Ministry Spotlight: Emmaus International

What is Emmaus International (Emmaus Correspondence School)?

Through most of its 75 years, it’s been known as Emmaus Correspondence School (ECS Ministries), as nearly 100% of its ministry was through Emmaus Correspondence Courses. As it has continued to grow and respond to God’s leading, the words “Correspondence” and “School” no longer define every aspect of the ministry. As ECS reflected on its historic identity, and the incredible impact of God’s work around the world through the courses, it became clear that a new name was needed because: “Our story is Emmaus. Our impact is international. We are Emmaus International.”


Where does Emmaus International operate?

Although headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa, it has a presence in over 100 countries and its courses have been translated into over 80 different languages. Many missionaries use the courses as an integral part of their evangelism and  discipleship efforts. In addition to the international work, Emmaus International is also found in over 3,000 prisons in North America. Since 1942, over 43 million courses have been distributed and about 72% of those courses are returned for grading.


How is Emmaus International funded?

The reality is that the places where the work is growing fastest are also the poorest. This includes both the work in the U.S. prisons as well as in many countries around the world. Please pray that these essential ministries would continue to grow and that the Lord’s people would continue to provide prayer and financial support.


What are Emmaus International’s plans for the future?

Emmaus International has had a growing burden for the church in North America. Specifically, it is convinced that if believers begin to study the Word of God for themselves in a personal and systematic way and put into practice the  commands given by the Lord, they will be strengthened as believers and as churches. Emmaus International has launched two new programs as resources for the local church. Visit its website at for more  information on the LIT (Life in Truth) Discipleship plans as well as the Emmaus Road, a self-paced course of study designed for every believer.

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