A Matter of Trust

Trust is indispensable to good relationships for individuals and organizations. Commerce depends on it and so many other things in life too. We look for reliability in so much of our day-to-day lives at work, at school, and at home. EMAS Canada has relied on trust to deliver healthcare, medical aid, and education by [...]

2021-11-14T13:28:04-05:00November 14th, 2021|

We Need Not Fear the Turbulence Ahead

The foundation on which we build our future as an organization must withstand the next pandemic and whatever upheavals are yet to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many lives and caused organizations to rethink how they function. There is much talk about reengineering, rejigging, agility, resilience, and pivoting. How do we emerge from [...]

2021-10-21T13:16:30-04:00October 21st, 2021|

Vision And Mission Are Not Enough

Vision is what we see through the eyes of faith as God’s big picture call to service for our lives. Mission is what we do about our vision. Mission produces results, and for that we must have a strategy that is operationally effective enough to propel our vision beyond our visible horizon. The apostle Paul [...]

2021-09-28T13:48:27-04:00September 28th, 2021|

Adapting to the New Normal

When the movement led by Jesus’ first followers met with headwinds, some of its mobile teams were unable to journey across borders, so the pioneering leaders adapted quickly.1 Leaders met in faraway locations to draft letters addressing theological inquires from developing communities of faith.2 At least one letter was addressed to more than one [...]

2021-08-24T15:12:32-04:00August 24th, 2021|

Moving Forward to Reduce the Maternal Mortality Rate in Gutu

“I was born at that hospital; I am from Gutu that is why I’m interested.” With these words, Prof. Feresu on last week’s video conference call linking Ontario, Gutu, and Harare, let me know she had a personal stake in Gutu Mission Hospital. She is now on the Gutu Mission Hospital Infrastructure team. She [...]

2021-07-23T11:26:53-04:00July 23rd, 2021|

Why We Stand with Our Partners

“Are you going to leave us after you finish building the clinic? Are you with us for the long run?” A village elder asked one of our team members at the early stages of our involvement in the community of Gambade. They had heard about NGOs that establish projects and programs then abandon them [...]

2021-06-22T11:35:13-04:00June 22nd, 2021|

Proactive Mindset Brings Action Despite Challenges

We waited patiently, there is no law against forbearance. However, there is a law against travel during the pandemic. But when we could no longer bear it, teams began to take steps to serve from a distance. We have been separated from our overseas friends and partners for far too long, but only in [...]

2021-05-26T15:58:06-04:00May 26th, 2021|

Fighting the Disease of Complacency

30 years ago, Tom Peters’ wrote the book “Thriving on Chaos”. It was even popular in Kenya where I read it in 1990. It was about flexibility as an essential for corporate survival in a world where customer preferences were so unpredictable that constant market volatility was the order of the day. The main [...]

2021-04-27T11:53:33-04:00April 27th, 2021|

The Certainty of Redemption

There is an audacity that comes from certitude. This kind of conviction that drives action is deeply rooted and nothing can divert it. I am persuaded beyond all doubt that an ancient Jewish prophecy about God showing up and being available to everyone was fulfilled through Jesus Christ, I live and work with people [...]

2021-03-25T13:12:58-04:00March 25th, 2021|

The Road to Songdin, a Way in The Wilderness for Our God

In difficult times as has been with the pandemic-related restrictions, curfews, disease, deaths, income instability, and all the uncertainty we are still going through it is easy to become discouraged. God not only speaks tenderly to (re)assure us of His promises, but also plans prophylactically for our despondency by giving us work to do. Words [...]

2021-02-25T14:52:15-05:00February 24th, 2021|

The Shadow of 2020 is Fading

It may have been an act of foolish pride or the custom of the day, but King Hezekiah exposed his royal treasures and military resources to a future enemy. It was part of a downward spiral of unfaithfulness to God accelerated by successive generations of poor leadership, which fractured the relationship between the kingdom [...]

2021-02-24T19:30:05-05:00January 26th, 2021|

God Cares

The siege lasted seven years. It was brother against brother; the offspring of Abraham the Midianites through Keturah against the Israelites who were sons through Sarah. Israel went into total lockdown; everyone was confined to caves; such was the curfew that food preparation was a dangerous activity. The devastation felt like a swarm of [...]

2021-02-24T19:31:10-05:00December 17th, 2020|

God’s Plan is Still Relevant

Four labour-intensive projects in the Old Testament had similar ends: people connected with God; became worshipers or by the admission of their moral failure renewed their relationships with Him. These projects separated by decades and, at times centuries, were part of an overarching scheme to elevate Jerusalem into the spiritual Mecca for all humankind, [...]

2021-02-24T19:31:55-05:00November 19th, 2020|

Hemmed in, but not Confined

Our teams have known the frustration of having willing hearts eager to serve held back by the restraints of international public health regulations and the laws that govern use of donor funds entrusted to us. Like everyone else, we long for freedom to travel and meet family and friends without masks. Yet, we face [...]

2021-02-24T19:28:20-05:00October 27th, 2020|

People. How God Values Them.

From an organizational viewpoint, the next year and a half does not hold promise for measurable mission impact. We have no plans for team travels in 2020 and do not know when we will be able to make those plans. The consensus among our team leaders is that the first three quarters of 2021 [...]

2021-02-24T19:33:15-05:00September 22nd, 2020|

Perseverance, Purpose, Promises, and Prayer.

(Lessons and Observations from Ezra and Nehemiah’s Projects) What keeps us going when we face obstacles? What if the facts known to us say that we are up against formidable difficulties? How do we remain resolute when we face hurdles within our own organization? What are we promised and how do we pray? The [...]

2021-02-24T19:34:19-05:00August 25th, 2020|

A Prescription for a Labour-intensive Project

The birth of a child is a joyous occasion, most of the time. Sometimes mothers die or are weakened by illness because of pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal mortality or death due to pregnancy is still a major, yet preventable, health concern for many countries. In an earlier blog I wrote about maternal mortality ratio [...]

2021-02-24T19:38:33-05:00July 28th, 2020|

Repositioning EMAS CANADA for 2021

For over seven decades EMAS Canada has used healthcare as a tool for communicating God’s love through teams that provide medical and dental care. Helping partners all over the world with better medical infrastructure and equipment; knowledge and clinical skills, have been key expressions of our mission, especially in China. The traditional method of [...]

2021-02-24T19:43:21-05:00June 24th, 2020|

How EMAS Canada Will Adapt to the Changing Times

Our dependence on volunteers and donors is a well-known fact, and when we see a decline in their numbers we are naturally concerned. And we are not alone. In a recent report in the Time Magazine, Oxfam is having to reduce staff by close to 30% due to reduced revenue following the impact of [...]

2021-02-24T19:45:09-05:00May 26th, 2020|

Positive Changes in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

EMAS Canada depends on volunteers who travel internationally to deliver aid through education, medical and dental services. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had, is that close to 75% of our volunteers will not serve overseas in 2020. Several teams cancelled missions and two where cut short for the safety of our volunteers. [...]

2021-02-24T19:46:35-05:00April 23rd, 2020|

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


EMAS Hong Kong

P.O. Box 89070
Kowloon Post Office
Hong Kong

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