Weekend with the Navigators

Garden_of_the_godsWendy and I just got back from a weekend conference with the Navigators in Colorado Springs. The Navigators ministry holds a special place in my heart. When I was a new believer, back in my high school days, I had an after-school job and my boss discipled me using the Navigators’ materials. Not only did it teach me the importance of studying the scriptures and growing as a disciple, but it also taught me the importance of memorizing scripture. I went on to teach Navigators’ discipleship courses with classmates, family Wendy_vanderwell_garden_of_the_gods members and in different churches.

The keynote speaker for this weekend was Dallas Willard. Wendy and I both enjoyed his teaching – but it was a bit like drinking from a fire hydrant. About five minutes into his talk my head was completely inundated with more than I could possibly absorb. I wanted him to stop every few statements and just let me chew on it for a while before he continued.

We also enjoyed talking to our friend Mike Treneer and hearing about what God is doing around the world through the Navigators. Having spent many years leading the Navigator’s work in Kenya, Mike had in interesting perspective on the turmoil there. Part of the weekend’s focus was Indonesia and we were treated with the words and music of the Navigator’s staff from Indonesia (as well as some beautiful gifts)Dallas_willard_navworld_2008.

I would love to tell you it was really, really relaxing, but Thursday was a travel nightmare (got stuck in Denver and ended up renting a car and driving the rest of the way) and we had to be up at 3:45 a.m. to catch an early flight out this morning. So, we arrived late, left early and were busy in sessions much of the time in between. Nevertheless, we did get to take in Garden of the Gods and we came  home having met some amazing people and having heard some great Navworld_2008_01teaching.

We’re home. Our things are unpacked. We’re settled in on the couch and ready for a few hours of relaxation watching the Australian Open before another work week begins.

Photos (top to bottom):
Garden of the Gods National Monument
Wendy at Garden of the Gods
Mike Treneer shares about the turmoil in Kenya
Dallas Willard teaching on "truth"
Badu and Wati Situmorang do Indonesian dance to Psalm 150

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