The Crutch of Success

From Polio to Purpose, Bringing Health & Hope to the World

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“If only I’d been given a sixty-cent dose of polio vaccine, none of this would have happened.…”
Born in Korea in 1956 soon after the end of the Korean War, Steve Stirling was stricken with polio at age one. Five years later, marital and financial struggles caused his father to abandon him at an orphanage. Shortly afterward, his three-year-old sister was left there as well.
The Crutch of Success tells Steve’s incredible story of early years in the orphanage, his adoption into a large, loving family in Alaska, and his determination to succeed. He earned degrees at Cornell and Northwestern universities, married the woman who was literally the answer to his prayers, and climbed the corporate ladder with several Fortune 500 companies.
Steve seemed to have it all…but his ambition was detrimental to his health, his family, and his soul.
Then God touched Steve and asked him to spend his life helping those in need. All of the experiences of his life, even polio, have prepared him for his role at MAP International—to bring life-saving medicines and health supplies to millions around the world.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)


Steve Stirling is CEO of Medical Assistance Programs International (MAP), a faith-based nonprofit providing essential medicines for mission clinics and hospitals in developing countries around the world. Since 1954, MAP has served billions of people with medicines and medical supplies through the help of partners, donors, mission hospitals, clinics, and medical mission teams. Steve earned his B. S. degree in agricultural economics at Cornell University and his MBA in marketing and finance at Northwestern University’s... Show More


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