Uganda, Kenya, and Greece

Madeline Hoyt our daughter was gracious enough to give us an update from her ongoing travels.

Click on the photo above for a brief video showing the Cherish Uganda Community Library. The library along with Hope Clinic and administrative buildings were all built by the eMi CM team. The books were lovingly gathered over 16 years bought from homeschool families departing Uganda, schools closing, our own homeschool library, and visitors. Special thanks and acknowledgement goes to our late friend and mentor Kent Wilson, who with Debbie his wife, always believed in my dream of creating a library in Uganda.

Update from Madeline Hoyt

Revisiting the home you knew as a child can be both refreshing and disappointing. People move on with time, and the life I once knew has changed while I was distracted. Some changes positive and others negative. It’s the way of life.

But after about two years in Colorado Springs fighting with culture shock, It was time for me to return and assess the damage. My written purpose was to sort through my families library of books and donate the relevant ones. But, the underlying purpose was that of rest, healing, and to spark a new relationship with my country. One that is fitting for adulthood. I have succeeded in all four of those goals.

Space and silence is healing in a way I never could have imagined. It allows the heart to work through all the grime that builds up over time. Getting the opportunity to forgive and grow from past pains has opened space for joy to start a glow in my heart once again.

Aside from my time in Uganda, I managed to squeeze in a week to visit Kenya. Giving me the opportunity to find resolution at Rift Valley Academy, family friends graciously hosted me.

The time was emotionally draining but very well spent. Visiting the place that held my pain and anger for so long, relieved me of a great burden. Animosity I once held for the school and my family has found its way out of my system allowing space for new relationship. A new relationship with myself and with my family. I am ready to move forward without the burdens of the past weighing me down.

Greece is my near future. A step towards my greater purpose. For now though, I will be focusing on my time farming and getting to know a brand new culture. Hopefully this glow sparked within and kindled with tender care will find itself fully aflame. I pray it will shine so brightly that my joy will be spread even to strangers I pass on the streets of Volos.Support the HoytsJoin Our Mailing ListCopyright © 2023 The Hoyts, All rights reserved.


To me now, Delhi seems to be a larger version of Kampala, with some minor differences. I’m certain with time, I’d discover far more differences than I’m currently noticing. Isn’t that how culture works? At first we only see above the surface? And if I wasn’t being educated by Indian EMI staff, my observations of the Indian Construction Management Program would be equally superficial.

Currently the Indian CM program is struggling to move past an advisory role for its partnering ministries. This is one of the same struggles that EMI Uganda had between 2003 and 2007. So while approaching it just like EMI Uganda did post 2008, seems like the obvious solution, after meeting with Surajeet, the deputy director of CM, and others, it’s not all that simple. Similar to comparing Kampala to Delhi, when you dig just below the surface, you discover that there are significant hurtles ahead.

One hurtle I’d like to mention, is while Uganda is 84% openly Christian, India is 2.4%. And here Christians tend to be viewed through a lens of suspicion. The result is that many are persecuted for their faith. So, though Jesus brings freedom via the cross, he also brings a new life that counters the normal. In fact, He does this to all cultures. A big normal here is the deeply ingrained “caste.” Ironically, the middle eastern cultures of Jesus’ day shared a similar culture of “caste”, and as you may recall, the Pharisees and the Sadducees were less than impressed to say the least when Jesus started flipping not just tables, but an entire culture on its head. As we see in Matthew 20:16, Jesus proclaimed “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” What a threat that is to those sitting on mighty thrones of pride. Thrones constructed on the backs of the oppressed.

What does this mean for the India office? Lots of prayer, persistence, patience and creativity is needed. While the current vein of Christianity is anemically thin in India, a country of 1.4 billion beautiful people, Jesus’ wants the billions of this world to know him. It won’t be easy for the Indian CM Program, but when working in the will of God, all things are possible. Doors shall open.

In the meantime, EMI India continues to use Design, Diversity and Discipleship to build people up in His love.

Steve Hoyt
Development Relationship Coordinator, Senior Project Manager

eMi USA | Uganda
designing a world of hope
7025 Campus Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Jan 2023 Update

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Wait! Steve didn’t say “Uganda,” he said “India!!!” So what on earth is happening in India? For starters, in 1998 EMI’s first field office was established by Glen Woodruff in Mussoorie, India. In 2012 they moved to New Delhi. Now EMI, India wants me to spend a month in their office? Why you ask?
Because I have the incredible opportunity to help EMI, India with their Construction Management Program.
Ever since early 2008 when a small handful of us started Construction Management in Uganda, I’ve been dreaming about seeing the CM program expand globally. It’s such a great way to reach that many more men and woman with the Gospel of Jesus. When blessing someone with a job, the resulting discipleship that occurs changes lives. In fact we have seen many dedicate their life to Christ through the discipleship that occurs on our various jobsites. Now EMI is expanding this ministry in India. It really works! There are 1.4+ billion souls in India and our Savior in fact defeated death for each and every one of them.View this email in your browserI’ll be in India from February 7 until March 6.Then in Uganda from March 6 until March 21.This will be my first trip to India. Please pray that God give me the wisdom to listen and learn from my fellow colleagues that call India their home. Pray that between our several decades of combined professional experience, and most importantly, along with our desire to glorify God, that we discover solutions that get us around the road blocks that might otherwise prevent us from reaching the lost.
Pray for Melinda as she will be taking care of Hannah all by herself for 6 weeks while I’m traveling.
Pray for Madeline as she is spending the next 3+ months in Uganda. In addition to just being home, she is also sorting through books for Cherish Uganda. We are donating over a thousand books to the EMI designed and built Cherish library.
Thank you for praying for our ministry and for seriously considering joining as monthly partner to make this great work possible.
God Bless,

Nov 2022 eMi USA

Greetings friends. Seems this is a common statement among missionaries. Lots of hellos and goodbyes as we journey through places visiting, working on projects, and encouraging one another. I hope as your holiday travels begin you are able to take the time to have those great conversations of the heart where you grow in both friendship and faith. 
Steve recently returned from the northeast where he spent time working for eMi USA. He enjoyed encouraging donors, answering all their questions and giving them an inside look at life in the field offices. Without these financial partners many projects around the world would be unattainable. Thanks be to God for our personal team members that help this vital work continue as well as the eMi global support base. It takes the church working prayerfully, practically, and purposefully to impact the kingdom and empower people through the design and construction of buildings. Together we use buildings to build people for Christ.View this email in your browserSupport the HoytsJoin Our Mailing ListCopyright © 2022 The Hoyts, All rights reserved.
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Hello from the Hoyts

Hello All,

A few updates from us in Colorado.

Steve is designing remotely for eMi Uganda, starting to manage donor relations for the north eastern region of eMi USA, and continues to fundraise for our team.
Thanks to our new team members and friends. Please pray for these upcoming trips:

  1. Donor meetings for eMi global in April 
  2. Design workshop and mission team meetings in Uganda targeted for June.

Melinda is working part time as an elderly companion. She continues to assist with fundraising and caring for the needs of the family. Pray for words of comfort and encouragement as she shares God’s compassion with her new friend with Parkinson’s.

Madeline graduates this May and is participating in a gap year. She is planning on volunteering with an organization called World Wide Organic Farming (WWOF). Netherlands is her desired host country. Please pray for God’s will in this endeavor. 

Janet has just been given the opportunity to volunteer with the Navigators at the YMCA in Estes Park. Pray for God’s peace and presence in all her interactions serving there.

Sophia is nearing the end of her Freshman year at Rutgers, getting top scores and loving her classes. She is moving from the international dorms to an apartment on the bus route next year. Pray for continuing success and great roommates and future friends.

Hannah is managing the drama of middle school like a champ. Hasn’t missed a day of school, made a few friends, and is loved by the staff. She has just discovered the fun of roller skating. Pray for continued emotional stability and direction in her academic performance. Thanking God for her health. 

Best news yet – Hope was granted her visa to the USA and we are excited to see her in November. Pray for all the travel arrangements and work completed in time for a long break.

Thanks for your continued prayers for the Hoyt’s, for Uganda, for the lost, and for the Ukrainian people and all people facing violence both foreign or domestic.

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Lots of Hoyt Family Updates

The last few years have been difficult to say the least. Without getting into too much detail, many things have added up including the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenyan border and school closures, anxiety and depression, extended work hours with minimal breaks. It was unfortunately the perfect storm.

I know a lot of you have been praying. Thank you! We have faced some significant challenges emotionally and academically with Hannah. She has struggled in Kenya and was not responsive to the level of care we were able to attain with school counselors, therapists, and academic specialists. Since being back in Colorado, we have gotten the help she has needed and she is responding well.

As a family, for the next few years, we will be stationed with eMi here in Colorado Springs to continue therapeutic and academic assistance for Hannah.
I will continue to serve His calling in ministry by splitting my time working in Uganda and in the Springs. I am working with the Director of the Ugandan office full time on a rotating schedule. This will allow me several months onsite in Uganda managing the Fabrication Workshop intermixed with several months back in the USA with my family serving out of the Colorado Springs office. I will provide detailed shop drawings, quality control standards, design revisions, and weekly workshop zoom meetings for continuity of leadership and continued mentoring of the up and coming Ugandan fabrication workshop manager trainee while in the USA. Being in the same building as the Global eMi team allows me to contribute to the advancement of Construction Management and Fabrication Workshop discipleship opportunities in our other offices around the world. I am excited to be able to help my kids with this time of transition while continuing to serve eMi in Uganda and Colorado.

Please pray for the following:

  • Our support is down $2,000 USD per month. We are in the process of meeting new people and inviting them to join our monthly support team. Please pray and consider giving if you can afford $100, $200, $500 per month that would be great. Perhaps, if you feel comfortable, we would appreciate you connecting us to like-minded friends and coworkers. It just takes an email from you to introduce us. You can attach one of the various forms of social media that represent eMi and what we do.
  • We are looking for speaking/presenting engagements. Small or large we need to meet new people after having lived in East Africa for 16 years. Travel is fine.
  • Since we will be based in Colorado Springs for a few years, we are looking to purchase a small home. It’s actually cheaper to buy in the Springs than to rent. Reasons to buy now:
    • 1. Building equity makes more sense than paying costly rents
    • 2. It helps give the girls, who are transitioning, roots in the USA/CO
    • 3. It can be rented or sold and help eventually build our home in Uganda, where we already own land. We are planning to build a small home with Hope who also works with eMi in Uganda. We will, God willing, work in Uganda rather than retiring.

Our credit is great, and when we get our support back up, we can afford the monthly mortgage payments (ironically we can’t afford to rent). Thanks to our faithful supporters that helped us raise the down payment. Blessings to you!

  • Please pray for the Hoyt’s emotional health while transitioning to this new routine and a new way of life for the next few years.

Now for the individual updates of the Hoyt ladies:

Melinda is awesome. For the past few years, she has carried quite a load on her shoulders. And then upon arriving in Colorado Springs, she hit the ground running. Health insurance, Schools, University, an affordable car, fundraising etc. She’s a rock star. From within the perfect storm she has relied on the Lord and carried us through. I lack the words to describe this. I don’t know where we’d be without her. And as I write, she’s plugging away at making all of this work. She will be helping to renovate the house we buy, running kids all over to counseling and medical appointments, classes, and jobs (Madeline is learning to drive but can’t get a license until August) and keeping up with the family/home administration.
Sophia is in University at Rutgers. She’s loving it. A degree in stage management and a minor in psychology seems to be exactly what she’s made for. Probable internship on Broadway? Yup! Making friends? Of course. Culturally it’s helping her to be living in an international university apartment. Many cultures present. African, Asian, Central and South American, European, Australian. But none from Antarctica J… maybe some penguins will show up next year. We miss her so much.
Janet is taking a gap year. Currently working at Jimmy Johns (a local sandwich shop). Janet has quite a social bone. She loves being around and serving people. Janet has a beautifully gentle soul. A lot of you already know that. Being actively involved with the Navigators has brought her joy and fellowship. She has applied with them to work within their campus ministry program. Please pray for God’s will so she can step out and share His love, His story in her life, and begin her adult calling.
Madeline is in her senior year of high school here in Colorado Springs. She’s finding that compared to RVA the school work is not much of a challenge. I think that’s ok since she’s right in the middle of a big cultural adjustment. She’s also working at an arts and crafts store called Michael’s. She’s observing and discovering a lot more cultural differences than she was expecting. Her artwork continues to impress people. And just when you think she couldn’t possibly improve, she in fact does. Please pray for her cultural adjustment. She truly misses her friends and Africa.
Hannah was struggling a lot in Kenya. I’d say the perfect storm described above affected her the most. Coming to Colorado Springs has been absolutely perfect for her. She’s seeing her counselor weekly. She loves going to school. She has friends. She auditioned for and got the part of the Genie in the play Aladdin. Singing and dancing is right up her alley. Pray for her as we transition next month into another house as these kinds of changes can cause great anxiety and she has overcome great things in the last 3 months with God’s help.
Hope is in Uganda. Unfortunately she won’t make it home for Christmas this year since she can’t get an interview at the US embassy until the middle of next year. In the meantime she has been using US travelers to carry bits and pieces of Uganda to us. She’s making sure we remember where our home is.
So, yes, we are in Colorado Springs for a while. We miss Uganda so much. But this season is in the hands of God. Our faith rests in His will for us.

Our new location in Colorado Springs

God Bless,

Update May 10, 2021

The President of Kenya announced this week that schools are open starting May 10th IN PERSON!

Thank you for all your prayers.


Pray for our upcoming transitions for the girls. Steve will be working remotely while I attend to the girls needs as they make these transitions

-MelindaSophia is now a Scarlet Knight! We are so proud of her. She earned merit scholarships in the most competitive program at Rutgers, only 20% get admitted and only 1/3 of those get merit scholarships. Congrats to our amazing girl.Janet will be taking a gap year where she is excited to settle into Colorado Springs. She plans to get a job, learn to drive 😉watch out CO, and catch up with friends and family. She is interested in pursuing a career in the human services field and will be narrowing down her options as she gets some experience in life outside of high school and the mission field. We are super proud of Janet and know her kindness and faith in the Lord will take her far. Madeline has been accepted at The Village High School in Colorado Springs where she will finish out her senior year. Her desire is to work part time while attending high school so she can qualify for instate tuition for university in 2022. She will be working closely with a mentor and an art instructor to prepare a substantial and compelling portfolio to get into a good art program. She is seeking a BFA in Fine Arts and a masters in Art Therapy or Education.Hannah has had some significant challenges this COVID season. She and I are excited to be checking out some new opportunities in Colorado Springs to help with both school and social issues while back on furlough. She is a courageous and brave girl with a bright future. Pray for the right member care solutions and how much she is going to miss this sweet kitty she adopted at RVA. Enda will be staying here loved by several RVA families and forever entertained by chasing wildlife and sunning in her favorite sunny garden spots.Support the HoytsJoin Our Mailing List