Over 100 years ago, William Henderson, with a vision to see every person in Canada reached for Christ, traveled on foot, and later with a large sleigh, into the wilderness of the Canadian north, his backpack heavy with tracts and Christian literature. Later, other equally committed men like Oswald J. Smith (founder of People’s Church in Toronto) joined him in his ministry. They visited and set up their Bible studies in the lumber camps where the “jacks” lived in “shanties”. Whenever one of these missionaries came near the camp, the workers would call to each other, “Here comes the Shantyman” .
SCA International (originally Shantymen Christian Association established in 1906) continues to reach Canada with the Good News Message of Christ. It currently takes on special projects such as GraceStream, encourages and supports missional entrepreneurial endeavours, and sponsors the sending of children, who otherwise could not afford to go, to attend Christian Summer Camps, and helps people find their purpose through the GPS (God’s Plan for your Significance) program. Its offices are in Newmarket, Ontario.
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