At Work in the World

Read More SERVE CAMPUS NETWORK Mission Canada SERVE CAMPUS NETWORK
Overwhelmed, a little excited, and ultimately perplexed, I was trying to make my way through a sea of students to find my next lecture. I was hoping to see a familiar face and asking myself, Does anyone notice I’m here? These are common feelings shared by students on campuses across the country, especially in the month of September. As a student on a university campus just a little less than 20 years ago, I remember those feelings keenly. As a Christian I felt isolated, anonymous...
Read More THE JOY OF SHORT-TERM MISSIONS International Missions THE JOY OF SHORT-TERM MISSIONS
Sharon Morgan is no stranger to PAOC International Missions. She was willing to share her journey to the world of short-term missions and show how God uses those available to serve to help strengthen and support the work of global workers making a difference to communities in need.  J.H.: How did you come to work at the International Office, and what are you responsible for in your current role? SM:In 2011 I accepted a new job opportunity that included a promotion and a move to Ontario. I k...
Read More CLEAN WATER FOR BUENA VISTA ERDO CLEAN WATER FOR BUENA VISTA
Water is something many of us take for granted. We turn on our taps and water comes out. For the most part, it is clean and drinkable straight from the tap. This is not the case for the community of Buena Vista, located on the mountainsides outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Schools of Hope, a non-government organization (NGO) founded by Randy and Judy Lundrigan, has been serving this community in conjunction with ERDO since 2010. After Hurricane Mitch destroyed parts of the...
Read More A 20-YEAR TRADITION ERDO A 20-YEAR TRADITION
Farm families are used to hearing about the importance of succession planning for their operation. Having a plan in place to transfer ownership of the farm when one generation is ready to retire—or at least step back from the operation—makes good business sense. But what about growing projects?  Cecil Ashworth has chaired the Lake Alma/Souris Valley growing project near Oungre, Saskatchewan, since its beginnings almost 20 years ago. For Cecil, a member of Beaubier Pentecostal Ch...
Read More THE MEN OF MISTISSINI International Missions THE MEN OF MISTISSINI
Have you ever wondered where you will sleep at night? The men of Mistissini did. A number of times the men of Mistissini, a Cree Nation in northern Quebec, listened and heard how teams from women’s ministries prayed, organized, fundraised and responded to the call God was placing in their hearts and on their lives. These teams, which included Helen Petawabano and Charlotte Blacksmith, left the beautiful North and travelled thousands of miles to live out the opportunities God placed before ...
Read More PICTURE THE BEAUTY Mission Canada PICTURE THE BEAUTY
Canada is beautiful. If you have travelled our nation’s vast expanse, you know its distinct geography. Snow-covered majestic mountain peaks drop off and flow into prairie fields with endless horizon lines and breathtaking sunsets. Lakes, rivers and streams also flow freely. Waterfalls, voluminous in nature, provide powerful rushing water, a major source of hydroelectric power. Our Canadian Arctic is known for its seemingly endless permafrost and a treeline that separates forests from ...
Read More HOPE FOR REFUGEES TO UGANDA ERDO HOPE FOR REFUGEES TO UGANDA
Can you imagine living in a hot climate and not having rain for over two years? What if you relied on the vegetables that grew in your garden for food, but there was no growth in sight? The drought-fuelled crisis across the Horn of Africa was a major focus for international development agencies in 2017 and continues to be today. Many people lost their lives and the lives of their animals because of the lack of rain. It spiralled into one of the worst food situations and water shortages that we&r...
Read More THE PRINCIPLE OF ALIGNMENT International Missions THE PRINCIPLE OF ALIGNMENT
“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building” (1 C...
Read More IT’S DRAFT DAY Mission Canada IT’S DRAFT DAY
June is the month for professional sports drafts. The one to kick off first is the National Football League (NFL) Draft, also called the Player Selection Meeting. It’s an annual event in which the NFL teams select eligible college football players. It serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment. Every year in late February or early March, the NFL convenes the Scouting Combine, a rigorous six-day assessment of skills. As well, each university has...
Read More LANGUAGE, LOVE AND ONLINE CONNECTIONS Mission Canada LANGUAGE, LOVE AND ONLINE CONNECTIONS
“Quebecers are more like the rest of Canada (71 per cent of characteristics) than we think,” stated Pastor Patti Miller, lead pastor of Evangel Pentecostal Church in Montreal. “But it’s the 29 per cent that’s different which makes all the difference in being effective at communicating the good news in Quebec.”  This quote was part of a fall 2017 series at Evangel entitled “What if Jesus was a Quebecer?” (www.evangel.qc.ca). Gary Connors, Missi...
Read More WHAT CAN WE DO? International Missions WHAT CAN WE DO?
What can we do? That was the question we asked ourselves as we drove down to a refugee camp on the southern border of Slovakia. We had been moved by the tragic images of desperate refugees pushing their way through border fences, cramming into scorching hot train stations, or walking along endless highways in search of a new home. The refugee crisis was no longer a faraway problem, but one right on our doorstep. As a Canadian global worker, I knew something should be done, but I didn’t kno...
Read More THE WEZESHA PROJECT: EMPOWERING WOMEN ERDO THE WEZESHA PROJECT: EMPOWERING WOMEN
When you economically empower a woman, she becomes stronger and more confident. She takes control of her choices to earn income and claims her dignified right to support herself and her children. This positive economic and social change is the aim of ERDO’s microfinance program, the Wezesha Project. The Wezesha Project provides women who are small business owners with access to financial services they are generally excluded from because lending to women is considered “too risky&rdquo...
Read More THE HIGHEST PRICE International Missions THE HIGHEST PRICE
Suffering. The natural human response is to avoid it. Yet Jesus told His disciples they should expect to pay a high price for following Him. In fact, the Master’s teachings clearly indicate that persecution and suffering are to be expected in the Christian life. Paul writes to the church in Rome and says, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I conside...
Read More THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIGENOUS GAMES Mission Canada THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIGENOUS GAMES
First impressions may not always be accurate. At first glance, Jaira Cross Child looks like any other 16-year-old teenager from the Canadian prairies. She enjoys time with family and friends and can be found texting on her cellphone. Most people would never fathom that under her petite exterior is one of Canada’s up-and-coming middle distance runners. Jaira is currently the top-ranked athlete in her age category in Saskatchewan, and this past summer she represented Team Saskatchewan at the...
Read More DOING SOMETHING BIGGER ERDO DOING SOMETHING BIGGER
Traditionally my husband and I celebrate our family Christmas at my mom and dad’s place. We enjoy our family, a great big meal with amazing desserts, beautiful decorations, stacks of gifts (and gift cards), and hours of laughter. We talk and catch up, wearing our sparkly Christmas outfits, and tuck yet another year of Christmas cards into our bags ... and bags ... of gifts! We then get into our vehicles and drive back to our wonderful warm homes, most likely to do it all over again with an...
Read More FOOD FOR ALL ERDO FOOD FOR ALL
To thrive during a day of physical labour like digging in a garden, cleaning your home or moving a friend (especially those with extensive book collections), you know you need to eat more than a cup of rice to have the proper energy. While you and I have many choices in our access to proper nutrition, hunger and chronic hunger are the norm for children and adults in many parts of the world. To combat this, one of ERDO’s main activities is assisting people with their access to food; not jus...
Read More CANADA … THE NEXT 150 Mission Canada CANADA … THE NEXT 150
The president of the mosque across the street from our church called me. The reason for his call on that particular day was to extend an invitation for Friday evening, to join them for the breaking of their daily fast during Ramadan. I accepted. After receiving our food, I sat on the floor next to a man a few years my senior. I greeted him. He replied politely. We ate. I allowed him to do so, thinking of what he must be feeling after having not consumed any food or even liquids during the daylig...
Read More EXPANDING MISSIONS IN BRAZIL International Missions EXPANDING MISSIONS IN BRAZIL
Q: You currently serve as a global worker in the Latin America region. Tell us about your call to go to the mission field, where that took you, and what that journey was like as a family. My call started as a child when I heard many missionaries (global workers) preach in my home church in the city of Belém, in the Amazon region of Brazil. Years later, in 1989, my church sent me as a global worker to Canada to plant churches among the Portuguese-speaking: first with Calvary Temple in Winn...
Read More CRITICAL CONNECTIONS Mission Canada CRITICAL CONNECTIONS
Do you ever find yourself hearing a statistic and having it shake you to the core of your being? A few years ago, when I was in a pastoral role leading youth and young adults, I heard a speaker at Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp mention a statistic that spoke loudly to me. His statement was this: If a first-year college or university student does not connect with an on-campus Christian group within the first three weeks of their post-secondary education, or connect with a new church if they have move...
Read More KINGDOM PRAYERS PART 2 International Missions KINGDOM PRAYERS PART 2
The Lord’s Prayer calls for God’s people to pray that the kingdom of God will come on earth in the same way that it exists in heaven. That is an incredible invitation to participate with God and impact history from the human side. As you pray for our global and Mission Canada workers and all our partners around the world, please pray the Word of God over them. Ask the Lord to give us the nations as our inheritance, to have them in our possession to the praise of His glory. In the pre...