The EM Network
How are we connected?
Among EM's greatest assets is its growing network of communities, leaders, supporters and volunteers. Often poverty and hardship exist because people lack connections to those with resources. Human nature is such that most people with excess resources are generous with their family and friends, but they are less likely to give without some sort of personal connection. This simple principle dictates that we can assist those in need by enabling them to build genuine relationships built on mutual trust and influence with those who live in abundance. This is the amazing value of a network.
For example, how can so much homelessness exist in a country as prosperous as the U.S.? Having worked with various inner-city rescue missions and recovery programs, we have seen firsthand that in many cases people are homeless because they have either lost or severed every relationship that was available to them. Similarly, people in impoverished countries often remain poor because they have no connections beyond their own governments, which may be corrupt or lacking in resources themselves. For this reason, our developing web of relationships between churches, families, individuals, nonprofit organizations, and underdeveloped communities provides a foundation for our future goals.
Mission Trip Volunteers
Through short-term mission trips, EM partners with many churches, para-church organizations, and nonprofits. We have partnered with volunteers from over 300 churches and organizations in 44 states and over 850 cities. We love that our volunteers come from all over and from all different church denominations and types of organizations. Without this growing network of people going on mission trips, we would never be able to have the kind of impact we desire in the communities where we serve.
Full-time Staff & Interns
Our full-time staff and interns come from all over the U.S. and do incredible work facilitating mission trips, developing leaders, and increasing the impact of Experience Mission around the world. Our two headquarters in Seattle, WA, and Fort Wayne, IN, allow us to reach out to volunteers and supporters across the entire country.
In urban partner communities, we work with a number of local organizations. In the past, we have worked with: Union Gospel Mission of Seattle, Northwest Harvest Food bank of Washington State, Habitat for Humanity, the Affordable Housing Initiative of Atlanta, Catholic Community Services of Seattle, Catholic Charities in Fort Wayne, the Root Cellar in Portland, Maine, and the Salvation Army of Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. Through its partnership with the Salvation Army, EM Mission Trip teams have touched the lives of hundreds of youth in Colony South Trailer Park in Atlanta’s Lakewood neighborhood, and we continue to seek out ministry partnerships and opportunities to serve in other major cities around the U.S.
Current Urban Communities: Atlanta, GA, New York City, NY, and Portland, ME.
In rural domestic communities, we seek to work closely with a key community partner. In West Virginia, we serve with long time missionaries Jack and Brenda Fultz of the School for Life. On the Navajo reservation, we partner with local pastors and churches to identify projects and accommodate volunteers. Many of these connections were made through Many Waters Mission. Following Hurricane Katrina, EM sent hundreds volunteers to Pearlington, Mississippi, for three summers to assist the Pearlington Recovery Center in relief efforts, and we continue to work with local organizations in Joplin, Missouri, and Moore, Oklahoma, to bring volunteers to help with rebuilding efforts after massive tornados hit home.
Current Domestic Rural/Relief Communities: Eastern & Western Navajo Reservation, McDowell County, WV, Joplin, MO, and Moore, OK.
Some of our longest standing partnerships are international communities. In Costa Rica, we work with the Bribri and Cabecar tribes through relationships with the governing council and local churches, and we have also established relationships directly with some remote villages in the interior portion of the indigenous territory. EM currently partners with a local churches in Catadupa, Jamaica, Talamanca, Costa Rica, and Belmopan, Belize, and we work directly with long-standing South African missionaries to serve in African communities. In all of these international communities, we see the biggest potential for growth and truly seeing our philosophies of Mutual Influence in action. We are working to see the visions of these local communities become realties.
Current International Communities: Catadupa, Jamaica; Petit Goave, Haiti; Talamanca, Costa Rica; Belmopan, Belize; Hammanskraal, South Africa; Olievenhoutbosch, South Africa; Pomfret, South Africa; and KwaMhlanga, South Africa.
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