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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

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

Discovery Lodge - Maintenance Projects

Volunteer opportunities vary throughout the year. Projects will be coordinated and supervised by the Discovery Lodge Maintenance Director and/or Executive Director. Volunteering for any length of time (a couple of days, a weekend or even longer) is greatly appreciated! We have specific work days coming up on May 21 and 22. Please contact us for more information.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 11:43

Arts & Ministry Staff

If you are interested in a tremendously rewarding discipleship opportunity, this is for you! Training staff prepare our teams for ministry, teaching and mentoring in a variety of areas: drama, dance, ministry to children and youth, crafts/games, creative teaching/illusions, Bible teaching, teamwork, and more! VTI Alumni would be a perfect fit for many of these training positions! The following positions are currently vacant:
  • Drama Director - You would lead our Drama team. Responsibilities would include assisting with recruitment of actors, writing drama scripts/mimes/vignettes for various age groups and audiences. Experience in directing and teaching drama would be an asset.
  • Dance Director - You would lead our Dance team. Responsibilities would include assisting with recruitment of dancers, developing choreography and dance/drime routines.
  • Music/Worship Director - You would lead our Music team. Responsibilities would include helping in recruitment of musicians, training in music, worship and songwriting and sound systems. You would also manage the team's sound equpiment.
If you have skills in these areas, please contact us so that we can discuss where you may fit.

Minimum qualifications: Bible college degree and sufficient training and experience. You enjoy discipling and mentoring youth and are willing to model a life of dependence on the Lord in front of our teams. You have the ability to teach or train and enjoy seeing yourself "multiplied" as team members use this training to reach the world. You must be willing to spend some parts of the year at Discovery Lodge, our training centre in Water Valley, AB (about an hour northwest of Calgary), as well as time in our office in Calgary, and possibly some time on the road. Part of your role will also be to assist with recruitment, helping young people see the possibilities for missions and for life. The ability to be a team player and work closely with others on the staff team is essential.

Salary: These are support-raising or volunteer positions.

Status/Start Date: Full or part-time.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 18:10

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 Otherwise contact Thom’s Funeral Home (; 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
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