Equipping for Mission Involvement (EMI) is the Presbyterian World Mission program that provides resources for short-term mission trip planning and leadership. We hope the resources in this toolkit help you and your mission partners join together to see yourselves with new eyes as, together, you cross cultural and spiritual borders. When you return home, we hope this toolkit will help you discover new ways to continue the growth you experienced on your trip.
EMI staff contacts (Call 800-728-7228 and add the extension provided below):
- Ellen Sherby, coordinator for Equipping for Mission Involvement, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 5612
- Stephanie Caudill, associate for Equipping for Mission Involvement, email@example.com, ext. 5279
Mission co-workers serving as partnership facilitators
Interested in planning an international mission trip, but don’t know where to start? Want to establish a long-term mission partnership, but would like some guidance? Many of our mission co-workers serve as partnership facilitators, helping to connect U.S. Presbyterians with global partners and sites around the world. They may be able to help you as you begin this mission journey!
Where applicable, we’ve included partner site information for your convenience.
Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Equatorial Guinea
Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Sudan
Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Togo
Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe
Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zambia
Minimum number in group: 10
Maximum number in group: 15
Minimum age required for volunteer: 15 years oldCCAP Zambia Education Department personnel are experienced in all aspects of arranging a work trip, including local transportation, meals and accommodations. Many school construction sites are in rural areas. Groups will be assisted by CCAP Zambia Education Department personnel to establish a “campsite” at the construction location — perhaps using existing school structures for sleeping areas and dining areas. Cooking will be done outside. A cook, cooking equipment and food supplies can be provided by the CCAP Zambia Department of Education. Work will be done with assistance from people in the local community. There will be opportunities for Bible studies and worship with community members, for arranging children’s programs, for cultural exchanges, and for evening campfires with singing and story-telling. CCAP Zambia Department of Education personnel will work with group leaders before the trip to define the objectives of the trip, the scope of work and the level of accommodation the group desires.
China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
Western and Central Europe
Colombia and Venezuela
Minimum number in group: 7
Maximum number in group: 35 suggested, but negotiable
Minimum age required for volunteer: 14 years old preferredCEDEPCA is an educational institution that contributes to the transformation of lives and contexts by providing training and accompaniment, and by offering spaces for reflection to women and men from diverse Christian traditions, communities and contexts. Intercultural Encounters is a program that designs and facilitates experiences of encounter, reflection, dialogue and mutual service between people of the United States and Canada with Central American communities in search of a more just, tolerant and equitable world.
Minimum number in group: 7 (fewer permitted for exploratory trips)
Maximum number in group: 18
Minimum age required for volunteer: 13 years oldCEPAD trains communities to organize, write project proposals and learn how to solve their own challenges. It also focuses on agriculture, helping to ensure sufficient food and a healthy diet. Groups focus their time on forging friendships and working together with Nicaraguans to help the needs of the community.
Minimum number in group: 1
Maximum number in group: 15Minimum age required for volunteer: Frontera de Cristo can adapt an itinerary that meets the needs of delegations with members of various ages. They have had families with children, high school students and senior citizens visit their border ministry.