Milestones at Emanate

We’re happy that our students have returned from break and are jumping back into the swing of classes here at Emanate. They are beginning their second semester, which will have a number of classes focused on linguistics. They’ll be studying the different vocal sounds that make up speech, analyzing how these sounds are put together into different spoken languages, and learning how to develop a usable alphabet for languages that are currently unwritten.

Phonetic Alphabet

Here is a sample of the “new” alphabet our students started learning this week!

These tools will be essential in working amongst unreached people groups, most of whom have no access to God’s Word. Even with the right tools though, this is still a large and daunting task. It can only happen by God’s grace and through His direction.

Milestones around the World

While we mark the milestones that our Emanate students are reaching, it’s also good to pull back and see the big picture of God’s work. We love celebrating God’s work in the lives of past students and other teams who have been trusting Him in this process for years and are reaching some incredible milestones because of His faithfulness.

Swenson family in PNG

Paul and Ellen Swenson with Sam, Hazen, Noah, and Ella in PNG.

Paul and Ellen Swenson graduated from Emanate in 2014. This week, they arrived in Papua New Guinea where they’ll spend the next 4-6 months learning the national language and culture. After that, they will select a remote people group to live and work with along with their co-workers.


Maliyali People in PNG

The Maliyali are finally going to hear the gospel in their language!

This week there is another team in PNG who are moving into the village with the Maliyali people group who have been asking for someone to come and teach them “God’s talk”.

What a blessing it is to follow their progress, rejoice at the doors God has opened, and look forward to seeing our current students celebrate similar milestones one day!

Our Cornerstone through every Milestone

In every part of this process – training, support raising, moving into the new country, moving into the tribe, presenting the gospel for the first time, translating the Bible, and ultimately, seeing a church planted – God is the only one can make it happen.

Ephesians 2:19-22 reminds us:

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”

We are not smart enough, brave enough, clever enough, talented enough, wise enough, or confident enough to do this on our own. But we have a solid Cornerstone whom we trust to make these things happen. Our God is able!