Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Birthplace: Colorado, USA & République démocratique du Congo
Profession: West Africa Coordinator, Civil Engineer
Joined EMI: January 2010
Verse: Jude 1:24-25
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Our Story

God has been drawing us to Himself and to His service from a young age. In early 2014, John, a civil & water resources engineer studying French near Paris, met Celine. As John and Celine started talking more, it became evident that God had brought them together for His glory.

John’s desire to follow Jesus started as his parents shared about His saving power and grace. From his travel around the USA with his parents as a child and his first international experience in Guatemala, God provided opportunities for him to connect with different cultures and to share the hope that he had found in Jesus.

During Celine’s journey from Congo to France, she passed through Tanzania to the French island of Mayotte. God continued to reveal Himself through His faithfulness to protect her life and to connect her with communities who were following Jesus.

John and Celine were married in 2017 and have a son, Luka (born 2019). They share a passion for cross-cultural ministry, travel, and cuisine.

Using his technical experience and background, John began serving with EMI in 2010 to lead design professionals on teams serving the Church around the globe and to open an office in West Africa. This vision took John via France to Senegal, where he and Celine work with a diverse team, mobilizing project teams and sharing stories of God’s faithfulness.

We are thankful for God’s provision so that we can work and minister in Senegal and around West Africa through the generosity of donors. Would you consider partnering with us?