Emanate exists to “equip servants of the church.”

Equip them for what? Equip them in what way? Perhaps we can take a little “trip around the world” to check in with some of our graduates and ask them where God has them now and how He used Emanate to prepare them. Let’s see what they have to say…

This time around we get to hear from Brandon Young and his wife Heather.

Q: Where are you from?

A:  Heather and I are from California, but all of our kids were born in Michigan so we sort of feel like our family as a unit is from Michigan.

Q: When did you graduate from Emanate?

A: December 2017

Q: Where are you now?

A: We are in Madang, Papua New Guinea.

Q: What are you up to these days?

A: After Emanate, we spent one year (2018) between Michigan and California informing people of what [we are doing] and why we are going to PNG.  In Jan – July 2019 we served on NTM-PNG’s main support base in Goroka, PNG.  I taught Bible classes at the high school for MKs [missionary kids], and Heather served in the business office.  In Aug – Dec 2019 we were on the coast near Madang going through the E2 [national culture and language acquisition] orientation.  Our focus is learning the national trade language, Tok Pisin, and general PNG culture.  We continue to learn from veteran church planters and plan for what a church plant ministry looks like in this country.

Q: What did you learn at Emanate that helped prepare you for your ministry?

A: For starters, some basic Tok Pisin.  In our CLA practicum [class] we were able to have Mike and Beth Sutton (former missionaries to PNG) serve as our language helpers.  This was beneficial not only for practicing the techniques of language learning, but knowing that we were going to PNG this gave us a jump start on a lot of basic survival [expressions].  Because of this we have progressed in language rather quickly here in country.  Also, Vern’s class on lesson writing was extremely beneficial. … The principles that guided my lesson writing all came from Vern’s class.  Things like… 1) highlight the main point and only the main point of the passage; 2) remember that this will be THE FIRST TIME your audience has ever heard this passage so think of explaining it like you would to your kids; and 3) write it out word-for-word (this proved to be the biggest thing to help me stay on point and communicate clearly).  After all, it is God’s Word we are teaching and we want to be accurate.  This is hard to do in a second language, so writing it out exactly allowed me to meet with my language helper and have him fix the grammar as well as make sure the illustrations touched on the right part of the culture and made sense.  I then read through it several times to sort of memorize the lesson so that when I taught it, it would sound natural and not just like I was reading it.

Q: How can we be praying for you?

A: We have 3 months left of general E2, which includes a 6-week stint where we will live in a bush location.  After that we will need to decide on a region… to go to and then we will spend time getting familiar with that region and finishing our Tok Pisin study.  After, if we decided to pursue a church plant ministry, then we start the process of trying to join or form a team, and survey and choose a people group.  The other option is to fill some support roles.  These are not easy decisions nor are they typically very quick decisions. Any prayer offered on our behalf is great.  We are asking for clarity on which region, which ministry, and the peace of God to calm our anxious hearts as we wait on Him…

It’s exciting to hear from our graduates and their teammates around the world.  Will you pray for Brandon and Heather in the months to come?  They have some important decisions and some big moves ahead of them!

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