What is The Extra Mile Ministries?
Extra Mile Ministries operates as a Christian mission board based
in Toronto, Canada, incorporated in the province of Ontario &
was granted tax-exempt status by Revenue Canada in July 1999.
The Extra Mile Ministries’ main objectives found in its articles
of incorporation are:
To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ
b. To support & maintain missions & missionaries
c. To help the poor
services include the following:
The generation of interest & enthusiasm for missions with
accurate & up-to-date information.
Procurement of material support for missions in as large a measure
Training of prospective missionaries on outreach & church
of community services and/or humanitarian relief efforts.
Help for missionary families who choose to home school their
Assistance in income tax preparation & Revenue Canada matters.
Greater Toronto Area bill paying services for missionaries
2. How do you
become a member of EMM?
To be accepted, an applicant must meet the
1. Have received Jesus as their personal Saviour
& been filled with the Holy Spirit..
2. Be of legal age.
3. Believe & accept EMMís statement of
faith & doctrinal position.
4. Show a sincere interest in reading Godís Word
& desire to engage in evangelism.
5. Have a sincere desire to dedicate their life
to serving Jesus.
6. Be free from substance abuse and/or the use
of illegal or illicit drugs.
7. Be free from contagious disease. Test
negative for AIDS & free from any sexually transmitted diseases.
8. Have no debts.
9. Have no legal or military obligations that
would prevent them from being a full time missionary.
EMM reserves the right to accept or reject any
applications, regardless of circumstances or information
received on references, whether good or bad.
form can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of
Who is the EMM missionary accountable to?
is an independent & self governing missionary organization and
reserves for itself the authority to deal with problems related to
its portfolio or other
problems relative to the efficiency of the work. It does not,
however, reserve the right to discipline the missionaries who are
within its commission. The local missionary
community/church that holds the missionary's membership is solely
responsible for any disciplinary action that must be
taken and EMM defers that right based on the belief that those who
are sent forth should be answerable to their local missionary
community/church and its area officers.
Can we raise funds for our own missionary endeavours?
Deputation is one of the most
important tasks that EMM missionaries can do while in the home
field. It is the means of presenting themselves and their needs to
fellow Christians and different groups in order to obtain prayer
and financial support for their ministry on the mission field.
All donations received & designated for the purpose of
purchasing field equipment, passage to the field, shipping costs,
or deputation expenses shall be sent to the Home Office. These
funds are to be maintained in the missionary's office account. (If
funds are needed for travel and other expenses, missionary
personnel may request these funds from the Home Office.)
Missionary personnel will not be allowed to set up their own
personal accounts to hold these funds. All monies received, except
personal gifts, no matter from what source shall be accounted for.
Note: "Personal Gifts" Defined - No
EMM missionary personnel shall solicit funds for their personal
use. However, gifts received for Christmas, anniversaries,
and birthdays are considered personal gifts and need not be
your monthly financial report.
received from fundraising in behalf of EMM must be remitted
directly to EMM by check, wire transfer or inter-branch banking.
Official receipts for tax-deductible purposes can be issued for
your Canadian donors (nationally including Quebec residents &
Incoming contributions to your account are subject to
administrative assessment (currently totalling 10%), which EMM
uses to cover our administrative expenses as well as to expand our
funding capabilities for other programs.
Please note that EMM can ONLY vouch for designated donations if
they are sent to us here.
We’d also appreciate it if you inform EMM as to the fundraising
methods employed to solicit contributions from others.
An EMM missionary may request for an immediate access to a
disbursement so that he will be able to cover his expenses while
A warning and caution is in order, for it is easy to turn
in large expense reports that could eat up all that the
missionary would collect in offerings. Remember that the more
the missionary spends, the less he will have as a balance to
build up to meet the needs for equipment and passage. It is good common sense to keep expenses as low as
possible and for missionary personnel to put into their accounts
all that they possibly can. It takes a great deal of money to go
to the mission field.
Note: In the event of a resignation or dismissal of
an EMM missionary, all funds remain EMM property. Anyone leaving
EMM must turn over all EMM funds and/or property in his charge to
the Home Office to be disposed of at EMM’s discretion.
How do you establish the value of gifts-in-kind?
in kind are non-cash gifts. They include gifts of land, vehicles,
shares & works of art etc. Unlike a cash gift, the value of a
gift in kind is not immediately apparent. The gift should be
appraised before we can issue a tax receipt to the donor. You can
perform the appraisal if:
a. The value of the gift is $1000 or less
b. An independent appraiser cannot be reasonably located; or
c. The appraisal involves unreasonable expense, even though the
value of the gift might be more than $1000
Revenue Canada cautions us to be wary of appraisals produced by
the donor who has not consulted with you, especially if:
a. The appraised amount appears unreasonably high in your judgment
b. The person who performed the appraisal is the person who sold
the property to the donor.
c. You are unfamiliar with the type of property being offered
d. The type of property is unusual, or otherwise difficult to
6. What kind of records are we required to keep &/or submit
to the home office?
monthly report of your recent activities and accomplishments, as
well as a financial statement is required for our record keeping
purposes. For you who have received funds via your EMM account,
your financial report must be accompanied by adequate
“back-up” info (invoices, bills, receipts, etc). No copies or
duplicated invoices, bills, or receipts will be accepted as
adequate documentation. You are encouraged to make copies as back
up for your own files.
Note: Along with a missionary's resignation or dismissal,
failure to send in both
& financial reports for 3 consecutive months is a cause for
What is a factual resident?
of Canada if you keep residential ties in Canada while living or
traveling outside the country. The term “factual resident” means
that although you left Canada as a
Revenue Canada still considers you to be a resident of Canada
for income tax purposes. A
of Residency Form
should be sent
to Revenue Canada to help them determine your status while doing
As a factual resident, Revenue Canada will continue to send you
any Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) payments you are entitled to
receive during your absence in Canada. However, you & your
spouse will have to file returns each year so they can calculate
You may be a factual resident if you are conducting missionary
work in another country & you meet certain requirements (one
of which is being a member of a Canadian missionary organization).
EMM will be able to supply you with the necessary documentation
endorsing you and your work.Your monthly reports, pictures, testimonies, newsletters, etc. that
you send regularly to the EMM home office will be able to suggest the
validity of your wonderful vocation of serving others as a bonafide missionary worker.
For returning missionaries these are two Revenue Canada forms that
you will need to apply for your children's CCTB:
in Canada/ Statement of Income
Are EMM missionaries covered by government health insurance while
doing missionary work overseas?
missionaries are encouraged to retain their current provincial
medical insurance coverage. An application for an extension of
coverage should be considered if a missionary & his family forsee that their missionary work requires a longer period of
absence from Canada.
provinces do grant approval for continous eligibility during a
longer absence. Your EMM Home Office will be able to furnish you
letter explaining the reason
for your absence. see
Activity Report Form
Financial Report Form