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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

Legacy and Vision

In 1948, Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children was restructured and there would be the construction of a new building and the acquisition of new equipment. A group of local doctors, dentists and pharmacists founded the Evangelical Medical Aid Society for the purpose of sending medical equipment from the old hospital to needy mission hospitals [...]

2022-12-19T07:30:00-05:00December 18th, 2022|

God Moves People to Work on His Plan

Maternity is a department within a hospital, or a hospital dedicated to childbirth and the care of newborns. However, there is more to maternity than just a room or the wing of a hospital because it refers to motherhood. Motherhood is life-long, and for most women, it is a joyful occupation, but it can [...]

2023-02-13T17:49:05-05:00November 26th, 2022|

The Time is Now

The long wait is over. Most travel restrictions have been lifted. Teams, once again, prepare to travel in November and December of 2022; and January, February, March, and June of 2023. Once again, we will see and work alongside our overseas partners. The pandemic induced separation was frustrating. We kept connected with our overseas [...]

2022-10-31T17:35:40-04:00October 31st, 2022|

How God’s Work Happens

Remember the story of the paralytic who was lowered into the presence of Jesus through a hole in the roof? We wrote about him in our newsletter, EMASSARY, May 2016. It is a story of remarkable confidence in Jesus that left a hole in someone’s roof. We’re not told about the cost of repairs [...]

2022-09-27T13:35:42-04:00September 27th, 2022|

Why We Never Give Up

Moses was on a long journey with God. He was to liberate hundreds of thousands of slaves with nothing but a shepherd’s staff and the words “I AM has sent me to you.” The journey spanned over eighty years. Prior to the exploits of Moses that fill much of Exodus, he made a choice [...]

2022-08-22T14:57:12-04:00August 22nd, 2022|

Following a Tried and True Model

They heard it, they understood it, and it was a learning process led by one of their own. The message was universal and made progress and impacted the world. There was more to learn from outsiders, but not much, because they already had the core. Outsiders came along to do some fine-tuning, and even [...]

2022-07-20T10:01:37-04:00July 20th, 2022|

Building Lasting Relationships for Impact

Luke, a physician with an eye for detail, had first-hand experience of the infancy of Christianity. He was on one of the pioneering mission teams that had a long-lasting impact, which was recorded in Acts 16-20. Luke was with the apostle Paul during part of his imprisonment in Rome as recorded in letters from [...]

2022-06-17T17:13:44-04:00June 17th, 2022|

Where Needed Most

These words speak of one of our core values: Going to Underserved Areas. Our teams bring a variety of gifts and skills to meet needs that have been prioritized by our local partners. We aim to serve only where we are needed. We avoid duplication of services and competing with other organizations through a [...]

2022-05-19T14:54:33-04:00May 19th, 2022|

Accredited By God

Not long after His crucifixion and resurrection followers of Jesus proclaimed that He was a man accredited by God, through miracles, signs, and wonders. These were acts of God that people bore witness to and benefited from. People marveled, overwhelmed with amazement, the impact was qualitative and quantitative: “He has done everything well”, they [...]

2022-04-15T12:27:21-04:00April 14th, 2022|

Empowering Local Leadership for the Long-Term

Guest Post by Melony Teague One of the core values of EMAS Canada is to make sure we provide more than just a quick fix in the areas in which we serve. The people we serve need local leadership to step up, and serve their communities. This is important because local leaders can lead [...]

2022-03-12T08:55:53-05:00March 11th, 2022|

Why We Need Interdisciplinary Teams.

Hospitals are complex. The image of patients on gurneys, swiftly pushed through corridors by doctors in scrubs and pulled by nurses, do not tell the full story. There is a backstage. Behind the drama of life-saving teams at work are critical resources hidden from the public eye. These are built and managed by workers [...]

2022-02-17T14:50:44-05:00February 17th, 2022|

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