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.


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The COVID storm is truly global. No office in the EMI world remains unaffected, and few places around the world are left untouched by its effects. In the midst of it all, we long to continue to fulfill our calling and use our skills to serve those in need.

Practically, that means taking stock of our resources and making sure we are careful to save and reduce where at all possible. It means looking for new, exciting opportunities in the chaos and pushing forward rather than shrinking back. It means taking courage and having faith that the Lord will lead us through this storm and into new seasons of ministry.

Globally at EMI, all these things are happening and we are weathering the storm, but you can help us in big ways. Your support in this season will help us serve our clients who are responding to COVID, keep our critical project teams strong, and bridge us to a “new normal” for serving our world. Please support these efforts with a gift to the EMI COVID fund.

Though all EMI offices are affected by the COIVD-19 storm, gifts to EMI's COVID fund will go to supporting our teams in the majority world which do not have access to government aid programs during this time.

Though the COVID storm has severely disrupted EMI’s ministry worldwide, we are reaching out and responding to needs within our global community.

Many of our healthcare-oriented clients are bracing for COVID patients by repurposing existing facilities as COVID isolation wards.

With other EMI projects cancelled or delayed, these are incredible opportunities for our teams to serve our clients free of charge.

In India, for example, EMI design skills are having an impact in the pandemic. The team provided pro-bono design services for five different mission hospitals in rural areas to help them prepare for COVID patients.

A dorm room begins conversion into a critical care unit for COVID patients at Asha Kiran Hospital in Odisha, India. The patient bed layout and other circulation diagrams were based on WHO guidelines to limit the transmission of the virus and protect hospital staff. Courtesy of EMI India.

Using plans of the existing hospital spaces, the team created layouts for managing COVID patients with the required social distancing and hygiene protocols. These layouts include staff and patient flow patterns, bed layouts, and more.

A lorry with medical supplies arrives at the recently-constructed Health & Hope training centre. This EMI client is a primary care provider in southern Chin State in Myanmar, serving 143 villages and over 50,000 people. EMI India designed a layout to convert the ground floor of this facility into a 22-bed COVID isolation unit. Photo courtesy of EMI India.

The team expects to provide similar services to 5-10 more Christian hospitals in the coming months as the virus spreads in rural India.

Help us continue serving by supporting the EMI COVID fund.

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