We have had people from all walks of life come through our doors at Emanate, and then head out to many areas of the world. It is a privilege to help prepare people to go to many different countries and language groups so that they may know Jesus. Let’s hear from one of our former students, Grant Bayfield, about what God has been doing through him and his family!

Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m originally from High River, Alberta.

Q: When did you graduate from Emanate?

A: I graduated from Emanate in 2002.

Q: Where are you now?

A: I’m currently living in the Philippines, on the island of Mindanao, in a small village on the edge of the mountains.

Q: What are you up to these days?

A: I’m quite busy these days translating the Bible, and teaching it, teaching literacy, overseeing community development projects, and transporting patients to see doctors.

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

A: During my time in Emanate, I learned to emphasize my personal relationship with God and leave ministry in a secondary place in my life. As I’ve leaned on the God I actually know, He has not only helped me make much better life decisions, but He has been an irreplaceable lifeline when life gets super busy and stressful. I also learned to look at the things I value in life and evaluate my actual need for them. The ‘creature comforts’, the conveniences of modern living, and everything we feel deep down that we are entitled to – lay it all on the altar and be content with just having a loving Father who always takes care of our actual needs. As far as practical skills and “advance advice” from experienced missionaries in the Emanate training – I constantly utilize that in all areas of daily ministry.

Q: What else would you like us to know? 

A: My wife Marianne and I work with a people group from the Manobo language family on our island. She sees to their medical needs.

Q: How can we be praying for you?

A: Please pray that Marianne and I will have direction and solutions to our overly busy schedules. We need more teammates to share the load, and we need to train the people we have been ministering to, to teach, to shepherd, and to carry the Gospel forward to their own people.

Pray for Grant and Marianne as they serve the Manobo people, and that the Lord would raise up more labourers to help them. Pray that they would continue to focus first on their personal walk with the Lord and not become overwhelmed by the many pressing and important tasks of ministry. What a great reminder for the rest of us!

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[Editor’s note: No miniature horses were harmed in the production of this blog.]