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.

Darl Powell

Construction Manager
EMI Senegal
Joined EMI: February 2017

Professional Training & Experience

US Grant Vocational Trade residential construction - 1979

Minor in Bible Temple Bible College Cincinnati, Ohio - 1998

After the residential market crashed, Darl joined the Buildings Trades Union Greater Cincinnati working in commercial-type construction.

Ministry Experience

Darl became a Christian in 1987 and has felt led to reach construction workers and their families for Christ. He seeks to encourage them in their work and personal lives. He has prayed for and with them in France, in Cote d’Ivoire and now in Senegal. The best experience is when they come back and say, “Your God answered that prayer; He really listened!” Darl, along with his wife Jill and young children Ericka, Ashlie, and Travis were appointed as short term missionaries to do construction/maintenance in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa (1993-1994). It was during that time it became clear to continue this path. Darl, Jill and the entire family went through the appointment process and were appointed career missionaries in 1996. After several years of support discovery, the family studied French in Massy, France, and Darl became the maintenance person for the school (2000-2002). In April of 2002 Darl, Jill and Travis returned to Cote d’Iviore but were evacuated in September 2002 and then again in December of 2004. In 2005, Darl and Jill were asked to serve in Senegal, West Africa. They have been there since. Darl met with EMI representatives in Dakar, Senegal in 2015 as they were investigating and praying about opening an office in Senegal. Through a series of unusual and God-led events as a WorldVenture missionary, Darl was seconded to EMI as a Construction Management Project Manager.


Darl and Jill have been married for over 38 years. Their children are all adults now, and they have added a son-in-law, as well as a daughter-in-law. They also have 5 grandchildren.