The PAOC is one of the largest sending agencies in Canada. God continues to call Canadians to share His story of forgiveness with people who need to hear about Christ’s love.
Displaced by civil war in his native country, Stephen and his family came to Canada. His mother introduced young Stephen to the Gospel, and he accepted Christ in 1995. He developed a passion to take the Good News back to the land of his birth. Stephen and his wife Rebecca returned to his home land in 2013, and operate a ministry providing job training for widows and those with disabilities. The centre serves as one of eight house churches they have planted, with many converts coming to Christ (Aaron Mix-Ross and James Craig, 2018).
In 1991, PAOC sent the Allan Laur family back to their motherland, Estonia. When they first arrived, the city of Tallinn was in turmoil. The streets were filled with Russian tanks and there was scarcely any food in the stores. They pastored a growing church, averaging 1,000 attendees each Sunday. The Laurs shared the hope of the Gospel across Estonia in tent meetings. Over 50 new churches were planted, and 500 new believers baptized in 1993 (The Pentecostal Testimony, 1994). Allan and Rael have both passed away, leaving behind a legacy of passion of reaching Estonians for Christ.
Hector Aragon, who pastored a Spanish congregation in Ontario, told his family 25 years ago that he wanted to go home to Guatemala. Since then, they have actively involved in evangelism and administering ChildCARE Plus (CCP), an ERDO program that currently benefits 17 schools in Guatemala. They host many short-term missions teams, which help with ministry, completing building projects, and providing medical services.
“Missions is not a one-person job, it’s a shared ministry. More than one hundred years ago, the first PAOC missionaries went to Africa. They were called by God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and supported by PAOC people and churches. The same is true today.”