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Nav20s-A Discipler's First Day of Discipleship

Article By: Jen Kelsey

Andra* is a young teacher in Oklahoma City. She has been teaching in a kindergarten special education class for several years and is very confident inside her classroom. She sees her work as fulfilling her God-given purpose and throws herself into it with verve.

When it comes to her faith, she is growing steadily, but the thought of helping someone else grow left Andra quaking in her proverbial boots. When I gently asked her to think of someone with whom she could share God’s Word, she crossed her arms, focused on the carpet and became rigid in her chair. I thought, “Uh-oh, I just lost her. She may never want to hang out with me again.”

But she came back. She was still trembling with nervousness as I asked her to think about a young woman who already looks up to her. Think of someone who already comes to you for advice, someone who likes you. She broke into a huge grin and said, “Well, my teaching aid, Bonnie, does that.” So I invited Andra to speak to Bonnie about her relationship with God and to use the recent lesson on Assurance of Salvation that Andra had designed.

I prayed, and waited, and wondered if Andra would find the confidence to begin. The next time I saw her, she leaned in close with sparkling eyes to tell me about her conversation with Bonnie. Not only did Bonnie want to talk about God, after going through the first few verses on Salvation she said, “No one has ever talked to me this much about the Bible in my whole life! When can we do this again?”

“Pass on what you heard from me—the whole congregation saying Amen!—to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2 MSG).

*Names have been changed. Story has been used with permission.


Jen Kelsey works with Navigators 20s in Oklahoma City. She enjoys green chilies, Marilyn Robinson’s novels, and helping people begin.

To learn more about Jen Kelsey and the work her and her husband are doing with Navigators 20s in Oklahoma City, click here.