Discipleship is a gift that keeps on giving, and it is an essential ingredient in the spiritual growth of individuals and churches. As iron sharpens iron, believers are to encourage each other in their walk with the Lord.
At Emanate, we disciple disciple-makers. From our weekly one-on-one discipleship program to many informal venues beyond the classroom, there are many opportunities to invest in the spiritual growth of future church planters. As we wrap up our our blog series “Where Are They Now?”, we’ll check in with Jeremy and Kimberly Wardlaw in West Africa and hear how God grew them during their time at Emanate.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Southern Ontario is our home base, though Jeremy grew up in Brazil and Kimberly is from Portland, Oregon.
Q: When did you graduate from Emanate?
A: We graduated from Emanate December 2017.
Q: Where are you now?
A: We are in West Africa, since August 2019.
Q: What are you up to these days?
A: Our ministry goals are to be church planters in an unreached people group in the region. However, before we serve in that way, it is essential for us to learn the national language and culture. So, that is our focus now. We are investing in language study every day to become proficient communicators in the surrounding community and local church. We are also investing in relationships in our neighbourhood, host family, and local church in order to adapt and become more effective cross-cultural servants in the broader region we now call home.
Q: What did you learn at Emanate that helped prepare you for your ministry?
A: Emanate was such an important part of our preparation for ministry here. One of the most practical areas has been the language training we received at Emanate. It has given us some of the essential tools needed for language learning. However, the most important training we received was the spiritual mentor-ship that has been so helpful in giving us an eternal perspective in suffering and a grace perspective in relationships. We are so thankful for our mentors and trainers who have laid a great foundation for life and ministry cross-culturally.
Q: What else would you like us to know?
A: Another way we felt prepared by our time at Emanate was our time in Jungle Camp. It helped us to learn to be flexible and see God’s sufficiency when life is less convenient then we are used to. Though we are not living in a plastic house now, life is less convenient in many ways; but God is always enough.
Q: How can we be praying for you?
A: Pray that we would keep our eyes on Him and pray for our physical health.
All of Emanate’s teachers and staff consider it a sobering privilege to play a role in preparing future church planters like Jeremy and Kimberly for the ministry God has set before them. And, as always, we look forward to meeting the next class of Emanate students – men and women who have said “yes” to Christ’s commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.”
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[Please note that this interview was conducted before COVID-19 advisories and restrictions were put into place regarding meeting in groups and traveling. Ethnos Canada missionaries around the world are following these advisories and are eager to help stop the spread of this virus.]