Dear Friends in Christ,
I recently returned from South Africa (an amazing country – what a contrast between wealth and poverty!) While there, I participated in a global gathering of ministry leaders helping churches respond to poverty in their communities.
Three of Emmanuel International’s Africa representatives joined me. What an challenging week of inspiration (and late-night strategy sessions). We all returned home better equipped, and more committed than ever to our calling – helping churches communicate God’s transforming love among the poor. Churches such as these:
- Anglicans planting new churches and providing clean drinking water in Tanzania
- OEBB repairing earthquake-damaged homes and serving cholera victims in Haiti
- ABCCOP helping people improve their income in the Philippines
- Church of Uganda assisting widows, orphans and war victims return to normal life
- EBCM training leaders for missions to unreached people in Malawi and beyond
Emmanuel’s committed personnel are right there with them, training and encouraging their leaders, and providing project assistance. God’s people in these countries always amaze us - sacrificially reaching out with God’s love and truth, despite their own poverty.
Home for a while. After South Africa, I was home for a week, then back to England for a Board Meeting. Now I am enjoying a season of non-travel – with Policy Manuals to edit, Accounting Systems to develop, Boards to interact with – all the important behind-the-scenes tasks that let the Tanzania, Haiti, Philippines, Uganda and Malawi stories happen.
6 months on… It has been 6 months since I began my role as International Director, and God is helping and blessing. We envision Emmanuel eventually helping thousands of churches to serve millions of people… and that’s why I’m doing this!
We welcome you to participate. All of us at Emmanuel do our best to raise our own support, in the noble tradition of faith missions. And yes, we can really use some extra help in this department. One-time gifts are much appreciated, and so is regular monthly support. All the info you need is here. Or call me any time (647-309-7375).
Thank you once again for your encouraging words and your prayer on our behalf. God is at work in interesting ways.
In His service,
Doug (& Beulah)