ABOUT US

Emmanuel: God with us

Since 1975, Emmanuel International has been partnering with churches to serve the underprivileged in our program countries. The core value of Emmanuel International is stated in our name: Emmanuel = God with us. Our passion is to share God’s message of love through Jesus’ gift of salvation, by walking alongside those in need through practical assistance of relief and development. By taking a grassroots approach directly with church and community, we promote sustainable interventions with environmentally sound methodologies.

Emmanuel International is a family, an international multi-cultural community of fellow servants caring for one another and serving together.

Vision

To see transformed lives of those in great need, as churches worldwide follow Jesus in serving their communities through wholistic ministry. 

Mission

Our Mission is to encourage, equip and assist churches worldwide to serve the poor in holistic ministry.

Purpose

The reason why EI exists is: “to encourage, equip and assist churches to serve the poor in holistic ministry.” We are committed to focusing our efforts on this mission; it is the primary aim of each of the respective EI countries in which we have influence or responsibility. The implementation of this mission and the strategies involved will vary for each country, depending on their specific context.

By ‘church’ we mean – An existing group of Christian believers with recognizable leadership whose primary aim is to meet together for worship, who can affirm the EI statement of Faith.

Values

➡ We are Christians who love and follow Jesus Christ.

➡ We uphold the truth of the Bible and seek to live according to its standards.

➡ We share Christ’s compassion for the poor, marginalized and vulnerable.

➡ We believe that submission to the Lordship of Christ and the good news of the Kingdom of God is central to addressing poverty in all its dimensions.

➡ We trust in God’s provision for our life and ministry.

➡ We acknowledge that God in his grace has entrusted us to be good stewards of the various resources with which to carry out His mission.

➡ We affirm the Church as God’s primary instrument for bringing about His kingdom.

➡ We are committed to strong and healthy partnerships with churches as the basis for our ministry.

➡ We commit to build the capacity of local churches and their communities in order that they are better equipped to address the root causes of poverty in a sustainable fashion.

➡ We commit to working with our partner churches to serve people according to their whole needs, regardless of race, religion, or gender.

➡ We recognize that, as people created in God’s image, we have physical, spiritual, and relational dimensions which are integrated to make us whole people.

➡ Addressing poverty integrates spiritual development with improved physical, psychological, social and financial health.

➡ EI is a family, an international multi-cultural community of fellow servants caring for one another and serving together.

Our Staff

Paul joined EI in 1980 and Helen in 1982. They married in 1984, and have 2 children, Graham and Merijam and three grandchildren! Experience with EI has been both in the home office in Stouffville as well as in multiple EI Project countries, in relief and development programs.

Paul became the International Director in December, 2018.