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WHAT IS PRIORITY ONE?

 

From the very beginning, a deep-seated missionary impulse from the Holy Spirit has marked The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC). Pentecostalism and mission belong together, and the history of the PAOC cannot be understood without first perceiving its missionary vision and work.

As a Fellowship that began in 1919, we can look back on the last 100 years and recall the countless stories of how we have been on a mission across our nation and around the globe in places where the gospel message needed to be heard and embraced.

The mission of God has always been our central focus and priority, shaping the agenda of PAOC’s international engagement. Our Fellowship currently sends and supports almost 350 global workers living in 62 countries and serving in 75. International Missions, RAN, and Mission Canada continues to grow in its worker base, even during this year where so much has been affected by a global pandemic. It's incredible to note that we are experiencing record numbers of new worker candidate deployments this year, despite the impact of COVID-19. We are delighted to highlight new workers through our Priority One drive again this year.

Thank you for being part of our PAOC family who values reaching those without Christ; a family who steps up to provide the prayer backing and resources needed to carry out ministry in new places and ways, as we follow Christ’s call to go to hard, dry and barren lands. Only heaven will speak to the impact that is being made around the globe as a result of our combined efforts. In advance, we thank you for partnering as a Fellowship to pray for and lean in with financial support for the workers we are introducing to you in this new season. They are us, and they are responding to God’s call to go. We go with them.

David Wells

General Superintendent

The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

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International Missions:

As PAOC International Missions celebrated its 100th year (2019) of officially sending Canadians around the world, there is much for which we are thankful. Over 3,000 Canadians have left their families and homes to help people in many nations come to know the hope that is found in Jesus. Generations of Christians have been called by God … to go. Our mission is to glorify God by making disciples across cultural boundaries by proclaiming and practicing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. We seek to do this through four main methods of:

Reaching people, wherever they are - proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ through every available means

Planting communities of authentic followers of Jesus - partnering with local believers to establish churches in more than 70 nations

Equipping and mentoring servant leaders—training them to proclaim the gospel of Christ to their own people and other nations.

Caring for people—coming alongside the poor and vulnerable and introducing them to the life-changing power of Jesus Christ

 

RAN:

The RAN Network exists to glorify God by mobilizing, preparing and deploying effective disciple makers to serve among the peoples of the world that are known to be UnReached and even UnEngaged with the gospel of Jesus Christ. There still remains close to 7000 People Groups in our world with less than 2% Evangelical Christian. Almost 3000 of these groups have no known Christian witness seeking to make disciples. They live in the deepest and darkest condition of lostness.

RAN’s purpose is to make Spirit-filled disciples and plant multiplying fellowships of indigenous believers, particularly where a non-missionary identity and pioneer approaches/creative strategies are required.

 

Mission Canada:

Mission Canada, the national mission agency of the PAOC, has now been in existence for over ten years. We encourage you to visit www.paoc.org/canada/workers to see the growing team of Mission Canada workers. Each one of these individuals has responded to God’s call to go to places we call “the gaps” in our nation—geographical locations where the good news of Jesus needs to be taken, and people groups who need to hear the gospel message, many still for the very first time. For some, it is hearing it at the “right” time; the time in their life where they are in great need, and maybe destitute, distraught or distracted by the cares and pleasures of this world and have not yet realized their need for a Saviour.