Doug Sparks was a man of God, leader, visionary and pioneer-truly a Navigator statesman. Doug enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school to "have a good time," but his life's direction changed when he gave his heart to Jesus Christ. His commitment to Jesus grew through a Navigator Bible study. After military service, he went on to lead the Navigator ministry as a student at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In the mid 1950s, Doug heeded Navigator founder Dawson Trotman's call to serve in Formosa-now Taiwan. In the late 1970s, Doug served as deputy to then-Navigator President Lorne Sanny, and in 1980 he directed The Navigators' work in Asia, from Korea to India. In the early 1990s, he pioneered a unique ministry thrust in Vietnam.
Throughout his life, Doug loved and claimed the passage Isaiah 54:2,3, "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities." Up to his death on December 14, 2003, God gave Doug the desire of his heart.
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