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Influence Your World!

To the River's Edge and Beyond

River's Edge is the "camp up the hill" from Discovery Lodge and we have existed side-by-side for many years. Further to the board's announcement on April 29 regarding VTI's future, we are happy to report that we are in discussions with River's Edge to potentially have them operate our facility and continue to host retreats. This arrangement could potentially encompass training and sending mission teams overseas, continuing the VTI vision.

Here is a link to the website for River's Edge, a camping and retreat facility affiliated with the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada. River's Edge was established in 1998 and runs camps for all ages, including horsemanship and adventure camps.

Some of you have seen this email from River's Edge. Please note that discussions are ongoing and this email may not capture most recent events. In the meantime, VTI staff are still living on the property and managing retreats. Discovery Lodge is still open for business and you may book retreats by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling (403) 637-2997. Our office in Calgary closed on Monday, May 30. If you wish to get in touch with a VTI staff member, please call Discovery Lodge at (403) 637-2997 (leave a message) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it us. You can also send mail to 3a, 3023 - 21 St NE Calgary AB T2E 7T1 and it will be forwarded to us.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 14:05

A New Direction

We would like to share an important message from our Board (click here to read the full message):

The Venture Teams International board is concerned about the critical cash flow situation of the organization. To move forward in integrity requires immediate action. In light of this, the board is considering our options and we have taken steps to reduce all costs, including staff, and closing our Calgary office and consolidating operations to the Water Valley training centre (Discovery Lodge). We are also considering the future of the training centre.

We recognize the many years of God ordained ministry, and the call and gifting of our staff, team members, and supporters of VTI. Please join with us in prayer and trusting God for his direction and leading for all concerned.

The board is currently in dialogue with viable established organizations, including those who share a similar vision as VTI, with the goal of exercising wise stewardship of the present ministry and assets entrusted to VTI, and to deal with the organization's present financial indebtedness.
We are limiting our activities until we have a clear direction for the future. We will update you further as decisions are made and we are able to share these.

Brian Rushton, Board Chair
on behalf of the Board of Venture Teams International

The office will remain open until the end of May. Please call us at (403) 777-2970 or toll-free 1-800-565-3818 if you would like more information or would like to discuss this message with someone. Donations will be received until the end of May. Our website will remain up indefinitely.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 12:18

Pura vida!

Michael, VTI team leader, reports on the recent trip to Costa Rica by a team from Westpointe Community Church in Grande Prairie:

Pura vida!
This is what they say in Costa Rica when asked how they are, how the day is going, how the meal was…. Costa Rica was full of special times to reconnect with several friends made during my visit in 2006…and meet several new people to be thankful for… pura vida!

It was a privilege to be in Costa Rica with the team (14 youth and 4 leaders) from Westpointe for 10 days! We were able to assist the church in La Fortuna (5 hours from San Jose, the capital city) in a number of ways, including a mixture of outreach and practical work, visiting people in their homes, handing out Bibles and praying with people (one of the highlights of my time there)! 

During the door to door visits we invited the community out to our program, to share how Zaccheus had a life changing meeting with Jesus. It was clear that we were "reaping" the church’s persistent, prayerful efforts. For the first time, many people from the community came to the church's outreach efforts. After the program, the younger children sat in one group to make a paper tree craft with us, while the older children made a bracelet to tell the wordless book story.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2011 16:32

New to VTI?

Have you just heard about Venture Teams International? Are you wondering what on earth we are? Well, check out the promo video for yourself and see what it is that makes us tick! You can also find out what we're all about: check out our different team programs, read about our current missions teams, find out how you can get involved, and so much more by exploring this website!

Matthew 9:37-39 (NIV)
Then he said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 21:22
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