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  • Field Photos: EMS Training in Cambodia

    by Katie Carroll | Sep 13, 2014

    Here are some snapshots of the amazing work you are doing! Thanks to your incredible generosity, MTI is able to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training to Cambodians. Take a look at these photos from our program in Prey Veng Province:

    Conducting a training in childbirth.


    Conducting a training in CPR.

    One of our classes with their certifications.

    In Cambodia, fatalities from traffic accidents is alarmingly high. Thanks to your gifts, local first responders will be able to provide sufficient first aid response on the scene. You are reducing the number of fatalities from trauma in one of the places in the world that needs it most. Thank you!

    Donate to our EMS programs.

    Local children where you are providing care.


  • You Need to Be More Shocked By What’s Happening in Iraq

    by Katie Carroll | Sep 12, 2014

    This post is unedited and republished with permission from

    by Roger Sandberg

    Why we need to get angry, get concerned, and take action today.

    The world should be shocked by what I’ve seen in Iraq in the last week. As Director of Emergency Relief & Global Security for Medical Teams International, I oversee the startup of emergency responses around the world. Recently, I went to Lebanon to increase some of our efforts in responding to the health needs of Syrian refugees living in the Bekaa Valley. From there I headed to Erbil, Iraq (Kurdistan) to do an assessment of the needs and security concerns in northern Iraq.

    Shortly after I arrived, a car bomb was detonated five or six miles away from where I was. Welcome to Iraq.

    While in Erbil, I met Sister Diana, a nun who fled her city with only what she was wearing. Along with two other nuns, she is serving displaced people who have sought refuge and are living in a church and a park. When I asked her about her needs, she replied: “What I really need is to find ways to help my people and let their suffering be heard. That will be the best thing ever.”

    Later, an Iraqi doctor asked me why it has taken so long for me (and other international non-government organizations — NGOs) to arrive. He also asked if the only reason why Americans are scared and worried about ISIS is because of the murder of the journalist James Foley: “Is an American life worth more than an Iraqi life?” As we spoke further, he said, “Humanity has developed a new selective conscience.”

    As of last spring, there have been 191,000 people killed in the Syrian conflict, though the BBC suggests that this number is grossly underestimated. Christians, Yezidis, and other minority religious groups in Iraq are facing extreme persecution by way of executions, beheadings, crucifixions, and rape. The country is littered with mass graves and places where people are being buried alive.



    The couple in this photo arrived from Qaraqosh — the “Christian capital of Iraq” — only two days before I met them. You are looking at all they have. They are sleeping in a church courtyard in Erbil. The woman saved her wedding ring by hiding it in a Kleenex; she kept wiping sweat from her face with the Kleenex so ISIS never found the ring. This couple said they were some of the last Christians in the city.

    All this is happening right now, but it was barely a ripple until Americans saw web videos of the brutal and savage murders of American journalists. Suddenly, presidents and heads of state were “deeply shocked”; suddenly, the nation’s conscience was rattled.

    Even that stirring seems to have passed now. But why were we not shocked before an American was killed?

    Why were we not shocked when we heard the first reports of civilians — children, mothers, brothers, sisters — being murdered, killed, raped, beheaded, executed and persecuted? What makes the murder of American journalists more shocking?

    Edmund Burke wisely said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men [note: I would add women, sister Diana] to do nothing.” Are we doing nothing? Do we only do something when evil touches our nation, when evil touches someone we know?

    These are not mere rhetorical questions. Think in specifics: What actions should we take? What is necessary for this evil to be defeated? Is doing nothing an option? What would we want done if we were an Iraqi or Syrian? If we were persecuted? If our families and loved ones were murdered? If we feared for the lives of our children? Who would we go to for help? Who would we cry out to? Who would we ask the Lord to send?

    Here are some specific things you can do:

    1. PRAY. If you are a Christian, get on your knees for your brothers and sisters. Do it everyday. Gather together two, three, a hundred others and pray together.

    2. DONATE to NGO’s responding to the crisis. I recommend that you give — and then give more — to Medical Teams International, Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision, Medair (Swiss), and Tearfund (UK).

    3. ADVOCATE. Email and call your congressmen and senators. There are steps the Obama administration could take immediately to further stop this genocide, including signing legislation that has been sitting on his desk to create a special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East, appointing a senior administration official to coordinate the response to this genocide, working with trusted NGOs on the ground to help the victims, doing everything possible to support the Kurdish government and, if necessary, reprograming existing funds to support these efforts. Let him and our policymakers hear from you.

    I have been asked if returning to my home and family here in Portland has been difficult. Normally, I reply that having traveled so much, I am used to the extremes. But right now I feel like Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit:

    “Look, I know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you’re right . . . I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. See, that’s where I belong, that’s home. That’s why I came back . . . ’cause you don’t have one, a home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.”

    Yesterday, I received an email from a friend of mine, an Iraqi doctor who is volunteering at one of the church health clinics. He wrote, “I’m glad to hear that you are back home, safe, and sound. I just pray that one day the thousands of displaced people will be able to write to their friends and beloved ones saying, ‘We are back home.’”

  • Haiti Success Story: Baby Juline

    by Kristin Simpson | Sep 11, 2014
    We're so excited to share with you a story how your gifts changed the life of a baby in Haiti.

    Meet 8 weeks old Juline. Juline lives with her family in the very remote village of Crochu, Haiti. The village is so far away from any local health clinics, that it is very difficult for children to receive the necessary treatment they need to grow and survive.

    Juline receives a vaccination.

    Thanks to your donations to our Haiti programs, Juline and many other children in Crochu are receiving immunizations every month. At 8 weeks old, Juline has received 4 vaccinations and is on her way to a healthy childhood. MTI cannot provide help for these little ones like Juline without your generosity.

    Your gifts to our Survive to Five and Beyond! Campaign will help ensure babies like Juline will make it to their critical fifth birthday.

    God bless you and thank you for supporting our Haiti programs; you are changing lives!
  • Dental Program: Thank You from People You've Helped!

    by Katie Carroll | Sep 05, 2014

    Every day, you are making a life-changing difference for people right here in the U.S. Your donations to our mobile dental program are truly life-transforming.

    Today we share with you recent notes from patients who received care in our dental vans, thanks to you!


    Without the dental van, I don't know what I would [have] done. I have been having dental needs for y[ea]rs for broken teeth, infections, etc. Being on a fixed income & SDI [State Disability Insurance] there was no money left for costly dentist visits. I was in extreme pain when I found the dental van, and they got me right in, took care of my needs with no out of pocket expense. Thank you!
    - Barb


    I would like to say thank you to all of you that spend your time to help others, the people that cannot really [afford] dental care. Thank you very much. You have made a difference in my life and to many others. GOD bless your heart. Again thank you very much.
    - Oscar

    Dental pain can make every waking moment misery. Eating, sleeping, talking - it can make the smallest things feel impossible. Hardworking people cannot afford to sacrifice a day of work or a six-hour round-trip drive for regular check ups, and their job performance and self-esteem suffer as the pain makes it a struggle to focus.  

    Thank you for your generosity & compassion!

  • Make a Difference... and Win a Brand New 2015 Lexus NX!

    by Katie Carroll | Sep 05, 2014

    Going to be in Oregon anytime soon? Don't forget to enter our raffle to win a brand, new Lexus!  Kuni Lexus of Portland has generously donated a 2015 Lexus NX, valued at $38,000!



    Raffle tickets are just $100 and proceeds go to MTI's lifesaving programs.

    The raffle drawing is October 11th, 2014 at 9:30pm... but we only have 2,000 tickets available so get yours now before they sell out!

    Visit to enter today!

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