Adapting and Adjusting
When Navigators influence men and women in the military for Christ, the impact they have on others extends far beyond where they currently serve.
I know because I met The Navigators when I was at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. I saw firsthand the impact of training disciples in an environment characterized by frequent relocation, uprooted relationships, extended separation, and high stress working environments.
And yet, this complex, highly competitive, performance-oriented environment actually facilitates the movement of the Gospel as these disciples move to new assignments. Faithful men and women take what they’ve heard and entrust them to faithful disciples who are qualified to teach others (see 2 Timothy 2:2).
Disciples in the military take with them the character traits and discipleship skills they’ve developed—continually adapting and adjusting to new challenges. Even those that leave the military leave with these skills—along with the ability to adapt them to life outside of the military.
As you read the stories of discipleship among our military on the following pages, think of Samuel’s charge to Israel: “Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight” (2 Samuel 10:12). Navigators prepare men and women in our military to walk as His disciples—regardless of where they may be. But God moves them according to what is good in His sight.