At Work in the World

Read More PLANNING FOR CRISIS ERDO PLANNING FOR CRISIS
No one knows when a crisis will strike, yet each year ERDO staff review and update our crisis response planning. We plan how we’ll organize our staff and raise the necessary financial resources to respond each year, not knowing whether there will be multiple smaller-scale crises or one massive crisis requiring years of attention.  “The typhoon has washed away our homes and crops ...” “An earthquake has struck, and there are so many homeless, sick and injured ...&rdq...
Read More  WHERE IS QUEBEC GOING? Mission Canada WHERE IS QUEBEC GOING?
The traditional Christian church in Quebec, whether Roman Catholic or Protestant, is in a period of soul searching. How can the church influence the lives of its people in a significant way? “Where is Quebec going?” This question was asked by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Quebec, as he addressed the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2008. He spoke about “the profound faith crisis of Quebec society, which by its French culture and Catholic [tradition], ha...
Read More   HEY! YOU REMIND ME OF SOMEONE International Missions HEY! YOU REMIND ME OF SOMEONE
A lady stopped me in the street. She was smiling. I smiled back. She started talking to me in French. I looked behind me to see if she was talking to someone else. She wasn’t—she was talking to me. “Have you been back to Rome?” “Umm … uh …” “Remember? We stayed in the same hotel? Your kids played with mine?” “I’m sorry. I have never been to Rome.” “You used to live in Versailles four years ago?” “No...
Read More SCHOOLS OF HOPE ERDO SCHOOLS OF HOPE
“I don’t understand why my friends don’t come to school when they have a cold.” This lament came from Gerson, a child in Grade 5 who lives in Honduras and attends school with the help of Schools of Hope, an ERDO-supported program. Gerson’s words were especially poignant because he is recovering from leukemia. There were many days when he felt extremely ill, but he always came to school. He was eager to keep his grades up and work his hardest. When he learned all his...
Read More RAISING A GODLY GENERATION Mission Canada RAISING A GODLY GENERATION
Are you a person who lives with purpose and a sense of God’s calling on your life? Do you awaken every day and spend time with the Lord, asking Him what He has in store for you for the day? Does your daily calendar allow you to be on mission for God, responding to the opportunities He may bring your way? Is your heart tuned to constantly follow His leading? How would you rate your obedience quotient?  2015 is now upon us, and we’re a few months into the calendar. There is nothin...
Read More DEFINING IMAGES ERDO DEFINING IMAGES
I was born smack dab in the middle of the ’50s, television’s golden age. In 1952, three years before I was born, there were only 146,000 televisions in Canada. Four years later there were an estimated 2.3 million. By the time I was 10 years old, 92 per cent of Canadian households owned a television. That’s a greater percentage than those that owned a telephone, an automobile or an installed bath and shower.1 Our household had all of the above. It is no wonder, then, t...
Read More A MOST PROMISING OPPORTUNITY International Missions A MOST PROMISING OPPORTUNITY
There was a popular song in the 80s, The Greatest Love of All, which contained undeniable truths: “I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be.” These sentiments are fully aligned with the teachings of Jesus about children, and few would dare to argue otherwise. Here is the challenge: how do we as leaders build a church our children w...
Read More A POWERFUL INFLUENCE ERDO A POWERFUL INFLUENCE
It begins with a child. A child like Jeison, who lives in Honduras. Two years ago he was a lethargic shadow, sitting on the sidelines while the other children played. He was listless and thin, attending school but not able to fully participate because he was malnourished, which affected his ability to concentrate. Recently, Schools of Hope through ChildCARE Plus began sponsoring children at his school, and Jeison was put at the top of the list. When a team from Bethel Pentecostal Church in Stra...
Read More HANGRY, ANYONE? Mission Canada HANGRY, ANYONE?
If you have spent any time with me at all, you will know why my family affectionately calls me “the daughter who loves to eat.” The truth is, I love food. My love of food is so strong that if I unintentionally miss any kind of meal, I will be feeling it—my glucose levels drop quickly, and instantly it feels like I am no longer seeing the world through rose-coloured lenses. My husband noticed this terrible trend quickly—in fact, one day into our marriage. He immediately le...
Read More ZOE PROJECTS International Missions ZOE PROJECTS
ZOE Projects is an initiative launched by the International Missions department of the PAOC. It consists of a network of Canadian churches that cares deeply about reaching, equipping and caring for women around the world. Keith Waara, the director of development and strategic initiatives for International Missions, interviewed Leanne McAlister, the Canadian liaison for ZOE Projects. Keith Waara (KW): Tell us about how ZOE Projects got started. Leanne McAlister (LM): Things began to stir in my ...
Read More KISS THE CAMEL GOOD NIGHT ERDO KISS THE CAMEL GOOD NIGHT
In an area of northern Kenya, a lone woman looks up from the dry earth to the evening sky, gives thanks, and kisses her camel good night. The woman, Waru, experienced the pain and loss of widowhood three years ago when men burst into her house and killed her husband while the family was eating a meal. Within moments, Waru and her four children became impoverished, grief-stricken outcasts. As tradition dictates, all of the family assets went to her husband’s family, and Waru was left to ...
Read More A DIFFERENT HARVEST ERDO A DIFFERENT HARVEST
Hunger is a formidable enemy. It robs people of their energy, and ultimately their health. Each day at least 842 million people worldwide struggle with this adversary because they don’t have access to adequate food to live healthy lives. This leads to undernutrition, and ultimately malnutrition, and sufferers have no resources to fight disease. Children who are poorly nourished suffer up to 160 days of illness each year. They are more susceptible to diseases like measles and malaria. Poo...
Read More TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT International Missions TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
After 25 years of serving on the board of Voice of the Martyrs Canada, I was accustomed to hearing stories about the persecuted church. I have spent time with Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned for his faith and tortured many times. But, frankly, I had zero personal experience.  Even as a part-time PAOC global worker focusing on a Muslim-dominated nation, I had always been protected and generally welcomed, especially since I had helped with water wells and other humanitarian work. Recent...
Read More FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONS Mission Canada FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONS
Sara Curdie serves as the missions pastor at First Assembly Church in Calgary, Alberta. She encourages us to consider how we can be a part of God’s quest to reach souls for Christ in our communities, our nation, and the rest of the world—not as a one-time event, but as a lifestyle.  t: How was your passion for missions ignited? SC: Youth group mission trips were the launching pad. Once I started, I couldn’t get enough. After doing various short-term trips, I served with ...
Read More STAYING THE COURSE International Missions STAYING THE COURSE
We no longer live in the age when missionaries would purchase one-way boat tickets and pack their belongings in their own casket. Nowadays, travelling back from the field for a short trip is easier than ever, so the traditional one-year furlough after four years on the field is giving way to shorter but more frequent trips, now more aptly named “Home Missions Assignments” (HMAs). In addition to the increased frequency of routine HMAs, there are many other valid reasons why globa...
Read More MILITARY CHAPLAINCY Mission Canada MILITARY CHAPLAINCY
Kevin Olive, an officer in the Canadian military, has served as a chaplain since 2008. He returned last March from Operation ATTENTION, serving as the last Canadian chaplain in Afghanistan. Here’s a look at how God uses him to minister to the needs of soldiers in a multi-faith environment. t: What led to your passion for military chaplaincy? KO: My father was in the military for 30 years. While living in Base Borden, I was invited to a youth meeting at Hi-Way Pentecostal Church in Barrie,...