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Jill Hagen - Extreme Tour Fall Update

I want to update you on the incredible ministry we had this summer while out on the road with the Extreme Tour. The Extreme Tour is a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is reach out to counter-cultural youth through music and sports.

My husband, Mike, and I were surprised when
asked to become the leaders of a portion of the Canadian tour. Our job consisted of mentoring the other bands that were on the tour (including our own), leading Bible studies and team meetings, meeting with hosts and inspiring the group to live out the mission of the Extreme Tour. In May, Mike and I flew down to Nashville to take leadership training. When we came back to Canada we started the tour in Brandon, MB and toured through all the western provinces and into the Territories. We were gone from home for two months and though we longed to sleep in our own bed, nothing could compare to the joy of doing God’s work in the lives of so many youth even if it meant sleeping on the floor of churches night after night. Thank you for all your support in encouraging us, praying for us and giving of your finances. We couldn’t have done this tour without you!

The Impact

It would be hard to tell you all the things that God was doing on the tour but there are a few highlights:
  • A youth in Drayton Valley who gave his life to Christ while connecting with the youth pastor in town after last years Extreme Tour event.
  • An older man in Brandon, MB who last year gave his life to Christ at our event passed on shortly after and is now with the Saviour.
  • Talking late into the night to a young teenage girl who is one of the only Christians in her village and giving her encouragement.
  • God opening the doors to the Northwest Territories where we got into First Nations reserves that have never had a concert like this before and seeing people moved to tears by God’s love for them.

Upcoming... Important Announcement!

I have been in full time ministry for five years and it has been amazing! I can’t believe how much God has done in my life and the lives of others. However, at this time I have decided to take a break from full time ministry this fall to have time to pray and consider what God would have for Mike and I in the future in terms of ministry. I decided to go back to teaching this September until Christmas and then we are expecting our first child at the beginning of January! Although many changes are on the horizon, I still believe that I am to continue using my musical gifts and so I am serving in church worship leading and doing occasional performances. It is with this news that I would like to thank all of you for being a part of my ministry in prayer and finances. I will no longer be on support through VTI during this season. I may choose to go back on support after January as I haven’t left VTI, but at this time, I ask that you pray and consider God’s calling for you and whether you are to be involved in the future. Thank you so much and God bless you!

Jill (Hagen) Janzen

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 14:00
 

Melvin Slack Obituary

MELVIN GEORGE SLACK (August 8, 1925 – May 12, 2013)
With both sorrow and joy we announce the passing of Melvin G. Slack on May 12, 2013, to “be with Christ which is better by far.” Mel was born on August 8, 1925 near Lavoy, AB. He was our dearly loved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, survived by his “dear Enid,” wife of almost 61 years; sons Larry (Beth), Maurice (Wanda), Duane (Andrea), and Sharon (John) Wicker; sisters Myrtle Slack and Doris (Brian) Fargher; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents G. William and S. Maude Slack, and sister Pauline.

A memorial service will be celebrated at Abundant Life Church (3325 - 49 Street SW, Calgary) on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM with fellowship time to follow. Visitation is on Friday, May 17 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM also at Abundant Life Church, and a private interment thereafter.

If desired, memorial tributes may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators or Global Outreach Mission designated for India. For online donations, contact www.canadahelps.org. Otherwise contact Thom’s Funeral Home (www.thomsfuneralhome.com; 1-403-501-1010).

Mel had a long and distinguished career in Christian work primarily in India, but in many other countries as well. He was a visionary who profoundly impacted many Christians also working to fulfill the Lord’s prayer that our Father’s “kingdom come and will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 22:20
 

Extreme Tour

Last year I booked the first ever Canadian Extreme Tour. The Extreme Tour is a faith-based organization out of the States who seek to share the love of Christ to cross cultural youth using music and sports. I travelled along with 3 other bands through Western Canada last August. Besides putting on skate competitions and concerts for youth, we made it our focus to do everything we could to just "love" on them. Dancing with the people, playing games, doing "shout-outs" to certain individuals, we made the night all about them and not ourselves. My heart just went out to the young people we met who were thirsting for love and acceptance. What a cool opportunity to share the life-changing love of Christ!


Here we go again!

I am pleased to say that we will be back at the Canadian Extreme Tour starting in May when my husband, Michael and I will fly down to Nashville for leadership training and then we will lead a team of bands through MB, SK, AB and into the Northwest Territories. God has opened some incredible doors as I have been faithfully booking the tour and we will have the opportunity to go from small towns to cities to First Nations reserves in search of the lost and hurting. We will be on tour for June and July and absolutely covet your prayers. Many teens we will encounter are caught in addictions of all kinds. We are excited that God could use us to bring light in the darkness. This is a mission trip. No one on the team is paid to be on the team so please prayerfully consider if you can help support the tour. Michael and I will need to raise $6300 for support and another $6300 for travel expenses.

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 18:25
 

Report on Give Me Africa 2012

In 2000, Harold Cooper was invited by AIA Canada to partner with Campus Crusade for Christ Zambia (CCCZ) to assist in launching their Athletes in Action ministry. That initial invitation has grown into the establishment and development of sustainable sports ministries in South East Africa. There are now AIA ministries in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Literally millions of people have been exposed to the gospel through sports outreach and discipleship events. During these 12 years, AIA ministry trainers and sports teams from around the world have partnered in the establishment these AIA SEA international ministries.

Training Symposium - This past December, AIA national staff from Zambia, Malawi, and South Africa joined Harold in facilitating training for over 50 participants attending the intensive 5-day AIA Sports Ministry Training Symposium hosted in Lusaka, Zambia. Many were pastors and lay leaders learning for the first time how to maximize the platform of sport to reach their communities, country and their national neighbors for Christ. Additionally there was a 4-day SEA Regional Summit Meetings for the AIA staff from those countries.

Youth Olympic Deveopment Centre - Determined to stay "in the race" the AIA regional staff  line-up on the track at the first of its kind, Youth Olympic Development Centre (see photo above). The YODC was completed in 2011 as an investment and commitment by the IOC to enable developing countries the opportunity to grow Olympic athletes from within their country. In the back-drop is the under construction 30,000 person sports stadium. It is the second of its kind to be built in Zambia. The world believes that sport makes a difference in individuals, communities and nations.

Athletes in Action believes that JESUS is the ultimate change agent! These AIA staff are world changers who have been changed by the world Maker. A YODC banner declares: “Home of tomorrow’s Olympic heroes.” These courageous AIA African staff believe, by faith, that the God who created and sustains the world will raise up tomorrow’s generation of godly heroes in their countries that will change their nations forever!

Come and Do - AIA ministry is a "Come and Do" strategy, not "Come and Listen." Wednesday of the Symposium was a "Do" day at the Campus Crusade office where the participants practiced the outreach activities that would happen on Thursday at the Chawama compound. Hundreds of children had a "play day" with our participants and then heard the gospel as presented by our trainees. For many, it was their first time to ever be a part of an outreach or to share the gospel with anyone. We know of over 115 that personally met and prayed with our trainees to receive Christ as their Saviour. The event was partnered with Campus Crusade staff members who attend the church located in Chawama. They will be providing the follow-up partnership!

There are too many wonderful stories to share in one article. To see Harold's complete report click here. We thank God for your interest, prayers and support!

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2013 18:17
 

Partnership with Athletes in Action for Zambia

The VTI Board is excited to approve a joint missions project with Athletes in Action Canada that will see a proposed 50 athletes, coaches, sports administrators and professionals involved in ministry training in Zambia this December. For twelve years in South East Africa AIA has developed a strategic training model of equipping national sports leaders to use the platform of sport to reach their nation for Christ (see attached letter).

The event will also involve AIA staff from 5 nations (Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia) who will attend the regional AIA Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, for leadership training, strategic  ministry planning and fellowship as they consider other unreached nations in South East Africa as their mission field through sport.

This is a joint venture with VTI, AIA and River’s Edge Camp as Harold Cooper (River’s Edge Team Leader and AIA volunteer staff) is the facilitator and trainer for this ministry project. Harold has been working in South East Africa as an AIA trainer since 2000.

The attached “MPD Give Me Africa” partnership brochure outlines how you might engage with this project in assisting in the training of African nationals to be further equipped to reach their nations through sports.

A Brazilian national soccer coach once said: “There are two languages in the world, sports and music.” He was right. Everywhere people go you hear the sound of music and see people playing sports. Both are tools that are making an impact around the world.

Consider joining with us in this new possibility for Venture Teams.

In Christ, and for His glory,

Rod Bargen
Board Chairman

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2013 17:58
 
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