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Missions Weekend 2019
to Jul 7

Missions Weekend 2019


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Kevin and Julia Garratt worked passionately in China & North Korea for 30 years. And then they disappeared. Throughout this 775-day political tit-for-tat imprisonment in China from 2014-2016, their unwavering faith, the persevering prayer of Christians worldwide, and God’s plan to bring hope to many through their ordeal, challenges everyone to a deeply intimate relationship with the living God.

Kevin and Julia met at the University of Toronto and first went to China in 1984 as English teachers. Over the next 30 years they lived in 7 different Chinese cities and worked in various capacities including teaching English (ESL), starting consulting companies, a training Centre, translation Co. and a Family Centre. They also operated an orphanage in conjunction with Chinese authorities, founded a bilingual kindergarten as well as working with both House and Government churches. In 2007, they moved to the Chinese border city of Dandong on the China - North Korea border and started Peter’s Coffee House. They participated in aid projects in North Korea since 2008. On August 4, 2014, they were “arrested” by the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) – the FBI of China - and charged with spying and espionage. They spent the next 6 months in isolation being interrogated by 3 investigators up to 6 hours a day. Then Kevin spent the next 19+ months in a prison with 900 other inmates while Julia was placed in quasi house arrest - bail pending trial. They were detained for of 775 days in China. Julia was released in August 2016 and Kevin, after being pronounced guilty of spying and espionage, was deported on September 15, 2016 - because of the prayers of many thousands around the world. The Prime Minster of Canada, Justin Trudeau upon their release, in a statement to the press, said; “We remain deeply impressed by the grace and resilience of the Garratt family, especially Kevin and Julia.”

Their dramatic story is documented in their 285-page memoir, Two Tears on the Window, released in November 2018. The fast-paced descriptive and riveting account of their 775-day prison ordeal (2014- 2016) at the hands of the Chinese Ministry of State Security is told as a parallel journey, artfully drawing readers into their experiences in a way that is both enlightening and deeply human. The book received all five star reviews from Goodreads and Amazon and is available in softcover, kindle and kobo versions.

Now based in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, Kevin and Julia continue to share their hope story and work in creative access nations including Myanmar, North Korea and restricted areas of northeast India. They assist with community development, social enterprise, and encourage pastors and national believers through training, mentoring and teaching on spiritual formation. They have four adult children and three grandchildren.

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Family Camp - Week 1
to Jul 6

Family Camp - Week 1


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Dr. Andrew K. Gabriel serves as Associate Professor of Theology and Vice President of Academics at Horizon College and Seminary and as a member of the Theological Study Commission for the PAOC. He writes regularly at, and his most recent book is Simply Spirit-Filled: Experiencing God in the Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit. Andrew and his wife, Krista, have three beautiful daughters. They call Saskatoon and Nova Scotia “home.”



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Pastor Bob Jones is a recovering perfectionist, who collects Coca-Cola memorabilia and drinks Iced Tea. His office walls are adorned with his sons’ framed football jerseys, and his library shelves, with soul food. He writes to inspire people with hope, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover their life purpose. If you’d like to know more, head on over to

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Family Camp - Week 1
to Jul 7

Family Camp - Week 1



Raised in small-town Ontario, Patti Miller has pastored in urban settings for over 20 years, currently serving as Lead Pastor at Evangel, a 102-year-old church in downtown Montreal. She is a storyteller with a sense of humour and a fierce belief that God passionately loves people. Patti has been happily married to Jeff, her tattooed, face-pierced, Leafs-fan husband, since 1992. They still laugh at each other’s jokes.




Kevin became the District Superintendent of the Maritime District – PAOC in 2011.
He served as a pastor in rural and urban settings for over eighteen years before
being elected to this role.
His passion is to see church leaders empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped to
lead effective thriving churches. He is committed to lifelong learning and believes
that pastors must be intentional in their personal development and professional
Prior to ministry Kevin was a business owner and entrepreneur. He completed his
biblical studies at Master’s College and Seminary in 1988 and holds a MBA from
Saint Mary’s University. His areas of special interest include leadership
development, church health, and church revitalization.
He is married to Annemarie and they have five incredible adult children.

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