By the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we work to redeem, restore and reconcile people to God – creating healthy, productive, Godly men, women, children, youth, families and communities.
Almond Tree Ministries believes that no life is beyond God’s powerful reach. We believe that successful outreach to those entangled by life controlling problems must start with the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform lives from the inside out.
Through partnerships with local churches and other nonprofit organizations, we work together to meet the holistic needs of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal prisoners, residential school victims and children of prisoners and residential school victims, with the ultimate goal of seeing them reconciled to Christ, their families and their communities.
Our founders Allan and Carole O'Soup
Allan and Carole O’Soup share an incredible story of escape from death threatening lifestyles. Allan, after years of alcohol and violence on skid row streets across Canada and the United States, and Carole, after suffering years of alcohol and drug abuse as well as a relationship marked with violent mistreatment, were saved through the power of Jesus Christ. They now travel worldwide bringing a message of recovery, hope and freedom to those suffering from lifestyles of alcohol, drug abuse and abusive relationships. Allan – a Saulteaux First Nation Evangelist – and Carole – who hails from Cowessess First Nation – work diligently side by side. They share a heart after God’s Heart for First Nation and Non-First Nation peoples on reserves, in prisons and in communities. They are ordained ministers, and their compassion to see children reach their full potential, regardless of circumstances, is what lead Carole to the University of Saskatchewan where she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree. They have established the Almond Tree Ministries Bible Institute, founded the Almond Tree Christian Academy (K-12) and the Almond Tree Church, all located next to Key First Nation Reserve, NE of Canora, Saskatchewan. Allan is also a long term member and a well known speaker of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in Canada. He and Carole have travelled and ministered internationally. Recently they have ministered in Ireland through partnership with Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship and in South Korea in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Ministers Conference.
Almond Tree Ministries (ATM) was founded and incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization by Mr. and Mrs. Allan and Carole O’Soup in April, 1992. The work of the ministry focused largely upon evangelical missions across Canada and the United States. In 2001 the ministry relocated to a permanent base alongside the Key First Nation and continues to actively provide valuable programs and services to the Key First Nation and surrounding communities.
When ATM first moved alongside Key First Nation Reserve the land was only pastureland – no power, water, electricity, nothing. Allan and Carole’s home came from 50 miles outside of Regina. It was moved 120 miles and they did all the renovations. The building which is presently a Guest Home was donated in 2001 by Pastor Ernie Keshane from Keeseekoose First Nation Reserve. It, too, was all renovated inside by ATM. Church meetings and the Christian Academy School were held there in the beginning.
In 2003 the church building donated from the Covenant Church 10 miles away was moved to the Almond Tree Ministries site at a cost of $10 000. The gentleman who helped move the church did not know Jesus but later became born again. One day he visited our church and stood in the doorway weeping. He expressed to us his joy and gladness that the church was there and for the work that was being done. He died shortly after with cancer.
Geno Brazeau was the lead carpenter, building the basement for the church. Years before, he was an alcoholic and in a wheel chair. Pastor Allan prayed for him on many occasions. The Lord healed Geno physically and delivered him from alcohol addiction. Geno is still healed today.
The Almond Tree Christian Academy (K-12) moved into the church basement, where it remains in operation today. Of course the church services moved from the guest home to the church building, as well.
In 2011 a building was donated for the Bible Institute Dormitory. The foundation was built and in 2013 the building was moved from Quill Lake, 100 miles away, at a cost of $12 000. This building has become the new dormitory for ATMBI. A new section was added. The dormitory is being completed and will be opened fall 2014 for students attending the Almond Tree Ministries Bible Institute.