Thank you for your faithful partnership in the mission of The Navigators Singapore.
Over the past few months I have been reading the passages surrounding one of the key verses for our Navigators’ generational Vision—2 Timothy 2:2. These passages motivate me to faithfully persevere in advancing the gospel in spite of suffering. Near the end of his life, Paul was reminding Timothy, whom he had discipled for more than 10 years, to lean on the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Tim 2:1). This sustaining grace is far more than just a sentimental notion. Paul did not shy away from calling Timothy to share in enduring hardship for the gospel (2 Tim 1:8; 2:3). Paul emphasised such commitment to the gospel by making reference to the real life example of an ordinary man: Onesiphorous (2 Tim 1:16-18), and by using the metaphors of soldier, athlete and farmer (2 Tim 2:3-7).
As Navigators, we share a similar commitment to disciple the next generation of ordinary labourers towards growing strong in the gospel of God’s grace and learning to pay the price for its advancement. When I heard updates from Wingben, a polytechnic graduate who is currently labouring in Sierra Leone, West Africa on his six-month mission trip, I was deeply encouraged by his faith and courage. He suffered and recovered from malaria two weeks ago, yet was quick to point to the sheer grace of God. To quit his job here in Singapore and labour in that part of the world with poor sanitation and healthcare services, and with high risk of infectious disease, cannot be easy.
This led me to remember how much we need to keep praying for one another and calling for the next generation of “Timothys” to be strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for His grace to sustain us as we continue to learn to pay the price to remain faithful to our calling.