Micah Brickner

Micah Brickner


In Wales, Carol sees migrants on the news, prays for them, weeps for them. She also teaches them English.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, November 7, 2015.


Some of these Ugandan women had walked six kilometers and had slept in the church overnight in order to be there -- to receive teaching from EMM workers Joe and Gloria Bontrager.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, October 31, 2015.

On September 17, 2015, Eastern Mennonite Missions purchased a building at 450 North Prince Street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This purchase was the result of an 18-month discernment process with EMM staff, board, Representative Council, church leaders, other EMM partners and numerous alumni.


In Nigeria, a man named Yusuf was the leader of a terrorist group that attacked and killed Christians. But one day Yusuf had a vision.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, October 24, 2015.


Binta is a small, feisty mother of three boys. She works for EMM workers Michael and Karen Baker in Guinea-Bissau by cleaning their house Monday through Friday.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

“The flow of refugees into Germany, already very high, is expected to increase in a way we’ve never seen before,” said an EMM worker in Halle, Germany. At Begegnungraum der Kulturen (The Meeting Place of Cultures) – an immigrant ministry through local church Soli Deo in Halle – refugees receive aid in their hour of need. Many arrive traumatized and fearful. But everyone who comes to the immigrant center is treated with dignity and respect, welcomed despite being strangers and foreigners in a new country.

It all started when ...

... a group of 12 young missions-minded men met in John H. Mellinger’s farmhouse east of Lancaster, Pa., in 1894. They decided to form a group called Home Mission Advocates “to aid in home mission work as far as practicable.” Theologically rooted in 16th-century Anabaptism, they envisioned reaching their community for Christ through Sunday schools and service projects. In 1898 they began the Welsh Mountain Industrial Mission — a community development ministry among an impoverished African American community.

From the start, the group also carried a strong global vision, often quoting Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:19–20. They founded Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities in 1914; John H. Mellinger served as the first president.

In 1915, 12-year-old Phebe Yoder from Kansas also clearly heard the Holy Spirit’s missions call: to service in Africa. She began to regularly send tithes to Mennonite Board of Missions in Elkhart, Ind., earmarked for "The work in Africa." Phebe’s tithes helped to prompt Mennonite Board of Missions (MBM) to urge EMBMC to begin work there.

Deep in the shadow of the economic depression of the 1930s, it was a leap of faith to initiate overseas mission work. But in 1933, Orie Miller and Elam Stauffer sailed from New York to locate a mission field in Africa. A year later, 475 Mennonites traveled to New York City to say goodbye to EMBMC's first international missionaries, Elam and Elizabeth Stauffer and John and Ruth Mosemann. They began work in Tanganyika (now Tanzania), settling in Shirati.

In the generation after World War II, believers left rural enclaves to share the gospel in needy parts of the United States and in many far-off lands. The 1950s saw EMBMC workers beginning to serve in Latin America (Honduras, 1950), Europe (Luxembourg, 1951), and Asia (Vietnam, 1957). In 1988, work expanded to also include the Middle East.

In recent decades, we’ve witnessed an explosion of growth and missionary sending among our international partner church networks in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. As of 2014, the 34 groups of churches that have formed or developed through the ministries of EMM comprise over 450,000 members. In the midst of new and changing dynamics, EMM remains committed to sending personnel into the world with the transforming message of the gospel as well as catalyzing mission engagement among our primary stakeholders on the eastern seaboard of the United States. 

EMM's first steps into the continents

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
John and Barbara Mellinger

1934: AFRICA
Tanganyika (now Tanzania)
Elam and Elizabeth Stauffer
John and Ruth Mosemann

Grace and George Miller

1951: EUROPE
Clarence and Lela Fretz

1957: ASIA
Arlene and James Stauffer

Bruce and Joyce Heckman

Presidents of EMM

  • 2019 – present: Gerry Keener
  • 2011 – 2018: Nelson Okanya
  • 1994 – 2011: Richard Showalter
  • 1993 – 1994: Norman G. Shenk, acting president
  • 1980 – 1993: Paul G. Landis
  • 1956 – 1980: H. Raymond Charles
  • 1934 – 1956: Henry Garber
  • 1914 – 1934: John H. Mellinger

Want to learn more?

A People in Mission (1994)

This book contains stories and photos to commemorate the organized mission work by Mennonites of Lancaster, Atlantic Coast, Franklin, and New York State Conferences of the Mennonite Church. This book reflects some of the vitality of the mission vision that took root in 1894.

100 years of stories (2014)

The stories in this issue of Missionary Messenger provide a small sampling of God at work through EMM in the past 100 years. Supported by the prayers, friendship, and financial gifts of many others, EMM workers have loved, served, and proclaimed Jesus to people groups in 109 countries.

Invest your savings and give to world missions
The Investment Fund can help you achieve your own financial goals while making a difference in the lives of people who need Jesus.

What is the Investment Fund?
The Investment Fund is the lending arm of Eastern Mennonite Missions. In the spirit of mutual assistance, the fund receives savings from our constituency, pays interest to these investors, and makes first-lien mortgage loans to Anabaptist churches and related agencies, usually at a rate lower than that of a commercial loan.

Why should I invest in the Investment Fund?
Those who invest in the Investment Fund support the work of the church as they also plan for their future needs. More than one thousand people have already chosen to invest their savings in these church projects.

Since 1959, EMM has been investing savings from individuals and organizations in churches, colleges, hospitals, retirement homes, schools, and church camps. Investing in these kinds of church capital projects allows people to invest in the church’s future and to avoid helping to finance military and worldly enterprises.

Our interest rates are modest, so that borrowers (young churches and other Mennonite agencies) do not need to pay us high rates for the use of these funds. We charge borrowers at least one percent above EMM's "index" (based upon the total cost of all notes payable in the Investment Fund) to cover administration and audit expenses.

What are the current interest rates for investors?
As of May 2019, EMM offers on-demand notes at an interest rate of .25%, one-year promissory notes at an interest rate of 1.25%, and three-year promissory notes at an interest rate of 2.50%. EMM also welcomes interest-free on-demand promissory notes. Each of these notes has a minimum purchase price of $500.

How do I invest? What do I do next?
To invest a portion of your funds with the Investment Fund, please fill out the Investor application form. On the form you’ll see our current interest rates, and you will indicate whether interest should be added to the principal or paid to you. You’ll need to supply your Social Security number on a W-9 form so that we can give you an annual 1099 Interest Statement for tax reporting purposes. Send the completed Investor application form, the completed W-9 form, a copy of a form of photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.), and your check (payable to Eastern Mennonite Missions) to 53 W. Brandt Blvd., Salunga, Pa 17538. We will then send a promissory note to you, along with a prospectus.

Services may be limited in states outside Pa. If you live outside Pa., please find out your options by contacting Trisha Good before you apply to invest. 

The securities are offered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alone, and hence, unavailable in all other States separate and apart from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to purchase the securities, and the securities may not be sold in the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or any other jurisdiction under the preview of any federal, state, or political entity’s or subdivision’s law, rule, or regulation that would prohibit or make illegal the sale of such securities.

Subject to the above limitation, this offer is further limited to persons who are, prior to the receipt of this Prospectus, members of, contributors to (including investors in) or participants in Anabaptist Churches or in Eastern Mennonite Missions or in any program, activity or organization which constitutes a part of the Anabaptist Churches or Eastern Mennonite Missions or in any other church organizations that have a programmatic relationship with the Anabaptist Churches or Eastern Mennonite Missions.

As a further notice, these securities have not been registered with the United States federal government as under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1933, 1934, or any other applicable federal law. These securities are registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pursuant to Section 1-206 of Pennsylvania Securities Act of 1972. However, any registration with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its Department of Banking and Securities in no way is an approval, endorsement, or verification of the securities by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, its Department of Banking and Securities, or any other person or entity associated or affiliated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Apply online now

PDF application form     W-9 form     2020 prospectus form

Questions? Contact Trisha Good.



GO! Summer is a nine-week mission exposure program for adults (ages 18 and older) and families. Participate in two weeks of discipleship training in Lancaster, Pa., before heading to an outreach location for six weeks. Then finish with a week of re-entry training to process your experience and help you put down roots for a continued deeper life with Jesus. GO! summer includes local and international opportunities.

Apply by May 1, 2017.

Opportunities to serve with GO! Summer

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