The human condition is universal. We all are in need of clean water, food, and shelter, and we are all in need of a Savior. When Jesus Christ came to earth, he was not only concerned about the people's spiritual well being; he had compassion on them and cared for their physical well being as well. We desire to follow Jesus' model and teaching. Using the gifts he has given us as engineers, we endeavor to minister to individuals and communities physical needs, such as clean water, electricity, housing, transportation, and agriculture. At some of the places, we are blessed with serving are brothers and sisters in Christ. With others, we are able to share the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ as we build relationships and gain their trust.
"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to you?' The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'" Matthew 25:34-40
The purpose of Engineers with a Mission is to train and mobilize engineers for discipline-specific service in developing and mission communities. Engineers with a Mission is committed to demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ in word, deed, and design.
We purpose to:
- Provide engineering expertise to developing and missions communities.
- Be a sending agency for engineers engaged in foreign missions.
- Educate engineers about appropriate technology.
- Transform the perspectives and lives of engineers through discipline-specific service.
- Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ in word, deed, and design.
Statement of Faith
- That the Bible is God's infallible written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments; it is inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings; and it is the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
- In one God, the Creator, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- That Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and that He was and remains fully God and fully man.
- That God created Adam and Eve in the divine image, and all mankind bear this image.
- Adam and Eve sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is seperation from God; and that, as a result of Adam's sin, all human beings are now born with a sinful nature and stand guilty before God.
- That the Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.
- In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.
- In the blessed hope of the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- That all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
- That salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony.
- That the Holy Spirit indwells and gives spiritual life to all believers, enables them to understand Biblical truth, empowers them for Godly living, and equips them for service and witness.
- In the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
Engineers with a Mission began in the hearts of five engineering students and one professor at Baylor University in the Fall of 2003. As they began to learn about appropriate technology, they were struck with the powerful possibilities it had on the mission field. The students, all sophomores in the engineering program, did not want to wait until graduation before starting to pursue the vision God had given them. With the hope of joining an existing organization, they researched the opportunities already in operation, but nothing fit. There was not an organization that involved all the engineering disciplines, engineering students, and had a Christian, missional emphasis in their holistic work. The students and their professor, therefore, decided to start their own. Engineers with a Mission was born as a Baylor student organization November 1, 2004. There it flourished.
Since then, Engineers with a Mission has kept evolving as experience has been gained and mistakes have been made. While the vision from the start was to have an international engineering missions organization, this was delayed by the founders being engineering students, graduating, and going through the natural transitions of life. Finally in February 2009, Global Appropriate Technology Ministries, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, was founded. Engineers with a Mission continues as part of this organization that we plan to grow overtime into an international appropriate technology education and resource center and sending agency.