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.

Jennifer Laybourn

Civil Engineering Fellow
Joined EMI: February 2019
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Professional Training & Experience

  • BS Civil Engineering, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, 2017
  • Engineering in Training (EIT)
  • EMI Middle East North Africa Intern Jan-May 2018
  • MS Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2019

After graduating from Cal Poly in June 2017, Jennifer spent six months interning for BSK Associates, a geotechnical engineering firm where she had the opportunity to supervise subsurface investigations, classify soil, and perform percolation testing. She then spent four months interning with EMI in the MENA Office before begining the Civil Engineering Masters program at UC Berkeley. 

Ministry Experience

Jennifer has been blessed to grow up in a church that embraces the commission to go and make disciples. She had the opportunity to go on short-term trips to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, and it was on these trips that she realized she wanted to become an engineer to be able to help provide for phsyical needs as well as share the hope of the Gospel. In college, she was part of the CRU movement and recieved training and lead a Bible study for her peers. Through her internship with EMI, Jennifer was able to thrive: using her engineering skills to serve ministries in developing countries. She loves the concept of providing for physical needs while knowing that ultimately only Jesus can fulfill the spiritual needs. She is excited to continue to serve with EMI through the fellowship program. 


Jennifer is the daughter of John and Lynnda who are excellent role models and mentors whom she looks up to and is inspired by in her walk with Christ. She has one sister whom she is very close with and will also be graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June 2019.