2022 was a historical year for EFM! Through the generosity of God’s people, we:
- Fully supported 21 missionary households in 11 fields.
- Sent one new missionary through EFM’s Teaching Abroad Global: Lana Thurston to Israel.
- Sent two teams of Future Missionaries on EFM training trips, plus one person for a one-year field experience.
- Sent Luke 10 Exploration Trips to eight of the 10 potential fields EFM is considering. The other two are going in early 2023.
- Are in communication with a growing list of over 100 people who have expressed interest in exploring missionary service.
- On a fun note – through the 2022 Christmas Catalog, God’s people have already provided: 757 chickens, 47 cows or buffalo, 131 goats, 76 pigs, 198 blankets, 161 mosquito nets, 46 discipleship kits, 27 evangelism kits, 108 school kits, 120 love gifts, 20 sewing machines, 56 saris, 15 tube wells, 87 papaya trees, and 31 spice plants!
- Finished the year fully funding last year’s budget.
In 2023, as God’s people are generous, we hope to:
- Identify which five potential fields EFM will commit to launching. To this end, we will send 10 follow-up exploration teams to further discern EFM’s CAN GO criteria to the 10 potential new fields. This is all in support of our Five-Year Goal (fueled by the Luke 10 Initiative) to send 10 new missionary households to 5 new fields by 2025.
- Identify 15 potential missionaries to send on field experiences to further discern their call to intercultural ministry.
- Further partner with and equip Friends Churches in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe in mobilizing to send their own missionaries to new fields.
- Create Missionary Care Teams to attend to our present and future missionaries’ needs – physical, emotional, spiritual and familial.
- Further develop our coaching system to assist our missionaries – present and future – to effectively respond to growing ministry opportunities.
This year also marks EFM’s 60th Anniversary! If you are interested in seeing our special Kick Off video, please send us an email and we will send you the link. (We can not post it online for the security of missionaries serving in sensitive areas)
We are committed to continuing this decades-long commitment to actively pursuing our part in fulfilling the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do. Thanks for your part of this life-transforming ministry!