At Work in the World

Read More A WONDERFUL WORLD? International Missions A WONDERFUL WORLD?
In childhood I truly feared … Frankenstein coming up the stairs A werewolf under my bed A tornado flinging our house into the air A house fire in the night War, atomic bombs and nowhere to hide The Rapture, being left behind Armageddon My parents getting divorced, or worse, being killed in an accident Getting head lice     In adulthood I truly fear … Getting into a horrible car accident Losing a child Kidnappers Losing my husband Losing my parents or siblings Getting fat...
Read More TRANSITIONS Mission Canada TRANSITIONS
A testimony interview with Dr. Robb Powell, national co-ordinator for Campus Mission Canada t: You’ve mentioned that it’s important to prepare students in high school for their transition into post-secondary education. Could you elaborate? RP: I often think about transitions. And this one is huge. This is the point where the youth becomes an adult. They head out on their own and learn to negotiate a new, fascinating and powerful world. It’s a drifting cosmos in which there is ...
Read More HOPE FOR BANGLADESH ERDO HOPE FOR BANGLADESH
“No matter where you are in the world, you want the best for your child.” These are the words of David Adcock, chief executive officer of ERDO, and they carry the ring of truth. Whether you live in Barrie, Ontario, or in Bangkok, or in Bangladesh, wanting the best for our children is universal. But imagine if caring for your children was so difficult, there were days it seemed impossible. What if your only water were tainted with naturally occurring arsenic, which made your child sic...
Read More CONSIDERING FRENCH MINISTRY Mission Canada CONSIDERING FRENCH MINISTRY
Over the last year, our Bible college chapel time has focused on the theme “At the school of Moses (À l’école de Moïse).” The greatest principle that stuck with me from the chapel messages was Moses’ tenacity: in all that he experienced and in everything he did, in spite of the obstacles, he never quit. Moses pursued his calling. Hans Finzel writes, “In my mind, calling is about following a higher purpose in life. It is listening to and obeying Go...
Read More LEGACIES ERDO LEGACIES
One of the joys I have in my work with ERDO is connecting people’s desire to love and serve God with opportunities for sharing their resources. When people really bond with a cause and find a ministry like ERDO’s that aligns with their desire to help meet human need in developing countries, the energy and enthusiasm are tangible. I am thrilled when people get excited about making a ministry gift and helping fulfil ERDO’s biblical call: “Do good. Seek justice. Help the opp...
Read More IT BEGINS WITH “ONE” International Missions IT BEGINS WITH “ONE”
One of the most often quoted yet least obeyed passages in Scripture is found in Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV), where our Lord commanded His followers to “… go [into all the world] and make disciples of all nations.” We are commanded to leave our own place of comfort and move out to reveal Christ in places where He is not known and worshipped—not a single region is exempted. “Nations” refers to peoples and language groups that live anywhere and everywhere. To see a n...
Read More UNASHAMED Mission Canada UNASHAMED
Recently, Scott McConnell, vice-president of LifeWay Research, shared the findings of a major study on Christian spirituality. The “Transformational Discipleship” study from LifeWay examined the spiritual habits and attitudes of 1,000 pastors and 4,000 Protestant churchgoers in North America. They included 1,086 Canadian lay people who go to church at least once a month. Researchers looked at eight attributes that are common to spiritually mature Christians. Among them is “unas...
Read More JESUS IS BUILDING HIS CHURCH! International Missions JESUS IS BUILDING HIS CHURCH!
God’s Spirit is moving mightily in Ethiopia. Since the fall of communism in 1991, the church has grown significantly. Emerging from persecution and the restrictions on ministry activities, they have embraced their freedom to proclaim Christ. This zeal and passion continues as the church engages to fulfil the Great Commission. This is happening in many areas of the nation where the church has not yet been planted. I want to share a few stories about how God’s Spirit is working and enc...
Read More ERDO AT WORK ERDO ERDO AT WORK
Public recognition for a ministry like ERDO’s comes with mixed emotions. We are grateful for acknowledgement of the work we do because it inspires new donors to support us. But we’re reminded that the work we do centres on alleviating human suffering and the effects of poverty. Gaining recognition in the public eye increases our ability to serve people in the name of Jesus and in doing so introduces more women, men and children to the God of justice and love. We are humbled by the di...
Read More GREATER MILESTONES International Missions GREATER MILESTONES
My first memories of Andrew bring a smile. He loves to dance and worship God. When he does, it’s as if no one else is in the room. To watch him, one can’t help but laugh with joy at the uniqueness of this blissful young man who loves God with all that he has. I had the privilege of being a part of Andrew’s formative years in ministry. I have watched him grow from a young man who loved to be the centre of attention to one who serves God with confidence and boldness. The doors th...
Read More FOLLOWING JESUS, THE REFUGEE ERDO FOLLOWING JESUS, THE REFUGEE
Through media coverage, Canadians have witnessed the struggle of Syrian families fleeing danger and desperation, and seeking refuge. The real story, however, is actually much larger than a 30-second news bite, or even a half-hour special report.  The UNHCR (United Nations High Commission of Refugees) reports that by mid-2014, there were over three million Syrian refugees, a small part of the then 18.1 million refugees worldwide who were registered with the UNHCR. This number doesn’t i...
Read More SHIFTING FAITH Mission Canada SHIFTING FAITH
In May 2014 a Canadian study was released that painted a very real and clear picture—a change in our nation. A shift. In many ways, a decline. The results of this study cannot just be read and commented on, but must be followed up by action—on the part of individuals of all generations, local churches, parents, curriculum and resource companies, Christian educators, and all who would identify themselves as followers of Christ.  The Canadian Bible Engagement Study (www.bibleenga...
Read More CHRISTMAS FEVER ERDO CHRISTMAS FEVER
The Christmas retail machine is now unleashed and, despite our best intentions, will take many of us to places we don’t want to go, including excessive spending and the sobering moment of January bill payments. Statistics Canada rounded up December 2013’s retail extravaganza and reported that Christmas toys, games and hobby supplies, including electronic games, accounted for $401.4 million in sales; $528.6 million was spent on televisions and audio and video equipment; and $176.9 mil...
Read More EVERY CHILD A GIFT International Missions EVERY CHILD A GIFT
“Was the baby a boy or a girl?” mumbled the pair of nurses huddled in the corner of the hospital recovery room. “It was another girl. Shh—she’s waking up.” I could barely make out what the ladies were saying as they whispered in Tamil (the local language) while I was recovering from the effects of a general anesthesia. I had just been wheeled out of the operating room, where they had performed an emergency caesarean section to deliver my third child. Even thou...
Read More BEING THE MAGI AMONG NEW IMMIGRANTS Mission Canada BEING THE MAGI AMONG NEW IMMIGRANTS
Rashid and A’isha have always known about Christmas, but only at arm’s length. As Muslims in their home country, they were never allowed to participate in or even come near Christians’ celebrations of this religious holiday. But now that they live in Canada, Christmas is unavoidable. It seems infused into everything, everywhere. The music at the mall and decorations in all the shops and on many homes visually and auditorily blare the holiday. For Rashid and A’isha, it&rsq...
Read More SUNRISE ON THE SIDEWALK SKYLINE Mission Canada SUNRISE ON THE SIDEWALK SKYLINE
Jazz legend Hoagy Carmichael had a song “Big Town Blues.” A phrase he sang paints a vivid picture. “I’m in a bargain basement with a sidewalk skyline.” Children growing up in the core of urban centres may look out the window of a basement apartment and see the sidewalk. I want to invite you to be part of the sunrise on the sidewalk skyline. Over 80 per cent of Canadians live in urban centres in major population hubs. The gap between the haves and have-nots is a...
Read More AFTER THE SHOCK ERDO AFTER THE SHOCK
There’s something about coming home at the end of the day. It’s not all about the building, of course, but as I get closer I long for my comfortable couch, the smell of dinner cooking and my garden. Home is cosy and safe. But what if it isn’t? On April 25, 2015, Nepal was devastated by an intense earthquake measuring 7.8. Whole villages were destroyed, and in the cities many houses were damaged and centuries-old buildings obliterated. In the following days and weeks, landslides...
Read More DEEP AND WIDE International Missions DEEP AND WIDE
Readers of testimony are well aware of the great work that PAOC International Missions is doing in the area of equipping ministries. In partnership with national churches we have established Bible colleges so that church leaders—pastors, evangelists, and more recently, missionaries—can be launched into the work of making disciples everywhere. This world has really been my entire life, starting with a move at age five with my missionary parents to an isolated station outside of Kitwe,...
Read More THIS AIN’T YO GRAMMA’S CHURCH Mission Canada THIS AIN’T YO GRAMMA’S CHURCH
Until recently, most people did not equate the PAOC with university ministry. That is coming to an end. We now have ministry expressions on over 50 campuses across the country … and we are adding more! In fact, we have a vision to add at least another 20 campuses by 2020 in our efforts to reach every campus in our nation by whatever means. It is both an incredible challenge and opportunity. This June, dozens of those with a stake in this vision converged for our first National Campus Mini...
Read More WHY EUROPE? International Missions WHY EUROPE?
A couple of years ago, my wife and I had some time off in Prague at the end of a church-planting trip in southeastern Czech Republic. We hired a personal tour guide who would take us around the city on foot and tell us the history of Prague. We met up with our tour guide in Old Town Square. There are a couple of churches here that demand attention. The first eye-catching landmark is the Church of Our Lady before Týn, a Gothic-style cathedral that was built in the 14th century. It has two ...