We’re focused on advancing the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom among communities experiencing the consequences of injustice, oppression, and poverty. In Isaiah 58, the Lord appeals to His people to take a stand with the oppressed, to help the poor, and to feed the hungry. Verse 12 promises us, “Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities” (NLT). Our goal is to raise up generations of laborers from these communities who will partner with us in accomplishing the Navigator Calling and Vision right where they live.
Currently, Navigator staff who reflect the I-58 Navs Mission are engaged with immigrant communities from Southeast Asia and Africa, among Native Americans, Asians, Latinos, and African Americans. Staff are reaching out to youth through after-school programs, as well as providing job training and tutoring. They operate businesses to employ former gang members and ex-offenders. They are ministering to the homeless. Within these contexts, they are making Jesus known, studying the Bible, engaging in life-on-life discipleship. I-58’s approach toward ministry often involves meeting a felt need in order to engage people with the Gospel.
The Navigator Calling and Core is central to who we are, but the context of I-58 Navs demands unique approaches which can take longer to produce generational fruit. Our target communities are broken: schools are broken; economic systems are broken; criminal justice systems are broken; family networks are broken. So our approaches are holistic in nature. This method lengthens the amount of time it takes to make disciples and see leaders developed, yet it remains central to our goal.
Although this kind of ministry can seem exciting on the surface, it takes years to see changed lives. Broken people don’t trust anyone easily; it takes years to develop that trust. This is not a ministry context for those who need to see fruit immediately. It is not for the faint of heart. People who live on the margins are vulnerable and so the risks and challenges of ministry in this context are deep.
We at I-58 Navs have a heart to bring about a more just community among people from different cultural and economic backgrounds. We desire to mentor and be mentored by people from communities of economic need. We are people who have been broken and are willing to help other broken people. All of this is in pursuit of seeing generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.
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