About Tom and Ashley Carpenter
We believe America’s 21 million college students are a missions field in our own back yard. And we believe God has sent us to Purdue University to reach, establish and equip college students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Labor Day weekend 2015 we moved to West Lafayette, IN, to join the ministry and staff with The Navigators. We hope God uses The Navigators at Purdue University to help multiply laborers who have heart, skill, and vision for administering the gospel to lost and hurting souls. We pray that God would use us at Purdue to train up laborers and mobilize the gospel to the campus, community, state, and the ends of the world.
We seek to reach over 8,000 international students, 7,000 students in the fraternity and sorority system, and the other 28,000 students at Purdue.
Our strategy to reach the campus involves the following four areas: REACH (Romans 1:16) The Gospel is God’s message of a new kingdom where he has made it possible, through the death and resurrection of Jesus for us to be restored to Him. We consistently share this message with the 45,000 students who make Purdue their home and help students do the same. our aim is for the student to give their lives to Christ and for the believing students to learn to love and labor among the lost for a lifetime. ESTABLISH (Colossians 2:6 &7) We help new and young believers root their lives in the gospel and develop a consistent and growing relationship with Jesus.
This takes place through Biblical teaching, small-group Bible studies and one-to-one discipling.
Our aim is for students to develop a deep relationship with Jesus through daily time in His word, prayer, fellowship, and witnessing. EQUIP (2 Timothy 2:2) We regularly cast a vision that all Christ followers are called to participate in the great commission. When students respond with a desire to help others we train them to pass on what they have learned by personally investing in younger students.
These skills and experiences on campus help prepare them to continue laboring after college. SEND(Matthew 28:18-20) Every year students graduate and leave Purdue.
Our vision is that students involved with the Navigators ministry would enter their careers, communities, or foreign cultures with the heart and skill to be growing and effective laborers.
Our aim is that they would serve in a local church and continue investing in the next generation by passing on the things they learned on campus.