1. 07. 2014 | News, Archive 2014

"We Have Woven the Network Even Tighter"

The EMS Mission Council meeting in Gwangju, Korea, came to an end - President Marianne Wagner and General Secretary Jürgen Reichel draw their conclusion

EMS Mission Council met at the Theological University Honam in Gwangju, South Korea from 25.-28. June 2014. (Photo: EMS/Waltz)

"In a global world the EMS is the right model for international co-operation between Protestant churches," stated Marianne Wagner, President of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) at the end of the Mission Council meeting in Gwangju, Korea. "Our member churches look after each other, especially when it comes to important events. In 2015, for example, we have invited each other to the 200th anniversary of the Basel Mission. The churches in Ghana and India, Württemberg, Baden and the Palatinate and our member associations 'Basel Mission' and 'Basel Mission - German Branch' are preparing a programme of festivities to demonstrate international ties lasting 200 years. In addition we committed ourselves in Gwangju to convey the 'Declaration of Sendai' of the United Church of Christ in Japan to our member churches. Japanese Christians send an urgent warning against the use of nuclear energy which still remains unquestioned even after the triple catastrophe in Fukushima. These are both examples that the network supports the EMS."

"The Mission Council has actually woven the EMS network even tighter," says Jürgen Reichel, General Secretary of the international fellowship. "We see this by the overwhelming solidarity of our member churches and associations in support of the work of the EMS in Syria. We receive generous donations from Japan, Indonesia, Germany and Korea. Our Korean member churches, the Presbyterian Church of Korea and the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea presented us with five-figure sums in dollars in Gwangju. The members of the Mission Council received the reports from Syria with great concern. The world-wide fellowship of the EMS stands together with prayers and donations for the people in Syria. This network of solidarity is set in place for many years."

The Mission Council is the decision-making body of the EMS. In 2012, the EMS adopted a new policy which turned the former German mission society into an international fellowship of 28 churches and mission societies in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, all with equal rights. The Mission Council met for the first time outside Germany on 25 to 28 June 2014.

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

Jürgen Reichel, Reichel@ems-online.org, Tel. +49 178 636 78 31