South America Missions

Where People and Lives Cross

In light of current health concerns surrounding the coronavirus, the JEMS South American Missions program will make a decision about their summer program after April 30, 2020. Please check back at that time or contact the JEMS office. In the meantime, you can save time by completing the application. Completing the application does not commit you to the summer program if it should be cancelled.

Message from the Director

An intersection is the place where people and lives cross. The opportunities we have to share the good news of Jesus Christ flow along those places of intersection between our lives and the lives of those whom we meet and befriend. If we live in isolation and separation from the world around us, we lose the chance to fulfill the mandate of Jesus to be his witnesses. I believe that God still creates divine appointments or intersections for us. But these happen as we are open to interaction with those God places along our path.

JEMS Missions program seeks to create an opportunity for an intersection between yourself and those of another culture.

We offer the framework to build bridges of connection and friendship with overseas communities. Partnering with local churches, and using your unique skills with English language, sports, crafts, tech-savvy-ness or whatever else you have to offer, God can work to create that intersection of your life with others.

Within the context of these cross-cultural relationships, the seed of the gospel can be planted. And while you may not see the result, we entrust these men and women to the care and nurture of the local church to carry on and bring these seeds to harvest.

Won’t you be a part of the great commission in South America? Consider the intersections that God wants to bring into your life and ministry.

To learn more, write to me, John Katagi at the JEMS office: I look forward to having further conversations with you about the intersections God may provide for you in South America!


Rev. John Katagi

Ps. John’s Prayer Letters