History of PAOC International Missions

In 1908, 11 years before we organized as The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), two families left Toronto for the mission field: Charles and Emma Chawner to South Africa and Arthur and Jessie Atter to China. Workers soon followed these pioneers to Liberia (1910), Egypt and India (1911), Argentina (1913), Tanganyika (1914) and Kenya and the West Indies (1918). During the last 108 years more than 3,000 Canadian Pentecostals have served as messengers of the gospel in over 70 nations.

Making Disciples is the “North Star” that has oriented PAOC International Missions, kept us on track, guided our decision making and shaped our strategies. During the 60s, 70s and 80s, the missionary family grew to nearly 275 serving in 35 countries, with significant impact in Kenya, Uganda, the West Indies, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand and Hong Kong.

In the past decade there has been significant growth, resulting in our missionary family increasing to over 330 and mission giving to over $31 million. Both of these measures are more than double the numbers of the year 2000. We are grateful for renewed passion and the empowerment of God’s Spirit in our mission to the ends of the earth that continues to this day.