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.

Has your community been affected by a natural disaster? Is your community at risk?

EMI can respond within days of any disaster worldwide. EMI can also develop disaster risk reduction (DRR) assessments for communities, structures, and infrastructure. Small teams of specially-trained EMI Disaster Responders and technical professionals provide services on a not-for-profit basis.

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Contact EMI immediately if you think we can be of assistance.

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EMI Disaster Response / Disaster Risk Reduction

No application fee or special materials are required; estimated time requirement is 5 minutes.

Requesting EMI DR / DRR help indicates you have understand and agree to EMI’s Requirements listed on this page.



EMI’s Disaster Response and Disaster Risk Reduction programme mobilises pre-selected and pre-trained Christian volunteer technical specialists within 2-14 days of notification. Each EMI Responder has prior developing world technical experience, and has been pre-screened for spiritual maturity, physical fitness, and mental flexibility, and can mobilise for a 2-4 week period.

EMI DR / DRR services are available for approved projects. The following are general requirements for receiving not-for-profit DR / DRR assistance from EMI:

  1. Helping the poor. It must be shown to EMI how the organisation is ministering to the needs of the poor, the vulnerable, or the under-privileged of the community.
  2. Advancing the gospel of Christ. It must be shown to EMI that the organisation has an ongoing proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in word or deed, and how EMI DR / DRR assistance will advance this.
  3. Provide hospitality for EMI Responders. The in-country expenses of EMI Responders must be provided by the host organisation for the duration of the visit. This includes basic meals, simple lodging, local transportation, and security and translation (as necessary).
  4. Reimburse Project Leader’s travel costs. The full travelling costs of the EMI Responders must be reimbursed by the host organisation. In most cases, this will include an international round-trip economy-class airfare from the EMI Responder’s location the disaster site.
  5. Underwrite a portion of EMI’s administrative cost. The host organisation must agree to make a donation to EMI to cover a portion of the administrative cost for the response. This cost assessed by EMI is based on your response type, scope, size, and duration.

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