Getting Into People's Stuff

Eugene Burrell met Jesus in 1966 and had a burden to take the Gospel back to young thugs he used to run the streets with in Washington, D.C. Today, Eugene and his wife, Diane, look back on more than 40 years with The Navigators—“getting into people’s stuff.”



Eugene Burrell met Jesus in 1966 and had a burden to take the Gospel back to young thugs he used to run the streets with in Washington, D.C. Although he faithfully shared Jesus with his friends, everything changed once he attended a Navigator rally while in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“They talked about multiplying your life,” Eugene explains. “When they started talking about one-on-one discipleship and how one person can reach a large number of people, I recognized that’s what my people needed—some hands-on, grass roots, ‘let’s get into your stuff’ discipleship.”
 
Today, Eugene and his wife, Diane, look back on more than 40 years with The Navigators—“getting into people’s stuff.”

 Diane attended a Navigator African-American Conference and saw other people who looked like her giving their lives to knowing Christ and making Him known in their communities. That encouraged her to grow and get more involved in the Gospel-advancing movement among African-Americans. She helped start the Navigator ministry to women at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Forty years later, the Burrells not only lead the Navigator work at Howard University, but they also disciple men and women in their neighborhoods, churches, at the Naval Academy, and at John Hopkins University.

Ask Eugene and Diane what keeps them going after all these years and they’ll tell you, “The next generation of disciples.”

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