“NO! I am fine eating by myself, thank you very much!” 8 years ago, I was a new student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), eager to make friends, and this girl had just rejected my well-meaning offer to join me at our table. I later found out that her name was Mercy. Despite these frosty beginnings, she would later agree to marry me, and together, we responded to Jesus’ command in Matt 28 to raise laborers in the best way we knew how—as staff with The Navigators. We have been doing this on a full-time basis for two-and-a-half years in Cape Town, and within the next 15 months, we will be moving to Mozambique to begin the Navigator work there.
God used Core Group (a program for post high school students in Nairobi) to shift Mercy’s focus to the nations. Two years later, I attended a Core Group meeting at the same venue; two weeks before I flew to Cape Town to begin my first year at the University of Cape Town. Unknown to me, Bruce and Tricia Nygaard, who had been laboring in Western Kenya for 16 years, were also packing their bags to move to Cape Town to begin the student ministry. I was the first UCT student that God led them to.
The rest, as they say, is history. Their passion for Jesus and the lost rubbed off on Mercy and I. Their example, combined with a growing desire to see this gospel spread in Africa motivated us to accept an offer to move to Mozambique. Pray with us as we begin this new journey, that the fruit that Jesus speaks of in John 15:1-4 will characterize our efforts.
Felix and Mercy Njenga,