Andrew Vahi has always had a heart for men and women in drug and alcohol addiction, having struggled with addictions years ago in his teens. After years of education and training, he and his wife Erica heard the call to help others find freedom from addictions by founding the Village of Hope in Canada. Andrew wears many hats at the Village of Hope including director, teacher and public speaker, but he’s always available to encourage the students and family who knock on our door for help.
Andrew and his wife Erica have their hands full with 3 children Evan, Kara and April. He welcomes you to visit Village of Hope anytime you are in Atlantic Canada.
Speaking engagements are always welcomed. To schedule Andrew or one of our staff speakers for a presentation at your church, school or service club, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 506-368-2600.
Bishop Märt Vähi was born in Sweden after his parents fled Estonia as refugees. The family emigrated and settled years later in Canada.
Committed and devoted pioneers, Märt and his wife Alta began their ministry smuggling bibles into the former Soviet Union. In Estonia he helped establish the Estonian Christian Pentecostal Church (ECPC), starting new congregations, founding bible schools, teaching processes and prison ministry.
In November 2000, God spoke to his heart and said, “You really haven’t touched this country until you’ve touched those who are of the deepest of darkness and despair.” And so the journey began to build a Village of Hope in Estonia. Today, VOH Estonia is a vibrant ministry helping both men and women find a new start in life through the power of the Gospel. As Chairman of the Board, Märt provides oversight to the leadership of the ministry in Estonia. His extensive and generous work has frequently been recognized in the field of social work.
In 2006, Märt and his son Andrew Vähi launched the Village of Hope in New Brunswick, Canada which has now grown into a 200 acre campus with student, staff and vocational buildings on site. Both ministries are governed by independent boards in Estonia and Canada. Märt and his wife Alta continue travel between Europe and Canada to speak on behalf of both ministries and to mentor, develop and pioneer new endeavours in both countries through the work of Village of Hope ministries.
Marie joined our team in May 2012 as our Financial Administrator. Marie has a diverse background which includes everything from raising horses & cows, renovating houses, working with the military to office management & bookkeeping!
Marie is the only member of our team who was actually born and raised in Tracy, New Brunswick. After graduating high school, she lived in Alberta for a number of years and eventually returned to the maritimes to be closer to her family and childhood friends.
Marie is married to her husband, Jody. They both enjoy sports and from September to June each year, Marie organizes a local volleyball league. Marie & Jody also coach grade 6-8 girls varsity volleyball & basketball at a local school. Marie and Jody have 4 grown children who live in Alberta and New Brunswick.
This success of Village of Hope is personal to Marie, since she lost an uncle to addiction and understands the turmoil addiction causes families.
Frank and Linda live nearby in Tracy, New Brunswick and are enjoying being semi-retired. They have both been involved with various aspects of the Village of Hope, since day one. Frank now works in our office full time focusing on administration and along with teaching classes, mentoring our students and generally leading by example.
Linda has also been a wonderful blessing to the Village of Hope. A mother of 2 children and 4 grandchildren, she knows how to shop on a budget and get things done with innovation. She also is a great organizer for functions, meals and events. She helps the men in the kitchen prepare and plan meals while setting a high standard of being organized, clean and frugal.
Martin and Tina Vanderlaan have recently joined the staff team as leaders in training from Ontario, Canada. They originally visited the Village of Hope for the purpose of helping a friend in need and shortly thereafter, felt the call of God to join the team here full-time.
Though they owned a successful construction company, he and his wife felt the Lord leading them in a new direction. Martin has always had a heart for men struggling with addictions and saw many come his way for help while operating their construction business. After much prayer, discussions and waiting on the Lord, they decided to join the Village of Hope team in a leadership training capacity.
Tina has a love for family and together with Martin they have four grown children and one granddaughter. As life happens here at the Village, Tina is a professional photographer who captures life through-the-lens to share with all our friends and supporters of this ministry.
Jeremy is a graduate of the Village of Hope program, so he has a big heart for men who are trapped in addictions.
He has a background in furniture making and recently signed on full time to lead Village of Hope’s new furniture manufacturing industry. He sees this as an industry that fits well at the Village of Hope and presents an opportunity for the men in the program to learn a new skill as well. For more information on Village of Hope Furniture, click here.
Together Jeremy and Krystal have three young children ages 2, 4 and 6. Krystal also helps in the Development department overseeing Hope Partners and speaking engagements for Village of Hope.