17.06.16 | News, Press Reports

EMS Mission Council Decides on 1.5 Million Euro for Project Funding in 2017-2018

Exchange of Experience on Topic-Related Networking
EMS Mission Council in Hofgeismar

At the beginning of June, the EMS Mission Council gathered for its biannual meeting in Hofgeismar. (Photo: EMS/Grötzinger)

"Our member churches in Africa, Asia and the Middle East presented many new projects relating to Christian-Muslim dialogue, sustainable development and the training of laypersons to take on church tasks," said Christine Grötzinger, Head of Project Funding at the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS). "The churches in countries experiencing strong growth such as China and Indonesia are increasingly engaged in projects on accompanying and caring for older people who can no longer be looked after within their families and in programmes to support poor urban classes."

The 17-member international Mission Council of the EMS met in Hofgeismar on 8 to 11 June and adopted resolutions concerning the funding of 59 projects proposed by EMS member churches in nine different countries. The projects will be funded to the tune of 1.531 million euro annually in 2017 and 2018.

"A major topic not only in the Middle East is dialogue with Islam and the issue of Christian life and witness in regions with Muslim neighbourhoods," said Rev. Dr. Kerstin Neumann, Head of Department of Mission and Partnership. "Especially in these regions, many organisations evangelise using different approaches. Therefore the Mission Council requested the EMS Fellowship to produce its own guidelines regarding evangelisation work."

Starting in 2017, the supported projects will be networked to provide organisers with a basis to exchange experiences and successful project approaches. At the beginning of 2016, a Facebook group was started to come to know the group's interests and to present the projects to the Fellowship. Project organisers can exchange first questions and ideas on each of the areas of involvement, such as the fight against HIV/AIDS, church youth work and the granting of micro-credits. "Project associates involved will be able to meet at an international forum in March 2017 to exchange information on each other's work. We will also start thematic networks, for the exchange of knowledge and staff and we hope to develop many other ideas," explained Grötzinger.

Press contact: Regina Karasch-Böttcher, karasch-boettcher@dont-want-spam.ems-online.org, Tel. +49 711 636 78 85

Information: Christine Grötzinger, groetzinger@dont-want-spam.ems-online.org,Tel. +49 711 636 78 34