Written by Chinedu Eze
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.9 Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you. Psalms 32: 8 – 9
It was on this note that we began the first full day of the Pre-Strategy Planning Forum. The night before about 60 Navigators had received the National directors welcome notes. This morning, the devotion led by David Lyon, the International Vice president began the first of two days of prayer, study and planning.
It’s quite hard to describe the experience – the atmosphere, the planning sessions, discussions and God’s dealing with us as individuals and a group. We saw God lead us into and through the strategic planning process.
Bible verses like Psalms 32:8 and 9 above provided an awareness of God’s supremacy, wisdom, willingness to communicate and requirements for communication. Others like Matthew 25: 1 – 13, Luke 14: 25 – 35, John 17:4 and lots more, embodied in the Bible Study, See picture, provided a Biblical basis for Strategic planning. Indeed God desires that we make use of our spirit, mind and resources efficiently for the advancement of His purposes.
We celebrate God’s grace and gift in the facilitators of the planning process, David Lyon, International President of the Navigators, and Obinna Okoye, board member of the Navigators Nigeria. These two men gracefully helped us get to the core of what God will have us do for the next decade.
The very efforts of the National leadership, led by Okike Offia, and the planning committee, headed by John Maman; were immeasurable in making the forum what it was. We could all attest to the model of Christ-like leadership among God’s people.
By Sunday morning, participants were on their way to their different locations with a keen awareness of what God’s plan is and a strong desire to execute that plan.
A closer look at the whole PSPF reveals other fibers aside the planning, praying, devotion and study sessions that made up the forum time. Laced within were the fibrils of human interactions among God’s people – Old time friends connecting again, discussions between the younger and older generations, and love-laden meal times. The atmosphere of love and mutual encouragement provided a strong inconspicuous core of our time together.
The planning committee extends her gratitude to all of God’s co-workers that provided financial support for the forum. A sizeable portion of the participants enjoyed up-to 60% scholarships. We are pleased to be co-laborers together with God.
Okike Offia’s warm and engaging closing remarks on the night of Saturday 14th December provided a warm and persuasive close to the forum. We dispersed with joy and a keen sense of purpose.
Pray Galatians 3:3 for us:
“Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”.
That we should continue depending on the Holy Spirit in the execution of the strategic plan as we have on the planning process.