ERDO – Emergency Relief & Development Overseas (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada)

ERDO – Emergency Relief & Development Overseas is the relief and development arm of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

Connection to Canadian Foodgrains Bank

When you give, your contribution can be credited to the account. ERDO determines how those funds, and any Government of Canada matching funds, will be used. ERDO receives requests for food from its overseas partners. Each request is reviewed to ensure the food and support provided will improve the lives of the people receiving the assistance – in both the short and long terms.

Once planning is complete (including details to ensure safe and reliable delivery), Canadian Foodgrains Bank arranges the purchase and shipping of the food. ERDO often works together with other Foodgrains Bank church members on shipments.

The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada have been a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in 1983.


Many of the first Canadian Pentecostal leaders came from a religious background rooted in the Holiness movements of the early 1900s. Among them, Robert E. McAlister, who was born and raised in the Ottawa Valley.

On December 11, 1906, in Los Angeles, California, McAllister received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which was accompanied by speaking in an unknown tongue. This phenomenon became accepted as the initial physical evidence of the Pentecostal experience. Mr. McAlister returned to Ottawa and invited others to come and share his joy in the Spirit.

The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada stands firmly in the mainstream of historical Christianity. Pentecostal Assemblies view the Bible as an all-sufficient source of faith and practice. In common with historical and evangelical Christianity, faith emphasizes Christ as Savior, King, and Healer. Faith adopts the distinctive position that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence when Christ baptizes in the Holy Spirit. The PAOC has 1200 churches with 250,000 adherents across Canada.

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