The Hallows Church is passionate about magnifying and multiplying the gospel through Seattle to the ends of the earth. One of the ways we are able to do that is through partnering with missionaries across the world that we are relationship with. Zack and Nadia are doing just that at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with the Navigators. Read their latest update below of how they have been ministering to the Marines at Camp Lejeune!
2016 has certainly been a bumpy year with our move, the Summer Olympics, and the Presidential election; but we are now settled in and serving Marines at Camp Lejeune. As this year comes to a close, Nadia and I wanted to share with you a few of the opportunities we’ve had while serving with The Navigator ministry here.
Before moving to the East Coast, our prayer was to fill a spot in the ministry that would otherwise be vacant. Trusting God’s calling for us specifically, we can say with confidence that He has been fulfilling His promises to us over the past 9 months and we fully trust He will continue to do so!
When we arrived, we were encouraged to slow down and settle in, which gave Nadia and me a chance to acclimate to the weather (humidity!) and the everyday life of ministry as ‘Navigators’. We took this opportunity to set our roots deep and make new friendships with Marines and Sailors already involved with the ministry. We were especially blessed early on to have met a young Marine and his wife, Carson and Emily. Right away we connected with them on a friendship level and we have since been honored by their desire to deepen their own relationships with the Lord and even incorporate others into our weekly couples’ study as well. Carson and Emily introduced us to Jordan and Veda (pronounced ‘Vee-duh’), and weekly, the three of us couples, along with our two kids and Jordan and Veda’s daughter (Rose), share a meal and go through a study as couples, meant to build one another up and strengthen us as couples. We are going through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University DVD series. Carson works as an armorer (‘gun mechanic’) at one of the Marine Corp schools here at Lejeune and Emily is a childcare specialist and student; Jordan works as a communications specialist with one of the ground units at Lejeune and Veda is a full-time mother. Both couples desire to be used by God to advance God’s Kingdom as they labor with us to reach Marines and Sailors with the Gospel. Join us in asking God for wisdom as we equip and encourage Carson/Emily and Jordan/Veda as they are representing Jesus’s light in their units and families.
Most every Sunday, Nadia has been rocking it with the base chapel worship team. I have been spending 3-4 days a week on and off base with various Marines helping to lead bible studies and meet individually with multiple Marines who are eager to grow in their own walks with Christ. Join us asking God that Barak (Bear-ick), Sean, Danté, Nathan, Andrés, and Randy will continue to grow in their faith as they, too, seek to reach their fellow Marines with the Gospel.
Thank you all for blessing us with encouragement and support; we are eager to continue sharing with you the ways God is using us to transform the lives of Marines here at Camp Lejeune.
Zack and Nadia Mills