Motivation for Ministry
What motivates a young First Nations man towards ministry?
Peter Constant and his wife, Charlene, are Bible college students in the middle of a one-year internship, gaining firsthand experience in full-time pastoral/church work.
It wouldn’t be unrealistic to think that Peter’s motivation has something to do with the major role a certain local church has had in his own life.
“Riverside Bible Church (near Opaskwayak Cree Nation, The Pas, Manitoba) was where my parents, Eric & Ethel Constant, attended,” says Peter.
“My mother became a believer first when missionaries, Dennis & Amanda Anderson, led her to the Lord. My mom, who has since passed away, led me to the Lord. My dad became a believer later on.”
Charlene grew up on a farm near Gladstone, MB and moved to Moose Factory, ON to begin her nursing career. Her family and church all had a part in her following Christ. In 2007 she moved to The Pas for work and that’s where she met Peter and was introduced to Riverside Bible Church.
Their internship is in a setting they are very familiar with, and that’s quite alright with them. They appreciate Riverside’s solid base, God’s Word, and the people are dear to their hearts.
The arrangement is part of their “fourth year” college training. “It was shortly after Charlene and I got married that we decided that we should attend Bible school,” says Peter. With a hunger to know more of God’s Word and how to communicate it, they moved to Lac La Biche (AB) to attend NCEM’s Key-Way-Tin Bible Institute. “It was a wonderful time being immersed in God’s Word,” they remember.
However, the School closed its doors after their first year (due to staff shortage) and they wondered if and where they should continue. They investigated several Bible colleges and eventually sensed that God was leading them to Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, Saskatchewan. They’ve appreciated Millar’s emphasis on Bible and personal discipleship.