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Our Volunteers are Donors

In January of 1968, the Evangelical Medical Missionary Aid Society sponsored a short-term mission trip to Kola Ndoto Hospital in Tanzania which involved a stopover at the Maseno Hospital in Kenya. Dr. Ross Willows and his wife, Adele, were Canadians from Manitoba. Dr. Willows was an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and I suspect his wife was either [...]

2024-05-17T13:43:43-04:00May 17th, 2024|

Surgical Team Served in Cambodia

by Joshua Wong The EMAS Cambodia Surgery team in Phnom Penh was a primarily reconstructive surgical mission team grown out of the China South Team. Since the original scouting tour in 2018, we have successfully completed 3 tours to partner with our host Hebron Medical Center in February 2019, 2023, and now 2024. With [...]

2024-05-13T12:39:11-04:00May 13th, 2024|

Tribute to Dr Bob Stephens

By Dr. Ian Ma (past team leader of EMAS China West Medical Mission) On one hand, I am very sad to learn of the passing away of Dr Bob Stephens, but on the other hand, I am happy that he is now in a better place with the Lord. Bob was my mentor, my [...]

2024-05-01T13:21:21-04:00May 1st, 2024|


Imagine a play or a movie in which the actors did their own makeup, set up the props, managed the lights, and shot the scenes all by themselves. The chaos would be astounding, in fact, there would be no play or movie produced. There are hundreds of skilled workers with tons of special equipment [...]

2024-04-22T18:27:51-04:00April 22nd, 2024|

Firm Foundations for the Future

Deep in the lush northeast tropical forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo is Centre Médical Evangélique Nyankunde Hospital. It has a long association with EMAS Canada, dating back to 1948/49, when the Evangelical Medical Missionary Aid Society (EMMAS) sent hospital supplies to a young missionary doctor who had freshly graduated from the University [...]

2024-03-15T14:46:00-04:00March 15th, 2024|

Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Dr. Stephens

by Peter Agwa, Executive Director. Dr. Robert Stephens (Bob) was the first Executive Director of EMAS Canada, and he celebrates his 100th birthday on March 18, 2024. Bob’s influence is still evident through EMAS Canada’s services to various parts of the world and at Nyankunde Hospital in Congo. Our China teams are the fruit of [...]

2024-03-25T13:57:11-04:00March 6th, 2024|


Among my favourite bible stories is one about Abraham, a wealthy old man who was resting in the heat of the day when three visitors arrived at his tents. “He ran…. to meet them.” The old man was effusive in his reception, yet polite, humble, and eager to serve. Even if his culture dictated [...]

2024-02-12T17:12:23-05:00February 12th, 2024|

EMAS Gambade Team Invite you to a Tropical Night in Hamilton

Want to escape the winter blues? We have an opportunity for you. YOU ARE INVITED... Please join us for an elegant TROPICAL NIGHT as we celebrate the work being done at the Gambade Medical Clinic, Haiti When: Saturday, Feb 24 at 6 pm Where: Liuna Station, King George Room (lower level) 360 James Street N, Hamilton Tickets: $60 (cash, cheque, Visa) DRESS FOR THE [...]

2024-01-15T12:52:43-05:00January 15th, 2024|

Education, Medical Aid and Service

The three pillars that define EMAS Canada continue to find expression as teams step out in action in 2024: Education, Medical Aid and Service. Already, a surgical team is in Tanzania; while a dental team is heading off to Honduras, an orthopaedic team is cautiously watching the security situation in Ecuador, prepared to serve [...]

2024-01-15T11:07:56-05:00January 15th, 2024|

We Will See

Guest Post by Sandy Rumford As I sat down to think about what to write for the last blog of the year and the one that will be read as Christmas is quickly approaching, I had a playlist of Christmas music on in the background. I was trying and finding it hard to experience [...]

2023-12-11T11:52:58-05:00December 12th, 2023|

The Joy of Giving and Receiving

We are coming to the end of the financial and service year full of gratitude for having been the recipients of so many gifts in funds, volunteer hours, and gifts-in-kind. Beyond the quantifiable, so much was given to our teams and staff in hospitality, prayers, words of encouragement and consolation at times of grief; [...]

2023-11-17T17:41:44-05:00November 17th, 2023|

Investing in Healthcare Through Education.

Training the next generation of healthcare workers is an aspect of the long-term perspective of EMAS Canada’s service. EMAS began to send medical personnel to teach after the solo mission of Dr. Nelles Silverthorne to Ecuador in 1958. Teachers have since been to India, Angola, Congo, Honduras, Tanzania, Mexico, Cuba, China, Nigeria, and other [...]

2023-10-16T19:24:54-04:00October 16th, 2023|

Bridging the Gap by Investing in People

Guest Post by Chi Mandivenga A chapter in the Bible that both inspires and challenges me is Isaiah 58. In verse 12, God promises that, “your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to [...]

2023-09-26T09:18:41-04:00September 26th, 2023|

When Things Don’t Turn Out The Way We Had Hoped

Guest Post By Janet Greidanus It will seem strange to some that although it is now summer, this blog is founded on a phrase from an Easter story. It actually has its inspiration from another blog written by my friend, Brian, a former Christian schoolteacher, who has been living with multiple myeloma since 2018 [...]

2023-08-08T18:18:09-04:00August 8th, 2023|

Expanding to Help Those In Need of Dental Care in Honduras.

Guest Post By Dr. Robert Clark. In 1977, I travelled on an EMAS sponsorship as a student dentist to Honduras. I have had a long association with the country over the years with several mission trips. When I retired from full-time practise 10 years ago, my wife and I decided on returning to Honduras [...]

2023-07-10T17:57:28-04:00July 10th, 2023|

Gambade Team Launch Adopt-A-Staff Campaign

HAITI. The word immediately conjures up negative images: dysfunction, chaos, brutal violence, grinding poverty, systemic corruption, and perhaps most problematic, Hopelessness. We have witnessed desperate need and how at various times the world has promised and even sent money to assist and the money seemingly having no effect in improving the situation. We ask [...]

2023-07-10T10:31:40-04:00July 3rd, 2023|

Beware of Despising Small Beginnings

Who would have known, in 1948, that a few men scrounging for hospital furniture and equipment in Toronto on behalf of their friends in Africa and South America were laying foundations for Christian Canadian benevolence that would last 75 years? Mr. Watkin Roberts, Dr. Isaac Erb, Dr. Nelles Silverthorne, and Dr. William Flatt were [...]

2023-06-21T08:40:35-04:00June 20th, 2023|

Foundations For Generations

In May 2018 we were walking a financial tightrope. Our viability was at stake. As we celebrated 70 years of God’s faithfulness, the future was not looking bright. The year following saw a decline in the number of volunteers travelling due to new and restrictive regulations for volunteers in areas where most of our [...]

2023-05-25T22:26:25-04:00May 24th, 2023|

Changes to EMAS Canada Board 2023

At our April 29th AGM, the following changes were made to the EMAS Canada Board of Directors: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE: Dr. Marcelo Garcia has stepped down this month after many years as board member and team leader for our Cuba project. Dr Garcia was among the board members who oversaw our name [...]

2023-05-09T09:34:38-04:00May 8th, 2023|

The Need for Safe Water Remains

Vibrio cholerae is a nasty bacterium that can cause severe diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, and death. Its lethal potential is marked in children and mothers-to-be. The disease is eponymously called Cholera. Cholera and poor hygiene go hand in hand, mostly caused by lack of a good supply of clean water. Within the first month of operations [...]

2023-04-18T18:29:13-04:00April 18th, 2023|

EMAS Canada

in the Crossroads building
P.O. Box 93055 RPO Headon
Burlington, ON L7M 4A3

phone: (905) 319-3415
toll-free: 1 (866) 648-0664
email: info@emascanada.org

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P.O. Box 89070
Kowloon Post Office
Hong Kong

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