It was Christmas day 1978. The last words I heard my father say to me over the phone forty years ago this Christmas, was "I love you." Later that night he took his own life when he pulled the trigger on a gun at our home in Red Deer, Alberta. It was a Christmas I have never forgotten. Imprinted on my soul is the place where I sat and the emotion I felt when I was given the news of his death three... more
Aaron Blue leads the Charis Project in Mae Sot, Thailand, which is on the border of Myanmar. Aaron is part of our Vineyard family in Thailand. He and his team have been working tirelessly to help with the flooding that occured in July 2018 in Myanmar (Burma). Please watch the 3 minute video.
The 2000 people mentioned in the video are a mixed group of people hated by the Myanmar government and... more
We have just had a fantastic week in Montreal with Vineyard Canada, with strong participation with our international friends. Having been involved in Africa for 13 years now, we continue to see the open door of partnership with our Vineyards in Canada. Right now we have 2 official partnerships there, one with the Vineyard in Rwanda, and one in Burundi. Antoine and Florence lead the churches in... more
Near the end of 2017 Amp and I went to the north of Thailand with a small team of people from the Living Room Vineyard in Bangkok. Bangkok is a city of 10 million people. We are familiar with lots of people in one place so a trip to the north was a trip to the country side for us city dwellers. Our first stop was a visit with the mother of a lady from the Living Room Vineyard. She lived by herself... more
Jeff, an engineer, grew up in a Buddhist home in Thailand. He became a seclusive and quiet young man, due to his home situation. Education was his way out of the chaos of his home life. As an adult, through relationship with some missionaries Jeff encountered Jesus and He changed his life. Today Jeff and his wife Tida run the Yindee Coffee house in Rayong, Thailand, which also serves as the home base... more
The village of Muyange is developing into a more affluent neighbourhood and land is being swallowed up quickly. Opportunity has arisen for the ministry to purchase two adjoining pieces of land which would allow proper vehicle access to the church building as well as the necessary space for the expanding ministry. The reality is that once this land is taken, the ministry will not be able to afford to... more
What are signs of the Kingdom of God touching earth? How do we recognize them and participate? In this 3 minute vlog I touch on this by looking at the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6:10 and by retelling a recent experience I had travelling between Nepal and India.
The New Dawn Vineyard in Bangkok,Thailand secured a location in the middle of Kloney Toey (the largest slum in Bangkok) in 2007. A team lived in the KT area in a smaller facility for the previous 7 years. The renovated 5 story facility, with financial help from the Canadian Vineyards, held a gathering place and kitchen on the first floor and rooms for music classes and English classes on the 2nd... more
Chumpoo (pronounced Chum - poo) lived in Kloney Toey, the largest slum in Bangkok Thailand, when the vineyard team first met her. Over 100,000 squatters live in squalor in Kloney Toey; an area between the freeway and the Chao Phraya, a major river in Bangkok. Together, with her adult daughter, Chumpoo found herself caught up in the lifestyle of addiction. Her daily routine orbited around her drug... more
They live in Northern India on the outskirts of Dehradun. For centuries, as a people, they found their livelihood in snake charming. You may have seen them featured on the pages of National Geographic. Walking the streets of India I have witnessed their magic. They carry their snakes in baskets and wow their onlookers with their imaginative control over this ever so crafty creature. It is a sight to... more