Partnering with churches in serving their communities, so that Jesus is loved and worshipped in every nation, tribe, and tongue.
We are convinced that the gospel is the hope of the whole world, and that God has chosen His Church to extend this hope to people of every nation, tribe, and tongue. Everywhere we work, we seek to partner with and build up local churches in their God-given work of serving their own communities. It is our desire that the next generation would not know the name of Emmanuel International, but rather would simply know the name of Christ, brought to them through their local church. As we partner with local churches in serving communities, we encourage churches to have both a holistic and a global focus in their ministry, that they would engage in ministry that addresses the whole person and the whole world.
We are Christians
We love and follow Jesus Christ, whose name is Emmanuel “God with Us.”
We uphold the truth of the Bible and seek to live according to its standards.
We believe that submission to the Lordship of Christ and the liberating Gospel of the Kingdom of God is central to addressing poverty in all its dimensions.
We share Christ’s compassion for the marginalized and vulnerable.
We imitate Christ’s example in serving others.
We are a Family
We affirm that EI is a family, an international multi-cultural community of fellow servants, caring for one another and serving God together.
We commit to loving each other as people created in God’s image, through serving, speaking the truth in love, and where we have differences, seeking to understand each other’s perspectives.
We Partner with Churches
By churches, we mean – An existing group of believers with recognizable leadership whose primary aim is to meet together for worship, who can affirm the EI Statement of Faith.
We affirm that local churches, being visible expressions of the universal Church, are God’s principally ordained agents of bringing about His Kingdom for His glory.
We uphold that the Church is God's primary instrument for bringing about His kingdom, as they lovingly proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel.
We commit to developing strong and healthy partnerships with churches as the basis for our ministry.
We recognize that situations exist where it is not possible to work directly with partner churches, and in these situations after consultation and agreement with the International Board, we may work with other partner organizations, still with the long-term aim of encouraging, equipping and assisting churches to serve holistically.
We Promote Holistic Ministry
We recognize that as people created in God’s image, we have physical, spiritual, and relational dimensions which are integrated to make us whole people.
We seek to follow Christ’s example, recognizing that the best response to poverty integrates spiritual development with improved physical, psychological, social and financial health.
We strive towards holistic ministry resulting in personal and community transformation.
We Promote Sustainable Development
We seek to build the capacity of local churches and their communities so they are better equipped to address the root causes of poverty in a sustainable fashion.
We commit to build on the past and learn from each other to develop best practices in sustainable holistic ministry.
We recognize that sustainable development is occurring when communities work together to identify their own problems; understand and address root causes; develop their own solutions; focus on prevention; take initiative; restore broken relationships with dignity and hope.
We promote the use of local resources as much as possible.
We are Impartial
We commit to working with our partner churches to serve people according to their whole needs, regardless of race, religion, or gender.
We affirm that meeting people’s basic needs will not be conditional on acceptance of a particular religious view or belief or practice.
We uphold people’s right to be entirely free to make up their own minds in regards to faith.
We Facilitate Global Sharing
We seek to facilitate strategic cooperation, encouraging the healthy interaction of churches as the body of Christ globally.
We recognize the need for mutual sharing of resources as God uses the plenty of some to provide what others lack.
We facilitate the global sharing of resources in a way that encourages spiritual growth and deeper commitment to service by all participants.
We are Transparent with Resources
Emmanuel International in Canada was founded by George Middleton in 1975, and first entered Uganda in 1983 under the authority of the Diocese of Northern Uganda (Church of Uganda). EI Uganda became a registered international NGO in Uganda in 1994, and a full self-governing affiliate of Emmanuel International in 2020.
EI Uganda is part of a network of organizations around the world, coordinated by the EI International Office in Canada. The network currently has 7 self-governing national affiliate organizations (including EI Uganda) and 3 project countries.
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