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CEO Edition – June 2021
Growing Through Adversity
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CEO John Dallmann on the state of EMI around the world


EMI is a Christian non-profit made up of architects, engineers, surveyors, and construction managers who value Design, Discipleship, and Diversity.

“People restored by God and the world restored through design.”

Since 1982, our worldwide mission is to develop people, design structures, and construct facilities which serve communities and the Church—facilities like hospitals, schools, water systems, and more.

Together, we are designing a world of hope.

From the CEO

John Dallmann John Dallmann

CEO & President of EMI

Everyone loves to see something grow... whether it be a child, a vegetable garden, or a group of people connecting in Jesus.

As I’ve reflected on this last year with the pandemic and all that came with it, I’m struck by the emotional and economic effects of this “long winter.” It has been tough.

Yet inside we are all ready to thrive again and inhabit the joy of spring, growth, normalcy, and community. It’s built into us. Seeing things grow brings hope and a deep longing for everything good in this world.

With Jesus anchored tightly as our center, EMI is looking to grow and advance the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

Rejoice with us in God—who loves us and surrounds us with signs of Hope!

John Dallmann

Are you on the map in the EMI Network?

1st South Africa Network Conference

Last month, about 70 persons attended the first South Africa Network conference—some in person in Cape Town and some on Zoom. It was a great start for the EMI Network in Southern Africa!

1st Fellow Rotation

Uganda to Senegal, Canada to Cambodia, USA to Uganda, India to MENA… We’re all excited to see EMI’s first Fellowship cohort rotate into their second office assignments!

Step Locally, Impact Globally with EMI Canada

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Kody and Rachel
Rachel Su

Civil Engineering Fellow

  • Birthplace: Bromley, UK
  • Profession: EMI Fellow, Civil/Environmental Engineer-in-Training
  • Joined EMI: 2019
  • Verse: Romans 12:9-21
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Rachel first got involved with EMI in 2017 as an intern. After her internship, she stayed in touch with EMI and looked for ways to continue serving through engineering design. When the Fellowship programme began, Rachel was thrilled to respond to God’s call in joining this ministry again.

The last couple of years have been full of learning, stretching in faith, and seeing God’s provision. It was a tremendous blessing to have worked remotely on projects worldwide while based at EMI Canada.

She will soon be joining the Cambodia team for eight months. Kody and Rachel will be heading to their new home shortly after getting married this month. They look forward to experiencing the culture, trying different foods, and meeting new friends.

There are many excellent, enormous, and exciting changes on the horizon; their prayer is to walk with Lord through all He has planned for this new season.

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Construction Manager

EMI India

  • Birthplace: Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Profession: Civil Engineer / Project Manager
  • Joined EMI: 2018
  • Verse: 1 Peter 5:10
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While studying civil engineering, I was inspired to work with college students in North India. This is uncommon because it’s very different from my home culture in South India. I wanted to guide and encourage students who were going through tough times and depression.

Initially, it was difficult for me to survive in North India, but eventually I had an opportunity to work with hospitals in rural areas. While at one hospital, I found an old EMI project report and I contacted EMI to learn more. Later, I joined the team as a construction project manager.

I’ve served in this role on multiple projects now, continuing onsite during the Covid pandemic. This presented new opportunities to care for the daily labourers in ways that other people usually wouldn’t. I’ve also been able to continue reaching out to North Indian college students alongside my EMI work.

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Growing through Adversity, Lead — John Dallmann, P.E. has been the CEO of EMI since 2012. God has used John's background in Civil Engineering consulting, his work in the Christian non-profit development sector, and his over 15 years of missionary experience in Africa to lead and to bless EMI. John and his wife Gala live in Monument, CO, USA.

EMI in Numbers 2020 — Graphics & Animations by Emma Wingerd, EMI Global and Anna Seeley, Graphic Designer, EMI Cambodia. Personnel data organised by EMI Global HR team. Projects data per internal review and as published in Inside EMI December, 2020. Financial data organised by Jason Reinhardt, Finance Director, EMI Global.

Editor: Matthew J. Coffey, EMI Global

Web Design: Shalom Lazarus, EMI Global

Videography: Jenni Keiter, EMI Global

Issue Cover: Emma Wingerd, EMI Global

Inside EMI is a 100% in-house production. This magazine is from the people who are living and being EMI around the world.

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