Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | August 4, 2010

Mission Matters

One of the really interesting ministries with which we are involved is a ministry called, Engineering Ministries International. Engineering Ministries International (EMI) is a non-profit Christian development organization made up of architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope.

In their own words, here is the history of this partner in missions:

It was the spring of 1981 on the island of Saipan when God first revealed the vision of Engineering Ministries International. The island had recently been hit by a typhoon and the people were trying to rebuild their lives. While on a short- term trip focused on evangelism, one of the volunteers found that his abilities as a structural engineer were in great need. A two-fold opportunity presented itself: evangelism and engineering. Helping people rebuild their lives and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ were a match that empowered outreach across the entire island. God had a plan: show design professionals how they could use their skills and share eternal hope in Christ while serving a world in need. From the experience of one short term trip, a vision was set forth by God to involve design professionals in ministry to people in need. Design professionals (architects, engineers, draftsmen, surveyors, etc.) could benefit from the short-term experiences while providing a much-needed service. This vision became EMI. EMI was incorporated in May of 1982. The first design professional joined as full-time staff in 1984. During these formative years volunteers began to participate in short term trips that focused on designing a world of hope for ministries in developing countries. Today, EMI has 60 staff and interns who serve in the United States (our ministry headquarters), Canada, Guatemala, Uganda and India. In the next 10 years, EMI has a vision to plant a satellite office in 10 major zones around the world. This expansion will allow EMI to better serve organizations by bringing a regional perspective and local experience to our designs. Since 1982, EMI has completed over 500 projects in 80 countries around the world.

The project with which we helped was a camp for kids in Rwanda. Rwanda is purported to be a wonderful example of Christian reconciliation after the terrible tribal war – portrayed in the movie, “Hotel Rwanda.”  Jim Hall, father of Brooks Hall is the executive director of Engineering Ministries International.

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