Is taking the time to go to Emanate for training really worth it? Does it make a difference for those that go onto the field? Let’s hear from another family who graduated from Emanate, Nathan and Emily Willems, and see what they have to say about their time here and their ministry now.

Q: Where are you from?

A: We are from Saskatchewan; our most recent home there was in Swift Current.

Q: When did you graduate from Emanate?

A: We graduated from Emanate in July 2017 (we did not do the third semester as an aviation family), and after that we spent two years in Arizona completing the aviation training with Ethnos360 Aviation.

Q: Where are you now?

A: We arrived in the Asia Pacific region very recently on November 26th.

Q: What are you up to these days?

A: We are settling into our new home and will have our orientation classes and E2 [language program] … to begin our two years of National Culture and Language learning.

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

A: There were so many things that we learned at Emanate that were helpful preparation for life overseas that I can’t even list it all.  Jungle Camp was good preparation for living in a different and more challenging environment; we appreciated the classes that prepared us for understanding and appreciating a different culture; the teamwork class was really good, etc…

Q: How can we be praying for you?

A: For good health – we are bracing ourselves for the new illnesses that we will deal with here and already two of our girls have started feeling sick. Also that we would adapt quickly to our new environment and begin to feel a sense of home and belonging. And for stamina, to persevere in language learning when if feels hard and overwhelming.

The Willems family is just getting settled in, and we are so grateful to have been able to play a role in equipping them to serve. Once they have learned the trade language, Nathan will be able to begin his role as a missionary pilot. He’ll be a huge lifeline to his coworkers in remote areas! Please be praying for Nathan and Emily and their family and subscribe here to hear more about what Ethnos Canada is doing around the world!