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In 1981 a British preacher, Dr. Denis Applebee, was preaching in Jackson, MS. As Denis shared the need for the gospel in his native land, Wyatt Gwin felt a call by God to explore this need. In the summer of 1982, he traveled to Britain on a short term mission for six weeks and saw the desperate problem that Dr. Applebee had described. He returned to Britain again in 1984 with a team to do evangelism. In 1985, Emmanuel & Associates International (EAI) was founded by Wyatt Gwin, David Jones and Alan Morgan. A U.S board of directors was formed and a vision for an International ministry was put into place. That same year, Wyatt was married to Vicki Hall from White Rock, British Columbia and they moved to Britain in 1986 to establish the ministry of EAI. By 1987, the Lord opened the door to form a board of directors in Canada. This gave a broader base to the work in the United Kingdom, and in 1989 the Lord began to build the work of EAI in Ireland, where ministry continues today. Finally, in 2003 EAI became recognized as a charitable trust in the UK. Since that time, the UK board of directors has been instrumental in developing a growing vision for EAI in Britain.
The Gwin family lived in London for 15 years where Wyatt was a pastor. The Lord blessed the ministry, and many people put their trust in Jesus and the church grew. In 2004 the Lord moved their family to Wales, where they continued to see God’s hand at work.
Today, Wyatt is based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, but travels regularly to Britain. He works with churches to help them build effective strategies in reaching their communities with the Gospel. One of the strategies of EAI is the Inter-church Partnership Missions (IPM), linking churches in North America to partner with those in Britain.
It is exciting to see our sovereign God at work. We are looking to Him in faith, believing that He desires to see His church revived in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. We strive to please Him by reaching these nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The overshadowing vision of Emmanuel and Associates International is to simply follow the Lord’s leading in evangelizing the unbelieving world and making disciples of those who believe.