WHO ARE WE?
We are a ministry network for Hispanics and non-Hispanics who have a heart to reach U.S Hispanics for Christ. The LaVida ministry reaches across all Navigator Missions to serve laborers and staff that are Hispanic.
WHAT DO WE DO?
The focus of LaVida is to help carry out our Navigator Calling among US Hispanics by contributing to the Navigator Missions’ ability to reach, disciple and train Hispanic laborers and leaders.
LaVida will provide encouragement, shepherding, coaching, relational connectivity and be an influence multiplier.
LaVida is positioned as an integral core network of the U.S. Navigators to partner and develop new culturally relevant ways of reaching Hispanics.
LaVida events will serve as a catalyst for recruitment, connecting laborers and leaders in helping create momentum, training, mission alignment and vision casting for Hispanics in the US Navigators
LaVida will assist Navigator Missions and ministries in and recruiting the next generation of Hispanics and non-Hispanics laborers who have a heart for reaching US Hispanics for Christ.
Meet Our Team
Armando Diaz was born June 29th, 1969, in Cuba to a middle-class, atheist family. In 1990, at the age of 21 years old, he received Christ as His Lord and Savior, and started serving Him. In 1993, he was arrested by the Cuban government for preaching the Gospel and for being part of a Human Rights Organization. He spent ten days in prison and two years in house arrest. In 1995, he married Liset, and continued serving God by leading small groups and ministering to couples. In 2000, they went to Guatemala for six months to be trained in counseling and Biblical discipleship. They led a discipleship ministry in Cuba from 2000 to 2006. During those years, they had their daughters Amanda (2000) and Aniela (2003). In 2006, God opened the door for them to come to the U.S, and they relocated to Miami. After a year, they came on board with the Navigators. He lives in Miami, FL, with his wife and daughters. Both Armando and Liset have master’s degrees in Biblical Counseling. Armando serves as LaVida Network director.
Josh Borunda is on staff with the collegiate mission of the Navigators. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, in a traditional Hispanic family. He left home for college and moved to Lubbock, Texas to pursue a business degree at Texas Tech University, thanks largely to receiving an academic scholarship. Being the first in his extended family to go to college, he was the first to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2010. He then pursued a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2012. During his time at Texas Tech, several godly men invested their lives in him, and helped him grow in a biblical understanding of God’s grace, his own kingdom character, and a true understanding of biblical masculinity. Since then, he has gotten married and now is pioneering a new ministry at Texas State University. This journey has been exciting and humbling as he has learned more about God, as well as how to raise a younger generation of college students wrestling with very real questions about life and God. Josh serves LaVida Network by being the influencer for Navigators Collegiate.
Judy Camp was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She attended the Univ. of Missouri, and during her freshman year, she met the Navigators and became a Christian. Following graduation, she moved to Chicago to live in a Navigator women’s apartment. While there she worked as a bilingual secretary and was involved in Hispanic church ministry in NW Chicago. During this time in Chicago, she met Carl Camp, and they got married in 1976. They now have 4 grown children - 3 married, 1 single; and 7 grandchildren. They lived in Colorado Springs for 7 years where Carl was marketing manager for NavPress. Carl’s job change brought them to California in 1985, where Judy was called upon to use her Spanish more and more frequently. During her years both in Colorado and California, she has been active in leading women’s studies at home and church. Judy earned her MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot Seminary. For the past 11 years, she has been actively involved with a church plant in a Hispanic neighborhood, teaching English to the moms of elementary school kids, running a weekly Bible club for the kids, tutoring students of the school, and helping with a Mom’s club that meets monthly to deal with community issues there in the neighborhood. Judy serves LaVida Network by being the influencer for Los Angeles.
Juntos Conference Director
Sam Huxford was born in the Dominican Republic and lived there until he was 4, when he then moved to Miami. He became a believer at the age of 11 but it was when God introduced the Navigators to him in college at Florida State University where he wholeheartedly began to follow God. While studying finance, he felt the call to come on staff to reach students like him that came into college wanting to grow in their faith and also for the many students who don’t know Jesus. He has been on staff with the Navigators in collegiate for 4 years. He was introduced to the LaVida Network several years ago which began his journey into embracing his ethnicity. Throughout this time, he has had the wonderful privilege of being married to his lovely wife Jennifer Huxford for 4 years, and they just had their first child, Isabella. They are pioneering a collegiate ministry at Florida International University in Miami, FL. They desire to see students and non-students in Miami know the one, true God. Sam serves LaVida Network as the Program director for the Juntos Conference, and his wife, Jen, is the LaVida Network assistant.
Laura Jenkins began working among youth with The Navigators in Albuquerque, NM in 1999. A short internship has turned into a lifetime calling! Her husband teaches at the Catholic school in their neighborhood. They love how they have been embraced by and become a part of a diverse, hardworking community. Their two daughters enjoy being a part of Juntos, the youth outreach program that Laura currently directs. Laura serves LaVida Network as the influencer for Navigators I-58.
James Kang came to Christ in 1982 and was involved with Northwestern University Navigators. He came on staff with the Navigators in 1988 after 4 years at Dallas Theological Seminary. James has served the incarcerated at the Cook County Maximum security and has been discipling ex-offenders for the last 15 years. In the last 15 years he has been serving as staff developer, focusing especially on those working in cross-cultural neighborhoods in Chicago. In the last few years he has been mentoring Chicago staff in multiple SE Asian countries and in Cuba serving the poor and the marginalized. James has taken students from collegiate Navigators to SE Asia annually since the late 80s and has mentored staff in the areas of cultural differences and assimilation. James served as the Asian American Network director for 2 years, and presently he leads the Ethnic Initiative Team in the Navigator World Missions Leadership team, which is tasked with increasing the number of Ethnic Americans going overseas and changing the Navigator World Missions culture within. James functions on the LaVida Network as the Navigator World Missions influencer.
John Kelsey and his wife Jen are Navigator Representatives in Norman, Oklahoma. High School Sweethearts originally from a Creek Indian community in Northeastern Oklahoma that means "Sweet Potato," John and Jen joined The Navigators to lead the OKC Metro 20s ministry in 2016. Before that, they spent 21 years making disciples among university students with Southern Baptists. John had a dramatic turnaround in his relationship with Jesus as a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma. His roommate at the time was a son of Cuban immigrants. That began a long relationship with the Hispanic community; culminating with pioneer and discipleship training among Mexican migrant communities in OKC, Hispanic churches in Oklahoma, and university students in Cuba! Decades later, the closest relationships with the Kelsey's are among the Hispanic community. God is good! John serves LaVida Network as the Influencer for Navigators 20s.
Erika Lobatos loves walking alongside women who are new in their walk with Jesus locally
in her neighborhood of La Villita (Little Village) on the west side of Chicago. Since 2011, she has opened up her home to women who are in need of a safe place to live. Erika joined The Navigators in the fall of 2014 serving as the administrator for the I:58 mission. When she is not at home you are likely to find her at the beach, camping, going on a walk around the city, or relaxing in her hammock. Erika serves LaVida Network as the influencer for Chicago.
Armando Madrid and his wife Annabel have served with the Navigators for over 30 years. They have three adult daughters. Armando's ethnic roots are Mexican-American, and Annabel’s are New Mexican. They now serve in the Navigators Church Mission, located in the inner city of Los Angeles. Their focus is raising up disciples in the Latino communities of Los Angeles. Armando has served overseas in Argentina in a campus ministry, and has served as part of the initiating team that began LaVida in Albuquerque, NM in the 1980's. He served with a team of laborers that opened up the LaVida work in Los Angeles in 1987. He served in national leadership as Director of LaVida in the 1990's. He led a campus ministry at Cal State Los Angeles for seven years. He left the Navigators for four years to serve as the Principal of an inner city Christian school. Since returning to the Navigators in 2014, the Madrid family continues to pour themselves into the Latino community, with a heart for youth and the under-resourced in the city. Armando serves LaVida Network as the influencer for Navigators Church Ministries.