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Read More A GREATER HARVEST Mission Canada A GREATER HARVEST
Sitting in the back row of our storefront church at the end of a long week, I asked God for a greater harvest of souls. I admit I was visualizing the families who attend our church and secretly counting the number of heads. “God, bring a greater harvest!” I cried out. I can’t remember if I opened my Bible to the story or if it was brought to my mind by Holy Spirit. Either way, the image of Jesus’ disciples whining about not catching enough fish after a full day of work fl...
Read More BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR MISSION GLOBAL International Missions BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR MISSION GLOBAL
“To glorify God by making disciples across cultural and linguistic boundaries by proclaiming and practising the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.” —Mission Global’s Mission Statement “Right thinking” will guide “right behaviour” and “right action.” A biblical foundation must fuel both our character and our mission strategy as we work around the world. The Bible makes it clear that the starting point for mission mus...
Read More SPARK JOY THIS CHRISTMAS ERDO SPARK JOY THIS CHRISTMAS
“My name is Mr. Mpofu. I speak on behalf of the parents whose children attend Skente Primary School. The challenges in Tsholotsho are many and times are difficult, especially now that whole communities are suffering from hunger. As adults we often go without food ourselves so that our children do not cry from hunger in the night.” So begins a letter written in a hut in Zimbabwe, pictured behind Mr. Mpofu in the photo we received. ERDO (Emergency Relief and Development Overseas) recei...
Read More PAOC INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS HAS CHANGED ITS NAME International Missions PAOC INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS HAS CHANGED ITS NAME
On April 21, 2022, the PAOC General Conference voted, and we want to share the news that we are now Mission Global! You are a part of an extraordinary story of Canadian Pentecostals choosing to participate in God’s mission to all of humanity. For 100 years, partners like you in churches, colleges, and ministries across the country have mobilized this collective movement to make disciples. In that century of mission together, we have seen unprecedented changes. As a Fellowship, we have res...
Read More SIX CULTURAL HEADWINDS Mission Canada SIX CULTURAL HEADWINDS
Brian Egert, PAOC’s Mission Canada director, sat down with Jeff Christopherson, the executive director of Church Planting Canada, to talk about the cultural headwinds affecting Canadian evangelicals. Brian Egert (BE): Jeff, thanks for connecting with us. We have enjoyed working collaboratively on the board of Church Planting Canada for several years. Let’s talk about your vantage point as we engage in the mission together. Jeff Christopherson (JC): Appreciate your leadership as the c...
Read More SOWPEAP’S STORY ERDO SOWPEAP’S STORY
When children are sponsored, they not only receive an education but become part of a huge and loving community. Our global workers, who run sponsorship programs in 39 locations all over the world, know each sponsored child. They wrap their arms around families in need, making themselves available to pray and bring testimonies of God’s goodness wherever they go. In Cambodia, global worker Tiffanie Rowley leads 13 ChildCARE Plus (CCP) sponsorship communities in seven different provinces. T...
Read More A MILLION CUPS OF WATER ERDO A MILLION CUPS OF WATER
“And whoever gives a cup of cold water to one of my disciples, I promise you, he will not go unrewarded” (Matthew 10:42, TPT). It may sound obvious, but a dry season is a time when rain simply does not fall. All over the world, dry seasons come once a year. People plan around their dry season, preparing their lives for a time when little rain will fall. Water reservoirs slowly empty as families focus on the day when rain will come again. In Honduras, the dry season can last from No...
Read More IS CANADA WORTH IT? Mission Canada IS CANADA WORTH IT?
“God began by making one person, and from him came all the different people who live everywhere in the world. God decided exactly when and where they must live. God wanted them to look for him and perhaps search all around for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us.” —Acts 17:26-27, NCV Have you ever been forced to leave your home in secret? Under duress? With only the slimmest hope of one day returning? Did you have to pay someone exorbitant fees to get out of...
Read More A TRIBUTE TO A LIFE WELL LIVED IN SERVICE TO GOD International Missions A TRIBUTE TO A LIFE WELL LIVED IN SERVICE TO GOD
Our friend, colleague, and longtime global worker, Frank Michael Juelich, passed into the presence of Jesus on December 4, 2021. Frank was a dearly loved caregiver to thousands of Indian children and a mentor and leader to Bapu Desai, Yohan, and Jamuna Raut. Frank was born in Germany on November 21, 1935, the son of a roof maker. He lived through the Second World War, and at the age of 19, having completed a carpenter apprenticeship, he and his brother set out for India by bicycle looking for a...
Read More PENTECOSTAL ENCOUNTERS, HEALING AND GENEROSITY International Missions PENTECOSTAL ENCOUNTERS, HEALING AND GENEROSITY
Serving in the Africa and the Middle East region, we have seen God move in incredible ways as we concentrate our efforts on unreached people groups. Our mandate is to strategize and pursue inroads for outreach opportunities. We have concentrated our efforts strategically around three seasons considered holy on the Islamic calendar as we note that people are open and receptive to having spiritual conversations at these times. These initiatives take considerable resources and are no small task, bu...
Read More BECAUSE WE MUST Mission Canada BECAUSE WE MUST
“God began by making one person, and from him came all the different people who live everywhere in the world. God decided exactly when and where they must live. God wanted them to look for him and perhaps search all around for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us.” (Acts 17:26-27, NCV) The tag line for Mission Canada, the PAOC’s national mission agency, was birthed in an informal stand-up meeting in an office doorway at the PAOC International Office over a deca...
Read More WE NEED TO TALK ERDO WE NEED TO TALK
Several years ago, I received a voicemail from a concerned doctor. He lived and practised in Toronto, Ont., but his native homeland was Zimbabwe. Upon returning from a recent medical mission to Harare, he left me an ambiguous message: “We need to talk.” His concern was palpable, even over the phone. This expat was raising an alarm for Zimbabwe. When we sat down to chat, coffee in hand, he began a lengthy narrative of a country once commonly known as the breadbasket of Africa. Zimbab...
Read More CONFRONTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING International Missions CONFRONTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9, ESV) When we hear the words “human trafficking,” all kinds of images come to mind. The realties of this cancer evoke emotions ranging from disbelief to anger. Even for the dedicated Christian, a sense of hopelessness can grip our attitudes, paralyze our resolve to face the problem, and preclude meaningful ...
Read More FOUR PEOPLE – LIFE-CHANGING CALLINGS Mission Canada FOUR PEOPLE – LIFE-CHANGING CALLINGS
If you have been a longtime PAOC follower, do you recall the F.L.I.T.E. program of years gone by? Well, FIT4M, otherwise known as French Intensive Training for Ministry, is the PAOC’s ministry opportunity for English-speaking individuals who sense God’s call to reach francophones in Canada, but who may not be fully comfortable or fluent in the French language … yet. Tom and Val Harbour and Cal and Chrissy Krahn can relate. Each couple moved to Montreal and participated in the ...
Read More BACK TO SCHOOL ERDO BACK TO SCHOOL
It was the year the world shut down. We grew tired of hearing words like “unprecedented” and “pandemic,” both of which made the Oxford English Dictionary’s top words of 2020. We are now ready to hit “resume” on this prolonged pause, crumple up and throw away the “new normal,” and pick up where we left off. All done with the proverbial summer vacation, we are ready to jump back into our regular lives with all the anticipation of a student ret...
Read More MAKING LIFELONG CHRIST FOLLOWERS Mission Canada MAKING LIFELONG CHRIST FOLLOWERS
Considering all the spiritual lessons a child should be taught so they develop a healthy, lifelong relationship with Christ can be overwhelming. Where to begin? Genesis? The New Testament Gospels? The fruit of the Spirit? The Ten Commandments? Individuals who journeyed with God? For those who carry children’s ministry roles in the local church, a scope and sequence chart is a key tool and guideline for what a child should learn in their formative years as lesson plans are created and taugh...
Read More 365 CAMPAIGN ERDO 365 CAMPAIGN
Imagining a World Without Poverty All over the world, women support their families. They provide food and collect water. Women are heroes, consistently going without to make sure their families are cared for. Women are more likely than men to experience hunger in every region of the world. One step toward eradicating poverty is to empower women so they can keep changing their family’s world for the better—one day at a time. This summer ERDO launched 365, a campaign to support women ...
Read More JOINING JESUS IN PRAYER International Missions JOINING JESUS IN PRAYER
Our culture is not very interested in “the long game.” 1 If some activity does not appear to meet a perceived immediate need in life, our society is not deeply engaged in it. Daily focus has succumbed to an innate primacy of seeing personally perceived needs met first before others are considered. The nature of that orientation has infiltrated our faith experience, and we may be surprised at the degree to which those cultural attitudes shape our Christian practices of prayer. It tug...
Read More SUPPORTING OUR GLOBAL FAMILY ERDO SUPPORTING OUR GLOBAL FAMILY
The first time I encountered poverty, it was not a special day. I didn’t smell, taste, see, touch or hear anything out of the ordinary. Yet, for the first time, I realized how small my view of the world was. Throwing my backpack across the floor as I ran up the stairs, I was immediately stopped by my mom. I sighed in annoyance. Without a word, she handed me a photo of a girl. “This is your new sister,” she said. Recognizing my confusion, she told me that the girl in the photo...
Read More A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR OF MISSION CANADA Mission Canada A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR OF MISSION CANADA
In a recent pandemic lament, a pastor shared his dismay and distress concerning those he was entrusted to lead. “I am flying blind,” he said. “About a third of our congregation are engaging online, following on social media, connecting with neighbours, participating in an online small group, and investing financially. A second group have less engagement, give sporadically, and are watching online at their convenience. But I am deeply troubled by those with no engagement (that w...