About this partnership
Miami Vineyard Community church is the sole partner in the Lao partnership. MVCC is represented on the field by Mark and Carol Berry. Mark pioneered the Vineyard in Laos.
Sivisay Pompaksivanh (Kaeck) is the Lao Vineyard leader. He is also the Director of Transformation Rehabilitation and Vocational training center. Kaeck and his wife, Ting, were baptized by Mark in the pool of the hotel where the Vineyard Summit was held in 2004.
Various Vineyard churches have been involved informally with the Lao Vineyard through short term teams and some financial support. The Bangkok Vineyard has visited on many occasions and has held leadership training for our leaders and recovering addicts. The Coast Vineyard has also been very involved with our ministry in Laos. The Doral Vineyard and St. John’s Vineyard has provided the Berrys some financial support throughout the years. The Derby Vineyard in England and the Korean Vineyard have also been involved with our ministry.
Population: 6.9 million
Number of Vineyard Churches:
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Government: Communist state
Ave. Education: 11 years
Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Laos remains a country with an underdeveloped infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. It has a basic, but improving, road system, and limited external and internal land-line telecommunications. Electricity is available to 83% of the population. Laos' economy is heavily dependent on capital-intensive natural resource exports. The labor force, however, still relies on agriculture, dominated by rice cultivation in lowland areas.
Laos. 2015 google.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015
The World Fact Book: East and Southeast Asia: Laos. 2015. cia.gov. Retrieved 20 July 2015
Abdy serves as the Pastor of Connections at the Miami Vineyard Community Church in Miami, FL. He is the main contact for Mark and his family who are the Vineyard Missionaries currently serving in Laos. He has been their main contact for the last 10 years. Abdy has a passion to see the people of Laos come to faith in Christ by any means necessary.
Mark Joseph Berry has been married to Carol Lois for twenty eight years. They have seven children. All but one were born in Southeast Asia and all were home schooled through high school by Carol.
Mark and Carol have lived in Southeast Asia since 1989 with the exception of 2 two-year periods when they had visa issues.
The Berrys joined the Vineyard movement in 1992 when they became members of the Miami Vineyard and served there for approximately two years before going to Laos. In 2000 Mark and Carol lost their visas and returned the Miami Vineyard where they completed the church planting internship. Mark was ordained as a pastor in 2001. Then the Berrys returned to Laos and have been there since.
The Berrys have started a drug rehabilitation system called Transformation, Inc. They have also founded the Vineyard church planting movement in Laos. Their vision came from Psalm 107:41 - "The Lord raises the poor out of affliction and makes their families like flocks."
Current Church Partners
We're looking for churches with long-term vision and commitment to see God's kingdom bring hope to Laos. We have opportunities for churches who can help with strategic planning, leadership training, worship teams, and drug rehabilitation services.
Consider joining our partnership by clicking the link atop this page. Together we can impact Laos for generations to come.