Often, we are reminded of the imperative to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth, yet our efforts in reaching family and friends tend to take precedence. However, it’s essential to recognize that it’s not an either-or scenario; rather, it’s a dual commitment. Jesus commissioned his followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19) and to be his ‘witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1:8). There are many ways we can express our commitment to the nations. We can go physically, we can pray, we can give, and we can intentionally reach people from other nations here in Aotearoa.
When our endeavours to reach the nations are aligned with how God is working in Aotearoa New Zealand, the significance of our mission on both fronts is magnified. To stay focused on the goal of sharing the message of Jesus with those who don’t know Him both here and abroad, a team of 8 students from the University of Canterbury and University of Auckland, along with 2 staff members will embark on a journey to Fiji from June 27th to July 7th. You can partner with them by clicking the banner above.
During their time in Fiji, they will collaborate with Isei Trudeau, the new National Director, and his wife Daphne, both passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus in Fiji. Activities will include building relationships with students on campuses, engaging in conversations about the Bible and the gospel. Additionally, they will dedicate time to serving the Hindi-speaking community, addressing everyday needs to demonstrate the love of Christ. The team is eager to be a part of the work the Lord is already undertaking and will continue to do in Fiji.
Looking ahead to October 2025, we are in the early stages of planning our second national trip to South Asia (country name withheld for security reasons). This opportunity is open to all members of Navigators, and our primary focus will once again be on unreached peoples. We will travel as ‘tourists’ partnering with a Navigators team there. For a glimpse into our first trip to South Asia in 2023, please read Kristina Wagner’s update below.
Let’s continue to be steadfast in our commitment to prayer and spreading the message of Jesus, both locally and globally, as we witness the transformative power of God at work in the lives of people. Please join Navigators in praying for unreached peoples around the world by downloading ‘The Joshua Project’ app for your smart phone here.