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INSIDE EMI, FOURTH EDITION 2016 - Cambodia Calling Engineering Ministries International




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The people of EMI are involved in the creation of spaces all over the world. In this edition of Inside EMI we highlight a few of them: Hospital wards in the Sahel belt of Niger (p.12), a custom-built Construction Workshop made out of repurposed shipping containers in Uganda (p.36), and vocational training classrooms rebuilt in the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake (p.44). But when I think about EMI’s new vision statement, “People restored by God and the world restored through design”, our work with Ratanak International in Cambodia stands out (p.28). Brian McConaghy, Founder of Ratanak, sees an intimate relationship between EMI’s physical design of the reintegration home and


the spiritual work of restoration only Christ can do in the lives of devastated, sexually abused young women. To me, this is the heart of EMI: participating with God in His work of restoration. As God’s craftsmen and craftswomen, we are uniquely equipped for this. With our hands, we can create spaces which harmonize with His purposes – spaces which stand for everything He is busy doing in this world. Spaces where those ancient words from Zephaniah will fill The Priceless Ones, heart and soul. MJC 22 September 2016 Chicago

Contributors Editor Matthew J. Coffey, EMI India

12 Rebekah Tsigonis from Alaska, USA, did an 11-month engineering internship with EMI MENA in 2015-16.

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18 Chad & Shanthi Gamble (USA) rejoined EMI staff in 2015. Chad is the Director of EMI Cambodia.

Web Support Shalom Lazarus, EMI Global

28 Braden Swab from Alberta, Canada, is the EMI Canada Intern Director. His background is in engineering. Brian McConaghy is the Founding Director of Ratanak International. He lives in BC, Canada.

Front Cover Photographer: Braden Swab, EMI Canada Place of Rescue, Phnom Penh, Cambodia February, 2016 “The transition home EMI Canada designed in 2009 for kids who pass out of Place of Rescue is now complete. Soon these boys were climbing on us!”

36 Erin Means from Florida, USA, is a part-time graphic designer at EMI Uganda. The Means family joined staff in Uganda in 2014. 44 Abby Smith from Iowa, USA, did a 10-month architecture and graphic design internship with EMI USA in 2015-16.

Engineering Ministries International (EMI) is a non-profit Christian development organization.

Round 3 Photo Contest Winner On a much needed day of rest, our EMI team explored the magnificent artwork of Mt. Kenya. The hike left our legs exhausted but our souls replenished in awe of our creative Father. Tom Williams

September, 2016

Chogoria, Kenya

OUSE H N I 0% ODUCTION 0 1 PR INSIDE EMI is produced entirely inside EMI. No Ad-Agency. No Paid Photographers. No Professional Authors. Print circulation (2015): 8050 copies. Net Cost to EMI (2015): US$5500. This magazine is from the people who are living and being EMI around the world.



Engineering Ministries International 05 From the CEO by John Dallmann

FEATURES 12 The Sands of Galmi by Rebekah Tsigonis EMI helps renew a 160-bed hospital in Niger's Sahel belt...

18 California to Cambodia by Chad & Shanthi Gamble The story of the Gamble's trans-continental journey with EMI...

28 The Priceless Ones with Brian McConaghy Ratanak International's mission to restore victims of sex-trafficking in Cambodia...








Updates from the field

Do you recognize the Majority World?





36 Construction Workshop by Erin Means Go inside EMI Uganda's construction workshop...

44 Haiti Arise by Abby Smith A new, post-earthquake chapter...

50 From One Sketch by John Pillar One sketch gives birth to a design...





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42 Volunteer Engineer - Paul Berg 48 Intern Architect - Andrea Quinn

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Round 2 Photo Contest Winner Katushabe Prize laughs as she and her team complete a topographic survey exercise in the 2016 EMI Survey Practicum. Braden Swab


April, 2016

Mukono, Uganda



The engine pull-cord on my chainsaw broke recently. Wanting to save money, I bought a cord and set out to do the repair myself. After a few minutes, a circular coil spring burst out. I then attempted to coil up the spring and place it back into the housing. It was incredibly frustrating! Just when I thought I had it set, it would suddenly pop out and uncoil itself everywhere. I kept at it for an hour and a half, trying repeatedly, but finally gave up. The next day it dawned on me that I needed an understanding of the creator’s design of my chainsaw. After reading manuals and viewing ‘how-to’ videos, I succeeded with ease! Knowledge of the creator’s design was the critical element to success. I also gleaned a parallel lesson on the importance of understanding our Creator’s design for life. Understanding our Creator’s design is what has motivated EMI to launch an office in Phnom Penh. Cambodia has seen the devastation that comes from ignoring God’s truth that all people are made in His image (Genesis 1:26, 27). From 1975 to 1979, roughly 25% of the population died from torture, mass executions, forced labor, disease, and malnutrition under the Khmer Rouge. The economic, emotional, and societal effects of disregarding the precious worth of life has been enormous. EMI’s move to Phnom Penh brings truth and hope to those who desperately need it; EMI is a platform for living and sharing the Gospel. I hope you enjoy this edition of Inside EMI. God has presented us with a great opportunity in Southeast Asia. Come celebrate with us EMI’s entry to Cambodia!

For the Creator’s Glory,


Round 1 Photo Contest Winner "Mr. Chenault... It appears we have run out of gas..." Barnett Chenault

February, 2016


EMI NEWS Farewell Mike Woods

Brad Crawford, COO of EMI


The list of names of those who have pioneered new EMI offices is short. Mike Woods added his in 2007 when he launched EMI in the United Kingdom. This year, after nearly a decade of directing EMI UK, Mike & Marietta Woods stepped away from EMI. Their legacy has reached dozens of British volunteers, interns, and staff.

in England to pursue his passion for mission and love of flying. The Woods lived and served in the MAF offices in Tanzania and Uganda for five years. It was there that Mike’s understanding of on-the-ground mission work was formed – an asset that would later help define his substantial contribution to EMI.

Mike came to EMI via Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). He had left behind a career in architecture

I had the privilege and honour of working alongside Mike in the UK from 2012-2014.

More on the above from Barnett: "After missing two flights due to a car breakdown, I spent 12 hours in an airport followed by 20 hours of solo flights, only to arrive in Tanzania a day and a half behind the rest of the team.

It was during this time that I personally saw the impact Mike’s experience and perspective had on EMI. Many of the new initiatives now at the forefront of EMI are things Mike had been talking about for years. Beyond the dear friends Mike & Marietta have become to our family, the impact they’ve had on EMI’s ministry is unmistakable. Their charisma, passion, and love for people will be sorely missed.

Somehow we coordinated a bush flight. Then this drive. 6,000 miles from home and without the ability to communicate, it was quite the faith-building exercise."

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Beginning Phase 2 Director, EMI India

The Mussoorie Phase of EMI India ended in 2012 with the shift to New Delhi. With this year’s departure of Matthew & Ivy Coffey, the staff of EMI India has completely changed. Beginning Phase 2, our key goals are well underway: With half of our staff from India and an Indian Intern contingent, we are finding new ways to serve Christian ministries in South Asia. (J. Keiter)

Launch Progress

David Wright, EMI Senegal EMI’s Senegal Team is now in country, and we praise God for His help and presence along our journeys. In early 2016 and after five years with EMI USA, John Agee arrived in Senegal – a region that has been on his heart for many years. Greg Perry and family have started their first overseas assignment with EMI in Senegal. The Wright family journey crossed many territories before finally landing in Senegal in September 2016. The past months have been spent finding housing, making new friends and connections, observing and learning the new culture we find ourselves in, adjusting to high temperatures, and improving our French language skills. The Senegalese are extremely friendly and willing to help – what a joy to serve in this part of the world! 08

Looking ahead to our 2017 journey, we will continue to establish the office in Mbour, Senegal. We will create a culturally diverse team which provides appropriate design for the West Africa Region. We have much to learn about living and working in this region in ways that honour God and bring people into His Kingdom. The road is exciting and challenging, but we trust in the One who is able to direct our path. For more from David and John on EMI’s Senegal launch, visit: Photo above: John Agee (left) & David Wright in Mbour, Senegal

S. Africa Coming Soon Gerhard van der Merwe, EMI South Africa

EMI’s 11th office will be in Cape Town! The team will be led by South African urban designer Gerhard van der Merwe. For 14 years, Gerhard ran a commercial architectural & urban design practice in Cape Town. After eight months at EMI India, Gerhard and his wife Trudie felt the Lord’s leading to start EMI to serve Southern Africa. EMI South Africa is now seeking team members to help launch this new office. If you are interested, please write to:

(J. Keiter)

World Staff Conference Liz Swab, EMI Canada

Almost all of EMI’s worldwide family gathered at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado from August 6-12 for a time of connection and growth. The focus was on EMI’s core values of design, discipleship, and diversity. “Our conference theme is Renew – that God would breathe new

EMI Back Home

Jon Burgi, EMI Nicaragua After a two-year rebuild, EMI’s Latin America presence has been restored. EMI Nicaragua launched in Managua on September 1st with staff from the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. We will focus on projects in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, but will also support ministries throughout the region. As we grow we aim to support our clients as owners’ representatives through design and construction.

life into us personally, as families, and as teams around the world,” wrote EMI CEO John Dallmann, “That is our prayer for you – restoration, renewal, strength, hope, and vision – all supplied by our powerful and loving Father.” Renewal could be seen in new friendships formed with EMI colleagues over lunch, in hands lifted in a Spanish prayer, in couples attending stress seminars

Our team is excited about investing in the lives of local interns through spiritual and technical discipleship. Our goals are to develop local professional engineers and architects and partner with ministries throughout our region who are sharing the Gospel of Christ. In the time we have been incountry learning Spanish and building relationships, God has clearly lead and directed us. Starting an EMI office in a new country has many challenges and hardships. But we find ourselves at the end of the year with many launch goals accomplished – Gracias a Dios!

and counseling sessions, or as families creating new memories together in the pool or at the climbing wall. Six days of renewal were a much needed refueling in the lives of EMI staff as they dispersed back their different corners of the earth.

See EMI's projects & locations in 2016

Transition Year

Dave Lambert, EMI UK This year, the founder of EMI UK, Michael Woods, took a well-deserved retirement from EMI. We praise God for Michael & Marietta’s faithful and dedicated service. Architect Dave Lambert of Portsmouth, England, took on the leadership in November. The number of UK professionals with EMI UK has been increasing: Five staff families now serve overseas and three more in the UK. Presently EMI UK does not run a project office, but focuses on supporting overseas staff and on encouraging British volunteers to join project trips run by EMI field offices. 09



By Rebekah Tsigonis / EMI MENA / Niger



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of the last Cessna 182 touched down. The harmattan (prevailing dust-filled winds) obstructed visibility, and the accompanying gusts made for an exciting landing. The multinational staff of Galmi Hospital welcomed us on the runway. They were eager to reconnect with EMI and review the design needs of their hospital. On our walk to the guesthouse, I remember one of them mentioning, “It’s hard to shake the sands of Galmi from your feet.” Galmi Hospital is managed by Serving in Mission (SIM) and began operation in 1950 on the periphery of Galmi village. Located just north of the Nigerian border in the Sahel belt of south-central Niger, the

hospital is now a referral center for central Niger and the surrounding countries. Galmi Hospital has grown to 160 beds and an average of 300 outpatients are seen every day. Traveling during Niger’s ‘cool’ season, the days were typically 90° F. Intense harmattan winds left noses plugged and heels cracked. During the tour of the hospital grounds, southern Niger was light-heartedly called a ‘security sandwich.’ The reference was to this region’s position between Al Qaeda (north) and Boko Haram (east). This combination of political instability and extreme dry heat makes Niger a place only for the courageous of heart.

N'Djamena, Chad


Photographer: Renee Wiebe February 2016, Galmi, Niger In a strong family-based culture, it is the norm for a family member to accompany the patient through the entire treatment process. Ibrahim and Ibrou-salehou wait for the treatment of a relative in the waiting area of the EMI-designed surgery ward.


Photographer: Renee Wiebe February 2016, Galmi, Niger Nigerien midwives Rabi and Ruth watch over premature twins in the observation room of the EMI-designed OB ward. Speaking about the new building, they said, "It is far better - there are many big rooms with plenty of space and good ventilation."


Surgical Ward

Obstetrics Ward


Photo: Rebekah Tsigonis The bright paint colors and natural lighting from the clerestory windows in the EMI–designed surgery ward create an enjoyable atmosphere in an otherwise stressful setting.

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The staff and volunteers at Galmi Hospital certainly fit this category. They see the desperate needs of Niger. And they see the narrow window of opportunity where sharing the gospel is permitted. EMI’s partnership with Galmi began in 2007. The task was to redevelop the original hospital core while maintaining its full functionality. The existing hospital was operational but tight on space. It was also deteriorating from years of use in a harsh desert climate. EMI proposed a new, phased master plan and prepared construction drawings for a now-completed surgical ward and toilet block. It was during this initial visit that EMI committed to support the ongoing redevelopment at Galmi. In 2011, EMI returned to design a new obstetrics (OB) ward. Today, the midwives working in that OB ward are grateful. This year, EMI architects revised the master plan and again developed designs – this time for a new medical ward and improvements to several existing buildings. And EMI engineers assessed electrical, structural, and water systems to recommend critical infrastructure improvements at Galmi. Galmi Hospital continues its mission ‘to glorify the name of Jesus by demonstrating the love of God through physical and spiritual healing, proclaiming the gospel, and making disciples.’ In turn, it is this mission that has captivated the hearts of three EMI teams. It keeps calling us back to play our part in maintaining a functional hospital in the Sahel. Once exposed to Niger’s resilient people, desperate need, and impending harvest, it truly is hard to shake the sands of Galmi from your feet

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Team Support


Photo: Cory Cragle The new EMI-designed OB Ward has improved patient care and outcomes at Galmi Hospital in an area which is predominantly Muslim. It is common for patients to rest and get fresh air in the wide veranda spaces.


By Chad & Shanthi Gamble / EMI India / Cambodia



New Delhi India, 2016


Chesna, Moses, Shanthi, Chad, Miriam, Nathan in Uganda, 2006


CHAD I have a point in my life where God very clearly spoke to me about using engineering internationally for Him and for His glory.

In college, Chad played ice hockey and Shanthi played Lacrosse.

The four Gambles in 2002

SHANTHI And God had called me to care for orphans in Africa. So after Chad and I got married and started working, we kept trying to find avenues where God might use both of these callings.

Phnom Penh

Scouting Uganda together in 2001.

New Delhi

C This was always in the back of our minds. We were just waiting for God to show us the right opportunity. Then EMI came along.

S Chad returned from his first EMI trip in Uganda and said, 'This is amazing! They say EMI should have an office there. It's in Africa, and there are opportunities to work with orphans and engineering. This could be the fulfillment of what God has called us to do.' A walk with extended family in Uganda


C I had thought of Africa as a war-torn, ravaged place with children that are malnourished. But on that first visit to Kampala I saw people with cell-phones and vehicles. There were paved roads, movie theaters, and shopping malls. And the fact that English was common made it seem much easier than I had pictured before. I realized I didn’t need to be a Christian superhero. I realized a person like me could live in Uganda and be successful.

in California, we were listening to the Lord for when to go overseas once again. To be honest, we didn't know it would be with EMI. But when I went to scout Southeast Asia for EMI and heard about the new core values – the three D’s of design, discipleship, and diversity – it really stirred a passion in me. I could see the impact EMI could have through spiritual and professional discipleship of national engineers and architects. At the time we had another overseas position nearly lined up. But when God supernaturally closed that door, He opened the door to return to EMI in this move to Southeast Asia. So I took up the challenge to pioneer another EMI office.

S But by 2006, after three years in Kampala, we were done. We hit a low point in our cultural adjustment and didn't want to stay any longer. It was then that God brought two children into our lives who needed a family. God’s call on my life was being fulfilled with two lifelong I believe God has been relationships. And so we stayed three paving the way for EMI more years to adopt to locate an office in Moses & Miriam.

S Part of the reason we wanted to go to India before moving to Cambodia was so that our oldest son, Nathan, could have an Asian cultural experience. He wants Phnom Penh. C A key reason we to be a math teacher hit the low point in China and it’s culturally was because we didn’t prepare his last year before going to university. We well. We had not read about or participated wanted to live as a family in an Asian culture in cross-cultural training. But at this 3-year so that when Nathan goes to China on his point we really dove into that. It helped own, maybe things won’t be totally unfamiliar. us understand (especially for me as an engineer) the 'why' behind what we were C We spent nine months at the India office seeing. All the things I felt at first were crazy because they’re almost at that 50-50 split or foolish had reasons which made good between national and international staff. I sense inside that culture. So this process of believe that being more familiar with how building understanding helped us get out of EMI India is run will help us launch EMI in our cultural adjustment low point. Now we Cambodia. know how understanding the culture leads to success. I also believe God has been paving the way for EMI to locate an office in Phnom When we left Uganda in 2009, we knew Penh. Many indications point to that. The our international work wasn't done. Back US State Department lists engineering and



Chad & Shanthi graduate with B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Math (respectively) from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, USA.



Nathan Eli is born in September in Medford, Oregon, USA.


Chesna Eliza is born in April in Medford, Oregon, USA. Chad joins his first EMI project trip in September. The team led by John Linquist travels to Fort Portal, Uganda.


Miriam Namusisi is born in November in the Ssese Islands, Uganda.

The Gambles move to Kampala, Uganda in July. Chad is the first Director of EMI Uganda.

architecture training as one of the key needs in Cambodia. Also, ministries EMI has worked with in the past are encouraging us to come to Cambodia. And we met with an engineering student whose pastor had been teaching about bringing Christ into the workplace to transform the community. I think EMI comes in and models that. In Cambodia, there’s a great need for professional mentoring. The Cambodian economy has been growing at around 8% since the mid-90s, but it is still one of the poorest countries in Asia. With a boom in residential and commercial construction, there’s a need for engineers and architects. However, many Cambodian engineers and architects either don’t have the educational background or lack the on-the-job training to be hired by the international firms that are coming in. I think EMI’s capability to mobilize international designers to work alongside national designers can help meet this professional development need. So the mission of EMI to provide both design and discipleship fits perfectly with the need in Cambodia at this time. Christianity in Cambodia has also grown significantly. It’s still a small percentage but in a recent report I read, Cambodia was ranked among the top 10 fastestgrowing churches in the world. So the church is growing, the economy is growing, and there’s a lack of qualified design professionals. Sounds like a need for EMI to me.

really appreciated as well. So having our kids experience it and enjoy it has been a huge blessing. C Thinking of our family and the time of burnout we had in Uganda, in Phnom Penh we were asking really pointed questions about how to survive and thrive and do well in Cambodia. And what we heard from people really encouraged us as we press ahead with the cross-cultural preparation we are doing as a family and in the EMI team. In one respect, pioneering EMI Cambodia will be easier because we’ve done it before. In Uganda I remember praying on a nearly daily basis, “Lord Jesus, I know I’m going to make mistakes, I just pray they don’t cost too much.” That cost could be financial or in terms of reputation or time. Now I know more of the questions to ask and what things to look for. It won’t be our first time living overseas and it won’t be our first time running an EMI office. But in another respect it will be just as difficult, if not more. A lot has changed in the world between 2003 and 2017. And we’ll be in a completely different culture, among a different people, and speaking a different language. I’m a bit afraid of doing what I’ve done before in Uganda – thinking that what worked in Uganda has got to work in Cambodia. What I need to do is take the lessons I learned from Uganda and India and try to apply them in a different culture and setting.

S What encouraged me about our family trip to Cambodia this year was that Moses made a friend in Phnom Penh on the first day. And Miriam saw things about Cambodia that she



Moses Katwalo is born in August in Jinja, Uganda.


Moses & Miriam are adopted into the Gamble family in September.

Continued on page 22


The Gamble family returns to the USA, locating in Sacramento, California.


Chad joins the EMI S.E. Asia scout team in April. The Gambles return to EMI and move to Delhi, India in November.

The Gambles return to the USA in July to prepare for the launch of EMI Cambodia in January, 2017


Continued from p.21

C In the long range, I would love to see 10 to 20 businesses that have been started by Cambodians who have been through a 1- or 2-year EMI internship. So we could look out over the nation of Cambodia and see these firms with founders or key people who are professionally mature, spiritually grounded, and practicing Christian ethics. Firms that not only serve the design community but also the Cambodian church.

(C. Gamble)

S It would be awesome to hand EMI off to them – to say, ‘you’ve got this’,

On the roof of the Gamble flat, New Delhi, India, 2016


The streets of Old Delhi

Leading an EMI team in Hyderabad, India, 2016

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Delhi's famous yellow & green auto-rickshaws

Street scene, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2015

(A. Seeley)

On the EMI Southeast Asia scouting trip, 2015

(V. Mah)

C And we’ll move on to the next place. Maybe we’ll start a third EMI office in Laos or South Korea... I don’t think this would be any more surprising than the path God has taken us on from California to Cambodia

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalms 126:3 (NIV) Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The Gambles at Angkor Wat, 2016

23 (J. Dallmann)

CAMBODIA Pray that God would call key Cambodian design professionals into ministry with this EMI team.

The initial funding needed for EMI's Cambodia launch is $65,000. You can help get this team off and running with a gift toward EMI's Growing Globally initiative.

EMI is seeking architects and a structural engineer to join this launch team. Is God calling you to join them in Phnom Penh for 3-5 years? Write to us at




Civil Engineer, USA



Civil Engineer, USA

LAUNCH Jan, 2017

Geotechnical Eng., Canada

Graphic Designer, USA


Phnom Penh, Cambodia

CHRIS HARDRICK, P.E. Civil Engineer, USA


‘and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.’ Isaiah 58:10 (NIV)

Over the past three years, EMI has

been preparing for a launch to Southeast Asia. With its growing economy and need for engineers and architects, and with rapid church growth in the country, Cambodia is the right spot for EMI. Phnom Penh will be a city of exciting possibilities for EMI as this team begins to model Christian discipleship in the context of the design professions.

Vicky is an experienced EMI staff veteran and Anna brings web and graphic design skill. Both come to the team from EMI Global. Engineers Chris and Kathleen are beginning their EMI staff journey with this launch team. Finally, with the experience of starting EMI Uganda in 2003, Chad is uniquely prepared to lead this team and adapt EMI to fit the culture and opportunities in Cambodia. The team will be in Phnom Penh studying Khmer in early 2017.









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By Braden Swab / EMI Canada / Cambodia


In 1989 Brian McConaghy’s life changed forever with one visit to a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand. He began the charity now known as Ratanak International in his mid-twenties to bless the people of Cambodia. Earlier this year, EMI Canada sent a project team to Phnom Penh to design a reintegration home for Ratanak’s ministry to victims of sex-trafficking. Brian spoke with Braden Swab about this project and his 25-year journey in Cambodia.


Those the world would say are worthless, God says they are and so I'm privileged to be called 'dad' by them.




BS: What are some challenges unique to Cambodia? BM: One of the keys is the actual genocide in the 1970s. It was so thorough. It's the only time an entire country has been turned into a concentration camp. The borders were sealed and the entire population was subjected to slave labor, brutality, and execution. That has left a profound mark on this society in terms of the sheer percentage of people who died, and the execution of all those who were educated. So one of the challenges is simply having the resources to rebuild and develop. Those trained people, the engineers, the architects – they're all gone, they're all killed. BS: What has Ratanak International been involved in over the past 25 years and where does that name come from? BM: Ratanak is the name of a little girl who died in Cambodia in 1989. And I was just over the border from her, in UN warehouses full of medication. We couldn't transport any of it into Cambodia because there was an embargo. So Ratanak died on the wrong side of the border. It just so frustrated me that I figured I would dedicate whatever I do in memory of her. Originally, during the civil war and before the UN came in, we were involved in medical assistance. All the doctors had been executed, so there were no medical programs. I was involved in immunization drives, building clinics and hospitals, and the development of ambulance programs. All that primary health care work needed to be done because there were no services in the country. Then we moved into agricultural development, and literacy development, among other things. In 2004, I ended up with a Canadian paedophile's police file in Canada and had to investigate it in Cambodia. And that opened that whole ugly world to me. So I didn't get into child exploitation and human

trafficking issues with young women until then, but now this is the centrepiece of our work at Ratanak. BS: How was God equipping you for this ministry to victims of sex-trafficking before you even got involved in it? BM: I now view over 22 years of forensic police work as the training I needed to cope with the work involving young women and children who have been sexually assaulted. It's brutal stuff. Psychologically it's very, very difficult to witness those rape videos in order to try and find the victims. If I hadn't done over two decades of Royal Canadian Mounted Police work, I'm not sure I could handle that at all. In addition, in the police I was trained in public presentation and linear and forensic thinking, which has proved to be incredibly useful. I never realized initially that this experience would help to solve crimes here and protect children. BS: What does success look like in the Ratanak Achievement Program? BM: We are privileged to work with many young lives, but it's really not a numbers game – not in work this hard. These are human beings that have been bought and sold, traded, and abused to the point where they don't actually think of themselves as human the way you and I do. Our job is to transition them from the world of abuse and brothels and trafficking to create healthy people that can integrate into real society. And we've seen that many times. We've got several thriving now in university, which is absolutely fantastic... In Zephaniah, at the end of chapter three, God says, “I will give them praise and honor in every land where they have been put to shame. I will gather you, I will bring you home.” That is exactly what we are doing through the Ratanak Achievement Program.

The locations and identities of all the young women in the Ratanak Achievement Program are protected.


But success is to first get these young women to the stage where they can recognize that there's a God who made them and that they are profoundly valuable. The term I always use is that they are “to die for.” If they can grasp that they are “to die for”, we have the basis of rehabilitation right there. So to give them that hope and an opportunity to become wonderful young women of dignity, of education, with hopes and dreams for the future – that's success. BS: How will EMI's involvement in this project affect the women who come through the program? BM: So often something like engineering seems abstract, far away from those lives, but it's not. In a sensitive program like this, it's vital to have the right building. When it's built, will be a safe home and a shelter from the storm. The fact that it's welldesigned for them has a direct impact on their psychology and their understanding of who God is. Because this is provided by God for them: A safe place to realign their lives. So the role of EMI in creating that space is not abstract for those lives. It is absolutely central in recreating normal life for them.

BS: Why is introducing these young women to Christ so important to their recovery? BM: I think with good therapies and medical intervention, we can get these lives sort of cobbled together to be somewhat functional. But if you want life to be genuinely restored – if you want to see joy in a life that has been completely shattered by modern slavery and abuse – that's something only Christ does. There's no therapeutic process that will give you joy and a hope for life if you've been abused and sexually assaulted potentially thousands of times. But that's what Jesus does. So we simply can't do this as a secular program. This is about God's restoration of lives. And He says, “You are valuable no matter what. You are to die for.”

Level 5: Rooftop Terrace

Level 4: Short-Term Housing and Meeting Room

Level 3: Short-Term Housing, Offices Level 2: Short-Term Housing, Rec Room, Counseling Rooms Level 1: Kitchen, Advisor's Offices, Library, Computer Lab


West Elevation

This is about God's of lives. And He says,"You are valuable no matter what. You are to die for."



CANADA BS: Personally speaking, what is your favorite part of this work? BM: It is the very simple fact that many of these young women refer to me as 'dad'. There is no higher honour for me. These young people have had everything stripped away from them. But those the world would say are worthless, God says they are priceless, and so I'm privileged to be called 'dad' by them. It is gold, absolute gold, and it encourages me to keep going


PROJECT TEAM Project Leader : Braden Swab Project Leader : Greg Young Chris Hardrick Jim Lange Graham Miller Taylor Norris Scott Stober Seo Yun Yang



Interior Designers Below: EMI's architectural design model of the Ratanak reintegration home. This building will be a safe-home for up to 30 young women.


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North Elevation


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ABOUT MADHULIKA BIRTHPLACE : Jamshedpur, JH, India PROFESSION : Architect JOINED EMI : 2014 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

After college I came to Delhi to work

as an architect. On my first day at my first office, I met Preeti. She shared the gospel with me, telling me about the forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus. I was struggling to forgive myself, so hearing that Christ has the ability to forgive made me feel free. A few years later, as God led me, I committed my life to Him. It has been a bittersweet journey since then as I come to know more every day about my sinfulness, how awesome God's grace is, and how much I need Christ in my life.

EMI ‘happened’ in late 2013, when I was between jobs. The directors asked me to consider EMI for a short period, and I agreed. It was no co-incidence that I lived five minutes away from the office or to realize that my friend Preeti was a former EMI intern. God was clearly leading me to EMI. I am excited and grateful for this honour and opportunity. I hope to glorify God with everything I do.


By Erin Means / EMI Uganda / Uganda

CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP A bit farther down the runway at Kajjansi Airfield stands the Construction Workshop. It was built in 2014 to support a growing construction program at EMI Uganda. This custom-built space functioned as a staging and fabrication point for a number of projects in 2016. Take a look inside to meet some of the workers and learn more.





Tables created for the EMI/MAF building's training

for hand & power tools, survey equipment, and

room. In the long-term, the Workshop will be a place

other materials. The upper two are not in frequent

to train carpenters and metalworkers. This is still

use as access is awkward at present: The mezzanine

being developed.

planned for part of the space between the stacks has not yet been constructed.


Purchased from MAF, these four shipping

containers have been repurposed by EMI. The lower


two have been partitioned into various store rooms

12m x 5m x 5m.

The covered open area between containers is



LWESIBE PAUL, WELDER: While growing up, Paul’s father was absent so his mother took sole care of him. When she was no longer able to afford school fees, Paul’s mother decided to help him find work in a field that interested him. Paul had seen a welder in the community and thought that trade would be enjoyable. Not being able to pay the man to take Paul as an apprentice, his mother decided to barter. Being a skilled seamstress, she taught the man’s sister how to be a tailor. In exchange, he taught Paul how to weld. When he was trusted with some money upfront on his first noteworthy job, Paul couldn’t believe it. He decided then that he would work with integrity. He says, “If someone gives you money to work, you 38

work.” This experience had such an impact on him, Paul still keeps part of this first payment as a reminder. Years later, Paul joined the Cherish Uganda construction project. That same year Paul’s mother passed away, creating a huge hole in his heart. Losing the only person that stood by him throughout his life left Paul unsure of the future. But as he interacted with the Cherish crew, Paul found that EMI became his family. Once again he felt loved and cared for, and EMI Project Manager Steve Hoyt has become like a father to him. Now at the Music For Life job site, Paul is an encouragement to others, reminding them to work hard and keep their word.


At the Music For Life construction site, Paul is


This Miller CST-280 welder is part of the Workshop

creating 32 door frames with louvers, 69 windows

equipment holdings. Used for both stick and TIG

with louvers in several shapes & sizes, 10 standalone

welding, it runs on either single phase or 3-phase

louvers, and numerous other items.

power. On site it is connected to a generator.


Paul is now a father to two children and enjoys

playing football in his spare time.








Workshop equipment was bought second-hand

has worked on several projects with EMI helping to

in Uganda. Besides this thickness planer, there is

build roof trusses, cabinets, tables, doors, etc. for

a table saw, surface planer, mortise machine, drill

several years.

press, and a sharpening machine.


Julius is a very skilled carpenter. He is still learning

from a master carpenter named Johnie, who first started working with EMI nearly 10 years ago. Julius 40

Henry is a young chap who is a Workshop assistant.

Here he helps Julius splice rafters for the Music For Life project.


The heart of the EMI Uganda construction program is to build the men who build the projects. Five main contractors currently use the Construction Workshop: three carpenters, one painter, and a metalworker. It is a place where skills are passed on and integrity is practiced. Paul, Julius, and others are building a new community of workmen who will be salt and light in their trades


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ABOUT PAUL BIRTHPLACE : Minneapolis, MN, USA PROFESSION : Civil Engineer EMI TRIPS : 7 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)

A dream began to grow during my

university days as I became more serious about my faith. The dream was to use my engineering training to meet drinking water needs around the world. At the time, I didn’t know what that meant or how it could come about. EMI has been the answer for me, becoming the main avenue God has provided to fulfill my dream. Taking this one step further, I think of EMI as a facilitator: Helping people in the developing world fulfill their dreams. It has been my privilege to be part of that ministry with the EMI family.

As I take part in EMI project trips, I often think of Mother Teresa’s words, “Don’t look for big things; just do small things with great love.” I’m learning that while my engineering skills can provide a small amount of help, the greater part has been the invaluable experiences of working with local ministries, communities, and different EMI teams.


By Abby Smith / EMI USA / Haiti

HAITI ARISE A NEW, POST-EARTHQUAKE CHAPTER On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude

earthquake hit Haiti. Over 200,000 people were killed and over one million people were displaced. Since that time, EMI has led 23 teams to Haiti, providing expertise to the larger relief and rebuilding efforts of local and international agencies. Disaster response teams and individual volunteers were sent immediately to inspect damaged buildings. Later, project teams focused on rebuilding for schools, orphanages, and water systems. As EMI’s support for Christian ministries in Haiti continued this year, I was a part of an EMI USA team which visited Haiti ARISE in Grand Goâve. We had been working on a masterplan for a hospital campus in nearby Léogâne – the city nearest the 2010 earthquake epicenter. At the end of the week, we took a day trip to meet Marc Honorat, Director of Haiti ARISE, and to see the progress at his site. During that visit I learned how Marc’s passion for Christian outreach was born in his own story of transformation.


Marc was the second-youngest of fifteen children. His parents struggled to provide for the family, so Marc’s father began practicing voodoo. As a priest, his father would solicit evil spirits to work on his behalf. Pretty soon this demonic activity began taking its toll. His father became a severe alcoholic, and sacrificed to evil spirits the animals that should have been food for his family. Marc now attributes the death of two of his sisters to these Satanic voodoo practices. When he was five years old, Marc’s desperate parents turned him over to a family friend. But the woman never cared for him and Marc earned his keep by cleaning house, tending the garden, and carrying water twice a day. This woman never put him in school, never provided clothes, or even a bed. For seven years, Marc was a restavec – meaning a child slave – until his older brother took him out of this situation. He started attending school for the first time at age 12. Financially sponsored by a family in Canada, Marc was able to complete high school and then attend university — first in Jamaica and later in Canada. But while living as a restavec, Marc remembers going to church. He heard of God’s love for him and the ultimate sacrifice He made by giving His son Jesus. Marc realized the complete contrast of following Christ to serving Satan and immediately made the decision to accept Christ as his saviour. In one way Marc’s life as a restavec did not change, yet Christ had changed everything. The turn of Marc’s heart

Outside the Haiti Arise children's village duplex designed by EMI Canada in 2011. Construction is nearly complete.


Marc considers the disaster as a catalyst for a new chapter of Haiti ARISE


UNITED STATES was the beginning of a transformation that would eventually make him a willing servant of the Lord’s work in Haiti. Later on, God gave him the opportunity to be a light for his family. Both his parents became Christians before they passed away. Eventually, Marc and his wife Lisa settled in Grand Goâve, where they planted a church and Bible school in 2003. This was the start of Haiti ARISE – an expression of Marc’s desire to use his life to help the people of Haiti. As the church continued to grow, Marc’s dream of helping people grew into a technical & vocational school. The idea was to skill students in local trades that would allow them to rise out of poverty. The building was completed in 2009, just one year before the earthquake. Marc considers the disaster as a catalyst for a new chapter of Haiti ARISE. After the earthquake, Haitians were forced to rethink their building and design standards. Now there are new design and construction methods and codes in place. Though the vocational school building at Haiti ARISE didn’t collapse completely and all the students escaped safely, it still had to be torn down. Around this time, Marc got connected with EMI at a Missions Fest conference in Canada. The first project team was at Grand Goâve by June 2011. The first design team from EMI Canada split the large site in half and concentrated on the south portion. This was planned for a children’s village, a church and conference center, a Pre-K to Grade-12 school, and guest houses. A follow-up design team visited in September to plan the north campus where the technical & vocational school is located. Marc described the EMI service as “a partnership and a consistent, reliable source… it is an answer to our prayers to have a ministry helping us build.” At present, the vocational school has been rebuilt and two of the six family homes in the children’s village have been constructed. The classroom building for the Pre-K to Grade-12 school is also under construction as this Godcentered vision of a former restavec comes closer to reality.


PROJECT TEAM Team Leader : Dirk Anderson Tim Anderson Southern Ellis Andrew Jones Jenny LoPatriello Will LoPatriello Ed Newberg Katey Patterson Theresa Richards Abby Smith Jeremy Steenhoek Jamal Stewart Sarah Swanson Michelle Wehmeyer Dan Willard


Graphic Designer

Architects Trauma RN


Six years after the earthquake, Haiti has made huge progress in rebuilding. But there is still a great need for the transforming power of Christ to penetrate communities. EMI is coming alongside ministries like Marc’s to enable them to reach farther Grand Goâve


Photos: Top: The interior courtyard of the family medical clinic at the Haiti Arise north campus. Photo by Will LoPatriello. Center: After the 2010 earthquake, EMI Canada helped Marc Honorat begin a new chapter for Haiti ARISE. Bottom: Two students work on a sewing project inside the rebuilt vocational school.


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BIRTHPLACE : London, ON, Canada PROFESSION : Architecture INTERNED IN : 2016

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." Matthew 16:24-25 (NIV)

One of the most exciting experiences

during my internship in Uganda was being involved in the Amazima School project. Reading Kisses from Katie, by Katie Davis – the founder of Amazima Ministries, inspired me to pursue missions in the first place. I didn’t know EMI and Amazima were working together until after I had been accepted for this internship. To my utter delight, and by the working of God’s hands, I was placed on the Amazima Phase 2 design team. I visited the construction site in Jinja, participated in meetings with Amazima staff, and even met Katie Davis.

At EMI I grew personally, professionally, and spiritually as I worked with the diverse office staff. People went out of their way to take care of each other. I have never felt so much a part of a family in a professional setting. We built lasting and impactful relationships, and we served ministry partners who are truly acting as the hands and feet of Jesus in Uganda. It was a true privilege to share life with so many beautiful people.


Photographer: Kat Malone February 2016, Rosarito, Mexico Design sketch and note by John Pillar, EMI Nicaragua, on site at YUGO Ministries with EMI Canada.

Walking around the site that first day

in Rosarito, we heard about where YUGO Ministries want to be and their struggles in reaching their goals. Chatting and dreaming with our clients about the future of their campus, we heard words like ‘vibrant, community, welcoming, outward-focused.’ EMI architect John Pillar sketched a simple diagram that showed how the different parts of the site could be connected, helping to create a stronger sense of community and identity. New routes would pull the site together along a strong axis leading up to a


spectacular viewpoint on the top of a hill. Overlooking the local community, a new chapel and dining hall are positioned on the hilltop as symbols of the hope that a life in God brings. As the week in Rosarito progressed, our design team worked hard to develop these initial thoughts. This simple sketch was transformed into a detailed masterplan with drawings, models, and images showing what this re-imagined campus could be. All from one sketch. At EMI, this is what we do best: We are designing a world of hope

Iranya Moses, Land Surveyor (Continued from page 52)

“Earlier this year, I joined a company that had been contracted by the Ministry of Lands to provide survey equipment to 13 municipal councils across Uganda. A total of 13 GPS units and 12 Total Stations were imported from South Africa. As part of the contract, it was my job to train the municipal planners and engineers how to operate the new Total Stations. During the training session, all I was thinking about was the exposure and preparation EMI had given me. The Trimble M3 Total Stations come with built-in Trimble Access software for data collection. I had never seen or used this equipment before – the day of the demo and training session was the very first time. But I was not anywhere close to nervous. I had been well prepped for this by EMI and the Survey Practicum. I knew exactly what to do when I turned the equipment on. I drummed and they all danced perfectly…* Thank you for starting the Survey Practicum in Uganda. The professional exposure, the awesome friends, and the spiritual guidance have all had a great impact on my life. It has made me a better person, more confident and competent than before. I am forever grateful.” Postscript: Iranya Moses is a graduate of Ndejje University in Uganda. He was a student in the EMI Survey Practicum in 2014, and an assistant trainer in 2015. He now works as a land surveyor at Geo-Information Communication, Ltd. in Kampala, Uganda. This excerpt is from a letter Moses wrote to Patrick Cochrane, founder of the EMI Survey Practicum. *i.e. the officials understood Moses’ training.




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IRANYA MOSES, LAND SURVEYOR “I am what I am today because EMI gave me

an opportunity – an opportunity that has transformed me. And my faith is stronger. All glory to God!” (Continued on page 51)


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