Viloane Ko

Viloane Ko is the 9th National Director of Singapore. He is married and has two children.

Before being appointed as the National Director in April 2021, he served on the National Leadership team and led a student ministry. Before joining the Navigators Singapore as a full-time staff in 2011, he was a scholar and researcher of Agency for Science, Technology and Research. He earned a PhD from the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Science and Engineering.

Viloane’s discipleship journey started when he came to know the Lord during his university days through the Navigators. He had 20 years of experience raising labourers and leaders through life-on-life discipling among the students and graduates.

Viloane’s life verse is “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29). He is passionate about being a servant, a channel of blessing and a learner. The journeys of learning from discipleship, missions and leadership excite him.

He looks forward to bringing a breath of fresh air to the Navigators Singapore to see renewal, re-energization and regeneration. His vision is to see a new wave of disciplemakers next door to everywhere for Singapore and beyond! (Matthew 9:36-38).

May 2018

The year has moved fast and we are almost halfway through! We are grateful to the Lord for overseeing the Kingdom work beyond the shores of Singapore. We have been...

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April 2018

Together with my good friend, Mok Chok Sun, we took the stage on Saturday 14 April for a Gospel outreach event, “2Gs Lunchbyte—GIVE Thanks and ForGIVE”. We shared our personal stories of how having Christ makes all the difference in these two areas of our lives. Only the Gospel of Jesus can truly give us the power to forgive and be forgiven. Thanksgiving flows out of a forgiven soul.

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September 2016

The “Hedgehog Concept.” This is something management author Jim Collins refers to in his bestseller, “Good to Great.” Collins says that the fox uses many strategies in its attempt to make a meal of the hedgehog, but in response, the hedgehog has only curl up in a ball so that only its sharp spikes are protruding, thus always frustrating the fox...

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June 2016

I lead a Bible study for men. It’s a lively group … lots of laughter, and an occasional tear. Our pattern is to discuss a chapter from the “LifeChange Series,” then share prayer requests and pray for each other. At our most recent study, after finishing the discussion, we moved as usual into prayer requests. One of the men said that he was feeling somewhat dry in his relationship with God. Immediately I thought, “I wonder how his Quiet Time is?”...

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March 2016

Excerpt from a talk given by Doug to the staff at last month’s “Missions Day”:

“The Singapore Navigators have a rich history of sending missionaries. But who have we sent long-term recently? Just William Tew to the Philippines, and that was seven years ago. Are we making progress? Yes. Virtually all of our ministries sent a short-term team last year. And now Nissi Goh has said she is willing to go to Kolkata for a 2-year mid-term assignment…

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December 2015

I trust you have enjoyed the preceding stories about two young disciplemakers, Daniel and Felicia. But don’t think that disciple-making is just for the young! Recently one of our staff, Yap Kim Meng, told the rest of the staff about one of his neighbors, James Kang. Fifteen years ago James’ wife, an airline Chief Stewardess, died unexpectedly in her sleep. He was left to raise three young children, the youngest being only 10 months old. James was a Christian, but for the next five years he struggled, changing jobs many times. Finally he settled on being a taxi driver as it gave him more time to spend with his children…

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October 2015

The Passing Game. Shown on the cover of this edition of NavNews, it is just one of the many activities at our “Navigator Sports Day.” Every year we bring together some of the students we help, and those staff and volunteers who are doing the helping, for a day of soccer, Captain’s Ball, relay races and other competitive events. This year, 280 came from 5 universities, 3 polytechnics and our teen ministry… a hundred more than last year! (You’ll see the group on the right) Why do this? For fun, but also to…

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June 2015

Mutua Mahiaini was the keynote speaker at our Navigator National Conference last year. Those who attended came away impressed by his challenge to pay the cost of discipleship. We did not know at that time that we were hearing from the next International President of The Navigators!

Mutua was born and raised in Kenya. His father was a pastor. When Mutua was 10 years old, he answered the call to make Jesus his Lord. He says about that day: “It was very clear to me that I had entered into a relationship that gave me rights that I did not enjoy before…

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March 2015

“In the middle of Seoul is Yanghwajin cemetery. Buried there are 145 missionaries who never made it back to their home countries. Some of the gravestones date back a little over 100 years ago to the time when the first protestant missionaries arrived in Korea. There are gravestones not just for men but also for wives and single women. There are smaller stones near larger stones where young children are buried. What prompted these missionaries to go to a country that in the 1800’s and early 1900’s barely even qualified as a 3rd world country? Obviously one motivation was to bring these people the gospel….

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December 2014

My father owned a small sailboat when I was a boy. Sailing with him on the lake near our home, I quickly learned that waves were caused by wind. The more wind, the bigger the waves, which is why I tried to avoid sailing with him on days when high winds were forecast! The vision of the Singapore Navigators is “a new wave of disciple-makers for Singapore, Asia and beyond.” For this “new wave” to occur, what is needed? Many things, but ultimately, the “wind” of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:8) And it appears that the Holy Spirit is at work. People growing spiritually confirms it. Growing numbers confirm it as well. Let ….

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September 2014

Can you predict what things will look like in your life 5 – 7 years from now? Probably not. Can you have a desire for how those things will look? Certainly! This is the question our staff leaders recently asked … what is our desire for how our ministries will look 5 – 7 years from now; and more importantly, what is God’s desire? What is His vision for our future? After much discussion and prayer, we believe God has given us that vision: “A new wave of disciple-makers for Singapore, Asia and beyond.” (Watch “Disciple-Makers,” a 3-minute video on the vision of the Singapore Navigators) ….

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June 2014

In our last NavNews, I wrote that we were looking for some “C.T. Studds” to join our staff. Studd was the famous missionary who said, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” I think we’ve found three.Adrian Ho is from Malaysia. He came to Singapore to study at Republic Polytechnic. There, one of our staff men led him to Christ and discipled him. Adrian just graduated with a diploma in Environmental Science. Rather than take a job in that burgeoning field, he has decided to join our staff as an EDGEr. He will be a huge help to our growing Inter-Poly ministry ….

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March 2014

“Nothing significant happens for the Kingdom of God without faith and sacrifice.” My friend Tom Yeakley, a field director of the U.S. Navigators, (featured on page 6 of NavNews March 2014) shared this with me when I was deciding to leave my law practice to go full-time with The Navigators. We are looking for significant things to happen in the next few years through the EDGE program , a one- to two-year programme for young staff on campuses. We had a recent EDGE Preview for 20 young graduates and students who would be graduationg in the next couple of years. For each of these who attended the Preview, ….

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December 2013

“The Best Year Ever.” This was the subject line of an e-mail recently sent by one of our senior staff. We had just finished our annual reporting days where each ministry shares what God has done during the year. The staff man was reflecting on what he had heard. I think I would agree with our staff’s assessment, at least in comparison to the recent past. This year we saw 97 people receive Christ, our highest number for a long time. And this number does not include those not involved in our ministries, such as the many relatives who came to faith through a Navigator son or daughter ….

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September 2013

The Navigators are looking to make a big impact for Christ. It stands to reason, then, that we would want many people to join our staff. Since a major part of our ministry is to students, we especially want many young staff. However, young people often have no idea whether they are “called” to full-time ministry, let alone long-term full-time ministry with The Navigators. This is the reason that I’m so excited about our new EDGE program. It allows a young graduate to join our staff for one to two years. During this time they give themselves to full-time gospel ministry ….

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March 2013

“Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission.” So writes theologian Henri J. M. Nouwen in his book, A Spirituality of Fundraising. Nouwen continues, “Fundraising is also always a call to conversion. It is a shift of attention in which we set our mind on divine things.” The ministry of The Navigators is supported solely by the gifts of families, friends and churches. We have no central fund to pay our staff salaries and administrative expenses. Yet we have often shied away from the vital ministry of fundraising ….

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