The Singapore Navigator ministry to students has been very fruitful over the years. Indeed, I am told that at one point the number of students involved in the Singapore Nav ministries was second only to those involved in the U.S. Nav ministries, which is particularly amazing in light of Singapore’s size relative to the rest of the world.
These students, about 10,000 of them over the years (according to former national director Jim Chew), have now graduated and are living and working primarily in Singapore. Our goal for these students while in school has always been to reach, disciple and equip them so that, when they graduate, they can do the same with others.
However, for many of them, the pressures and busyness of life begin to crowd out the time needed to do this. I know. I was one of them (albeit a U.S. alumnus)! Busy in law practice, busy with my family, busy even with church activities, but little time to personally invest in the life of another.
Having to lead a disciple-making course at my church changed that. The course (“The Adventure of Discipling Others”, available from NavMedia) required me to find a younger Christian and begin to disciple him.
What a joy it was seeing this man take steps to grow! Knowing that there are many of our alumni who would like to experience this same joy, our Alumni ministry has set a goal of, in the next two years, helping one hundred alumni not currently labouring to begin to labour again (Matthew 9:37). The Alumni Gathering described in this issue of NavNews was our first step towards meeting this strategic goal.