Mike Shamy Transitions from the IET

By Mutua Mahiaini

Mike and Audrey Shamy

Mike and Audrey Shamy

Mike Shamy, an International Vice President of The Navigators since 2004, will be stepping out of his role as a member of the International Executive Team in February 2018.

Mike, who is from New Zealand, and his wife, Audrey, joined The Navigators in 1980. In 1989, he became the Country Leader of New Zealand. In 1999, he and Audrey moved to the U.S. to lead the Metro Mission. Since 2004, Mike and Audrey have played a vital role in supporting the Navigator work primarily in Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

As long as I’ve known Mike, I’ve seen his passion for helping local Navigators advance the Gospel among those who are learning about Christ. In his many years of travel around the world, he has taught from the Scriptures to equip ordinary men and women who influence their relational networks for Christ. Reflecting this calling, Mike also co-authored the NavPress book titled The Insider with Jim Petersen.

Another area in which Mike has had tremendous influence is developing and equipping a new generation of leaders in our Worldwide Partnership.

Mike is one of those men who is sincerely concerned with individual needs. He’s authentic, the real thing. He’s a man of strong and good opinions, but he’s also very humble. His walk with God is deep, and his love for the Scriptures is vibrant.

Please pray for our dear friends Mike and Audrey as they move into a new phase of ministry in New Zealand.

A Leader Prepared by God for Our Times

By D.G. Elmore, Chairman of the U.S. Board of Directors

God gives us a promise in Psalm 32:8, which says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you."

As we entered the Selection Council meetings on February 9, we called on God to instruct us and advise us, and we relied on His Word to light our path. After two days of prayer, reflection on the Scriptures, and discussion among 42 leaders from around the world, we clearly understood that God had selected Mutua Mahiaini as the next International President of The Navigators. 

On February 12, the U.S. Board of Directors whole-heartedly ratified the decision of the Selection Council. During the Board’s deliberations, we considered the needs of the organization now and into the future, and the qualifications necessary to lead the Navigator Worldwide Partnership. 

Mutua’s life is rooted in Jesus and the Word of God. He leads from the Scriptures and in the Spirit. He has proven that he is not afraid to make hard choices, which is a necessary quality of any leader who thinks strategically and has a vision for the future.

Our work around the world needs an International President who is comfortable relating with people in diverse cultures. God has orchestrated life experiences for Mutua so that he is at home in rural villages and in corporate executive suites. 

In addition, we need an International President who is familiar with the large and diverse work of the U.S. Navigators. We need a person who has relational capital with the leaders in the U.S. Not only has Mutua worked closely with the U.S. leadership team, but he and Doug Nuenke (U.S. President) have a close friendship. This will prove to help both men as they serve the Lord and our Navigator Calling.

For more than 25 years, the Worldwide Partnership of The Navigators has been led by a team—the International Executive Team. During the selection process, God made it clear that we need a leader with great team building and team development skills. Mutua is a gifted team builder, who has been developing teams since he was in his 20s. Leaders from around the world who know Mutua best say that “he unleashes the potential of team members,” and that “he creates a structure so that people can thrive.”

As we look to the future and the fulfillment of our Navigator Vision, we will need a leader who has a heart for “the least of these,” a passion for the lost, and the determination to take the Gospel and His Kingdom to the hard places. Mutua is a leader prepared by God for a time such as this, a man whose eyes are fixed on Jesus.

D.G. Elmore, a businessman, has been a member of the U.S. Board of Directors for the past 16 years and has served as Chairman of the U.S. Board of Directors for the past four years. He and his wife, Gini, live in Indiana.

Passing the Baton

By Mike Treneer

Mike and Chris Treneer

Mike and Chris Treneer

With my 10-year term as International President of the Navigators coming to an end, and after much reflection and prayer, I believe that the Lord is leading me to step out of this role. I have initiated a process to identify the Lord’s choice of a new leader for our Navigator Worldwide Partnership.

Although Chris and I remain deeply committed to our Navigator Calling and plan to continue to serve the work around the world with our gifts and experience, I believe that now is the best time for this change. The international Navigator work is generally healthy and growing. There is a gifted and experienced group of leaders who are well prepared for the future. Our direction is clear, being focused on our Calling, Values and Vision. And there is a wonderful spirit of unity among our International Leadership Community.

(Please follow this link to a video message from the IET and me to all Navigators about this transition:

I know that timing is important. Life often shows us that making a good decision is not all that matters; the timing of what we do can make good decisions better or worse.

This truth is illustrated often in sports. I very much enjoy track and field athletics. I have watched several times the world record-breaking run of the U.S. women’s 4x100 team at the 2012 London Olympics. You can watch the race at this Web link:

These women won, not just by running well, but by superb baton changes. They performed exactly timed transitions. I can imagine the feeling of each woman as they released their teammate into the next leg of the race. I gain inspiration from their shared joy in victory. We aspire to this kind of teamwork and commitment to one another’s best contribution.

None of us would claim that the events of our lives or leadership are as significant as the life and ministry of Jesus; nevertheless, the following Scriptures make clear that timing is important in the outworking of God’s purposes.

". . . when the time had fully come" (Galatians 4:4).
". . . the right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right" (John 7:6).
". . . the time has come" (John 17:1).

I have found Jesus’ statement in John 17:4 to be extremely helpful in this leader transition. Jesus said: I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Clearly there remained much work to do in order for Jesus to see God glorified and His kingdom extended throughout the nations of earth. Yet Jesus had a sense that He had “done His bit.” That which the Father had specifically entrusted to Him as Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth, had been accomplished. There remained, of course, His atoning death, mighty resurrection, and ascension; but this phase of His “ministry” had been completed to the Father’s glory.

In Colossians 4:17 Paul sends the following message to Archippus: ". . . see that you complete the work you have received in the Lord." As I have looked back over these last 10 years and have considered the way the Lord has led and the things He has put in my heart, I am convinced that my next leadership focus is to do all I can to ensure a good transition to the next leader and team.

As our Navigator Worldwide Partnership begins the process of selecting a new president, the Scriptures provide us with valuable guidance. In John 13-17, Jesus stresses His confidence in those to whom He is entrusting leadership of the Gospel movement that His life, death, and resurrection would birth. It is clear that Jesus’ confidence in them rests in several factors: the intimacy of their relationship with Him (John 15:1-8); the fact that He has given them God’s Word and knows they will hold to it (John 14:21-24; John 17:8, 14, 17); the leading and empowering of the Spirit (John 14:26; John 16:13-14); and His confidence that they understand the “family business” (John 15:15).

As we prepare for this leadership transition in The Navigators, please pray that God will help us focus on upholding and affirming the person who takes the baton from me. How can we express confidence in God for His anointing on that person’s life? What will release, empower, and guide the new President in making the greatest contribution to the purposes of God into successive generations?

For Chris and me, this transition will allow a furlough in the U.K. from June through September 2015 in preparation for our future support of the International Executive Team (IET).

Mike Treneer is International President of The Navigators. He and his wife, Chris, lived in Kenya for 16 years where Mike helped develop our Africa ministries and became our Africa Director. Mike served on the International Executive Team and led our Europe work before becoming President in 2005.

Esther Waruiru: Moving into New Ministry

By Mike Treneer

Esther Waruiru

Esther Waruiru

International Vice President Esther Waruiru stepped off the International Executive Team (IET) at the end of December 2014. She has served on the IET since 2005. Her transition has been prayerfully planned for some time. Esther will continue to serve our Worldwide Partnership as an IET Associate, focusing primarily on coaching leaders and teaching the Scriptures in different parts of the world.

Esther has made a hugely important contribution as part of the IET. Her depth in the Scriptures, her infectious love for God, her passionate commitment to our Navigator Calling, Vision and Values, and her natural strategic sense of how our Calling should guide decisions, combine to make her a valued counselor and coach for many Navigator leaders. Her perspective as a woman and African, with many years of grass roots Navigator ministry and leadership experience, as well as theological training, have uniquely qualified her to contribute to the leadership of our Worldwide Partnership. 

Among her many leadership roles over the last 10 years, Esther has led and integrated peer learning communities of Navigator leaders from the United Kingdom, the U.S., and Canada. She helped form the North America Region, which included the formal opening of the Navigator ministry in the Caribbean. And she served the Africa Regional Team as they wrestled to see the greater advance of the Gospel in that region.

Please pray for the Lord to guide Esther and give her wisdom and strength for her next phase of ministry.