EMI is a short name for Ekklesia Ministries International.

EMI is a volunteer Christian charity and social justice mission movement helping inner-city and Indigenous people of North America. We help individuals and communities restore the values God instilled, through holistic and multi-aspects of Christian ministries. EMI affirms the values of Christian beliefs and maintain a supportive relationships with churches and denominations. EMI operates regionally and has carried out its ministries in Canada, USA, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Cambodia, and the Philippines. EMI is fully operated by the supports from individuals, church, and Christian businesses.

City Volunteers at Saturday Breakfast Club in Downtown Vancouver (Tillicum Centre)

EMI initially started as an urban mission movement by a group of student volunteers led by a couple of mission-minded pastors, David Han and Joe Elkerton, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from around 1994. In the last few decades, EMI engaged in a milieu of social justice ministries for urban poor and AIDS population in downtown Toronto and has created and benchmarked urban programs like ‘Saturday Breakfast Club,’ ‘Sandwich Runs,’ and ‘Out of the Cold,’ which became the signature ministries of EMI in the early part of our mission. They, however, are still actively being implemented by churches and volunteer groups in the North American cities.

The local Canadian Korean churches and Korean Christian Fellowship (KCF) at Simon Fraser Univ. (SFU) and World Vision at Univ. of British Columbia (UBC), along with many young professionals from the city, participated our urban programs from 1996 to 2007 as volunteers or in giving financially.

Dr. David Han, Senior Associate
Founder (1996), Executive Director (1996-2014),
PhD, Indigenous Studies, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

In Toronto, urban programs are still very active and main part of our ministries, as of 2019, under the leadership of Rev. Joe Elkerton.

From 1998, EMI started growing a mission with Indigenous communities in British Columbia, west coast of Vancouver Island. It all started when a group of American multi-Asian Christians from Southern California visited, in 1996, Ahousaht, a remote island village of Nuu-chah-nulth tribe. We soon started collaborating with the Ahousaht Holistic Centre to co-host a summer youth camp at Kelthmath Island, BC from 1997 to 2007. During those years, many adults and college volunteers from all areas of Pacific Northwest joined with Indigenous and Asian (and others) youths for a week of the gospel festival and cultural friendship.

Rev. Joe Elkerton is an Ojibwe grew up in Toronto. He was one of the few Indigenous church planters in Toronto. He is an important voice for the care for the low-income population and for the ministry of the city’s Indigenous population.

Youth Camp at Kelthmaht (1997-2007)

From 1999, it started a mission school (SOD) to prepare missionaries to work with Indigenous communities in Canada and elsewhere. Students from Indigenous communities, South Korea, Japan, Canada, and US have attended the six months training. Contact the school for more information at info@emi.ca.

Jim Ogle, Associate & Tacoma Team
M.A. Seattle School of Theology and Psychology

EMI became a sending agency for Asian-American missionaries to:

• Hokkaido JAPAN – Abraham Lee (1993) • Ulaanbaatar MONGOLIA – Yun Chung (1995) • The Philippines – John and Hannah Kim (1996) • Seoul KOREA – Paul Kwang-sup Lee (1995) • Central Americas – Dave Choi (2002) • Jongho Cha – Vancouver, BC (2010) • Jim Ogle – Tacoma, WA (2003) • Simon Lee – Hanoi, Vietnam • John and Linda Hensz – Indigenous mission (2007) • Paul and Gloria Lee – Indigenous ministries (2005) • and more.

Rev. Joe Elkerton
Co-founder, Senior Associate
B.A. & M.Div. Theology, Tyndale Theological Seminary

EMI continues its ministries in urban, Indigenous, multicultural, education and research.

EMI offers a 5 days field-trip to the west coast for Perspective visit of Indigenous communities. The program includes:

  • Visit to Indigenous community
  • Cultural Sharing of local elders (Native Cultural Forum)
  • Meeting local missionaries
  • A day of hiking to ocean landscape on the west coast and ocean kayak (and possible camping in the wilderness)
  • Participation of a local (traditional) cultural event

EMI also offers a Graduate Certificate Program for Indigenous Studies with Northwest Institute of Advanced Mission Studies (Seattle, USA).

Rev. John Kim
Executive Director, Served in the Philippines
Doctor of Ministry, Missiology, Regent University

Currently, the official directorship is carried by Rev. Dr. John Kim, who is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He served the Philippines in educational mission for a long time and now engaged in ministering to the elderly people in Surrey, BC, and others.

EMI’s organization is operated under the Associate’s structure, and each Associate operates in his or her own geographical location with own focus, and EMI Associates work together to provide support.

EMI wants to continue to raise next generation missionaries from the American Asian Christian pool and create a safe and sound supportive network for them.

We welcome you to join us for working towards our common cause, and let us know!


Cedar House Gallery is located in Ucluelet, BC. We specialize in Nuu-Chah-Nulth art, from the First Nations on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. We carry a wide selection of carvings, masks, totem poles, jewelry, limited edition prints, paintings, giftware, and books. 

The Gallery is owned and operated by artist Tlehpik Hjalmer Wenstob and his family. Hjalmer is Nuu-Chah-Nulth from Tla-O-Qui-Aht First Nations. Most days, you will find Hjalmer carving in the gallery, with his family around and his two little kids Huumiis and Cinkwa, running around the shop.

Additional Information

1645 Cedar Road (Whiskey Landing Building)

Full Armour of God

Ephesians 6

I wonder what Apostle Paul meant when he said,

…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesian 6

I think the ‘devil’s schemes’ are synonymous with ‘the rulers, the authorities, the power, and the spiritual forces of evil.’ Walter Rauschenbusch (1) coined the term for this thing as ‘structural evil,’ and the Korean bible translation called it ‘the authorities of the air.’ This is not detected in the person-to-person level but is the structures of evil dominate the higher (upper) or spiritual level over a group of people or geographical area. The examples of structural evil we face today would be materialism, pseudo-Christianity, political manipulations and conspiracies, militarism, and more. Unless we deal with or fight against the authorities of the air, our human world will grow dark as the source of these are from the darkness. The schemes of evil and destruction have infiltrated in every vein of our systems and occupied and control our lives. We need to have sharp discernment and radical daily readiness as advanced soldiers, equipping ourselves with the full armour of God. Remember God? Paul continues,

“Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” — Ephesians‬ ‭6

The number one armour is ‘the belt of truth.’ Truth and facts matters in big ways. Any twisted ideas or covers about our reality will open opportunities for devil’s schemes. Let’s honour God and be honest with the truth about us and the world around us. Paul thought, to be of God meant to be truth and facts. There is no room for ungrounded rumours, suspicions, or conspiracy theories for those hate darkness. The word ‘truth’ used in biblical language has a meaning closer to the English word ‘reality,’ as, in another part of the bible, Jesus declared ‘you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’

Achieving freedom is a very important Christian virtue, as freedom is a state that humans can achieve and is one way of spiritual completion in a transcendental state over the distinction between body and soul. Therefore, freedom is in line with our salvation. Paul said in another letter,

It is for freedom that God has set you free. Thus, freedom is not a means but salvation itself. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

It also means overcoming dark forces and moving on to God’s brightness. Freedom is ultimately the achievement of God’s purpose in us. Righteousness and peace are two important principles of the kingdom of God, toward which we ought to stride: righteousness, peace and joy is the kingdom of God, according to Romans 14:17.

Faith unwavering in us is to stand firm in what we know to be the truth that achieves us freedom, encourages us in righteousness. Salvation is to know that we are safe in the relationship with God. It is timeless that the safety in knowing God’s unwavering care secures us and protects against any doubt arising. Neither feelings nor emotions, but the willfulness of the Word that stem from the volition of God is an offensive weapon against the fakeness and falsehood of the devil’s schemes.

  1. Walter Rausenbusch. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Rauschenbusch

by David Gyeong Han

‘Non-Western Mission’ Legacy of Dr. David J. Cho

Dr. David Cho has passed away in the year of 2020. He left us the unique legacy of mission theory called ‘Non-Western Mission”. Christianity has been formed in the element of Western culture, and its social, political, educational, and arts, as it became the exclusive property of Western culture. In the world mission movements that was dominated by the might of Western church, Dr. Cho thought at least Asian missions should be done in the Asian ways of mission, and he tried to establish Asian cultural missions within biblical apostolic mission principles, details of which were written in his books…

The following is the article published in International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 33, No. 4, (2009), written by Dr. Cho.

BOOK: “Indian Residential School and Christian Mission”


During the colonial period, prompted by the expansion ambitions of Western Europe, the system represented by the rapid assimilation of colonies and the policy of Christianization was the Indian Residential School. At the same time, the primary framework of racial thinking of Western Europeans was influenced by social Darwinism and influenced background on the basis of Christian missionary policy and practice. Most Indian Residential Schools were run by Christian denominations or churches that had been allocated government funds. The Indigenous students who went to residential school first came across Christianity there. Also, Christian religious education was an important part of the school curriculum. However, the Christianization of students through residential schools resulted in mixed outcomes, contrary to the expectations of the missionary policy of boarding schools. The discussions in this study are to study the impact of the Indian Residential School in the formation of a Christian understanding among the Nuu-chah-nulth people. The primary question addressed is ‘How do historical encounter and experience from colonial residential school influence their understanding of Christianity?’ Since its first establishment in the mid-1800s, Indigenous peoples in Canada attended residential schools over a hundred years, and their Christian identities were formed and influenced by their experience of their residential schools.

[1] Herbert Spencer, 1820-1903


As I was serving the SFU (Simon Fraser University)campus chaplain for Asian Christian student group, we often visited remote coastal villages on the northwest coast of Canada in solidarity with the Indigenous cultural sovereignty and played with their children, as the Indigenous people were sidelined by the repressive system of the residual colonialism. We did this about 4 or 5 times a year, and these photos were from one of the visits in Hesquiaht, Nuu-chah-nulth traditional territory. ❤️


Northwest Indigenous community hold the importance of the wellbeing of their youths which is essential to the health of their community. We work along with their community, help their children’s program. We are often invited to host Children’s summer vacation bible school and kid’s club during the summer recess. Berry picking with the children is another fun-filled activity during the summer. Let us know if you want to join our next trip to an Indigenous village to serve with the native children.


Toronto • Vancouver • Tacoma

Since 1993, EMI focused its ministries on urban inner-city low-income community and other underprivileged people. After the consistent run (1993-1996) of Saturday Breakfast Club, Sandwich Runs, and Out of the Cold programs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, our urban ministry expanded to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1996.

Daniel Lee and Julia Peak who volunteered at the Toronto service sites moved to Vancouver with their jobs after their graduation, organised bible studies and Saturday Breakfast Club in Vancouver (Main and Broadway) in 1996.

At the same period, KCF members at Simon Fraser University (SFU) joined. Many students from SFU-KCF meeting volunteered at Saturday Breakfast Club. Later, World Vision students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) volunteered in Vancouver urban programs.

EMI’s urban ministry expanded to Tacoma, WA, USA, in 2001 under the leadership of Jim Ogle and Jerad Greenwood. They organised many local student volunteers weekly for Sandwich Runs and Sunday worship service for the downtown community.