Yes, we do realise that Canada is not part of Europe! However in March, John spent a couple of weeks travelling throughout Canada. The aims were to raise finance, recruit short term mission teams, promote BOOST Tour 2010 and sign up trainers for BOOST It! training of kids leaders in both Slovakia and Spain. He was also networking with key Canadian leaders and had a number of speaking engagements.
Downtown Toronto is home to Emmanuel Church – a church for those with life dependency issues, such as alcohol and drug abuse. They believe that to reach families, they must reach also the kids. Each week, they meet in a cinema, with the kids program being held literally in the stair well, and hence the creative name for the kids program – ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – true story! Prior to John speaking at the service, he was told to expect some heckling from the crowd, as they are not exactly backward in telling you what they really think about what you have to say. Fortunately, the crowd was silent, indicating their agreement with John’s message about kids! He also spent time training their kid’s leaders, and has potential for future follow up and consultation with them.
John also travelled to Vancouver, British Columbia, specifically to speak at ‘Elevate’, the first district children’s ministry conference for 7 years. He took a number of electives, as well as checking out some of the local kids clubs.