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PAOC Superintendent Leads Group of Volunteer Chaplains

Press release from PCCNA, August 28, 2015.

Major multi-sport events provide a unique opportunity for God's people to witness. Recently the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games were held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Christians were involved in sports camps, hospitality, community festivals and housing of visitors and volunteers.

Dave Wells, general superintendent of the PAOC was privileged to serve as the volunteer manager of the Multi-Faith Centre within the Athletes Village. During the Pan Am Games almost 10,000 were housed in the Village with over 6,000 were athletes. Close to 2,000 athletes were in the Village for the Parapan Am Games.

The five major global faith groups were represented. During the Pan Am Games there were1,000 visits by athletes and team officials, 77% of which were from the Christian community. These visits were for team chapels, regularly scheduled services and Bible studies as well as individuals coming for prayer and counsel.

A special chapel was arranged for a Canadian team that had tragically lost a member. Over 30 Christian chaplains served during the two sets of Games including chaplains from Argentina, Guatemala, Venezuela, the USA, and Canada. A number were from PCCNA related groups.

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