Missions in South Africa

Hello Friends, it’s been a really long while. How quickly time does pass!

In the past 2 years I have been in the onboarding process to join an engineering non-profit organization called Engineering Ministries International (EMI). In part, this is why I started this whole blog! I wanted a record of my journey to this very moment, & here I am. My very first blog post was on a volunteer trip with EMI! As of April of 2021, they officially asked me to become permanent staff and I will be moving to South Africa within the next couple of weeks. I’d like to answer a few questions…….

1) How did I get involved with EMI and why?

2) What exactly is EMI?

3) How can you partner with me as I go serve in South Africa?


Summer of 2011 I spent two months in a mountain village in Peru for a summer mission trip. As I built relationships with the locals, I was given opportunities to teach English at the schools, lead bible studies, and simply partake in the villager’s way of life. I loved working with a focus on evangelism and immersing myself in a culture that was not my own. After that summer in Peru, I was convinced I wanted to do full-time ministry.

I volunteered for my first trip with EMI India in 2017 for the design of a new seminary college. I fell in love with the God-centric work atmosphere and approach to all EMI projects. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I virtually led the design for the wastewater system of a new all-girls school in Tunduru, Tanzania. Approximately only 28% of girls complete any form of formal schooling in Tanzania. Projects like these provide facilities and resources that will empower young girls with the completion of their education.  

EMI provides professionals with the unique opportunity to serve people worldwide through the design of hospitals, schools, water systems, and many other facilities. Each year, EMI completes more than 100 development projects, all serving the poor and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These services are discounted to the ministries who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. To do this, the staff with EMI do not collect a salary but are responsible for raising support in order to make the essential work of EMI possible. I’m currently at the tail-end of my support raising efforts and I’m so grateful for God’s provision thus far.


I’d love to invite you to partner with the work we are doing globally by joining us with your prayers or with a tax-deductible financial contribution by visiting https://emiworld.org/tatiana-sanchez

If you’d like to pray with me, please pray for more professionals to join our team of engineers and architects, and so that I could reach 100% of my financial goal. As I get closer to my departure date, I still need about 40% of my monthly support, so your contribution would be immensely appreciated. You can also sign up for newsletters to stay up-to-date on projects at the bottom of the webpage, regardless of your ability to contribute. I’d love to connect!

Thank you so much for those who have taken the time to read my post in the past couple of years. I hope I can share some more as I adventure in South Africa.

May your day be graciously adventurous,

Tati ❤

P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

India, spice and everything nice 

Updates on India!! Finally! It’s been so busy here. I’ve been trying to write a post for the past week but I’m usually so exhausted by the end of the night that I can’t find the energy to put my thoughts into written words. So, I’ll keep it simple and upload some pictures with captions, #instagramstatus. Besides, isn’t a picture worth a thousand words….. Continue reading “India, spice and everything nice “