Supporters Like You

Check out stories from Navigators, from all around the world, who are making an impact in their neighborhoods, military bases, college campuses, and workplaces. Learn how others, just like you, are making the advancement of the gospel of Jesus and His kingdom their personal legacy.

A calling to give back: Steve Bryant

Steve was born and raised in Seattle. His mother, Jeanene, was a very strong Christian, and a prayer warrior “whose ministry was spent on her knees.”

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Steve was born and raised in Seattle. His mother, Jeanene, was a very strong Christian, and a prayer warrior “whose ministry was spent on her knees.” When Steve was a freshman at the University of Washington, a friend took him to a Navigator Bible study. He said, “After a few months, I realized that although I believed in God, I had never accepted Christ as both Savior and Lord. That year I gave my whole life to Christ and learned the importance of a daily quiet time, Bible study, Scripture memory, Life-to-Life® discipleship, and evangelism.”

Unexpectedly, his parents both died of undiagnosed cancer within eight months of each other and Steve received an inheritance from the sale of their home. Steve shared, “I felt led to honor God by giving away a portion of my inheritance for His glory and to advance His Kingdom. God spoke to me through Proverbs 3:9,10, a verse that I had memorized back in college.”

Shortly thereafter, he read about the Navigators Charitable Gift Annuity which allowed him to remember his mom while helping others to know Christ. The annuity enabled Steve to give back to the ministry that gave him his Christian foundation, while receiving an income tax deduction and fixed payments for his lifetime. “The fixed payments I am receiving are allowing me to further my passion, which is to provide funding for humanitarian aid and discipleship resources for children living in poverty in Latin America.”

Teaching new generations about generosity: Joe and Karen Voorhies 

Joe Voorhies’ first experience with The Navigators was through Bob Potter, who led a Sunday night Bible study and as a result of joining that study, Joe learned how to keep Christ at the center of his life.

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Joe Voorhies’ first experience with The Navigators was through Bob Potter, who led a Sunday night Bible study and as a result of joining that study, Joe learned how to keep Christ at the center of his life. In 2007, Joe was talking with a friend who recommended using a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) to provide income for himself and help fund ministries of his choice after his lifetime. Joe says of he and Karin’s decision to use a CRT, “Our biggest motivation in creating the CRT was to build a legacy and help our kids learn about generosity. So, I placed highly appreciated stock in the CRT which now supplements our Social Security with a regular payment.”

By placing the stock in the CRT, they avoided capital gains that would have been incurred in the sale of the stock. They also received a large deduction based on the fair market value of the stock, in the year that they placed the stock in the trust. Joe also shared that creating the trust has been the example they hoped to set for their kids and grandkids, teaching them about generosity. Joe welcomes questions about his decision—contact him by email.

I felt led to honor God by giving away a portion of my inheritance for His glory and to advance His Kingdom. God spoke to me through Proverbs 3:9,10, a verse that I had memorized back in college.”

—Steve Bryant

Legacy Living: Mac and Mary McRobbie

Mac and Mary McRobbie lived in California and were longtime friends and supporters of The Navigators. Mac’s death preceded Mary’s by just five weeks. 

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Mac and Mary McRobbie lived in California and were longtime friends and supporters of The Navigators. Mac’s death preceded Mary’s by just five weeks. Their hard working and generous spirits blessed many who came through their home. Through thoughtful legacy planning they cared for their family and also left a portion of their estate to a number of different ministries, including The Navigators. Meeting their four children and spouses, I was struck by their peace and joy, but most of all their deep sense of gratitude for the lives and legacy of Mac and Mary.

A legacy can be accomplished through intentional giving at death, but more significantly through living an intentional life. Mac and Mary’s children and grandchildren observed firsthand a faithful example of living for Jesus. As followers of Jesus they chose to live His words as quoted by Paul, “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35).

Three Times the Blessing: Dot and Sam Carswell

Dot and Sam Carswell met Navigators Staff, Bruce and Marg Van Wyk more than 25 years ago. Through the years, the Carswells generously supported the Van Wyk’s ministry, and become dear friends. 

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Dot and Sam Carswell met Nav Staff, Bruce and Marg Van Wyk more than 25 years ago. Through the years, the Carswells generously supported the Van Wyk’s ministry, and become dear friends. Dot continued their partnership with the Van Wyks after Sam’s passing, and last spring called The Navigators inquiring about how to leave a bequest in her will for Bruce and Marg. When Dot contacted the Van Wyks to share they were included in her will, she learned they needed funds to accept an invitation from the Africa Navigators. They would be making regular trips to Africa to coach and encourage the Navigator teams. Blending the two issues, Dot decided to make the planned future bequest immediately by donating appreciated stock. Dot says she was blessed thrice: the joy of giving, no capital gains tax, and 100% charitable deduction the year of the gift. To God be the Glory.

Giving it All: Dave and Betsy

Dave and Betsy have chosen to give all of their money to charity! Dave noted, “I’ve had a successful career and my savings have grown nicely over the years. I feel that I’ve been tremendously blessed and I’d like to give back and help other people who have not been so fortunate.”

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Dave and Betsy have chosen to give all of their money to charity! Dave noted, “I’ve had a successful career and my savings have grown nicely over the years. I feel that I’ve been tremendously blessed and I’d like to give back and help other people who have not been so fortunate.” Dave and Betsy have chosen to give half of their wealth through a Charitable Trust and the rest through a Donor-Directed Fund, both great tools for donors. Dave says, “I enjoy giving to established nonprofits, like The Navigators, where they have an established ministry with people and programs in place to make a difference in the world.” Dave and Betsy’s journey of generosity has led them to both live and leave a legacy. One of Dave and Betsy’s passions has led them to work together for over 13 years building homes, and rebuilding schools in the Guatemala City garbage dump. They are experiencing joy in giving it all away to a prayerfully chosen group of non-profits, including The Navigators.

Giving Back: Quentin and Shari Morford

Over the years, Quentin and Shari Morford and family have benefitted greatly from The Navigators ministry, Glen Eyrie conference center and Eagle Lake Camps.

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By attending conferences and camps, their spiritual life and marriage grew closer to the Lord.

As part of their estate plan, the Morford’s wanted to give back to those ministries that had been a blessing to them and their children over the years. By donating a portion of their Traditional IRA’s they could increase their giving by avoiding paying taxes on the donated amount.

“I enjoy giving to established nonprofits, like The Navigators, where they have an established ministry with people and programs in place to make a difference in the world.”

—Dave

Becoming a member of our legacy society

Together we can do so much. Join a community of people who share your passion for advancing the Gospel of Jesus and His kingdom by becoming a member of our legacy society, The Trotman Fellowship.