My experience at Sanctuary was unlike any other I’ve had. On the weekend of March 26th, my friend Nic and I drove from Kingston to Toronto for an urban mission experience at Sanctuary Church as part of our involvement with The Navigators’ Mission Immersion Project.
For over 50 years, The Navigators of Canada have come alongside people who desire a deeper connection with God by offering a transformative and holistic mentoring relationship.
Navigator staff and volunteers across Canada engage people with the life-giving Word, equipping Christ followers to confidently pass along their faith. They choose to be faithfully present, intentionally and actively engaging in relational ministry with students on campus, with people in their neighbourhoods, partnering with the local church, working alongside business leaders and in global contexts beyond Canada.
The organization was founded in 1930 by a young man named Dawson Trotman who saw the value of coming alongside people to help them grow in their faith, one by one.
Dawson met U.S Navy sailor and friend, Les Spencer through one of his classmates at Biola University. He began to mentor Les, teaching him what it means to follow Jesus and how to dig deeper into the Bible to know God more intimately. Dawson encouraged Les to repeat this mentorship process with his fellow sailors.
This relationship began what is today, a worldwide movement. Guided by 2 Timothy 2:2, The Navigators have a strategic presence in more than 100 countries, with staff from 70 nationalities ministering around the world in 130 languages.
What does the movement look like in Canada? The Navigators of Canada are active in Canadian cities and university campuses, with staff serving internationally in many countries around the globe.