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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|

Introducing our 75th Anniversary Keynote Speaker

Announcing Rev. Dr. Harding Ng as our 75th Anniversary celebration keynote speaker on April 29th, 2023. Harding was a young University of Toronto graduate and freshly-minted medical doctor practicing Family Medicine when Dr. Robert Stephens, then EMAS Executive Director in the late 80s, showed up in 1989 at his doorsteps to “summon” him to go [...]

2023-05-09T09:33:38-04:00April 17th, 2023|

The Gambade Medical Clinic is Open

On March 20, 2023, the Gambade Medical Clinic opened. With construction phase well behind us, then challenges faced during the pandemic overcome, our search for staff for the clinic is complete. The staff are excited to welcome patients and make a difference in the community. This calls for celebration, and with grateful hearts we [...]

2023-04-10T09:28:49-04:00April 8th, 2023|

To Whom Much is Given Much is Expected

We gather next month to celebrate our 75th anniversary with a tremendous sense of gratitude and a heavy weight of responsibility. Gratitude We have much to be thankful for, notably the people and resources that have been entrusted to us over the years. Among these provisions in trust is a large Canadian body of [...]

2023-03-14T08:45:15-04:00March 13th, 2023|

A Legacy of Trust

Twenty-five years ago, an EMAS team began to serve in Ecuador, providing orthopedic surgery, physiotherapy and treating general Musculo-skeletal diseases. It included a pediatric dental sub-team. This team has more recently specialized in knee and hip replacement surgery. Our Ecuador surgical team is led by Dr. Thomas Greidanus, Janet Greidanus, and Dr. Nelson Greidanus, [...]

2023-02-13T17:50:54-05:00February 13th, 2023|

One at a Time

by Janet Greidanus Operation Esperanza is a group of healthcare professionals who have been volunteering together for the past 25 years to serve the poor and underprivileged in Ecuador. This time, in 2023, this was done primarily through the provision of free hip replacement surgeries. As well, team members provided dozens of joint injections, [...]

2023-02-13T16:42:25-05:00February 13th, 2023|

A Tropical Night to Stand with the People of Gambade

In the lush tropical valley of the Grande Rivière du Nord, in northern Haiti sits a small green tin-roofed building housing a medical clinic in the village of Gambade. From Gambade, the next hospital is ten kilometres of rough and rutted road across a river that is impassible when flooded. For the average resident [...]

2023-02-13T17:46:35-05:00January 21st, 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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