Where We Work
Nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda is a country with an enormous number of children. Nearly 55% of the population is under the age of 15. While traveling across the country or in the cities, one cannot but be struck by the many faces of children. Although they are a multitude, God loves them and is stirring up His church to minister to the greatest need they have: the spiritual needs for grace, mercy and a new life of hope and peace. EGM-Uganda was launched in 2012 and to date has over 1,500 children’s workers involved in training programs. Vacation Bible School (VBS) materials have been produced in Rufimbira and the EGM-Uganda website has been launched. With so many children in need, EGM-Uganda Director Paul Ocen has plans for ministry growth.
The Peru ministry was launched by John and Heather Chapman in partnership with a group of committed Peruvian leaders concerned that children be transformed in Christ through His Church. In three short years, amazing fruit has resulted. An extensive three-year Bible teaching program for children’s workers, developed by Peruvians, is 2/3 complete and available in print or online. Over 1,760 children’s workers are involved in leadership development training programs, including streaming training videos. Three years of really cool Vacation Bible School (VBS) materials have been produced and thousands of VBS leaders have been trained. With work in eleven countries, EGM has never seen a country’s ministry grow so quickly and bear so much fruit. More information can be found on the EGM-Peru website!
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the poorest country of the world. EGM’s work in the DRC was launched in 2011 by Joe Cox. In three short years, leadership development training teams were launched in four regions of Eastern DRC. Training materials were developed in French, Swahili and Lingala. Amidst the country’s violence and turmoil, churches help children deal with fear and anxiety by building relationships with God in Christ and being part of His family. The country’s boys and girls can now experience peace, grace, mercy and an abiding hope. We are excited to see what God will do in EGM’s youngest ministry partner.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990’s, Belarus remained an unchanged island. EGM’s ministry was launched in 1998 and, in the face of considerable opposition, has brought joy, peace, hope and a new life in Christ to boys and girls across the country. Due to security reasons, further information can be discovered by contacting EGM’s U.S. office.
Launched in 2002, the Romania ministry has become a beacon of success. Children’s workers from local churches are involved in a variety of on-going training and development programs, including streaming training videos on the EGM-Romania website. Diverse Bible teaching resources are available to churches and children’s workers for Vacation Bible School (VBS), Summer camps and Sunday Schools; either in print or electronically via the EGM-Romania website. The Romanian ministry received over 85% of its income from the Romanian Christian community in 2014.
Launched in 1998, the Hungary ministry has become a prototype of ministry effectiveness. EGM-Hungary offers training programs for children’s workers across the country. These are not just one-shot conferences led by foreigners who speak a strange language. Training programs are led by Hungarian leaders who work for months alongside children’s workers teaching, coaching and developing them to be Model Children’s Workers. They are producing awesome Hungarian Bible teaching materials for Sunday School, drama ministry, Vacation Bible School (VBS) and summer camps. These materials are developed by Hungarians and connect the Word of God with the real lives of Hungarian boys and girls. In 2014, EGM-Hungary received over 90% of their income from the Hungarian Christian community.
Poland stands as EGM’s flagship ministry. Launched in 1991, the Polish ministry was founded by Polish and American leaders concerned about children knowing Christ and living the new life He has for them. Two of the Polish staff members have served for over twenty years, leading children’s workers training programs in the country. The EGM-Poland team is working with over 750 churches across the country and has a full array of Bible teaching resources for children’s workers. These are not ubiquitous, English-translated materials but rather culturally appropriate, life-connecting Polish materials. More information can be found on the EGM-Poland website!
Ukraine is widely recognized as the gateway to the Russian speaking world, as proven in recent world political events. Russia and the West have battled over influence in Ukraine, leading to the Russian annexation of Crimea. These events have left thousands of children dislocated from their homes, living in fear and uncertainty. EGM-Ukraine was founded in 2006 and is working with churches across the country, particularly in the East, to bring the peace of Christ to those boys and girls. EGM-Ukraine has staff members on the ground in Kharkov and Dnipropetrovsk, where Russian and Ukrainian forces are battling. EGM has placed regional leaders across the country that provide leadership development training and Bible teaching resources for children’s workers. Please pray for the safety of the EGM team members and their impact in the lives of children through churches in Ukraine. More information can be found at the EGM-Ukraine website.
There are over 25,000 Evangelical churches in Chile. Chilean leaders estimate that nearly 50% have no active ministry with children. EGM-Chile is out to change that! Alejandro Zameron serves as the EGM-Chile Director and works to establish children’s ministry training teams in Santiago, Valparaiso and Concepcion. He is at work with a Chilean team to distribute Bible teaching materials that will connect the Bible to the real lives of children in Chile. More information can be found on the EGM-Chile website!
The Middle East experiences unrest as a kind of status quo. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Egypt. While the Arabian Peninsula may hold the religious sights of Islam, Egypt is the social and intellectual center of the Islamic world. In the last several years, the winds of change that began in the Arab Spring have shifted to and fro. Political instability has posed challenges for the church, however many church leaders see this time as one of unprecedented opportunity. Churches are looking for new, creative ways to minister the gospel to children and families. Sary Mikhail is EGM’s Middle East Director and is spearheading the work in Egypt. For more information about our EGM-Egypt ministry, please contact the EGM-US office.