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.

Andrew Jensen

Urban Planner / Project Leader
EMI Senegal
Joined EMI: February 2018
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Professional Training & Experience

  • BS, Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 2005
  • Master of Urban Planning in International Development, University of Illinois, 2007

Andrew’s first professional experience was in transportation planning in Des Moines, Iowa. After completing his master’s degree specializing in International Development, Andrew went on staff with Parsons Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri. He was able to refine his planning skills as he worked as a consultant for the US government on facility and infrastructure projects around the world. From there Andrew moved to Iowa to work with local governments on planning and economic development issues.

After spending 2019 studying French near Paris, France, Andrew and is family moved to Senegal at the beginning of 2020 to join the EMI team in West Africa.

Ministry Experience

Having long felt a draw to participate in God’s mission around the world, Andrew has been part of the missions committees at each of the churches his family has attended. He has been privileged to walk with others as they fulfilled their callings into full time missions. He has long felt a pull to international development and seeing the Gospel go out to the unreached. A short term trip with EMI gave him a vision of how God might want to use his professional skills and experiences to spread the Kingdom of God to those in spiritual darkness. Andrew and his family feel the call to, “go and make disciples of all nations,” and are seeking to do so in Senegal with EMI.

Family

Andrew and Shannon were married in 2005. They have two boys, Owen (born 2007) and Noah (2010), and two girls, Greta (2012) and Zoey (2013). Shannon has degrees in Sociology and Nursing, and presently homeschools their children. They love camping, hiking, and going on adventures together. Their family has experienced God’s faithfulness and trust Him to lead them in this next big step of faith.