In January of 1994, this little church of 360 regular members met on the end of a runway at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. It quickly came to the world's attention as a place where God chose to meet with His people as the Holy Spirit poured out in unprecedented ways. As a result of this divine visitation, the members of what was at that time the Toronto Airport Vineyard were thrust into ministry to thousands of people worldwide. What was originally planned as a series of four meetings exploded into a marathon of nightly services which continued for over a decade.
The revival came to be known as the Toronto Blessing, with prolific media coverage all around the world. Within the first two years alone almost one million guests had come through the doors of the church from virtually every country and denomination. Tens of thousands of people made a first time commitment to Christ and church membership has increased exponentially.
The effects of the Toronto Blessing quickly became international in scope. Within a year of the outpouring, an estimated four thousand churches representing main denominations in the United Kingdom were touched by the renewal and were holding their own nightly meetings. The Toronto Blessing has spread, not only to England, but to hundreds of nations around the world and the global impact has become immeasurable.