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Emily's Story

Emily and her husband, Jacob, live and serve in a city of 18 million people located near Hong Kong. Emily serves as a Teacher and Ministry Coordinator for two congregations in the city, and Jacob teaches at an international school.

The two congregations where Emily serves hold English worship services attended by more than 300 people a week, many of whom are not yet Christians or are new to the faith. Emily serves in a variety of roles: facilitating curriculum planning and teacher training, arranging small group Bible studies and training leaders, leading and facilitating English fellowship, and coordinating outreach activities. A major focus of her ministry is relationship-building and evangelism, using English and Chinese to share the Gospel with those who don’t yet know Christ and to care for and disciple young Christians. The ministry team also prioritizes partnering with national churches and pastors and training and equipping local Christians to reach out with the Gospel.

Emily grew up in River Forest, Illinois in a supportive Christian family that nurtured in her and her siblings a love for God and a desire to share Jesus with those who don’t know Him. Emily’s parents, Jonathan and Ruth, live in Dubuque, Iowa; her sister and her husband live and work in St. Louis where Megan does social work; and her brother also works with MCN in Latin America.

Emily graduated from Concordia University Nebraska in 2014 with a degree in Secondary Education and concentrations in English and theology. It was while in college, that Emily had her first encounters with Asia missions, and God began to work in her heart a love for this part of the world. Emily served as a missionary in Taiwan from 2014-2018 – teaching middle school, studying Mandarin Chinese, and serving at a local Lutheran church.

In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, running and biking, watching college basketball, drinking coffee, and having deep conversations.

Pray for Emily and Jacob in their life together and their ministry in Asia. Pray for daily opportunities to share the Gospel and proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness, into His marvelous light!

Any funds raised that exceed Mission Partner’s agreed upon stipend amount will become the property of MCN. In the alternative, excess funds may be used to support Mission Partner in missional activities under a new MOU, or Mission Partner may assign, after consultation with the Executive Director, any excess funds to one or more Mission Partners who are in good standing with MCN. The purpose for this is that any funds raised are to support missional activities throughout the world, and not for the financial benefit of MCN.

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