Wednesday, 24. August 2022

“Now Is the Time to Act!”

EMS Annual Report 2021

The 2021 annual report of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) is now available. The EMS continues to be financially stable and its revenues in the second Covid-19 year were roughly the same as in the previous year. Projects in 15 countries were financed to the tune of €3.2 million. You can now order the 12-page publication free of charge or download it from the EMS website.

“Mission is vital for the future of the churches,” writes EMS General Secretary Dr Dieter Heidtmann. The only way to find solutions to the great challenges we are now facing is to work together. This partnership approach has been part of EMS life for a long time – including in the international committees that decide on project funding. Last year, around €3.2 million flowed into 51 projects of EMS members. Thanks to stable revenues from donations, collections and membership fees, it was possible to ensure continuity for funding projects and programmes in 2021. Half a million euros flowed into the Corona Relief Fund.  

Focus on funding education projects

A major part of funding (44%) went to school and vocational training. Just under one fifth of the funds was spent to assist diaconal projects such as hospitals, children's homes or to support people with physical or mental disabilities. The annual report contains descriptions of selected projects as well as an overview of funding by country or areas.  

The overall solid financial result is also the consequence of low administrative costs. For many years, the EMS and its Finance Committee have practised prudent risk management and paid close attention to financial sustainability in the mission society. “As in previous years and in the spirit of forward-looking risk management, precautions were again taken and, among other things, the reserves were bolstered in order to continue avoiding structural deficits,” writes Executive Secretary Rudolf Bausch in his financial report. 

"Now is the time to act!" - the title of the annual report takes up one of the main statements of the theological conference in Ghana, which took place in September 2021 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the EMS. Read more about the jubilee as well as the programmes and members of the EMS in the current annual report. It is obtainable free of charge at as an eBook for downloading or as a printed copy which can be ordered at

Press contact: Ulrike Pfab,, Phone +49 711 63678 -11

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