Living Your Legacy
Welcome to Living Your Legacy
Here, you can read about how your support helps advance the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. We hope you enjoy these stories. Visit our website to learn how you can support The Navigators’ programs which are making an impact for so many.
Marvin Shares His Story with Trotman Fellowship Members
Brad Invites Marvin to Read the Bible
In 1985, a U.S. Naval Academy upperclassman, Brad, was making rounds inspecting rooms and noticed Marvin’s desk had a Bible on it. This encouraged Brad to reach out to Marvin and invited him to read the Bible with him every morning. At their first meeting, Brad showed Marvin the Bridge to Life Illustration.
The diagram helped Marvin to know that God loves him and wants him to have an abundant life. With Brad as his disciple, Marvin made the decision to surrender his life to Christ. Brad then encouraged and challenged Marvin to grow in Christ and make Him known by asking, “who else can you share this Good News with?” To help him on this journey, Brad walked alongside Marvin and equipped him to become a disciple of Jesus.
At first, Marvin was hesitant to share the Gospel with strangers. But at an evangelism equipping weekend, he noticed a lone man on a bench who seemed out of place. The Holy Spirit whispered to Marvin, “Don’t be selective with my Gospel.”
Encouraged, Marvin shared verses with the man who unexpectedly burst into tears. The man revealed, “This morning, when I woke up I dared God, ‘if you exist, show yourself before the sun sets or I am going to take my life.’” It was a powerful message to Marvin about how intentional He truly is.
Today, as U.S. President of The Navigators, Marvin can help even more people embrace God’s call by partnering with sister organizations such as Young Life, CRU, Intervarsity, etc. Marvin sees the potential for The Navigators to help them become better disciplemakers by equipping them to share Christ’s love conversationally and visually.
Marvin reminds us all that it is a privilege to be a Navigator, serving the body of Christ with the principles of II Timothy 2:2—“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
Who Can You Invite?
Perhaps there is someone in your life who could benefit from a relationship with Christ? You really do have what it takes to help others to grow in Christ. Just like Brad’s reaching out to Marvin, one of the most effective ways to reach friends with the truth of the Gospel is to read and talk about the Bible with them.
The Trotman Fellowship
The Trotman Fellowship is a community of Navigators who are making a lasting impact on their neighborhoods, military bases, college campuses, and workplaces through a legacy gift. These everyday people give substantially more than could ever be done otherwise through a gift in their will. After caring for their loved ones, their gift to The Navigators sets a powerful of example of dedicating your resources to God’s glory for the greatest good.
In addition to making the advancement of the gospel of Jesus and His kingdom part of their personal legacy, Trotman Fellowship members receive a number of benefits including invitations to special regional gatherings.
Last November, a Trotman Fellowship event in Dallas brought together members of the legacy society, ministry partners and Navigators staff. The group heard updates on the ministry in that city from Darryl Jolley, The Navigator’s Dallas City leader. They also learned about how to navigate some of the trickier aspects of estate planning from Kurt Knoll and Adam Lopez of The Barnabas Foundation, an organization that The Navigators partners with. Finally, we shared a delicious dinner and enjoyed a full evening making new friends and catching up with others. It was a memorable night for Trotman Fellowship members to find connection and build a strong community.
This spring, we’ll invite Trotman Fellowship members to a similar event in the Chicogo area. We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information about how the Trotman Fellowship and the many ways you can to secure your legacy of helping people to communicate with God and be drawn into worship, visit our website.
Is there someone in your circle of influence going through a crisis that could use your help? Pray and watch to see how meeting someone’s practical needs could provide an opportunity for you both to grow in your faith, together.
Giving as an Expression of Joy and Gratitude for God’s Abundance
Quentin and Shari Morford recognize and how much they and their family have benefitted from The Navigators ministry, Glen Eyrie conference center and Eagle Lake Camps. By attending conferences and camps, their spiritual life and marriage grew closer to the Lord.
As part of their estate plan, the Morford’s wanted to give back to those ministries that have been a blessing to them and their children over the years as a reflection of their faith and values. They chose to donate a portion of their traditional IRA to The Navigators because it was a smart way to increase their giving without paying taxes on the donated amount. In this way, they have taken care of their loved ones, while also modeling to them a legacy of stewardship and generosity, setting a powerful example of dedicating resources to God’s glory.
Is your life abundant with God’s blessing?
Whatever your situation, in Christ we are heirs to God’s kingdom. Have you considered some of the ways you can be a faithful stewards of his abundance? You can make tax-wise gifts with tremendous Kingdom Impact.
Reaching the Overlooked
An obvious opportunity for significant growth was the 70,000 Austin Community College (ACC) students who were largely being overlooked by Christian ministries. What wasn’t so obvious was how to transfer their skills from doing Navigators Collegiate ministry at the University of Wyoming to a community college that lacked dorms, dining halls, fraternities, and sororities. They knew they had to be innovative.
Their strategy was to become students themselves. By enrolling in a poetry class at ACC, they started to interact with students in their class. “In poetry class, you talk about your feelings a lot, and you jump into deep things pretty quick,” Neil says. “By week three, Kolten and I were driving back home, and we realized that we knew where all the students were spiritually.”
“Our whole strategy was to live like Jesus ourselves,” Kolten explains. “We are going to love those around us like Jesus and serve the students’ needs like Jesus did.”
Neil and Kolten continue to build Life-to-Life® relationships at ACC by attending classes and hanging out with students in the campus student lounge. They have a clear mission to build relationships with students one-by-one, invite them into their discipleship community, and empower them to live out their faith with their classes, families, and friends.
Sharing the Good News on College Campuses
Freshly arrived on the University of Central Florida, one of the first social activities Aliyah Black took part in was a “Ladies Nacho Night.” Drawn in by eating nachos and playing games, she and her friends returned the next week.
She enjoyed the diverse community of people and as she built relationships with ministry staff, they began to feel like family.
Collegiate Ministry Staff member Angel Chapman reached out to Aliyah, and shared The Bridge to Life illustration. This tried-and-true resource helped Aliyah to understand why she needed Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross to solve her greatest problem: separation from God.
Aliyah shares, “I’ve never had the Bible explained to me like that, when I realized, I can made a decision right now, it made me think about it. All I have to do is take the invitation. I recognized and understood for the first time that Jesus died for me and wanted a relationship with me.”
The impact of Aliyah’s accepting this invitation is clear. Not only in her life, but in the lives of others. Today, she is on the student leadership team, helping others to surrender their lives to Jesus.
Discipleship stories are coming in from universities all over the country, regarding the spiritual generations forming through The Navigator Collegiate Ministry. Our goal is to equip students with the skills and tools they need to advance the Gospel wherever life leads.
JOIN THE TROTMAN FELLOWSHIP TODAY
The Navigators’ Trotman Fellowship is a special group of supporters who have made a transformational commitment to building God’s Kingdom through the work of The Navigators. Members of this dedicated group of supporters are not only making a lasting impact on our mission, but are also eligible to receive invitations to special events and other exclusive benefits.