When Emo and Kathy met in Toronto in 1983, they were both moving forward in response to God’s calling on their lives. Emo’s sense of calling grew out of his anthropological interest in Japan while he was a student at Ontario Bible College (Bachelor of Theology). Kathy, on the other hand, was influenced by a sense of God’s claim on her life as well as her involvement with IVCF and international students during her years as a student at Acadia University (B.Sc & B.Ed.)
Emo was born in Manila, Philippines, and came to Canada in his early teens while Kathy was born in Sydney, NS. After their marriage in 1984, they served as church planters in Japan for seven years. The next season of their lives brought them back to Toronto where Emo worked in urban ministry at Yonge Street Mission, and Kathy taught in the Toronto District School Board. In 1998, the Yangos, with their three children, returned to Asia and have been working since then with Muslims in the Southern Philippines.
Along the way, Emo has earned an MA in Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Missiology from the Asian Graduate School of Theology in Manila. The Yangos have been leading a multinational team in the task of bringing healing to a broken world through both word and deed with a focus on biblical and theological training of local leaders while at the same time working in partnership with the believers to respond to the basic felt needs of their communities through various community development projects. Some examples of these are: goat raising, early childhood education, sanitation project, water system project, several wells, a corn dryer, and youth leadership training.
Emo describes missions as a journey in exile. These journeys are seasonal and the critical factor is not how safe they are, but rather, finding new ways to sing the Lord’s song in different contexts.
Emo and Kathy Yango have three grown children: Ryan, Jenna and Kenzie.