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FAQS:

1. What is The Extra Mile Ministries?

The 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:

a. To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ
b. To support & maintain missions & missionaries
c. To help the poor


Our services include the following:


a
.) The generation of interest & enthusiasm for missions with accurate & up-to-date information.
b
.) Procurement of material support for missions in as large a measure as possible.
c
.) Training of prospective missionaries on outreach & church growth ministries.
d
.) Coordination & organization of community services and/or humanitarian relief efforts.
e
.) Help for missionary families who choose to home school their children.
f.) Assistance in income tax preparation & Revenue Canada matters.
g
.) Greater Toronto Area bill paying services for missionaries stationed overseas.

2. How do you become a member of EMM?

To be accepted, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

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.
A membership form can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this webpage.

3. Who is the EMM missionary accountable to?

EMM 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.

4. 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 reported on your monthly financial report.

All contributions 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 & abroad).
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 on deputation. 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.

5. How do you establish the value of gifts-in-kind?

Gifts 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 appraise.


6. What kind of records are we required to keep &/or submit to the home office?

A 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. 

Important Note: Along with a missionary's resignation or dismissal, failure to send in both the narrative & financial reports for 3 consecutive months is a cause for losing membership.

7. What is a factual resident? 

You are 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 missionary, Revenue Canada still considers you to be a resident of Canada for income tax purposes. A Determination of Residency Form should be sent to Revenue Canada to help them determine your status while doing missionary work.
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 your CCTB.
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:         
                                    

CCTB Application                                                        
Status in Canada/ Statement of Income

8. Are EMM missionaries covered by government health insurance while doing missionary work overseas?

EMM 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.                  
Some provinces do grant approval for continous eligibility during a longer absence. Your EMM Home Office will be able to furnish you with a letter explaining the reas
on for your absence. see Ontario, Alberta.

For Downloading:

New Missionary Application Form

Monthly Activity Report Form

Monthly Financial Report Form  

Disbursement Form

CTB 9

 

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