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The ERI Story

Emmaus Road International was birthed on February 28, 1983. It was at a time when Neal Pirolo, founder and director of ERI was seeking the Lord for new direction in ministry. Through the counsel of several friends (who became the founding Board of Directors), they sensed the new ministry would continue in the area of missions education, would encompass a great number of churches around the world and would be an independent corporation. Read what God has done!


"This is actually Byron’s story to tell, but since it began with me, I will also claim it. We had taken an emergency—we need you right now—position with WBT/SIL in Brazil. In that SIL is an “educational” entity, they come under the Department of Education. Thus, we were granted privileged access to the University Olympic swimming pool.

But the story begins several months before that fateful Sunday afternoon..."

Check out the rest of this short story HERE!