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|

Cancellations, Postponements, Closures and Hoarding.

Covid-19 is laying siege on the world. Almost everywhere, the pandemic is disrupting businesses and industries, local and international travel; schools and colleges are closing; courts are postponing hearings; and governments are making urgent plans to curb the spread of the causative corona virus.  All over the world, hospitals are scrambling to increase intensive [...]

2021-02-24T19:49:46-05:00March 17th, 2020|

Experiencing Teamwork Despite Tragedy

A personal story about generosity and teamwork. My father died on January 28th. I knew it would happen someday; but I was not ready for it; suddenly I had to face the implications of his death. He had been unwell for a long time and an invalid since July. Now I was in charge. [...]

2021-02-24T19:52:07-05:00February 24th, 2020|

How Serving Makes Our Vision Tangible

Our MISSION to heal, teach and SERVE those in need in a Christ-like manner translates our VISION: Christ-centered healthcare teams proclaiming God’s love to all the world through healing and teaching into tangible and measurable outcomes. Service means more to us than what healthcare workers do for individuals and for communities. Christianity teaches that humans [...]

2021-02-24T19:53:52-05:00January 15th, 2020|

Servants Who Will Not Stop Serving

Abraham1   was 99 years old, he was wealthy, he owned servants, and his wife too had her own servants. At his age and with his resources Abraham had earned “the right” to enjoy eating with his guests within the cool shade inside a tent, and being waited on by servants. However, the spontaneity of [...]

2021-02-24T19:55:44-05:00December 19th, 2019|

Poking Crocodiles Eyes

Stunned by a scream from the river, 11-year Rebecca looked towards its source and saw her friend Latoya in the jaws of a crocodile. Rebecca sprung into action, jumped onto the reptiles back and hit it on the head with bare hands, and then pushed her fingers into its eyes until it let go [...]

2021-02-24T19:57:43-05:00November 14th, 2019|

What is Maternal Mortality Ratio and What Can We Do About It?

Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is the number of women dying from pregnancy related conditions for every 100,000 live births, it expresses the likelihood of death due to pregnancy. Our latest projects are bold attempts at significant and long-term reduction of MMR in rural communities in Haiti and Zimbabwe. In these countries chronic adversity is putting [...]

2021-02-24T20:01:38-05:00October 24th, 2019|

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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