Larry MacKay was raised in a Pentecostal Christian home in Duncan, B.C., Canada, but turned
his back on God during his adolescence. Larry attended the University of Victoria
and was planning on spending his life in the field of retail marketing. At the
age of 21 a friend convinced him to join the Mormon Church to improve his life.
Larry and his fiancé Joy, joined the church and began attending services. Larry
began teaching a Sunday school class of 10-12 year olds and Joy worked with the
youth. After a year, both Larry and Joy felt the Mormon Church wasn’t meeting
their spiritual needs.
In 1968, at
the request of his parents, Larry attended an A. A. Allen camp meeting in Miracle Valley, AZ
and was gloriously saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. As a Mormon he thought
he was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost, only according to the Mormon
doctrine, which was quite different from his experience in Miracle Valley
in 1968. In the Mormon Church Larry was baptized in water and some elders laid
hands on him to receive the Holy Ghost, with the gift of speaking in tongues.
They told him this gift would help him learn foreign languages faster than a
normal person. But at camp meeting in Miracle Valley Larry fell on his knees at
an old fashion alter and prayed the sinners prayer and asked Jesus to come into
his heart. A friend he had met at camp meeting prayed him through to the real
baptism of the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues. When Larry
returned home to Canada Joy came to pick him up at the airport. When she saw
him she asked him what had happened as his face looked completely different
from when he left her a week earlier.
a calling into full time ministry and applied to attend Bible School
in Miracle Valley. In January 1969 Larry moved from
to Miracle Valley and began his formal Biblical
education. For two years Larry studied and prayed in preparation for the
ministry. After three month away from Joy some minister friends led Joy to the
Lord and she joined Larry in Miracle
Valley. At Bible School
Larry and Joy were married on June
1, 1970. While attending Bible School Larry was asked several times
to be a guest speaker at the Miracle
when the Pastor was absent.
Larry had a
vision one night where he saw himself riding in a pick up truck that was going
up a mountain. He looked over and saw Don Stewart was driving the truck. The
truck kept getting stuck in the mud and Larry would get out of the truck and go
behind it and push it out of the mud. All night long Larry saw himself pushing
the truck out of the mud as the truck moved up the mountain. Larry told his
best friend the next day, “I know what I will be doing when I graduate from
school, I will be helping Don Stewart with his ministry, pushing his truck out
of the mud”.
graduating from Miracle Valley Bible School Larry and Joy went to work for the Don Stewart
Church and worked there
for 40 years. Larry started as janitor in the church, then dish washer in the
cafeteria and finally working in the office. Larry performed a number of
different jobs during his 40 years in the office; purchasing agent, marketing
director, communications director, operations director and finally Executive
Director. Larry was ordained in 1971 and served for many years, along with his
other responsibilities, as Director of Miracle Life Fellowship International,
the ministerial arm of the Church, Co-Pastor of the Don Stewart Association
Worldwide Church and Director of offices in Canada and the Philippines.
traveled extensively for the Church and been a seminar speaker at many
conferences in different countries of the world; Canada, England, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Uruguay, Africa and the Philippines. In 2000 Larry
personally sponsored and built the Destiny
in the Philippines.
The Center trains and equips young men and women that have a call on their
lives to go into full-time ministry. Larry also sponsored and helped build the Baler Christian
School in the Philippines.
The school educates children from kindergarten to the sixth grade.
Larry’s best friend died of cancer. Larry became involved with cancer research
and started helping cancer patients looking for an alternative to traditional
treatment. In 1988 Larry started a charity, Cancer Aid and Research Fund, to
support research and help cancer patients. Larry also encouraged his family
members to get involved. Larry’s wife Joy wanted to help women with breast
cancer and thus Breast Cancer Research and Assistance Fund was started. Larry’s
son Michael graduated from the University
of Arizona with a degree
in family studies and wanted to help children with cancer and thus Children’s
Cancer Aid and Research Institute was started. A good friend died of heart
disease and thus Heart Disease Research Institute was started.
traveling to many 3rd world countries Larry also discovered that the
hospitals and clinics were void of medical supplies, equipment and humanitarian
aid. In the USA
there is plenty of these items being discarded. So Larry set out to rescue as
much of these supplies as possible and send them to those in need, wherever the
need existed. These supplies are a treasure to the needy. Since 1988 millions
of dollars worth of medical supplies, medical equipment and humanitarian aid
have been shipped to hospitals and clinics in 3rd world countries.
Larry felt God was calling him into full time ministry, instead of working much
of his time in administrative work behind the scenes. Larry felt God calling
him to the front lines of battle, to recruit an army of prayer warriors to
stand and pray for the ministry and each other every day, to commit to helping
him preach the gospel around the world. Thus, Kingdom Now International was