Hope is the best present

Hope is the best present

War, illness, poverty, exclusion: Hopelessness has many reasons. Luckily, remedies are also existing. The EMS Foundation concentrates on improving the living conditions for all humans worldwide - regardless of religion or nationality.

The Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) is an association of 23 churches and five mission societies. It is its goal to achieve better living conditions, for Christians and members of other religions alike. Sustainability, fairness and reliability are the guidelines for its well concerted projects and initiatives.

The EMS Foundation fights against poverty. It supports education, health care, peace work, church planting and environment protection within a solid network of worldwide partners in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. This valuable long-term help enables the EMS to give hope to people through new chances and perspectives in their lives in many regions of the world.


The Ursula Helene Foundation is a sub-foundation of the EMS Foundation and supports the education of girls in Africa sustainably. There, girls and women are still highly disadvantaged. Less than 60 percent of the girls attend a school. But education is vital, not only to improve the status of the women and girls. First of all, education is the best way to escape poverty and to build an economically stable society. The Ursula Helene Foundation supports the education of girls sustainably. With a donation to the Ursula Helene Foundation you bestow a new perspective for their future on girls in Africa.

"As German Christians we can learn from our brothers and sisters of the worldwide church, how faith can encompass every aspect of life. The EMS is maintaining sustainable relations with Christians in many parts of the world. As bishop in Württemberg I know about the meaningfulness, and I appreciate the involvement in world mission for our church. Therefore, I support the EMS as Chairman on the foundation board."

Dr. h. c. Frank Otfried July

Bishop of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg

"For many years already, my family is connected to the Basel Mission, and hence to the EMS. I experienced myself how the maxim of the mission on eye-level is creating spaces where people irrespective of their cultural background can meet and learn from each other as equals. The EMS is living this mission in solidarity and partnership. Therefore, it is playing an important role within the worldwide network of mankind. That is the reason, why I am actively involved on the EMS foundation board."

Prof. Frieder Bernius


"Since 1978, the EMS is entwined with my life story. The fact that the churches of the EMS are a big family is a great gift. As a member of the foundation board I want to promote encounters between the siblings of this worldwide family and encourage the amazement about what can grow out of the power of faith."

OKR i.R. Johannes Stockmeier

Former president of Diakonie, social welfare organisation of the Evangelical Church in Germany

"Due to globalisation and digitalisation the world becomes a village. But to live there will only be possible if we meet each other as equals. The churches of the EMS are already practicing this on three continents. Here Christians are pioneers for cooperative living. Only like this, living together peacefully on this shared earth will be possible."

Jürgen Kaiser

Media pastor and management spokesman Evangelisches Medienhaus GmbH

"Solidarity (as defined in Galatians 6) as a business principle signifies the commitment for weaker and marginalized people, based on the consensus of community. I gladly support the EMS in its endeavour for worldwide social fairness and I commit myself to ensure that the economic basis for this endeavour is secure in the long term."

Gerald Schmidt

Organisational director of the insurers in the field of churches

"For many years our church has a lively partnership with a church in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. With the EMS as our strong partner, this contact is well organised and part of a worldwide network of brother- and sisterhood. The EMS programmes provide a wide view on the entire diversity of the member churches of the EMS Fellowship."

Walter Schneider

Pastor of the Protestant Christchurch, Darmstadt-Eberstadt

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Fostering Next Generation Ecumenical Leaders

South Korea

The ecumenical movement needs young and committed people. With management trainings the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea wants to strengthen its next generation leaders and broaden their horizon.

Interreligious Dialogue


Strengthening mutual understanding - this is the aim of the Institute For Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia. Therefore, the centre offers religious leaders in Yogyakarta trainings and shows ways how different religions can work together.

AIDS destroys the livelihood of many South Africans and their families since those infected can find no jobs and children are left as orphans. The "Masangane" project brings back hope to AIDS sufferers and to the children affected.

Pastoral Management


The Church of South India strengthens its pastors. In workshops they receive profound knowledge in the fields of management, administration and information technology.

Producing Biogas in Mamasa


In their training programmes for making biogas the Toraja Mamasa Church shows their members how they can use the manure from their cattle to produce sustainable energy.


Refugee Work

Hong Kong

Christian churches in Hong Kong take care of refugees and try to integrate them into the society. Through workshops and trainings they receive new perspectives of life.

Solidarity with Irregular Workers

South Korea

Strengthening the rights of peons and raising awareness of the challenges of irregular workers: With its project the Presbyterian Church of Korea sets an example of solidarity.


Training for Evangelists


Evangelists are highly committed. They work as missionaries, community leaders, social workers or aid officials. The Church of South India supports their valuable work by workshops and trainings.

The Buraku is a Japanese minority which is constantly faced with social discrimination. Although they were granted equal rights by law in 1871, everyday life is a totally different story. The KYODAN Church stands up for their rights.

Stay informed

darum Magazine

Our magazine "darum" opens up the wide horizon of mission and ecumenism.

There you can read up-to-date reports on the worldwide commitment of Christians to passing on the gospel, working for justice and peace and standing up for harmony between the religions. The EMS magazine (availible in German) is issued jointly with five other missions. It appears every three months - with a focal theme and a supplement called "darum-journal".

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Help in the long term


With your donation you help us to give people the help they desperately need. Our projects offer people a new perspective in life, for example through vocational training or a good health care. This way structures can evolve in the long term that improve the lives of all the people of the supported region. Join in. Hope is the best gift.


To help people in the long term is the goal of the EMS. The EMS Foundation provides the financial basis for this quest. Year after year, the interest revenue of the foundation assets helps people in need. You also can be part of it. Your support creates something remaining. With your donation to the foundation either while you are alive or as an inheritance, you support the efforts of the EMS effectively, for you give long term chances to people they would not have otherwise.

Spread the word

The projects and initiatives of the EMS are effective, manifold and exemplary for a cooperation based on partnership. But how much more could the EMS achieve, if more people would know about this work? Mission, help and grace of charity move and connect people. To be a part of this worldwide alliance empowers to help people with sustained effect. This is a good feeling, isn't it? Then spread the word!