In 2006, Christo and Sarah obeyed the call of God, moved to Chennai, India and planted Living God Church with just a handful of people. Gathering every Sunday, the small group outgrew the space as Christo shared the Gospel and invited others door to door. As the group of believers and seekers grew, the Church moved to several different facilities and 2 separate campuses to accommodate the growth. In 2014, as both campuses reached capacity for both members and staff, Living God Church moved to a large, 4-storey facility and merged the congregations. Today, there are more than 500 members and many fruitful facets of ministry that powerfully reach the community and see lives transformed!
The Walton family serves at Village of Hope - Malawi (VOHM), a ministry to orphaned and vulnerable children. VOHM provides education through its school, healthcare through local hospitals, nutrition through its feeding program, shelter through its children's homes to at-risk children, as well as discipleship through its weekly community chapel program. Jef and Renatta serve faithfully as the National Director and Village Administrator of VOHM. In total 220 children are being cared for through the programs at Village of Hope Malawi, ranging in age from preschoolers to teenagers. The primary program is based in a high density/low income community called Kauma, located on the outskirts of the capital city of Lilongwe.
After almost 30 years of ministry in Canada, David & Eileen have felt the call to teach at Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium.Today Christianity is at its lowest ebb in Europe since the Reformation. In Belgium evangelicals make up 1% of the population, but that's where the excitement is. Equipping leaders for the rebirth of the church in Europe and North Africa.
February 2014 - Please pray that the visa complications that David and Eileen have encountered will be cleared up quickly and efficiently. Pray also that the selling of their home in Canada will go well. Pray specifically that the person buying their house will sell their own with no problems so that the transition will be smooth with David and Eileen return to Canada at Easter. Pray also that God would bless David and Eileen as they begin to minister in Belgium. Pray that they will develop great relationships with the people around them as they teach about Christ and His love.
After serving for 13 years in Armenia, the Steinfields have moved to Madrid, Spain where they are partnering with the Salem Churches. Mark will work alongside the Salem leadership to establish a Bible school and Kim will engage in marriage ministry. In addition to their ministry in Spain, Mark and Kim both serve on the Eurasia Region’s lead team. Mark overseas education initiatives in the region, and Kim provides member care for global workers. They have three energetic children: Alyssa, Madeleine, and Caleb.
As a former professor and program supervisor of the Cross-Cultural Studies program at Master’s College and Seminary in Toronto, his geographic area of focus has been on Africa. Paul previously spent ten years in Kenya as the Principal of the former Pan Africa Christian College. Later he spent two years in Ethiopia as the Academic Dean of the Pentecostal Theological College in Addis Ababa.
Paul continues to travel extensively through out the world as an educational consultant. As such he has been involved academically and administratively with schools in Uganda, Ukraine, Cuba, Ethiopia, and the Middle East.
During the 2008 school year Paul served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Pan Africa Christian University and taught in the graduate program in leadership. As from September 1, 2009 he was appointed by the Council of Governors of the university as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
Lynn was born in Zimbabwe and is the daughter of former PAOC missionaries, Horace and Elsie Butler. She is a graduate of Eastern Pentecostal Bible College and Trinity International University where she completed her degree in communications. She is an ordained minister with the PAOC. For several years she was a lecturer in Communications at Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, as well as, an itinerant speaker in the Eastern Ontario District of the PAOC. More recently she was the Teaching Pastor at Stone Community Church in Brampton.
As an Assistant Lecturer in the Theology Department at Pan Africa Christian University, Lynn, specialized in the areas of Christology, Soteriology, and Synoptic Gospels. She also keeps a busy preaching schedule and has been asked to be an Associate Pastor at a church in Nairobi
We would like to tell you of some exciting news from the PAOC Missions Department that being we have recently signed an Agency Agreement between the PAOC and the Assemblies of God Cuba. This is a new official relationship for our Fellowship but in the past many of our churches and their members have been taking ministry trips to Cuba.
To care for this new relationship we have appointed Rev. Gary Empey as our “Pastor in Partnership” to Cuba. This is a new type of appointment in that Gary is based out of one of our local churches in Canada and not in the field. This position will help with the uniqueness of the field and better place Gary to help our churches get involved in overseas work.
For the past twenty years in ministry Gary has been actively involved in taking teams and supplies from his home church, Master’s College and Seminary and other local churches in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland to Cuba. During this time he has built significant relationship with the leadership of the Assemblies Cuba and in particular Rev. Hector Hunter the General Superintendant of the AG Cuba. Gary has spoken at their General Conference, District Conferences and local churches on the subject of “Pastoral Care for Pastors”.
In this new position he will be facilitating Short Term teams from churches across Canada to Cuba where they will be able to build relationship and help local pastors and churches. He will also promote special ERDO projects, Child Care Plus, Pastoral Education, Adopt a Church, and Church restoration projects.
Gary is also looking to connect with churches and individuals who are already involved in Cuba and build a network of Friends of Cuba to ensure we are all working together and with the vision and direction of the Cuban leadership.
Adrian Thomas was born on the mission field in East Africa where his parents served with the PAOC and ELIM, for 25 years. He emigrated to Canada to attend the University of Toronto where he graduated with a B.Sc. degree and began to work in a medical laboratory in Toronto. In 1987 he attended the Urbana Missions convention where God changed the direction of his life. He left the medical laboratory for Bible College graduating from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College with his B.Th. degree with honors. Adrian then served as a full-time pastor with the POAC. During that time he organized and planned Mission trips to Guatemala, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He has spoken at international retreats and conventions for missionary children and teens. He is a gifted and anointed preacher of the Word of God and has seen the hand of God move in incredible ways in and through him. Since commencing the work in Nagua, hundreds have come to know Christ, leaders have been transformed, and hundreds of people have been healed by the power of God. Sharon Thomas was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and lived throughout Canada as her father served with the Canadian Armed Forces. Her father retired from the Armed forces when she was nine and they settled in Nova Scotia. After graduating from high school she attended Bible College and graduated with her diploma from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in 1991. She then went on to take courses from McMaster University in counseling. Sharon has served in all areas of Church Pastoral Ministries, in youth ministry, community service ministry as well as co-leading mission trips to different parts of the world. Sharon is actively involved in leadership training. Some of her passions are to equip and empower women leaders, provide the tools children need to obtain an education. Sharon and Adrian work as a team, and minister with anointing among the pastors of the DR. Adrian and Sharon have served as full-time missionaries in the Dominican Republic since January 2004. In September 2007 they became Full Time Vocational Missionaries with the PAOC. The Dominican Republic is a new field for the PAOC and as co-founders of Every Day Ministries, they are laying the foundation to build a ministry that will change the Dominican Republic and the nations of the world. Their vision is to empower, equip and encourage national pastors and their families. As they establish this new work along the north coast of the island, in the city of Nagua, they are seeing God save, heal and equip EVERYDAY! Adrian and Sharon have three children, Kent, age 14, Luke, age 11, and Courtney, age 5. They serve together, as all family members are actively involved in reaching the lost for Christ.
Missionary Blog: http://www.everydayministries.ca
After an exciting 5-year apprenticeship leading the PAOC team in Mozambique, Stephen and Heather now live in Nairobi and lead PAOC AFRICA. What an unbelievable continent! Challenges and opportunities on every side!
They lead an 85 member team of evangelists, doctors, nurses, teachers, pastors, professors, administrators. experts and apprentices. God has sent us all and together, by His grace, we are undoubtedly one of the greatest teams on earth!
With a few notable exceptions, Africa's economy has stagnated for 40 years. Poverty and disease are at crisis proportions and foster unbeleivable suffering! Thank God for ERDO and humanitarian aid!
However, all the humanitarian aid that the world sends is powerless against the unseen spiritual forces that are at work on the continent. AFRICA needs to be set free by the power of God!
Contact them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pray that they will be able to capitalize on healthy relationships with national church leaders and provide innovtive leadership and mentorship programs within Africa.
Pray for a strong team spirit on the missionary team!
Pray that God will send them abundant resources and grace them with the wisdom to apply them strategically!
Missionary Blog: http://paocafrica.spaces.live.com/
The Bantseevs are pastoring a church of approximately 1,000 people in Novokuznetsk, a city of 600,000 people. Their congregation ministers in prisons, orphanages, and to people with life controlling problems or addictions. Also, they organize various ministry and missionary teams to plant churches throughout Siberia and share the Gospel with professional groups such as doctors, athletes, government officials and police.
We'd like to share with you a few praise reports for which we are so grateful to God:
1) Although the heat in our church has not been turned on, all three Sunday services are full. People continue to get saved, and we are planning to start a fourth service.
2) We're grateful to God that 84 new believers were baptized this year.
3) New church and rehab centers have started east, west, and south of Novokuznetsk.
4) The Russian channel on the internet has been launched. Sermons can now be watched on www.thestreamtv.com (To find, go to TV Channels, then Russian Channel)
5) Approximately 50% of the congregation is actively involved in various ministries. The church has adopted a goal for 2010 which is to multiply those who are serving.
None of this would be possible if it weren't for your continual prayer and financial support for this ministry.
We sincerely thank God for you! May God bless you with the presence and leading of Christ in all that you do!
We love you dearly!
Ilya & Janet
Missionary Video: http://www.paoc.org/video/BantseevsMinistry.htm
Sergio and Nancy are the directors of the Village of Hope orphanage and school in Zambia, which ministers to 585 needy children. The Village of Hope School runs classes from preschool to grade 11. The children attending have the added blessing of a daily feeding program and chapel services twice a week. Sergio oversees all of the building projects at the Village of Hope and at Trans-Africa Theological College. Nancy coordinates the Child Care Plus program for Zambia.
Missionary Website: http://www.vohafrica.com/