Doing good around the world.

“Do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17


A massive famine struck Ethiopia in 1983, and before it had finished, an estimated one million people lost their lives. To respond to the massive need, leaders at The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada made a decision that would bring focus, energy and resources to serve the sick and hungry in a new way. From the biblical call to “do good”, ERDO (Emergency Relief & Development Overseas) was born.

ERDO now serves children and their families in more than 30 developing countries, and was recognized two years in a row by The Financial Post as one of the "Top 25 Charities in Canada". In 2018 and 2019, ERDO was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Charities by MoneySense magazine and was rated as the #1 charity in the International sector. Charity Intelligence also recognized ERDO as one of the “Top 100 Rated Charities in Canada.” 


ERDO partners, working from best-practice methodology and results-based measurements, bring short-term relief in the form of food, emergency shelter and clean water in times of crisis and natural disaster. We are focused on three key areas that span from immediate aid to long-term programs: crisis response, child sponsorship and community development.

Long-term development brings communities to a point where they are self-sustaining and stable. This is the ultimate goal of ERDO  to “do good”, not just today, but long term.


ERDO is the humanitarian agency

of The Pentecostal

Assemblies of Canada





Mission, Vision, Core Values & Milestones


ERDO (Emergency Relief and Development Overseas) is a Christian organization passionately responding to the practical needs of people living in poverty or crisis around the world by listening, caring and partnering.


We seek Christ-motivated community and individual transformation by meeting basic human needs and fostering social, economic and spiritual potential.

Core Values

We seek to honour God through our behavior.

Our core values are:


We will be trustworthy in what we say and what we do. Our work will be accountable and transparent.


We commit to always offer our best. We encourage a culture of reflection, assessment and continuous learning.


We affirm that we are all made in the image of God, and will treat all we meet with respect.


As a faith work community we will truly value all perspectives, so that we can honour creativity, and diversity. We commit ourselves to open, and timely communication.


We aspire to model Christ’s compassion through our words and actions to those we serve in Canada and overseas.


We recognize that all we have comes from God.  We will demonstrate appreciation to those we serve and serve alongside.



2019 - In late October 2019, ERDO is cited as one of Canada's top 100 charities by Maclean's magazine.  ERDO ranks #24 overall in Canada.

2018- ERDO is named one of Canada’s Top 100 Charities by MoneySense magazine and rated number one in the International sector. ERDO is ranked by Charity Intelligence as one of the Top 100 Rated Charities in Canada.

2017 - ERDO celebrates 25 years of ChildCARE Plus helping children and their families around the world. On June 14th the 8,000th child is sponsored through ChildCARE Plus. 

2014/2015 - ERDO is a 2014 and 2015 recipient of the Financial Post's distinction as one of the top 25 charities in Canada.

2013/2014 - ERDO partners with Global Workers, local churches and trusted partners to deliver almost $800,000 in aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

2013 - ERDO celebrates 30 years of service to people in need. On October 8th the 7,000th child is sponsored through ChildCARE Plus.

2012 - ERDO celebrates 20 years of ChildCARE Plus helping children and their families around the world.

2011 – ERDO serves over 1.8 million people in 35 countries.  A year of crisis for innocent people around the world:  Japan earthquake, massive flooding in Thailand, Bangladesh and India, widespread famine in East Africa.  Canadians respond generously and help ERDO reach those in need. By December 31st, over 6,500 children are helped through ERDO’s child sponsorship program, ChildCARE Plus. 

2010 - ERDO's first Microfinance program begins in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ERDO launches a major response to Haiti’s earthquake and destruction, and delivered over $2 million in crisis response and longer term program assistance.

2009 – David Adcock Joins ERDO as Chief Executive Officer and Kelvin Honsinger gives concentrated attention to our global impact as Director of International Programs.

2007 – ERDO provides food aid to over 420,000 people in developing countries.

2004 – Kelvin Honsinger assumes leadership of ERDO as Executive Director as Don Raymer steps down.

2003 – ERDO becomes an incorporated registered Canadian charitable organization with a self-governing Board and annual audited financial statements.

1992 – ERDO launches a child sponsorship program called “ChildCARE Plus”. 

1983 – Created as the humanitarian expression of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), Emergency Relief & Development Overseas takes form under the leadership of Don Raymer.  

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ERDO is the humanitarian agency of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

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