THE NAVIGATORS NIGERIA DECEMBERÂ 2009 â€“ FEBRUARY 2010
To advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations
through spiritual generations of labourers living and discipling among the Lost.
A32 Nyango Gyel, Bukuru Low â€“ Cost Estate
P. O. Box 1868, JOS, 930001, NIGERIA
Tel: 08035889654, 08034036335
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PRAYER OF ALIGNMENT WITH GOD'S PURPOSES (2)
â€œâ€¦the Lord will build a house for youâ€¦â€
(1 Chron. 17:10)
Lately, God in His mercies is drawing His people back to effective ways of praying. Prayer is not just sweating in petitioning to God over our needs or those of others, but connecting with God, Who is all-knowing and all-powerful, in ways He is delighted in. God delights to hear His children pray. Zeph 3:17 says, "The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, HE WILL REJOICE OVER YOU WITH SINGING". Not many of us will readily believe the last phrase of this verse, but that is just what God said. God also delights to hear His children talk with each other about Him (Mal. 3:16)
David wanted to build a Temple for God. God prevented David from doing that and rather promised to build a dynasty for David where one of his sons will always be on the throne of David (1 Chron.17:3-14). David's reaction has so much to teach us.
1. David responded in humility."Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought us this far (verse16).
2. David responded in Praise. "There is no one like You, O LORD, and there is no God like but you" (verse 20).
3. David responded in faith."And now, Lord, let the promise You have made concerning Your servant and his house be established forever. DO AS YOU HAVE PROMISED"(verse23).
It was the revelation of God's purpose that led David to pray." You my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. SO YOUR SERVANT HAS FOUND THE COURAGE TO PRAY TO YOU" (Verse 25).
God is therefore promising to build dynasties for us through spiritual generations of labourers and leaders. May we grow in responding to Him in humility, praise and faith like David. We will then join heaven in the dances of joy.
May the joy of Christmas and peace for the New Year be ours.
ALL ABOUT GOD
Tues., Dec. 1
God is self-sufficient. He is One who contains all, who gives all that can be given, but who Himself can receive nothing that He has not first given. (Acts 17:24-28).
Wed., Dec. 2
God is Jehovah-rapha. This name means "Jehovah heals". God alone has the remedy for the healing of mankind. The Gospel is concerned with the physical, moral and spiritual healing of all people. (Exodus 15:22-26).
Thurs., Dec. 3
God is Jehovah-M'Kaddesh. This name means "Jehovah who sanctifies". A God separate from all that is evil requires that the people who follow Him be cleansed form all evil and has made provision for their sanctification.
(Lev 20:7-8, 1Thess5:23, 1 John2:1-2).
Fri., Dec. 4
God is Faithful. Our hope for the future rests upon God's faithfulness. Because He is faithful, His covenants will stand and His promises will be honoured. (Deut 7:9, Psalm 89:1-8, Lam 3:23).
Sat., Dec. 5
God is Elohim. This name means "Strength" or "Power". He is transcendent, mighty and strong. Elohim is the great name of God, signifying supreme power, sovereignty, and covenant relationship that He is faithful to keep. (Genesis 17:7-8)
Sun., Dec. 6
God is Father. The Creator of the universe cares for each one of us as if we are the only child He has. God taught us to pray "Our Father"(Matthew 6:9). The Spirit of God taught us to cry, "Abba, Father", as in the intimacy of the family. (Romans 8;15-17).
Mon., Dec. 7
God is sovereign. God is in control of our lives. His sovereignty is the attribute by which He rules His entire creation. To be sovereign, God must be all-knowing and all-powerful.(1 Chron.29:11-13).
Tues., Dec. 8
Thank God for answers to various prayer requests made last quarter including the success of the Staff Partner development training, the mission survey trips to Liberia and the wedding between Tongriang and Tony Ameh, among others.
Wed., Dec. 9
Pray that we all grow in making God-seeking a lifestyle in our movement, that we all grow in unquenchable hunger for God (Psalms 42:1-2, 63:1,84:1-2.
Thurs., Dec. 10
Thank God for comforting Zach Barki, Mary Mhya, Fina Azuonye and our International President, Mike Treneer, in their recent bereavements.
Navigators Africa Strategic Objectives for Transforming Labourers
Fri., Dec. 11
We need new and increasing generations - both men and women - who are passionate for and submissive to the Scriptures and are known for their Christ-like character.
Sat., Dec. 12
We need "young men and women with fire in their bones and wings on their feet"- people who exhibit extraordinary courage and initiative and sacrifice beyond our existing frontiers.
Sun., Dec. 13
We need men and women who have deep compassion for the lost, the weak and vulnerable. They actively invest in the lives of others with generational mindset.
Navigators Nigeria Strategic Objectives for Generations of Labourers and Leaders
Mon., Dec. 14
To create an environment that attracts the younger generation and enhances spiritual reproduction.
To enhance our operations and identity on campus and other contexts by registering with the appropriate authorities from December 2009.
To continually clarify and strengthen the relationship between pioneers and insiders.
Tues., Dec. 15
To create an environment of integrated ministry where the older model what the younger are learning from December 2009.
To increase our staff strength by at least 4 every year beginning from 2014
Uche & Fina Azuonye (Enugu)
Wed., Dec. 16
Thank God for His mercies to us throughout this passing year, provision for our needs, journey mercies within and outside the country and His gift of Himself. Thank God for the Enugu Area monthly meetings and for doors He is opening for ministry in local churches.
Thurs., Dec. 17
Uche is beginning to translate Course One Special Edition of the Lord's Harvest Series into Igbo. Do pray for discipline, diligence and determination to make progress in it.
Chris & Chi Oilobi (South Africa)
Fri., Dec. 18
Please thank God that Chris is recovering rapidly after his treatment for prostate cancer, and pray Phil 1:6, for complete healing and rejuvenation.
Sat., Dec. 19
Pray for our last son, Obi, who completes his degree this month in Johannesburg, that God may give him clear guidance and conviction regarding his future career and pursuits.
Sun., Dec. 20
Pray that God would give vision, heart and skill in reaching the people that we have been discipling and equipping in ministry here in South Africa.
Mon., Dec. 21
Pray that Chris and Chi would continue to grow in godliness of character, strength, vision and perseverance to fully carry out God's purposes for their lives.
Tues., Dec. 22
Pray that God would grant our Navigator graduates continued vision, commitment and right priorities to minister effectively in the marketplace and circles of influence on a life-long basis.
Bulus & Brikila Gwashi (Jos)
Wed., Dec. 23
Join us in thanking God for His faithfulness to us over the years. For the Lord had indeed been so good and ever so gracious in keeping and sustaining us through thick and thin. Thank God with us for His great favour and sustained visible blessing that we have consistently witnessed over our farm project.
Thur., Dec. 24
Please intercede on our behalf that the Lord would burden us to seek and remain loyal to Him all our days, and keep eternity in view always. Do also pray that the Lord would establish us in developing effective and enduring personal ministry as insiders in our duty posts.
Fri., Dec. 25
For to us a child is born, and to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end... (Isaiah 9:6-7a).
Sat., Dec. 26
But for you who revere my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall (Malachi 4:2).
Sun., Dec. 27
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed His people. He has raised a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (Luke 2:68-69).
Udobong & Gertie Idemetor (South Africa)
Mon., Dec. 28
Join us to thank God for His hand upon us and our ministry in the Southern African Zone during the year - we have experienced abundance of His grace in provision, protection and power in ministry as we visited and ministered to leaders in the seven countries of the Zone where we have Ministry presence (Isaiah 26:12).
Tues., Dec. 29
Thank God for Miriam, our daughter who turned 10 on October 12, 2009. Pray that as she grows into a young lady she will develop as Jesus did in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and men (Luke 2:52). Pray that as parents, we would be diligent and patient in training her in the fear of the LORD (Prov. 22:6).
Wed., Dec. 30
Thank God for the people He has given to support us financially during these past three years in the Mission field (it was exactly three years on
December 17 that we left Nigeria as a family to South Africa). Pray that the LORD would abundantly provide for these ones and give us more partners in prayers and finances in the years ahead (Phil. 4:19).
Thurs., Dec. 31
Since July 2009 Udobong has had to carry out medical investigations on his health and has been placed on regular medication (3 John 2) Pray for healing. Pray also for our housing situation in Pretoria, the new place we moved into in March 2009, has now been placed in the market "for sale" by the landlord. We need a stable place to function and minister effectively (Psalm 37: 3- 6).
Fri., Jan. 1
Thank God for what He did for us in 2009 and for bringing us into 2010. Pray that all who are involved in the ministry will experience a deeper walk with God and greater ministry fruit this year.
John & Lina Mamman
Sat., Jan. 2
Join us thank God for His favour over the family last year. He met our needs in many ways. Pray for Godâ€™s guidance as we set goals for this New Year.
Lina has been seconded by ECWA (her employers) to the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) Nigeria. Please pray that she adjusts quickly and is able to put in her best. Pray for wisdom to make a lasting contribution.
Sun., Jan. 3
John and Lina are meeting with some couples for Bible studies and discussions on family issues. Pray for commitment by everyone in the group to prepare for the meetings and to apply what we are learning.
Mon., Jan. 4Â Â Â Â Â Â
Thank God for the success of training for the staff in fundraising (partner development). Pray that the Admin Team will be able to cope with the additional work that will result from staff stepping up their fundraising efforts.
Tues., Jan. 5
Thank God for the calling off of the 3 months old strike action embarked on by University staff last year which crippled academic activities in schools and affected ministry efforts on campuses. Pray for a stable and uninterrupted University calendar.
Ibadan Studentsâ€™ Ministry
Wed., Jan. 6
Thank God for helping our students through the strike period and end of session exams. Pray that our growth Bible studies and outreach forums will challenge our disciples to keep growing in Christ and sharing their faith.
Lagos Studentsâ€™ Ministry
Thurs., Jan. 7
Join us in praying for foundational students, early respondents to the gospel, who will give us access to reach more students with the gospel in University of Lagos and Yaba College of Technology.
Fri., Jan. 8
Pray that our plans for a monthly discipleship forum will establish early respondents and give us a framework for discipling the large number of young people who are zealous for serving but need knowledge.
LAUTECH Studentsâ€™ Ministry, Ogbomoso
Sat., Jan. 9
Thank God for helping us to clarify the essentials of being a disciple of Jesus with 3 students out of an initial group of 8.
Sun., Jan. 10
Pray we will be faithful in the Bible studies we have planned to grow as disciples. Pray that many students will respond to our outreach efforts and weekly Bible studies.
Okike & Irene Offia (Enugu Studentsâ€™ Ministry)
Mon., Jan. 11
During the strike we rounded off our studies on the Kingdom of God, we went for a four day retreat (October 1-4, 2009) where we studied 1 Corinthians and we started an exciting adventure on discipleship from 1 Thessalonians. Our number fluctuates between 6 and 10, pray for commitment and consistency for all the participants.
Tues., Jan. 12
Pray that this team will have a passion for God and His purposes as well as be filled with awe and wonder at the word of God.
Wed., Jan. 13
I am hoping to build a campus ministry team from this group Pray for men and women of Issachar who understand the times.
Thurs., Jan. 14
Pray for dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit, commitment, sacrifice, volunteerism, service and vision.
Fri., Jan. 15
Pray that they will have faith and courage to take on the lost and they will turn out to be foundation people for generations of labourers.
Ilorin Studentsâ€™ Ministry
Sat., Jan. 16
We thank God for starting the session without difficulties. Please pray for courage to obey the things we are learning to be different because of Christ.
Sun., Jan. 17
Pray for discipline in our Bible reading program and scripture memory. Also pray for grace to overcome self to support and serve one another in our discipleship group.
Mon., Jan. 18
Pray that we will be fruitful and raise another generation as some of us will be graduating this year.
Tues., Jan. 19
Thank God for new students who have responded to the gospel as we shared in our 3 weeks outreach. Pray that we will persevere in follow-up, serving them to grow in Christ and serve their friends so they will influence their friends for Christ and not be influenced by their unbelieving friends to backslide.
Wed., Jan. 20
Pray for wisdom and courage as we have many new laws limiting fellowship and sharing on campus. Pray also for good teamwork for all the campus labourers
Jos Studentsâ€™ Ministry
Thurs., Jan. 21
For quite a while now we have not met as a large group due to non availability of a well located venue. Please pray that God will provide us a venue close to campus for this purpose.
Fri., Jan. 22
Pray that the small groups will be more functional, that members and leaders will be available and committed to meeting, studying, scripture memory and growing together.
Sat., Jan. 23
Pray that God will make available more committed and dedicated insiders (Lecturers and students) to co-labour with us on campus.
Sun., Jan. 24
Pray that God will help the students cope with the pressures of their academic work and be lights in their various departments.
Mon., Jan. 25
Please pray for unity and sensitivity to Godâ€™s leading as the Leadership Team meets from January 27 â€“ 29, 2010.
Tues., Jan. 26
Pray for the Board of Trustees as they meet on January 30, 2010. Pray for safety in travel and divine wisdom in their deliberations and decisions.
Secondary School Ministry
(South West Zone)
Wed., Jan. 27
Thank God for helping us establish partnerships for spiritual development through Bible studies with 7 secondary schools (Ilorin, Ogbomoso, Ibadan & Lagos). Pray for wisdom to make the most of the 30-50 minutes we have weekly, fortnightly and monthly in some cases.
Thurs., Jan. 28
Pray that we will clarify the gospel and lay foundations for growing in Christ. Pray we will have more partnerships to reach these needy Nation (Students).
Fri., Jan. 29
Pray that God will continue to help the students of the two secondary schools to understand the gospel message and grow in Christ. Pray that we will not be discouraged in our effort to help these young ones.
Sat., Jan. 30
As Jos hosts the next NorthEast-NorthWest-NorthCentral Zonal youth camp this year, pray for the planning team as they swing into action that God will direct the planning and provide the resources needed to execute the camp.
Sun., Jan. 31
Pray that our effort with youths around the National Office through sport will continue to produce result to God's glory.
Training Plans (South West Zone)
Mon., Feb. 1
Pray for strength, insight and effectiveness as we design and implement relevant training for our graduates and students who are leading our Campus and secondary school ministry efforts in Ilorin, Ogbomoso, Ibadan and Lagos.
Materials and Resources
Tues., Feb. 2
Many believers are finding our materials helpful in developing their personal walk with Christ and ministry to others but they are having difficulties with the length of time to finish the Bible studies in one sitting. Pray for wisdom and insight to re-package the studies to adequately meet the needs of diverse growing Christians.
Graduates on National Service (NYSC)
Wed., Feb. 3
Most of our graduates on National Service face challenges of a fulfilling work situation, accommodation, managing lean finances and loneliness (especially emotional and spiritual).
Pray they will take advantage of the wilderness opportunity the Service provides and seek God.
Thurs., Feb. 4
Pray that they will grow their disciplines of a consistent time alone with God and heart to serve considering the diverse opportunities they have to serve secondary school students during National Service.
Fri., Feb. 5
Pray for creativity, courage and sponsor for our un-employed graduates as we interact on different options for employment considering the unemployment challenge in the country.
Uche Amakulo (Ife)
Sat., Feb. 6
Give thanks to God for the good team we have that coordinates the work in Ife. Pray that much growth will result from this teamâ€™s effort.
Sun., Feb. 7
Pray that as I spend time discipling Kunle that his heart for people will grow and that God will give himÂ Faithful, Available, Teachable (F. A. T.) people to invest his life in.
Mon., Feb. 8
Pray for Joseph who is open and available for more intensive input for developing in heart and skills in ministry that God will provide him with adequate settings for this.
Tues., Feb. 9
Pray for Ifeoma who has been seeking a vocation for a long time now that God will give her an excellent one soon that will also abound with ministry opportunities.
Wed., Feb. 10
Join Akosua in thanking God for her admission into OAU Ife. Pray that she will excel in her studies as she does in her walk with God.
South West Zone
Thurs., Feb. 11
God has been teaching us many things, especially in the areas of:
â€¢Â Â Â Sensitivity to God amidst the economic challenges.
â€¢Â Â Â Being discipline in our word intake for an intimate walk with Christ.
â€¢Â Â Â Investing to be a safe person who can serve others.
â€¢Â Â Â Overcoming compromise and influencing our world for Christ.
â€¢Â Â Â Confronting evil and being agents of change as we trust God for revival.
Pray for courage and discipline to follow through with these lessons and that God will keep teaching us as we support.
Fri., Feb. 12
Pray we will serve one another to grow in Christ and serve His purposes in our families, workplace and neighborhood.
Zach & Grace Barki (Jos)
Sat., Feb. 13
Thank God for good health and safety in all travels last quarter. Pray that Grace and I will be able to pace ourselves in the months and years ahead.
Sun., Feb. 14
Thank God for giving Grace and I the opportunity to serve another five-year term in our responsibility of the leading the work in Nigeria. Please pray that we will learn, serve, improve and finish well bring glory to God.
Mon., Feb. 15
Our personal ministry suffered a lot last quarter because of the many travels and other official engagements. Please pray that we will be more organized this quarter and grow together in prayer and the Word with our team members.
Tues., Feb. 16
Thank God for Lizzy who was able to graduate from the University and made all her papers. She commences her National service this month. Pray that her posting will be to the location of Godâ€™s choice
Wed., Feb. 17
Pray that Mary who is now in her final year in the University will cope with her studies, the thesis and the part time work at a radio station in Jos.
Thurs., Feb. 18
Pray that Grace will cope with her small business, family and ministry. We thank God for the stability in her health over the past months.
Fri., Feb. 19
Zach has been involved in mediation between some Politicians in Madaland. Thank God for this opportunity and pray that all the parties involved will respond to the issues to the glory of God. Ask also that the opportunities gained in the relationship will open doors for the gospel.
Sat., Feb. 20
In implementing our 10 year strategic plan, the Leadership Team (LT) is taking this first year to grow, understand and build ownership among the stakeholders as well as improving communication and funding. Pray that this will be successful and lay a foundation for the accomplishment of the plan in the years ahead.
Sun., Feb. 21
Thank God for the number of younger people involved in the ministry now as well as those who are available for two- year training.Â Please pray that these efforts will result in emerging leaders for the ministry in the years to come.
Mon., Feb. 22
Pray for the twenty two area ministry leaders in the various cities across the country together with their area ministry leadership teams to grow in understanding the uniqueness of their context and develop generational ministries.
Tues., Feb. 23
Please pray for the leaders of the six strategic goals of our 10-year strategic plan to grow in integrating the whole ministry along the goals so the gospel will be advanced to the glory of God.
Famose Abiodun (Nsukka)
Wed., Feb. 24
Thank God for our students, they all returned safely and are back to academic life also thank God for the various ministry efforts going on in Nsukka; we are seeing clearly a move of the hand of God.
Thurs., Feb. 25
Please pray for the couples that meet monthly in my house; that they will all encounter the Lord Jesus-the only one who can help put their families right. Pray also for Okey Ndu and Dr. Vin Ejere who lead the couplesâ€™ meetings. Pray that the Lord will give them wisdom and direction and also help them apply the principles they teach from the Bible in their own families too.
Fri., Feb. 26
We are trusting God and making efforts to help our students see the need to think generations. Please pray that God will bless our efforts. The University Secondary school fellowship coordinator has approved my proposal to help the students beyond their current stage, please pray for wisdom in implementation.
Sat., Feb. 27
Pray for the ladies that study the Bible weekly with Ebele Amaechina, that they will experience depth in the word and draw application for everyday life from the Bible.
Sun., Feb. 28
I have started following up our students (one- on- one) on their applications from the last retreat,Â please pray for strength for me, pray that they will value our times together and that the Lord will help them resolve the problems they have written down and follow through with their applications.
THE NAVIGATORS 10 YEARS STRATEGIC GOALS IN SUMMARY
1.Â Â Â Missions: Integrated missions to diverse people groups in ways that plant the Gospel in their different contexts.
2.Â Â Â Insider Ministry: Insiders living out the Gospel and effectively making disciples in their contexts.
3.Â Â Â Holistic Disciples: Raising people in ways that transform them in all aspects of life.
4.Â Â Â Networking and Communications: Good relationships and partnerships within and outside the Organisation.
5.Â Â Â Generations of Labourers and Leaders: Successive generations of passionate and intentional labourers and leaders.
6.Â Â Â Resource Development: Biblically sound and culturally relevant ways of raising sustainable resources.
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