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Launching for Language School

On January 1, I plan to move to Massy, France, a suberb of Paris, for a year of intensive French language study. EMI is preparing to launch an office in West Africa, where the majority of countries use French as their official language. I will be the first of our West Africa team to embark on language study. Please pray with me for fast learning and God's provision toward increased costs for tuition and living in France next year. Let me know if you or anyone you know would be interested to invest in this important step. I would be happy to share more about the vision in West Africa, and you may give to Staff » Agee, John on EMI's donate page.

The map above plots people groups least reached with the gospel and shows French speaking countries in blue. Considering strategy for West Africa, we cannot ignore the vast physical and spiritual needs in Francophone countries. Nearly 2/3 of the least reached groups in West Africa are located in French-speaking countries. Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Guinea are also among the poorest countries in the world by human development index. Top potential countries for EMI's office are Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Cameroon.

Praise God for His formation of this team to launch the office! One current and one future staff member plus myself are preparing to launch the West Africa field office within a couple years. Please join us in praying for direction and unity as we determine where  to establish an office that will expand God's kingdom together with West African designers and constructors in West Africa, bringing hope and transformation to communities in Jesus' name. We plan to take an exploratory trip to one or two countries over my spring break in April. 
EMI Tanzania Team

Designing Hope in Sierra Leone

In September, I led a team to serve Rebuild Sierra Leone, the vision of Daniel Sesay and Abu Bangura to minister to street children.
Rebuild Sierra Leone asked EMI for assistance with a vocational training center campus survey and master plan. Praise God for a super design team representing the U.S. and Nigeria, including a close friend from Colorado School of Mines! We surveyed the new land, listened to Daniel's vision, prepared the master plan, met with boys currently living on the streets of Freetown, and worshiped the Lord together. One of my biggest highlights in Sierra Leone this time was meeting a young civil engineer and an electrical engineering student at our design presentation. Thank you all for being a part of this transforming work through your prayer and support.

Mobilizing Teams to the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8 at 190 mph (305 kph), the most intense cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. The storm devastated island communities, killing over 4000 people and affecting 11.3 million. Thousands of displaced Filipinos lack access to drinking water, sanitation, shelter and medical care.

EMI has a special Disaster Response Team for emergencies like this. We work together with the local Church and international aid organizations to meet immediate and ongoing needs through engineering and architecture. On November 25, we sent our first responders—experts in water and sanitation—to come alongside Samaritan’s Purse in Tacloban and Bantayan. Tomorrow we are sending a team of structural engineers for building assessments and temporary shelter design alongside Tearfund. As our other partners (groups like Compassion, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Mission Aviation Fellowship, and Food for the Hungry) identify the longer-term needs, we are sending additional architects and engineers.

We expect to mobilize additional structural and  civil engineers, architects, and geotechnical engineers. There is much to be done. If you are an engineer or architect who would like to go, please contact Scott Peck, EMI’s Disaster Response Director. If you would like to contribute financially, please give to Philippines Relief on EMI's donate page. Please join us in prayer as we stand with the Philippines.

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Prayer & Praise

  • New Partners to cover tuition and increased living expenses in France for 2014 ($600 monthly increase)
  • Praise God for raising up another family who is passionate to start EMI's West Africa office!
  • Prayer and Financial Partners for West Africa and national design professionals
  • For Jane and her family in Nigeria as they cope without her father
  • That EMI teams would share the love of Jesus as they respond to the disaster in the Philippines
  • For friends and community in France to develop quickly
  • That God would lead the West Africa team to a location for establishing the office in 2015

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