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Redeeming Discipleship

Peter Reynolds* grew up in the church, surrounded by expectations of becoming a leader. These expectations, and not knowing what God wanted from him, provoked feelings of anxiety. He retreated, wanting nothing to do with the church system he had grown up in. But with the help of a Navigator discipler, Peter began to reconnect with Jesus, and in the process, discovered what authentic discipleship looks like.
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The unexpected perks of discipling on toy-covered carpets

When Megan Wahl envisioned herself as a mom, she saw herself as one who would have fun with her toddler while also keeping the house clean and feeling put-together. Then reality set in and she entered the storm of motherhood. In the midst of this, her faith in Jesus has grown. She is engaging with other new moms in discipleship and together they are learning to experience Jesus in life's messes.
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How God meets us in our mental health journeys

Ron Pagé describes his mental health journey and the struggles he has had with abuse, depression and anxiety. He tells us how he met God in the midst of the pain and turmoil and how he came to see anxiety as a friend. His approach of listening to the words of people's suffering soul also has implications for the way we disciple and come alongside people going through a mental health journey or struggle.
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Bringing Mission Back - MI Ghana 2017

While on this year's Mission Immersion trip to Ghana, Jason Durst gained an increased awareness of the plight of Accra's street children, the dedication of local farmers and saw first-hand people serving and sacrificing to help others gain a hope-filled future. Back in Canada, Jason is now ready to live a missional life among the youth in his community and show them what it means to live out Jesus' love.
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Searching for Belonging and Connection - MI Ghana 2017

This past summer, a group of students involved in The Navigators' Mission Immersion Project traveled to Ghana to experience what it means to live missionally in an international context. Emma Barrett shares with us her experiences on the trip and how she plans to bring what she learned to the way she interacts with those on the margins in her home community of Ottawa.
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Reflections and Insights from GSP 2017

This past summer, Bruce Narbaitz spent two months in Colorado Springs at The Navigators' international headquarters participating in the annual Global Student Program. As a member of the Ottawa Navigators ministry team, Bruce has returned with a refreshed vision for the upcoming year and is excited to bring his GSP insights to the students he will be discipling this year.
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Discipleship in Action: Andrea's journey to following Jesus

When Andrea first arrived at church, she was searching for answers about the Christian faith. She wanted to meet with someone one-on-one who could help her make sense of the questions she had. This "someone" turned out to be Amanda De Santis, a local Navigator who began discipling and journeying with Andrea on her spiritual journey towards faith in Jesus.
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Finding common ground: Why anxiety is a discipling asset

When we think of mental health struggles, our first reaction may be to assume it's a barrier to fulfilling the call God has given us. However, that's not necessarily the case. As Stephanie Cunningham tells it, a struggle with mental health can also be an asset to disciplemaking.
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Is it better in El Guasmo?

For the final component of this year's Mission Immersion program, a group of five Navigators traveled to Santo Domingo de Onzole in Ecuador to practically apply their missional learning in an international setting. Team leader Dan McIver shares his thoughts about the experience and why the team continues to visit this particular community.
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The value of “Hey, you”

All it took was an off-the-cuff "Hey, you" from campus leader Rick McCallum to get Marvin Hannemann's attention. This led to an eight month discipling relationship that helped equip Marvin to become a disciplemaker and deepen his experience of Jesus.
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