Andrew Vahi has always had a heart for men and women trapped in drug and alcohol addictions. During his teens, he struggled with addictions until he found the breakthrough he needed. 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 New Brunswick, Canada. Andrew is the co-founder of the Village and wears many hats including director, teacher and public speaker – but he’s always available to encourage the students and family members who knock on his door for help.
Andrew and his wife Erica have their hands full with their three school-aged children, Evan, Kara and April. He welcomes you to visit Village of Hope anytime you are in Atlantic Canada.
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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 grew up 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 family and childhood friends.
Marie has one adult son who lives in Alberta.
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.
Philip and Dawn Rossignol have recently joined the staff team as leaders in training from Saskatchewan, Canada. For a few years prior to arriving, God had stirred their hears to “Build a Village,” though at the time they didn’t know what this would look like.
Through much prayer and discussion it was decided they would move to the Village of Hope for intensive leadership training.
Philip has previous life and work experience in Mens Ministry, Bible Camp Ministry and also worked in the construction industry. Dawn has lots of experience in the Justice and Corrections services.
Their story is also one of freedom from addiction which is why they resonate with the vision and mission of Village of Hope.