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"After serving for several years in a war zone overseas, we returned as a family to Canada with enormous needs for healing. While our sending agency has been very helpful in providing member care to us, I felt a personal need to also connect with someone outside of our mission. With some deep pain, and some very personal questions on my heart, I needed someone I could trust who really understood what it means to serve overseas in very difficult circumstances. 

"After prayer, I contacted Ben Reed at Urban Sanctuary to see if he would be willing to walk with me. He agreed and we've been meeting nearly one year now. He has the capacity and maturity to balance my needs for both a listening ear, and for counsel and direction. He has been sensitive, professional, and flexible, and has always pointed me to the cross and to God. I have entered into freedom in new areas of my life, and I'm thankful to say I'm still in ministry today. Rather than losing faith through my struggle, I am finding a deeper faith, and Ben's companionship on this road has made a great difference on my journey."

A Canadian Worker
Ben Reed has been my spiritual director for well over a year. During most of this time we met every two weeks, and sometimes we met monthly. This year has marked a period of significant spiritual growth for me. I have made substantial progress in some challenging areas of my life, both in terms of understanding and action. 

It is very helpful to have a trusted person to share your life and ministry with, someone who will listen non-judgmentally, encourage and keep confidentiality. Ben has been this person for me. He is always warm and friendly; he is also not afraid to offer gentle challenges when necessary. We always pray together, even as he encourages me to maintain a life of spiritual disciplines. I have benefited significantly from this season of spiritual direction with Ben. I encourage you to consider it as well.
An Edmonton Pastor
As missionaries coming off of the field for home assignment, we make it a priority to book time as often  as possible at the Urban Sanctuary. The opportunity to take a day and spend time alone with God is  essential to helping us unpack our experiences on the field; gives us the refreshing we need as we are on  home assignment; and it helps us to dream and plan and hear God's heart as we prepare to return to Romania. God has met us every time and has blessed us as we take time to be quiet and hear His heart for us. 

The opportunity to have spiritual direction with Ben is invaluable as he has extensive experience on the  field and understands the crazy life of a missionary-a life full of change, joy, grief and adventure-and he  can speak into our lives with a wisdom and understanding that few have. We highly recommend Urban Sanctuary. It truly is a place of solitude in the city that allows you to carve  out time and space for God...a space He is delighted to fill and meet you in. 

Angie and Kevin Weigelt All Nations missionaries to Romania

Thank you for creating a space like this! I truly need the quiet here to allow God to minister to me. Thank you! :)