Esther Waruiru

Knowing Him, helping others know Him

I was born in Nyeri County, north of the Capital City Nairobi, the fifth born in a family of nine. I never imagined growing up that God had such an amazing purpose for my life.

The daughter of a Presbyterian Minister, I had the benefit of a Christian home. I came to Christ at an early age of 8 and by high School; I was passionately sharing the gospel with others. In my last year of high school, my father passed away and shortly after, my mother passed on too. My life changed forever! I struggled with whether God was there and if He was, who He said He was. I did not see Him as loving. He graciously deepened my faith and my convictions through this experience (Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 5:8).

On my first day at University of Nairobi in 1970 I meet Jeri White who invited me to a bible study. The Lord used Jeri, her husband Jim White (the Navigators student ministry pioneers), and later Lena Hagegard to recruit me to the Navigators. God was also ministering the Great Commission and the Vision of multiplication in my heart. By the time I graduated from the University in 1973, the Lord had made a clear call to me to work with the Navigators. After University I served as a part time Navigator staff while working as a lecturer. I came on full time Staff in October 1978.

Currently I serve at the International Navigator office where I walk alongside regional leaders: encouraging and supporting them and clarifying the vision and the outworking of the Navigator Calling. I believe in the Promises of God in Genesis 22:17 in this journey of growing to know him and helping others to do the same. It is such a privilege! I am amazed at how much He loves me!

Esther Waruiru,
International Vice President of the Navigators