Navigators Select a New International President

It is a joy and privilege to announce that Mutua Mahiaini has been selected as the next International President and General Director of The Navigators. After three days of deliberations bathed in prayer, our Selection Council, comprising about 40 men and women from each region of our work, unanimously chose Mutua to lead us through this next period of our history. Yesterday the Kenyan and US Navigator Boards confirmed the Selection Council’s decision.

The Selection Council’s time together was marked by honest discussion, prayerful seeking of the Lord’s guidance, and a wonderful spirit of unity. Everyone recognized that Mutua’s depth in the Word and prayer, his faith and courage, his demonstrated ability to build strong teams and develop leaders, his commitment to our Navigator CORE, and his gifting to lead from the Scriptures make him highly qualified for this role. His extensive experience and ability in functioning cross-culturally are important assets for serving in this international role.

It is difficult to convey the remarkable presence of God in the midst of our Council. God clearly guided our thinking and dialogue. He gave us an overarching sense of encouragement as we reflected on what God has done in The Navigators and will do in the future. I came away with great joy and confidence, seeing again the humility and godliness of our international leaders who walk in dependence on the Lord and His Word.

Mutua and Stephanie are Kenyan Navigators. They are stepping into this leadership role with broad and varied experiences in Navigator ministry—not just in Kenya but throughout Africa and many other parts of the world.

• After earning a master’s degree at a university in France, Mutua joined Kenya Navigator staff in 1981.

• In the early 1980s, Mutua and Stephanie led a fruitful campus ministry at Kenyatta University.

• In 1986, Mutua became the Kenya Country Leader.

• In 1994, Mutua and Stephanie moved to Abidjan in French-speaking West Africa to lead the work in Côte d’Ivoire and help oversee the pioneering of Navigator ministries throughout the French-speaking countries.

• In 1998, the leaders of our African work chose Mutua to lead the Africa Region. The Africa work grew strongly under Mutua’s leadership over the next thirteen years.

• In 2011, Mutua transitioned the Africa leadership to Nigerian Bulus Bossan. Then Mutua and Stephanie moved to Colorado Springs to join the International Executive Team.

• In the last three and a half years, Mutua and Stephanie have traveled extensively and ministered widely, building relationships of trust around our Worldwide Partnership. They have gained a good understanding of the Navigator ministries in many parts of the world.

Mutua will take office with a formal commissioning ceremony at Glen Eyrie on April 18, 2015. I commend Mutua and Stephanie to your prayers as they prepare for this new role and phase of life.

1 Samuel 16:13 records the anointing of David: So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. . . . We trust the Lord will similarly anoint Mutua and Stephanie as they lead our Navigator family.

R.J. Fischer
Jean and I are so looking forward to this transition. We are excited to see God working not only here in Orlando, but all over the world. We are praying for everyone to join us in praying for The Navigator work to spread The Word as Dawson Trotman did so long ago. A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
(Isaiah 40:3-5 ESV)
3/29/2015 8:06:29 PM

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