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The Importance of Empowering Local Leaders

EMAS Canada volunteers have been empowering others to serve through healthcare for at least 60 years. The earliest available record of our participation in clinical teaching goes back 60 years to 1958 when Dr. Nelles Silverthorne visited the Voice of the Andes Hospital, Quito in Ecuador on a two week mission as clinician and [...]

2021-02-24T21:15:56-05:00April 2nd, 2018|

Thank you from the India Bihar Team

In November, 2017 a brand new exploratory Medical/Dental team went to Bihar, India.  The local people are largely agricultural or factory workers. In partnership with GEMS, The objective of this EMAS trip will be to explore the potential of forming a long-term affiliation with GEMS hospital, focusing mainly on providing medical and dental training [...]

2018-03-26T11:41:44-04:00March 26th, 2018|

Blessings Through Serving

by Janet Greidanus Ana arrived at the clinic lying in the back of a SUV, she could not walk. She had fallen a month before our mission team arrived in Cuenca, Ecuador, sustaining a fracture of the mid-femur. Five years earlier, Ana had received a hip replacement (we don't know where), and this fracture was [...]

2018-03-21T08:28:55-04:00March 21st, 2018|

Reaching out to Underserved Areas

You may pose these valid questions: Where does EMAS Canada serve? How do we steward resources? Where are our projects and how do we decide where to serve? Since 1948 EMAS Canada has functioned through healthcare teams in South America, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We are guided by [...]

2021-02-24T21:18:17-05:00March 14th, 2018|

Farewell and Thanks – EMAS Board

Christine Malmberg is a hospital pharmacist who joined the EMAS Canada Board in 2008. Her term ended at the 2018 AGM after excellent service as secretary to the board. Married to an Anglican minister and a busy mother of two, she could at times be working on EMAS business in her car between children’s activities [...]

2018-03-12T08:52:50-04:00March 6th, 2018|

How We Value Long-Term Commitment

EMAS Canada is made up of, mostly, healthcare professionals who do life-long missions through long-term teams, but are unable to live overseas for extended periods of time. Most EMAS teams begin as working groups exploring opportunities for service. The Gambade Medical Clinic Project in Haiti has taken four years to develop three functional units [...]

2021-02-24T21:21:08-05:00March 4th, 2018|

The Ingenuity of Interdisciplinary Teams

EMAS Canada weaves different disciplines into cohesive high-functioning teams. Our aim is to maintain teams in which interdependence creates synergy for long-term impact that would not otherwise be produced by teams made up exclusively of healthcare professionals. Even the narrower healthcare field of highly specialized surgical teams collaborate widely to co-ordinate the pre-operative, intra-operative [...]

2021-02-24T21:22:33-05:00February 14th, 2018|

How We Do Teamwork Differently

We do not send individuals to provide services on their own. The Team is the functional unit of EMAS Canada. Jon Kratzenbach and Douglas Smith writing in The Discipline of Teams (July/August 2005 issue of Harvard Business Review.) define team as follows: “A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who [...]

2021-02-24T20:35:37-05:00February 1st, 2018|

A Canadian Dentist On the Mission Field

by Ajit Vargis ALL GLORY TO GOD The dental team is an unique opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. For us, our opportunity lies in Zimbabwe. We get to talk to people and give them at least a few words of hope, no matter how busy we get. We make use of [...]

2018-01-30T11:28:44-05:00January 30th, 2018|

EMASSARY- December 2017

The December 2017 EMASSARY is now out. What a wonderful time to reflect on what God has done in 2017. Thank you for sustaining our mission, we average 350 volunteers annually in nearly 12 team to 10 countries as disparate as Ecuador and Zimbabwe. You became part of God’s mission through our Vision when [...]

2017-12-04T14:51:08-05:00December 4th, 2017|

Driver Now Being Driven by Christ

Meet Paulin Lindor a 33 year-old Haitian man, the youngest of a family of three sisters and two brothers. He was born and raised in a village at the feet of the Citadel. His father is a farmer and his mother died when he was seventeen. After the death of his mother he moved [...]

2017-11-21T15:39:36-05:00November 21st, 2017|

Thank You to Retiring Director of China Projects

Dr. Walter Woo, Dentist, retired from EMAS Canada on October 31st. He has served as the Director of China Projects for 14 years. During this time, he faithfully attended team meetings, led the China Committee; and traveled both as a team leader and team member to more than 30 EMAS sites. Walter has been [...]

2019-10-29T14:19:33-04:00November 9th, 2017|

A Letter from Past Chair, Henk Visser

Dear EMAS Family, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve EMAS Canada as Board Chair for these last number of years. From my early years in medical school, I have had a heart for medical missions, and served in Africa for five years early in my career. Upon return to Canada, [...]

2017-10-30T08:05:59-04:00October 30th, 2017|

Providing Surgical, Spiritual and Dental Care to Zimbabweans

There is nothing quite like watching the sun rise and set over the African landscape. In May 2017, our team of 11 volunteers witnessed God's sunrise and sunset artwork as we worked at Karanda Mission Hospital. Karanda Hospital, established in 1961 is situated in northern Zimbabwe, within the Zambezi River Valley; 200 kilometres from the capital, Harare.

2017-06-19T11:05:42-04:00June 19th, 2017|

His Ways Are Not Our Ways

In Canada, when you have a problem with your teeth, a toothache or a cavity, you call your dental office, make an appointment, and are sometimes able to see the dentist the same day. For the rural Burmese people, this is not an option.

2017-06-06T12:12:16-04:00June 6th, 2017|

India North Team Energized in Spirit

Dr. Sharon Reece, Dr. Lindsay Bowman, and Mr. Josh Matthews spent 1 week in Herbertpur, India at the Herbertpur Christian Hospital serving patients of all faiths and walks of life alongside the local doctors and nurses.

2017-06-05T14:30:45-04:00June 1st, 2017|

Nurse Julie Sparkes of McGill University Shares Her Story On Changing Lives

Julie Sparkes, a nurse from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec shared her story in the McGill University Health Care magazine. In the September 2016 issue of, En Bref Magazine, Julie was interviewed and talks about travelling with the EMAS China South Team for two weeks and  about her motivation for going, the preparation involved, the challenges [...]

2017-05-30T18:26:01-04:00February 16th, 2017|

Introducing Sandy Rumford

We welcome Sandy Rumford to the position of Bookkeeper and Office Administrator. Sandy has worked as a missionary in Haiti during the earthquake of 2010, at which time she provided administrative leadership at the Mission of Hope Hospital during that crisis. She has worked for three other faith based missions with responsibilities for donor relations, [...]

2017-01-16T13:15:17-05:00January 8th, 2017|

EMAS Canada

in the Crossroads building
P.O. Box 93055 RPO Headon
Burlington, ON L7M 4A3

phone: (905) 319-3415
toll-free: 1 (866) 648-0664
email: info@emascanada.org


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P.O. Box 89070
Kowloon Post Office
Hong Kong

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