and loved His disciples. Our goal is to do the same for every MedSend Grant Recipient.

MedSend is a partner to the vast majority of mission sending agencies which send healthcare professionals to the mission field. We are in a unique position to observe and support the needs of a wide ranging expanse of mission healthcare workers.

MedSend Longevity Project

After many years of researching, discovery and modeling we have created a three-component strategy to address the professional, spiritual, and relational needs of today's healthcare missionary. They are.

Coach /mentors

Today if you accept a MedSend grant you will agree to be assigned a coach/mentor (C/M). In an ideal scenario you will speak to them for 12 months preparing to go and then for 12 months as you accumulate to the field. For the foreseeable future the C/M will be MedSend alumni who have served time in the field and are now back in the states. MedSend is providing specific healthcare related coach/mentoring skills to these individuals. On-going support and training will also be provided throughout their time as a C/M. We are hopeful that not only will short term guidance be provided but that long-term support relationships and friendships will be created.

Annual stress reporting

Starting in 2021 we will be including a self-administered stress evaluation test provided by Godspeed Resources Counseling (GRC). The results are confidential and sent directly to GRC. They will then be evaluated on a “red-yellow-green” scale by a GRC mental health professional. The red and yellow groups are reached out directly by a member of the GRC staff via Zoom. MedSend is paying for the initial consultation. A yellow indicator only requires the consultation call. A red indicator requires some form of follow-up on the part of the missionary. That maybe reaching out to their sending agency, scheduling additional Zoom calls with GRC or in limited cases coming back to the US to seek help.

In-person gathering of healthcare missionaries

Today there is nowhere for healthcare missionaries to gather and share their challenges, difficulties, needs and to report how God is working, with others in the same profession, that is healthcare missions. As a MedSend grant recipient you are now required to attend a conference every other year that will be focused on your individual professional, spiritual and relational life. We plan to bring pastoral, family/martial including youth and mental health counselors together with the healthcare missionary to focus on their unique needs and stressors. We plan to hold one conference primarily for those serving in Africa, one for the Asia and Pacific rim and another for the South and Central America’s and Caribbean regions. They will be held every other year in a location convenient to each group. MedSend through our partner Alongside Counseling will provide the lodging and meals, the counselors, and agenda. The individual missionary will be responsible to transportation.

We are currently in the process of working with researches at Gordon Conwell Seminary to create a baseline of healthcare missionary longevity over the last 25 years. Going forward we will measure what impact we are having as the project progresses.

Population(s) Served
Evangelicals
Orthodox Christians
Protestants
Domestic workers
Emergency responders

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Nationals program grants currently being paid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

MedSend National Scholar's Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are currently paying the grants for 37 Christian national physicians in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These make it possible for them to get specialized Christian medical residency training.

Number of International healthcare workers supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

MedSend International Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 we supported 218 healthcare professionals who are serving from the U.S. and in more than 65 countries.

Percentage of current grant recipients who serve in high security areas.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

MedSend International Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

45% of the MedSend healthcare professionals who served in 2020 served in high security areas.

Number of grant recipients who are still serving in cross-cultural healthcare ministry after grant payoff.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

MedSend International Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

89 MedSend healthcare professionals have continued to serve in cross-cultural healthcare ministry after their grants have been paid in full, demonstrating their commitment to career ministry.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1) To significantly increase the number of Christ-following healthcare missionaries bringing compassionate care and the love of Christ to a hurting world.

2) To exponentially increase access to Christian healthcare in developing countries where the infrastructure exists to bring advanced training to nationals.

3) To ensure that MedSend healthcare professionals are equipped to meet the unique challenges they face as cross-cultural healthcare workers.

4) As an organization partnering with over 75 mission sending agencies, we are seeking new avenues for using our unique position and insights to become a resource for improving the effectiveness and delivery of global healthcare missions.

1) MedSend's leadership has taken bold measures to move the ministry into a financial position that will allow us to rapidly enable the missionary service of every qualified healthcare professional who comes to us for help. They have invested in building the infrastructure needed to become a self-sustaining fundraising organization. In the fall of 2010, MedSend began a development initiative that was designed to reverse a 3-year decline in revenue. It met with success, and since then, revenues have grown from $1.1 million in FY 2010-11 to over $3 million in FY 2019-20 with an additional $1.8 million pledge for continued growth.

2) In 2014, we launched MedSend National Scholars Program, a pilot program that funds advanced medical training and Christian mentorship for national believers who are committed to serving in their own countries. This program empowers believers in developing countries and lessens dependence on foreign healthcare professionals and missions. Now an official program, the MedSend National Scholar's Program is cost-effective and geared for rapid expansion since healthcare training costs in developing countries are less than in the U.S. and there is no need for the healthcare missionaries to learn new languages and cultures. It provides sustainable healthcare ministry that can continue under the leadership of national believers even in areas that may close to North American Christians. And finally, it provides a supply of Christian healthcare workers in regions where they are most desperately needed. Since inception, this program has realized 16 graduates in advanced residency training in surgery, family medicine and orthopedic specialties. 37 residents are now actively participating in the program.

3) We provide specialized pre-field training for Christian healthcare professionals and we are also working to standardize the training provided to our grant recipients by the many established mission boards and sending agencies that partner with us as MedSend Associates. Through the Longevity Project we are actively investing in the well being of our healthcare professionals. We are constantly assessing the changing needs in global healthcare missions and enhancing and expanding our programs to meet the needs of our grant recipients.

4) In 2014, we instituted an annual Medical Missions Summit that brings together MedSend Associate executives and other leaders in global healthcare missions to address global healthcare issues. We sponsored the 2014 Global Healthcare Workers Needs Assessment (GHWNA) Survey that surveyed MedSend grant recipients, both currently serving and those off the field, as well as representatives of MedSend Associates, to evaluate the training and support of Christian cross-cultural healthcare workers. GHWANA is part of a project through which we ultimately hope to develop a stronger and more effective system for equipping and supporting healthcare missionaries.

For 27 years, MedSend has enabled Christian healthcare professionals from the U.S. to serve where God has called by removing the obstacle of educational debt. MedSend has approved more than 650 grants for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to serve in more than 103 countries. The MedSend National Scholar's program expands and builds on this success by making it possible for citizens of developing countries to obtain the advanced medical and biblical training to serve the needy in their own countries through healthcare ministry.

Our capabilities that help us meet our goals include:

- A grant application system managed through a specialized database that securely handles all application documents, annual reports, and automated communications.
- A system for paying grant recipients' educational loans.
- A loyal and active donor base.
- Working partnerships with more than 60 mission boards and sending agencies, in addition to other global healthcare ministries.
- A board of directors made up of experienced business, missions, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to MedSend's mission, grant recipients, and those they serve.
- A small, but innovative and dedicated staff who work and pray hard.

Accomplishments:
- We have made more than $20 million in educational loan repayments for more than 650 Christian healthcare professionals to serve around the world.
- We are currently funding the grants of more than 160 Christian healthcare professionals
- We are currently supporting the advanced residency training of 37 National Scholar's
- We partner with more than 60 mission sending agencies.
- We have established a dedicated development team that consistently increases awareness about MedSend with potential donors and builds lasting relationships with existing donors
- We continue to strengthen our organizational partnerships through the annual Healthcare Missions Leadership Summit, now in its 7th year. This is done by fostering communication and collaboration among leadership involved in healthcare missions service including those in academia, counseling, field preparation, and supporting organizations. These efforts provide opportunities for networking, strategic planning, and cross-pollination of best practices.

As we look toward the future, we believe God is calling us to do more. We believe now is the time to take a bold new stance and aggressively move forward to reach the remaining parts of the world that still need to hear the good news of the love of Christ and desperately need access to compassionate quality healthcare– What's next?
We believe God is calling us to:
• Increase our serving grant recipients from the USA to 235
• Increase the number of nationals being trained to 75+
• Support 310 current U.S.-based and national scholar's
• Grow our infrastructure to meet future demands and ensure maximum effectiveness

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PROJECT MEDSEND a/k/a MEDSEND

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Douglas Drevets

Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center

Term: 2017 - 2021

Douglas Christgau

Valley Community Baptist

Kenneth Dormer, MS, PhD

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jun Kang, MD

Loudon Hospital NICU

Janet Kim, MD

Beacon Christian Community Health Center

Robin Nichols

Warbird Consulting Partners

John Nwangwu, MD, PhD

Scott Reichenbach

CURE International

David Chestnut, MD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Erin Goeldner

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Shane Higby

Samsung Electronics America

Janet Crow, MD

UCSD

Eric Miller

Liberty University College of Medicine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes