Ed & Ruth Scott
The Navigators - World Missions
Navigator World Missions Vision:
Launching and developing new generations to sacrificially advance Jesus’ Kingdom among the nations
Our Job Description: Mentoring and facilitating for the purpose of sending missionaries to the nations and establishing and expanding Navigator ministry in Namibia and Botswana, Africa.
WPCC has been “Home church” in our 33 year journey of serving with the Navigators. Eleven years ago we relocated from Woodland Park to Colorado Springs. Ruth had retired from teaching. Many Woodland Park kindergarten kids had “Mrs. Scott” as their first public school educator.
We were transitioning into the overseas mission side of the Navigator organization and began giving much attention to establishing the vision of multiplying disciples in the southern African country of Namibia.
Through the past seventeen years we have spent many months facilitating the work via extended visits in Namibia. After leading 15 summer mission teams of college students, Ed is handing over the reins and coaching a new trip leader for the 2019 mission team. The Navigator work is taking root in four city and campus locations in Namibia and one of the young leaders is taking the vision of disciple making to the neighboring country of Botswana.
We also host and mentor young believers from Namibia coming state side for training opportunities. We track with some of our summer mission team alumni who are following the Lord in mission careers. Mentoring seems to be the operative word as we facilitate people “growing and going”, as they follow the Lord and serve in his kingdom.
We are designated “Appointee Mentors” for newly commissioned missionaries preparing for international service. We come alongside them to encourage, coach and pray during the time of their preparation before departing. The current couple we have is preparing for service in Ukraine.
1. Wisdom from the Lord for understanding the younger generation God is calling to serve him, whether in the cross cultural and national settings of Africa or the preparation time for those from the US going to international assignments. I Peter 4:11 MSG “Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,…”
2. Ask God to raise fruitful and faithful disciples in the five locations where we have team leaders and beginning ministry teams in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Ongwediva, and Rundu, Namibia and in Palapye, Botswana.
Psalm 2: 7b,8a
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. Only ask and I will give you the nations as you inheritance…”
3. A good transition in the leadership in Navigator World Missions as the new director, Brian Gibbs moves his family to Colorado after serving in Japan for more than a decade.
4. For the recruiting and preparation of new candidates to serve with the Navigators. There are standing invitations for American missionaries to serve in every part of the world.