MISSIONARIES

 
 

LINDA VELDHUIZEN

Location: Philippines, Asia 

Ministry Focus: Linda is the Director of Noah's Ark Ministries, located in Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines.  She has been in the Philippines for the past 27 years and has an adopted son and daughter.

Noah's Ark Ministries runs a temporary Home for Children for orphaned, abandoned, malnourished, special needs and educationally disadvantaged children. There are presently 10 babies and toddlers, 22 elementary and high school students, 6 college students and 16 special needs children. The high school students come from single parent families and live in very far-flung villages. In the home they receive proper nutrition, education and love.  The special needs children mostly suffer from cerebral palsy to different degrees.  Through this ministry the children are given a chance for a brighter future and have an opportunity to come into a relationship with God.

Noah's Ark Ministries also provides educational scholarships to students from single parent families or families in crisis. This scholarship is provided through the Child Care Plus program. Also 25 babies and toddlers are given milk, vitamins and health care. Noah's Ark also runs a daycare as a community service.

Ministry History: Linda came to the Philippines on a one year commitment to help her friends start a home for children.  After one year she was asked to stay as her friends were no longer able to stay and continue the work.  That was 27 years ago and Linda is still giving leadership to the Home.  She has adopted 2 children of her own.  God has been so faithful and to date more than 250 children have lived in the Home and more than 750 children have received educational and emergency assistance.  We have a beautiful spacious home where many lives have been changed both physically and spiritually.

Prayer Requests:

  • For safety and protection as the Philippines experiences natural disasters

  • For the children to grow into mature, responsible, God-serving adults

  • For wisdom and guidance for Linda

  • For children, staff and volunteers, that they would have good health, safety, and God's will done in their lives


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WAYNE & ANN HILSDEN

Location: Israel, Asia

Ministry Focus: Originally from Canada, Wayne and Ann arrived in Israel in 1983 to help Jim and Kathy Cantelon establish King of Kings. A few years later, Jim and Kathy followed the Lord to new adventures and Wayne became the senior pastor. Their love for Israel, worship and building up others in ministry in the land is evident in all they do.

Prayer Request:

  • Pray for all aspects of King of Kings Ministries


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DAN & MARDELL MACTAVISH

Location: Romania, Eurasia

Ministry Focus: Dan and Mardell are associate consulting pastors of the Bucharest International Church. This multi-cultural church community offers a relevant dynamic for Romania’s current generation and provides a setting for evangelism, discipleship and leadership development both locally and nationally. Dan and Mardell bring awareness to the very real problem of human trafficking in Romania, bringing encouragement to Iana Matei of Reaching Out in her efforts to bring an end to human trafficking, to provide shelter and restoration to the young victims and to create financial sustainability. In Spain, Dan and Mardell come alongside the pastors and national leaders of the Salem group of churches in the development of their ministries.

Ministry History: Dan and Mardell’s first appointment to Mexico in 1977 was a time of rugged adventure as their home was a 5th wheel trailer and they traveled throughout the country receiving pastoral assignments. After 3 years they settled locally in Guadalajara to further establish a church plant. The next 7 years were spent establishing the Salem church in Alicante, Spain. They began with 9 people and saw the Lord grow the church as national and international teams helped to evangelize throughout the city. Their last 20 years have been in Romania at the Bucharest International Church. Though challenging because of the many physical, spiritual and emotional needs, they have been rewarding years as so many lives have been radically and positively influenced. 

Prayer Requests:

  • More national and international workers to support and advance ministries

  • Establishment of the next generation of ministry leadership

  • Ability to meet the diverse and abundant ministry opportunities

  • Self-sustainability of Reaching Out Romania with the successful development of their agricultural land


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SARAH & CHRISTO EMMANUEL

Location: India, Southeast Asia

Ministry Focus: Christo and Sarah Emmanuel are the founders and pastors of Living God Church in the booming city of Chennai, India. Today the Church has more than 500 members and was born with a vision to see lives completely transformed. They have witnessed countless people saved, entire communities touched, many discipled, and others raised as passionate leaders. With the power of the Holy Spirit, they believe that Living God Church will impact the city and generations to come. Furthermore, to reach the social needs of the city, The Life Centre organization was founded with the purpose of holistically reaching the community with the Gospel and care of Christ. Through tailoring courses, Daycare, educational initiatives, and blessing packages, we have seen many of the neediest people in our community blessed and entire families connected to the church. They have also initiated VisionLed Int. Leadership Development Centre with a goal in raising up fully matured believers and powerful leaders that will make an impact for Jesus. They currently running discipleship courses and an interns program (diploma). 

Ministry History: 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!

Prayer Requests:

  • Salvation of the lost and the demonstration of God's miracle power in those who would oppose the work of Christ.

  • Wisdom & finance as they establish new church plants, extend the Life Centre into new areas & slums, and continue the work of VisionLed Int. Bible College.

  • Grace and fruitfulness as we pioneer an English ministry (in addition to the thriving native-language ministry) and begin services and outreaches


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KATHY MIZEN

Location: Honduras, Latin America & the Caribbean

Ministry Focus: Kathy is excited to be working as the director of Schools of Hope. She oversees ChildCARE Plus sponsorships, ERDO In School Feeding Program and Water Projects as well as other administrative duties. Schools of Hope ministers through evangelism within the public school system of Honduras to over 7,000 children sharing the hope of Jesus Christ.

Ministry History: Kathy has had a passion for missions since she was a young girl and has been involved in several short term mission trips. She has always known that she would be serving somewhere on the mission field with children, but not sure when or where. She served as a children's pastor for 17 years in Southwestern Ontario before serving in Honduras.

In January 2014, Kathy went to work with Schools of Hope in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. While there God clearly spoke to Kathy that this was the city where He wanted her to serve. She came to be the administrator in November 2014 and now serves as the director as of January 2016. She is excited about the future opportunities God has for her and the team in Honduras.

Prayer Requests: 

  • Daily safety and protection

  • For the seeds of the gospel planted in the hearts of children, teachers and families to grow and change their lives

  • To equip and mentor the growing Schools of Hope team

  • Continued favour and open doors to share the gospel within the public schools


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BRENT & Carina CANTELON

Location: Worldwide

Ministry Focus: For a number of years Carina and I have felt a stirring in our hearts. It is a sense of calling to a task we were willing to accept and yet uncertain as to how it would come about and when it would be asked of us. This burden is defined by an inescapable passion for evangelism and revival in our beloved Canada, as well as a desire to minister, strengthen and pour into global missions leaders and works. 

We are persuaded that the time to launch into a new full time role outside of pastoral ministry is now. What will we be doing, the Lord willing? By God’s grace, we will be fulfilling the role of a “Missionary/Evangelist and Pastor to Leaders”. 

A) To serve, at the invitation of PAOC International Missions and our International Partnerships. This role will include itinerant evangelism in strategic locations overseas and speaking at Pastors, leadership and prayer conferences. It may also include leading prayer and missions exposure teams into potential new fields. There will be opportunities to engage in overseas church planting efforts both with PAOC global workers and national leaders in the field. Another significant piece will be encouraging local Canadian churches to increase their engagement in missions through preaching and consulting with pastors and missions committees. Building and nurturing relationships with key individuals displaying a generous heart for evangelism and missions will also be part of the role. All of this will mean multiple international trips annually, as well as ministry in Canadian churches as doors are opened by the PAOC and our current friendships. 

B) To answer the call of “Evangelism to Canada”. - Evangelism and revival for Canada has burned in our hearts for decades. We feel deeply called to this vision. - We are responding to a specific word of the Lord to our hearts a number of years ago to a “Missionary to Canada” calling. This ministry is undefined at the moment. As we fulfill the responsibilities and opportunities through the open doors of PAOC missions, we will have the privilege of ministering to pastors and leaders across the nation. We believe the Lord will lead from there. - It may include evangelistic meetings, conferences, church planting initiatives and mobilizing of workers and funds for these purposes. It will include activity and ministry that we haven’t even dreamed of yet. As God opens the doors, we will be ready to go through them. Would you join us in faith for our new ministry challenge? www.brentcantelon.com

Thank you so much, With sincere and much love, Brent and Carina.


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MARK & KIM STEINFIELD

Location: Spain, Europe

Ministry Focus: Mark is partnering with  Salem leadership to establish a Bible school in Madrid and Kim is engaged with family ministries in the church. 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 the region's global workers. They have three energetic children: Alyssa, Madeleine, and Caleb.

Ministry History: Mark began his missions ministry in 1998 when he did itinerate Bible School teaching throughout Ukraine, Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2001 Mark moved to Vanadzor Armenia and started Ararat School of the Bible. Kim joined him in 2002 after they were married. In 2008 they moved to Yerevan, Armenia to help the national Pentecostal church run a Bible School. In December 2014, the Steinfields moved to Madrid, Spain.

Prayer Requests:

  • For the successful launch of the first graduates of the Bible School.

  • For opportunities to share the gospel with Spaniards and to see them discipled in Christ.

  • For wisdom for Kim as she provides member care for our Global Workers.


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DON & MARIE-JOSÉ MANN

Location: Zimbanwe, South Africa

Ministry Focus: Don and MJ live in Pretoria, South Africa. They use Pretoria as a hub to travel across the entire Continent. Their ministry consists of three keys:

1. CLI (Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity) which moves beyond anti-corruption programs and promotes a pro-integrity lifestyle. 

2. BCA (Bridging China and Africa) is reaching the over one million Chinese who live and work in Africa. The Bridge Cultural Centre in Zambia was officially opened in March 2017. 

3. Chitenge Creations is a micro-enterprise project created by Marie-José. It has opened its first sewing School in Pretoria.  The school is now moving into the surrounding townships, where 62% of South Africans live and up to 90% of the women are unemployed. 

Ministry History: After pastoring Evangel Pentecostal Church in Montreal for thirteen years, Don and his wife Marie-José (MJ) responded to a call from National leaders in Africa, to encourage, equip, and empower leaders to finish strong and become agents of change in their localchurch and community. Don’s ministry journey includes Church Ministries Director for the Eastern Ontario and Quebec District, terms on the executives of both the Eastern Ontario and Quebec districts, Master’s College & Seminary Board of Governors and the General Executive of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Don and MJ have been married for thirty-five years. Their daughter Stephanie, son Jonathan and his wife Julia are a constant source of blessing and encouragement to them on their mission’s journey. 
 

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray with us that a movement of integrity will spread across Africa and that out of Africa, integrity will spread to the world.

  • Pray that many of the Chinese living and working in Africa will respond to the Gospel and will ultimately share the Good News upon returning to their homeland.

  • Pray that many women in South Africa will use their new found sewing skills as a means of sustaining their families.


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BILL & SHIRLEY PIPKE

Location: Africa

Ministry Focus: Bill and Shirley are global workers based out of Canada. They believe in equipping the local Canadian church to partner with leaders and church planters at home and around the world.  (Currently working in Cuba, Ukraine, Indonesia, Africa and China).

The Pipke’s are working in partnership with Don and M.J. Mann in developing two Africa wide ministries:

BCA (Bridging China and Africa) brings the Canadian, Zambian, and Chinese church together to reach the millions of Chinese workers living in Africa.  BCA will meet their social and spiritual needs through a cultural center.  The dream is to replicate the BCA ministry strategy across Africa.

CLI (Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity) is a vision to raise a movement of integrity across Africa that will counter the epidemic of corruption.   An integrity driven generation of leaders in business, church, education, professions, and government will transform the culture.

Bill also works with Loads of Love in providing help to the poor at home and around the world.  Loads of Love converts goods to money for missions, serves the poor and ships containers filled with relief supplies where most needed. 


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MARK & VAL HAZZARD

Location: Latin America and the Caribbean

Ministry Focus: Mark has recently been appointed as the Regional Director for the Latin America/Caribbean Region. Mark and Val count it an honour to serve the Global Workers in this region, to connect with national partners...and to serve the PAOC’s Global vision to reach, plant, equip and care. We presently have Global Workers in 15 countries...and plan to expand our missions reach wherever needed.

Ministry History: Mark and Val have been in full-time ministry since 1980. They have served 4 amazing churches in Petrolia, Huntsville, Barrie and most recently at Parkwood in Windsor for almost 23 years.

Prayer Requests:

  • For our LAC Global Workers

  • For more Global Workers

  • For wisdom

  • For faith and vision

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DEBORAH SIRJOOSINGH

Location: Kenya, Africa

Ministry Focus: Deborah is called to serve Jesus in North West Kenya among the Turkana people in Loima location. Her vision is, in partnership with the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Kenya (PAG-K), to continue to reach the unreached communities on Loima Hills with the Gospel, plant churches and disciple new believers. Each individual and community will have access to compassionate care with HOPE in Jesus for the future. Also, engage in dialogue for healthy partnership between PAOC, PAG-K, and Christ is the Answer Ministries Kenya (CITAM).

This will enable Kenyans to mentor each other by facilitating educational training from early childhood to university level, provide medical and food aid, drill boreholes for potable water supply, agricultural activities and community development. These activities are in her focus for future sustainability for God’s glory. Deborah ministers in partnership with Turkana County PAG church and Ministry of Health, to provide, promote and improve the standard and quality of health care services in Loima. This holistic and efficient care will be attained by the upgrade and extension of Namoruputh PAG Dispensary.

In addition to the existing maternity unit which facilitates Reproductive Health, mother, neonatal, child and nutrition care, the Namoruputh PAG Health Centre will provide services for approximately 50,000 people in LOIMA. This will include in-patient wards for men, women and children. It will also include a large out-patient department, with a minor surgical unit and triage area, an administrative building, with offices, a conference room, a nursing office and other auxiliary buildings. In this remote, arid area where life is harsh and basic commodities are non-existent or scarce, the expansion of the facility will continue to be a beacon of HOPE and HEALING in Jesus.

Prayer Requests:

  • In this remote area, God will CALL young Kenyans to serve on the Loima Hills with the Gospel.

  • Christian dedicated professional workers to minister in the Health Centre.

  • Wisdom and direction as we desire to engage in a partner with the two Kenyan churches and Kenya Ministry of Health.

  • Provision for hydro or / and solar powered lighting systems for the health centre in patient extensions.