New year greetings from Brussels, Belgium! This year began at EMI with staff week, intern orientation, and travel preparations. I am currently en route to West Africa for a 48-day trip including time in Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Nigeria.
Update from John Agee
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EMI Staff Week Activities 2012

Walking Forward, Waiting on the Lord

The body of EMI had a healthy grieving period at the end of the year for Jim Hall, our former CEO who helped shape EMI and invest in the staff worldwide. Jim passed away suddenly in November from cancer. Henry Watts, my first project leader (3 years ago) and supervisor, was recently named U.S.A. office director. He exhorted us at the beginning of the year during our staff week to continue walking together in what God has prepared for us. The Colorad Springs EMI staff enjoyed a time of prayer, worship, teaching, encouragement, small group discussions, and fun activities together to begin the year. Even though Jim is no longer with us, we do not go alone because God has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within us.
I was encouraged through a small group prayer time a couple weeks ago as the Lord led us to pray for clear vision, that we would not be nearsighted but to have our eyes fixed upon Jesus for wisdom and revelation. In 2 Peter 1, Peter tells us that "[God's] divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall."
We miss Jim, but I think he would have something similar to say. We had an amazing example of love and godly leadership through him, and he deposited much into the body of EMI. As we wait on the Lord and He gives us strength, we will continue to do good and to walk in the love of Christ. Thank you for your continued prayers for the EMI board and the CEO search. We trust that God is preparing a leader for the season ahead, and we will continue to share His love through designing a world of hope for the physically and spiritually poor.
West Africa

48 Days in West Africa

I am beginning a season of travel which I have been highly anticipating for the past couple months. Right now, I am on the way to Sierra Leone, where I will assist an experienced team of civil, structural, and electrical engineers partner with Mercy Ships to assess government hospitals around the country. We are looking for ways to improve hospital support systems so that Mercy Ships can train more national doctors to work around the country in their own hospitals versus always waiting on the medical ship at port. Sierra Leone was torn apart by a brutal civil war, but God is bringing restoration. Please pray with me that Leonians would see God's love in us and glorify our Father.
After these two weeks in Sierra Leone, I travel onward to Ghana where I will be leading another design team to partner with Heritage Christian Univeristy for their Phase 2 building and infrastructure design. Then I fly to Nigeria to meet Jane for her U.S. embassy visa interview appointment on March 9. Thank you for lifting up these next weeks in prayer before our Father. I will do my best to keep you updated on how the Lord is working throughout my time in West Africa.
Heritage Christian College

Ghana Team Prayer Requests

  • That God is glorified through this trip in attitude, word, & deed as we worship Him through this trip
  • That the design team made up of Americans, Ghanaians, and a Nigerian would bond well and work well together in Ghana, sharing Christ's love & gospel
  • For ingenuity and flexibility as we design with local, sustainable criteria in mind, and that the community would be involved and have a voice in this project
  • That the Holy Spirit will work mightily in the hearts of the team and the people He places around us
  • That God would protect the team spiritually and physically
  • For Christ to shine through us as we meet with key officials, builders, and ministry partners
  • That God enables us to work effectively and efficiently in the programming and building design, including engineering infrastructure design
  • That the team and I would be sensitive to and follow the Holy Spirit's leading, not just our agenda
  • For team members' ministry time to be an encouragement in their faith and trust in Jesus, that He would be more loved and worshipped
  • That God will continue to provide vision & direction to Heritage Christian University for this project
  • For a decisive break from all bondages, and that true liberty in Jesus be found
  • That local Ghanaian people & leaders would sense the love of Christ through this short-term team and the long-term education ministry
  • For God to use this site to draw more Ga, Akan, Dangme, Ewe, and other peoples in the Greater Accra region and throughout Ghana to Himself
  • For Ghanaian believers to demonstrate a love for and unity with others that transcends divisions
  • For vision & leading in my meetings and investigation in Ghana for EMI's future in West Africa, particularly at technical universities and in hosting an EMI conference on this trip
  • That more West African design professionals would take interest in serving the poor and praising Jesus through their professions

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Prayer Requests

  • New partners to Cover $80/month financial need and additional funding for West Africa zone research
  • That God would raise up a team for EMI's West Africa office
  • Praise God for continued connections with people & ministries in West Africa
  • For Jane & my relationship to grow and for God's provision for her and her family in Nigeria
  • For Jane's USA visa interview on March 9
  • Praise God for EMI teams that are launching out around the world over the next few weeks

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