Medical Ministry International's presence in the Dominican Republic


Memo: June 12, 2019

Medical Ministry International has been active in the Dominican Republic since the organization’s first project team was mobilized in 1969. For the past 50 years, the safety of our volunteer teams has been the utmost priority. Our Leadership Team is aware of the recent unfortunate events in the Dominican Republic, which are currently receiving media attention in the USA, and we are monitoring the situation. One of the greatest strengths of our organization is the dedication of our long-term local directors who host and lead our project teams. Drs. Teo Beato and Frida Luna have provided leadership in the Dominican Republic for over 30 years. Their local team ensures the safety of our teams by organization accommodations with long-time community partners, and personally preparing food for volunteer teams. Local Dominican team members accompany international team members for the duration of the project. The Leadership Team of Medical Ministry International remains confident in the security of our teams travelling to the Dominican Republic, and the project schedule will continue as planned and published on our website. Our thanks go to our volunteers who are currently serving in the Dominican Republic, to our volunteers scheduled for July and beyond, and especially to all of our volunteers who have served the Lord in the Dominican Republic over the last 50 years, to provide health care for lasting change.

In Him,

Leanne Ferris, Executive Director

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary


Providing spiritual and compassionate health care has been at the heart of Medical Ministry International since 1969, when our first project team served in the Dominican Republic.

As we look toward 2019 and our 50th anniversary, all of us serving with Medical Ministry International are filled with gratitude for the work God has accomplished these past 50 years. Patients have received treatment; families have been restored; and communities have been transformed. Couples who started volunteering on project teams years ago are now bringing their grandchildren to volunteer alongside them.

To celebrate this milestone, we are introducing a stronger brand identity which will better communicate our name and represent our healing presence in the world. Medical Ministry International is providing health care for lasting change. We witness lasting change in the communities we serve as they develop medical capacity through health clinics and local initiatives. We witness lasting change as international doctors and health care professionals complete their training and serve their people. We witness lasting change in the spiritual lives of those we serve. We also witness lasting change in the lives of our volunteers and donors who ensure our mission becomes a reality.

Would you join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary by participating on a project team or making a financial donation? Together, we can make lasting change!

We're Moving!

Medical Ministry International is excited to announce our office and warehouse are moving! We will be joining Campus 621, a space where charities work together in the same building for local and global renewal. The building is owned by EduDeo Ministries, a charity well-known to MMI, who serves children in developing countries with quality education rooted in a Biblical worldview.  

The building is located at 621 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 3A110km west of our current location.

Pictured above: Leanne Ferris, Executive Director of Medical Ministry International and Hank de Jong, Executive Director of EduDeo Ministries at 621 Barton St E.

Pictured above: Leanne Ferris, Executive Director of Medical Ministry International and Hank de Jong, Executive Director of EduDeo Ministries at 621 Barton St E.

Renovations are underway and the warehouse is fully moved. The offices should be moved by the end of September.

When our current location went up for sale this spring, we did not know where our new home would be, but God is faithful!  We are excited for this next season of ministry as we continue providing spiritual and compassionate health care in this world in need. Will you support us as we serve alongside the Campus621 community? Donate toward our move and renovations or come visit us this fall!

Our new mailing address, effective immediately, is:
Medical Ministry International
PO Box 47518
Hamilton ON, L8H 7S7

New Phone #: 905-545-4400 and TF: 1-844-335-6642

MMI Awarded Stronger Together 2017 Grant


Cervical Cancer Screening on the Amazon River Utilizing New Canadian Technology: $75,000

To pilot HPV screening for women in remote communities along the Colombian Amazon and tributaries using new Canadian medical technology.

MMI Amazon will develop a pilot project to screen 500 women from up to 20 villages along 140 kilometres of the Amazon, Loretoyacu, and Atacuary Rivers between Ronda and San Pedro de Tipisca in the remote Colombian Amazon Region. MMI Amazon is currently the only provider of health care services to these villages home to three indigenous tribes: Ticuna, Cocama, and Yagua. MMI Amazon is making regular visits to these villages with their local staff and also host MMI medical project teams to support their efforts. 

To facilitate the technical screening involved, MMI will partner with a new Canadian start-up company, Eve Medical. Eve Medical has recently received approval to sell its Eve Kit in Canada to increase screening rates among Canadian women and reduce existing barriers for women by providing an at home screening method for Canadian women. The HerSwabTM device works similarly to insertion of a tampon. The founder of Eve Medical is excited to make her device available at their production cost for use in this screening program. By utilizing this newest form of technology, designed and manufactured in Canada, and bringing it to remote regions of the Amazon, MMI will be providing a level of care available only to the affluent in Colombia who would be accessing Pap Smears performed by a medical professional at a clinic. Once collected, samples will be transported to a lab for HPV and STI testing in Bogota, Colombia.  Results will be collected and tracked by MMI Amazon staff.

The anticipated 100 women with positive HPV results will be transported and connected to a follow-up program executed by Dr. Gutierrez, the gynaecologist at the MMI partner health center, Clinica Leticia. Dr. Javier holds a Masters in Epidemiology and has 20 years experience in the Amazon. Each woman will receive additional diagnostic care, specialized treatment, and if necessary, surgery and cancer treatment. The cost of treatment provided by Clinica Leticia will be government-funded. MMI Amazon has successfully bridged this gap in the Colombian health care system by identifying patients on MMI medical teams who required advanced follow up from Clinica Leticia.

Given the positive reputation of MMI Amazon in these communities, this screening program is a timely and relevant use of innovative technology and delivery methods to identify up to 100 women in the remote Amazon who have a 25% chance of carrying high risk HPV strains which often lead to the most frequent cancer in their population. By testing for common STIs, MMI will also identify and ensure treatment for women who may experience infertility, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, preterm delivery, or health risks for their newborns.

With education and ongoing preventative care, the population of approximately 8,000 will benefit from the pilot project. Cultural changes take time. However, with a preventative health plan, screening, and follow-up, a reduced incidence of advanced intervention is possible. MMI believes in its Integrated Health Program which incorporates preventative health education and spiritual teaching to care for the whole person. Each woman participating in this screening program will be shown the love and grace of God by the MMI Amazon teams.

Thank you to the partnering foundations of Stronger Together for making this initiative possible with your grant of $75,000.

Dear MMI Friends in Florida

Many of you have been long time supporters and participants with Medical Ministry International. You have travelled and served in areas of need in our world as we provide health care in the name of Jesus. Some of you have joined us in prayer for those in the countries we serve. As you deal with the effects of Hurricane Irma, we would like you to know the MMI family is praying for you. As an office staff, we join together once a week, not only to discuss upcoming plans for the ministry, but also to commit the ministry to prayer. We pray for our project teams, our leaders, and our volunteers.  Thank you to those of you who have communicated to let us know you have temporarily re-situated, shared details so we can pray for you more specifically, and also shared thanks for limited damage in your areas.

Thank you for being part of the MMI family and caring in others. This week, please know we care for you specifically. May God bring you and your families comfort during these challenging days.

In Him,

Leanne Ferris, Executive Director

Update on Dominican Republic & Mexico

DR: Our project to Río San Juan, Dominican Republic will be leaving Sept 16th as planned. Our Project Director Alex Ramirez has made a visit to the location and despite Irma's impact on surrounding areas, we are safe to proceed. Thank you for your prayers.

Mexico: Our Mexican Project Directors are safe following the earthquake, thank you for your prayers. Dan Copeland lives with his family in the Chiapas Region. Despite damage to buildings in the area, there was no damage to their home. Tremors are still ongoing every 10-15 minutes since last night. Juan Carlos Pedraza is living in the North of Mexico where they did not feel the effects of the earthquake.

Canada Summer Jobs Grant

MMI Canada is hiring two summer student positions through the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

We are currently looking for an Administrative Assistant (pdf) and a Communications Assistant (pdf). Both positions will be available for 9 weeks at 30 hours/week. 

To apply for either position, please send a cover letter and resume to

UPDATE: Job Postings have been filled. Our new summer students started on June 6th.


MMI Canada Continues Ministry following USA Announcement to Cease Operations

2015 has been an exciting year of renewal for Medical Ministry International Canada (MMI Canada), located in Stoney Creek, Ontario.  Since October 2014, MMI Canada has not been affiliated with Medical Ministry International in the USA. For the past year, we have been collaborating directly with our international locations and planning opportunities to serve in response to identified needs in local areas.  MMI Canada is currently responding to the requests of project directors to ensure projects continue without interruption, following the recent announcement that MMI USA is ceasing operations.

MMI Canada is called to bring spiritual and compassionate health care in this world of need.  To that end, we have established suitable agreements with individuals and organizations with whom we are directly partnering.

For our American friends, in January 2015, we established a co-sponsor relationship between the programs of MMI Canada and I Care San Antonio (ICSA) Global Missions.   ICSA, a 501(c)3 in the USA, has been a supporter of our project teams for over 20 years. We were pleased to formalize our relationship to ensure Americans can participate on projects and financially support international partners, programs, and capital projects while receiving a tax receipt in accordance with the regulations of the IRS. To learn more about ICSA, see their website at  

MMI Canada currently has over 50 project team opportunities for 2016 listed on our website.

roject dates and locations will continue to be added as we finalize details. You will see in this email the locations of our upcoming opportunities complete with photos of those who will be leading these teams. MMI Canada’s agreements will ensure that funding for project teams, international partners, programs and capital projects will be forwarded to designated countries and partners in a timely manner.

MMI Canada continues to serve some of the neediest people in our world.  We can make a difference together! Canadians and Americans can donate now at  or

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“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” Luke 10:2 (NIV).  Please join us!

Barbara Skinner, RO  

Executive Director, Medical Ministry International Canada

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MMI Canada welcomes I Care San Antonio as a co-sponsor of our International Projects

Medical Ministry International Canada's Programs are now co-sponsored by I Care San Antonio, Texas.

MMI Canada provides opportunities to experience first hand giving.  Volunteer your medical or non-medical expertise in a developing country.  Use your helping hands to make a difference.  

Thanks to I Care San Antonio, we now are able to welcome Amercians to apply to MMI Canada's International Outreach Programs.  To see the list of opportunities click here.